The Himalayan is one of Royal Enfield’s most versatile offerings. The bike is meant to do it all – city commutes, highway runs and off-roading. We’ve seen many custom bike builders come up with interesting new designs and purposes for the Himalayan. While some have built trackers and scramblers, others have even built trikes.
Taking things to an all-new level is Bali, Indonesia, based Smoked Garage. They put together a Himalayan with inspiration from a stealth fighter jet no less. Yes, the motorcycle has been designed to evoke a distinctly military appeal, be it its paint job or the lithe yet muscular tank extensions. And it’s called the SG-411, again in true military fashion.
The motorcycle’s engine has been left untouched but the real changes are in the suspension department. The Himalayan’s high travel telescopic front forks have been swapped for 43 mm upside down front forks from Showa. The stock monoshock makes way for a high-end Ohlins unit with a remote reserovoir and a custom-built swing arm. A distinct design touch that we’ve never seen on a Royal Enfield custom motorcycle is the monoshock peeping out from just behind the fuel tank. In fact, this is the standout design detail on this custom motorcycle.
Other changes include sharp, custom-built body work that makes the bike looks quite sleek, a truncated rear end transforming the motorcycle into a single seater, a custom free flow exhaust, solid wheels, fatter tyres with on-off road tread and Nissin 4 piston calipers running on a twin floating disc brake set-up at the front.
The bike is about 20 kilograms lighter and this should help because the 411cc engine of the Himalayan doesn’t see any changes. The motor makes 24.5 Bhp of peak power and 32 Nm of peak torque. Its long stroke nature gives it good low end and mid range torque, which makes it ideal for use in tracker and scrambler builds.
Royal Enfield now sells the Version 2.0 of the Himalayan in India and international markets. The Himalayan V2.0 has improved quality levels and comes with fuel injection and dual channel ABS as standard. Overall, it’s a much improved motorcycle, and the least priced adventure motorcycle that money can buy in India. The Himalayan’s on-road price is around Rs. 2 lakhs. The next cheapest adventure bike in India is the BMW G 310GS, which is priced t around Rs. 4 lakhs, on-road. Soon, Hero MotoCorp will launch India’s cheapest adventure bike – the XPulse. The Hero XPulse will be priced at under Rs. 1 lakhs, ex-showroom.