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.
Although 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.