Royal Enfield Himalayan

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Launched in India in February 2016.

Himalayan is the first adventure tourer motorcycle from the English origin Indian bike maker Royal Enfield. Launched in early 2016, it was the most expected motorcycle from the legendary RE family at that time. The new 411cc engine is the company's first of their kind and capable of producing 24.5 bhp power @ 6500 rpm and 32 Nm torque @ 4500 rpm. Unlike other REs, the new engine is strictly performance oriented and built for all terrain roads. The customary 'thumping' sound is absent in the new Himalayan, as because this tourer focuses on other departments rather than non-technical aspects.

It is Royal Enfield's first ' Purpose Built' motorcycle evolved from their dominance over Himalayan stretches and Indian off roads. Himalayan is the cheapest adventure tourer motorcycle available on Indian roads. The next cheapest Kawasaki Versys 650 is 4 times costlier than the Himalayan. Himalayan offers a ground clearance of 220 mm and even better suspension travel of 200 mm (front) and 180 mm (rear), which is far better than Versys.

The Himalayan comes up with split and step up seats, suitable for long rides. Along with that, upswept exhaust, LED tail lamps and 800 mm seat heights are unique features of new Himalayan from other Enfields. The instrument cluster displays many features like ambient temperature, time, odometer, trip meter and gear selected. For the first time a digital compass is also installed in this motorcycle, which is far beyond any expectation.

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Price Rs. 1,84,316 [Onroad, Bangalore]

The given price can change depending on the colour and other features like alloy wheels, disc brakes, accessories etc.

State, City Ex Showroom Price On Road Price
Karnataka, Bangalore -- Rs. 1,84,316
Maharashtra, Mumbai Rs. 1,55,555 --
Maharashtra, Pune -- Rs. 1,70,362
Tamil Nadu, Chennai -- Rs. 1,75,840
Telangana, Hyderabad -- Rs. 1,76,580
West Bengal, Kolkata -- Rs. 1,81,517
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Colours

Royal Enfield Himalayan is available in following colours - Snow, Granite



Technical Specifications
TypeMotorcycle
Engine Displacement411.00 cc
Engine TypeSingle cylinder, air-cooled, 4 stroke, SOHC
Engine StartingElectric
Bore x Stroke78mm x 86mm
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Engine LubricationWet sump
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Fuel SystemCarburettor with throttle position sensor
IgnitionTCI, multi-curve
Maximum Power18.02 KW @ 6500 RPM
Maximum Torque32 Nm @ 4000 - 4500 RPM
Electricals
Battery12 V 8 Ah VRLA
Head Lamp12V H4 60 / 55 W
Tail LampLED
Brakes
Front Brake300 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Rear Brake240 mm disc, single piston floating caliper
Chassis and Suspension
Frame
Front SuspensionTelescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel
Rear SuspensionMonoshock with linkage, 180 mm wheel travel
Tyres
Wheel Type
Front Tyre90/90 - 21
Rear Tyre120/90 - 17
Dimensions
Length x Width x Height2190 x 840 x 1360 mm
Wheelbase1465 mm
Weight182 kg
Ground Clearance220 mm
Petrol Tank Capacity15 litres

First Impression Review

Adventure Tourer is one the iconic segments in motorcycling world ruled by some of the renowned players like Triumph Tiger Series, Kawasaki Versys 1000, BMW R 1200GS, Honda Africa Twin, KTM 990 Adventure and many more. All these are high capacity motorcycles with whopping price tag and high maintenance cost. But they are purpose built motorcycles, capable enough to take on any terrain or any roads. Their touring capabilities ranges from proper tarmacs to bumpy off roads. These are some of the many qualities that separates adventure tourer from other motorcycles. Keeping this in mind lets talk about the latest offering from the RE Chennai facility. The much awaited Indian version of the adventure tourer, the Himalayan has born.

Himalayan front

The Design and Features
People may wonder, how this 400cc little bike from RE can be called as an adventure tourer? The answer lies within the vehicle itself. Amazingly, the Royal Enfield Himalayan bears all the necessary flavors of a real adventure tourer. It is under powered and lacks some of the most advanced electronic as well as mechanical features, but it still stands to be one of the finest creation from the legendary Enfield family.

It doesn't look like any other siblings of its family. Himalayan stands apart with its unique and simple bare-bone styling. It really looks like a purpose built machine with a larger 21-inch front wheel with multi purpose tyres (meant for both on and off-roads), engine sump guards, saddle carrier, pannier mount, seat height, upswept silencers and higher placed headlamps. All these are considered to be standard outfits for an adventure tourer. The round headlight of the Himalayan is topped with a small windscreen and underneath a beak is well placed to notify the adventure characteristics of the bike. It is the first Indian bike to feature compass in the instrument console alongside trip meter, fuel gauge, gear shift indicator, tachometer, speedometer, outside temperature gauge and hazard lights switch. The whole console is a combination of analog and digital with an orange back-lit, which looks colorful in the dark. Altogether, RE has improved a lot in designing such a good looking and informative console, when compared with other models.

Himalayan side profile

The 14-litre fuel tank with a maximum range of 400 to 450 km on a full tank is a great addition for a tourer bike. The seats are of highest quality offering too much softness, the hand grips and spring loaded rider footpegs are of fine quality and better finish.

The Engine and Performance
As i mentioned earlier, Royal Enfield has deployed a new engine for this off-road beauty. The newly developed 410cc, Long Stroke, Single Cylinder, Air-Cooled, SOHC engine with fuel injection system. The mill delivers a maximum power of 24.5 bhp @ 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 32 Nm @ 4250 rpm. Unlike other RE models, Himalayan comes to life only with electronic push button. With the usage of new upswept silencer, exhaust note is too loud and it doesn't feel like the iconic thumper. On opening up the throttle, the Himalyan revs much faster than Classic 350 or Bullet Standard. This high torque engine is a perfect tool for Indian road conditions as well as for adventure off-roading.

The bike offers a well defined riding position, suitable enough for all kinds of riders. The high held handlebars and low-sit saddle makes it easy to access the ground below it.

Himalayan top view

The Suspension, Chassis and Brakes
Himalayan is constructed around the newly developed split cradle chassis. Like the flagship Continental GT, this too has been engineered by the RE owned Harris Performance center. The new chassis makes the cornering smooth and nervous free. Overall, this new chassis has to be the strongest and most reliable chassis that RE has ever made, considering the essence of Himalayan.

Being and adventure tourer, it must have a long travel suspension and it gets 41mm telescopic forks with 200 mm travel upfront and a rear monoshock suspension with 180mm travel at the back. This happens to be one of the finest suspension with longest travel in the RE brand. The combined work force of suspension and dual purpose 21-inch and 17-inch tyres provides enough traction and ground control on all kinds of terrains. The 220 mm ground clearance also enables the motorcycle to go anywhere with such an ease.

Himalayan Rear

Stopping power of the Himalayan is controlled by a 300mm and 240mm BYBRE disc brakes at front and back respectively. These are well enough to reduce the speed and it definitely misses the real king, the ABS system. It is rumoured that, upcoming RE Himalaya will feature ABS braking with some minor technical upgrades and this would energize its braking abilities.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Pic 12

The Verdict
The Himalayan does covers all the necessary elements and features of a real adventure tourer. It really lacks some firepower when compared with other big players in this segment. But with an affordable price tag just under 2 lakhs, it is one of the finest machine to go on touring purpose. For the past 2 years, the sales figures of Royal Enfield has cruised to higher figures, surpassing some of the renowned brands such as Harley Davidson. The sales figures had doubled both in domestic as well as the international market. With the emergence of Himalayan in their line up, it is to be climbed even higher.

Mechanical issues with their various models are one of the recent concerns of the brand. According to some reports, their latest offering Himalayan too are prone to some of their regular causes. Some customers are unsatisfied with the fit and finish of the bike. Crack in the chassis, engine vibration, fuel pump block, problems with the flywheel and engine vibrations are some of it. Witnessing the desire for adventure tourer in the Indian market, many international players are about to introduce their models in the 300 to 500cc category. The KTM Duke 390 Adventure, Suzuki V-Storm 250 and low capacity Kawasaki Versys are some of it. With the arrival of newer alternatives, RE will be forced to upgrade their kid.

Himalayan would become even better motorcycle, if the company is ready to upgrade those sections, which lacks serious engineering.
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Love because of simple looks and comfort riding position suited for long drives
By on 26-11-2016
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