Royal Enfield has begun shipping the Himalayan 410 on-off road motorcycle to the United States of America. The first reviews of the motorcycle are out. Here’s one such review that puts the Himalayan through some tricky off roading, single tracks. The reviewer also takes the Himalayan through regular roads, for a well-rounded opinion about the motorcycle’s on-road and off-road behaviour. Here’s the video.
The Himalayan that Royal Enfield ships to the USA is its Version 2.0, which means that it gets fuel injection as standard. ABS is still missing for the US market although it’s now available in Europe due to governmental mandatory regulations. In India too, the Himalayan Version 2.0 will receive ABS before April 2019 as regulations here make it mandatory for all motorcycles with engine capacities above 125cc to feature at least single channel ABS as standard. The Himalayan sold in the European market gets dual channel ABS, and a similar set-up is expected on the India-spec models by April next year.
The specifications of the US-spec Himalayan are very similar to those of the India-spec model. The only difference is that the US-spec Himalayan gets a slightly different pre-delivery inspection where the motorcycles shipped from India are put through a 100 point check by Royal Enfield USA before they’re dispatched to local dealers.
The motorcycle uses a 411-cc, long stroke four-stroke engine that’s air cooled. This engine features a single overhead camshaft, fuel injection and an oil cooler. Peak power and peak torque outputs are rated at 24.5 Bhp and 32 Nm. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard.
Suspension consists of long travel, 41-mm telescopic front forks with 200 mm of travel and a monoshock rear-shock absorber with 180 mm of travel. Ground clearance is a hefty 220 mm, and the 182 kilogram motorcycle rides on a 21-inch front wheel and a 19-inch rear wheel. Both rims are spoked, and are shod with tubed, on-off road tyres.