The much awaited and rumored Royal Enfield Himalayan was caught testing several times as a mule and we weren't able to really focus in on the details that were offered on the bike. However, new pictures with greater clarity have emerged on the internet and quite a number of features can be observed.
Based on several renderings done earlier by enthusiasts and professionals alike, the new pictures show a much varied styling. Starting from the front, chunky off – road tires, a redesigned instrument cluster, spoked black wheels and a disc brake setup different from the one offered on the Continental GT. This being a pure off-road/adventure bike as claimed by RE, the seat has been placed low to offer comfort and a better riding position for those long arduous journeys. The one – piece handle bars appear closer to the body and should be a delight for most of the riders.
Engine specification is said to be a 410cc, single cylinder, air – cooled overhead cam, the engine unit certainly looks new and different from the engines used on most RE models. Another important feature is the exhaust unit, the earlier spy pictures of the bike showed a conventional exhaust pipe but RE has decided to up the ante and has attached a sporty looking exhaust. Another interesting bit to be noted is the absence of normal rear spring coils and this should mean the bike would use a more modern monoshock suspension set up. The rear tire looks big and lives up to the mark of being an adventure bike with visible treads meant for the road not taken. Rear mudguard has been raised and is short adding to the overall adventure looks of the bike and it is not a single – seater bike. However, there will still be many changes added to the bike before the launch but the bike will surely be one to watch out for.
It is still unknown whether the bike would come under a scrambler tag because RE has applied for a trademark that indicates the bike to be a tourer – adventure – off roader however there is some speculation that it might as well be a scrambler. The emotional attachment of Indian buyers with the RE brand is one of the main reasons why Royal Enfield is still making it big in India. Export figures are also on the good and with the launch of the Himalayan nearing each day, the road ahead will be much smoother and safer for Royal Enfield. Pricing would be on the higher side with a probable figure of Rs.2 lacs or above at the least.
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The much anticipated RE Himalayan is nearing its launch
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