Royal Enfield introduces the Himalayan, a capable adventure motorcycle that retains Royal Enfield’s classic styling cues, yet offers modern attributes that deliver a pure motorcycling experience.
Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal has enjoyed riding in the Himalayas for years and said that the idea of a purpose-built Royal Enfield for the region has been brewing in his head for some time. He wanted to build a motorcycle that was as comfortable fording a rocky river as it was to crunch hundreds of highway miles; substantial enough to hold its line in high cross winds, and to carry a pillion and lots of luggage, but light enough to pick it up when it falls; simple enough to mend a broken part yourself or to start even if the battery is dead (seriously, you can push start it and put on your headlamp even if the battery is missing!).
In line with Royal Enfield’s traditional long stroke engine characteristics, the all new engine delivers high torque and usable power at lower RPMs. This makes for smooth riding in higher gears at lower speeds, making it easy to climb hills or to maneuver through traffic. Fewer moving parts with modern materials and aggregates means that the engine is low maintenance and very efficient, and can go 10,000 kilometers between oil change.
In addition to great off-road abilities, Royal Enfield has designed the Himalayan to have impeccable on-road manners as well. Luggage has been designed integrally into the Himalayan, with hard and soft side pannier options, a rear carrier and innovative front jerry can mounts for extra fuel and water – which can be a life-saver in remote areas.
The official launch will take place on February 2, 2016. For more information, visit royalenfield.com/motorcycles/himalayan.
Just the bike I’m looking for. Hey Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki, why can’t you build something like this?
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