Adventurous Royal Enfield Himalayan unveiled

Royal Enfield is entering another market segment with its Himalayan adventure bike. Intended primarily for the Indian market, the new arrival combines a rugged design with comparatively simple technology that should be fixable by local mechanics.

Practical touches include protective gaiters on the front fork legs and a bash plate for the bottom of the cradle-type frame. Ground clearance is 220 mm (8.7”) but, unusually for this type of motorcycle, seat height is a reasonably low 800 mm (31.5”). Most riders will be able to manage the 182 kg (401 lbs) kerb weight, too.

Royal Enfield Himalayan (2016) Front Side

Powering the Himalayan is an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a crankshaft counter-balancer to reduce vibrations. This carburettor-fed 411 cc unit – which develops a modest 24.1 bhp (18.0 kW / 24.5 PS) and 32 Nm (23 lb/ft) of peak torque – is mated to a five-speed gearbox.

Standard equipment includes luggage mounting points front and rear, an LED tail light and a single disc brake for each wheel. Mixing digital displays with traditional dials, the instrument cluster features a compass, dual trip meters and a fuel gauge for the 15 litre (3.3 gallon) tank.

The Himalayan is being offered in a choice of two paint colours called Snow and Granite.

Royal Enfield Himalayan (2016) SideRoyal Enfield Himalayan (2016) Front and Rear

Royal Enfield Himalayan (2016) Rear SideRoyal Enfield Himalayan (2016) Top

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