New images have arrived of the much rumored and anticipated Royal Enfield Himalayan. RE sources had earlier hinted at the production of an adventurer – tourer motorcycle with a new improved and refined engine besides other elements that may be part of a distinct new line up from Royal Enfield.
With the RE brand receiving invaluable inputs from its partners that include Harris Performance (U.K) – responsible for the design of the Continental GT, and Pierre Terblanche, the recent entrant, an exceedingly impressive designer, who led the designs at Ducati – now head designer at RE, they have come together to add a more subtle yet strong image to the brand, unlike its ruggedness for which the Royal Enfield's are currently known for. It's safe to assume that Royal Enfield is vying for a place in the international markets as well, by creating products that are on par with those of the already successful manufacturers.
A lot has changed since the first spy pictures of the Himalayan made its rounds on the internet. With a low saddle position and raised handle bars, everything about it shouts adventurer. A newly designed fuel tank, unlike the ones seen on most RE's today, same goes for the instrument cluster as well. The updated pictures also shows a mount for electronic devices – probably a smart phone or a GPS unit, to help aid the rider with navigation.
Other interesting bits that have been noticed compared to the earlier images include a raised mudguard at the front, a nice wind deflector that sits neatly above the headlight and carrier frames that can be found on either side on the front and the rear, as well. Tires seem extremely rugged and rubbery, and the tail section has been done neatly without any additional plastics or immensely artistic brake lights. Other than that, the bike remains essentially the same as was seen earlier; rear monoshock suspension, sporty and upward swept exhaust pipe, blacked out frame, suspension forks and engine, too. The bike gives a good amount of ground clearance as well, it'd be a test to see how short people would find this bike to be.
Overall, it's certainly a good package from RE but it has to be seen whether this will turn out to be the production version and that might require a good level of patience. Royal Enfield has a lot of plans brewing, the Himalyan belongs to one of those plans, while there are plans to introduce new engine schemes in the range of 400cc-700cc, in the future. The Himalayan will be the first to showcase a newly developed 410cc. Recently, the CEO and MD, Siddhartha Lal, moved to the U.K to concentrate on how to further improve the brand image and work on strategies to sustain the company in the long run.
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The RE Himalayan would be the proper off-roader - tourer - adventure bike made in India.
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