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Indian-made adventure bike headed to Europe

EICMA round up: Royal Enfield Himalayan

Written by Ben Purvis , Date 2:24 PM
Himalayan

RE HimalayanRoyal Enfield’s 410cc Himalayan adventure bike has been causing a stir in India since its launch and made its first European appearance at EICMA.

The firm says it has intentions to sell the model in Europe later next year and has been working to update the air-cooled single to meet Euro4 emissions targets. The main alteration is the addition of fuel injection instead of the carburettor used on the Indian-market version. It’s also had to gain ABS brakes and daytime running lights to be legal in Europe.

RE Himalayan 2Although by no means futuristic, the Himalayan marks a departure for Royal Enfield, since it’s not retro in its design. Instead it’s a purely utilitarian machine with a range of interesting touches – not least the front mounted luggage carriers.

There’s no intention of high performance here. The engine makes just 25PS, which puts it on a par with 250cc machines like Suzuki’s new DL250 V-Strom.

Price will be key to the bike’s success in Europe, and at the moment it’s not been finalised. Nor has the on-sale date, although there are plans to have the Himalayan in European showrooms before the end of 2017.

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