First ‘modern’ adventure bike from Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield Himalayan launched

Written by Ben Purvis , Date 5:41 PM

Royal Enfield has finally taken the wraps off the new Himalayan after months of spy pictures and hints.

While its on-paper specification isn’t anything special, the bike marks a sea-change for Royal Enfield as it steps away from purely making retro-style machines based on ancient technology. The Himalayan might not be making Honda worry, but it’s a big step for Enfield.

The details confirm that it’s powered by a 411cc air-cooled single, with an unusual under-square design where the stroke is larger than the bore. That means it’s a low-revving engine, without a lot of power – it peaks at 18kW at 6500rpm. But there is a decent 32Nm peak of torque from 4000rpm to 4500rpm, suggesting the engine has a wide spread of grunt.

The bike launched today is very much aimed at the Indian market. The engine is equipped with a carburettor rather than injection, and there’s no ABS. Both elements effectively rule out the possibility of selling it in Europe. However, there have been hints that a future version of the bike will get the emissions and braking updates needed for EU sales.

The chassis is a cradle frame fitted with 41mm forks and a monoshock at the back, giving 200mm and 180mm of travel respectively. The seat height is a middling 800mm, while the bike’s kerb weight is 182kg, and there’s 220mm of ground clearance for off-road use. In a further attempt to improve off-road ability, the front wheel is 21 inches in diameter, similar to a motorcrosser. The rear wheel is a conventional 17 inches.

The instruments include a trip computer and a compass as well as a service indicator to remind you when oil changes are due. The service intervals wide spread at 10,000km.

As befits a bike with adventure in mind, there’s a wide array of luggage points including a rear rack and brackets either side of the tank that can be used for luggage or extra fuel cans.

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