India’s first affordable adventure bike is here. Royal Enfield has just launched the Himalayan, a bike that aims to take you to work during the week, and to the mountains and beyond on the weekends. And the best part about this bike is its affordability. Royal Enfield has priced the Himalayan at Rs. 1.55 lakhs ex-showroom Maharashtra, which means that it sits right in between the 350 cc and 500 cc bikes. This is brilliant pricing.
So, what does the Himalayan offer for this kind of money?
For starters, you get a 411 cc (78 mm bore and 86 mm stroke), four stroke petrol engine with an overhead camshaft, a carburetor, crank oil cooling, and that puts out 24.5 Bhp-32 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox comes standard, and so does a half duplex, split cradle frame purpose built by Harris Engineering, long travel suspension at the front (200 mm) and a monoshock rear (180 mm), disc brakes at both ends and a bike that’s built to be an SUV on two wheels.
There are plenty of bits and bobs around the Himalayan that are meant to make the bike take you off the beaten path. There’s the hefty 220 mm ground clearance. Then you have the 800 mm seat height, which will make the bike accessible even to shorter riders. The kerb weight, at 182 kilograms means that the bike isn’t as heavy as full sized adventure bikes, making it more manageable, even for new riders.
The front tyre is a 21 incher, and the rear is a 17 incher. The bike gets an adjustable fly screen, a comprehensive instrument cluster with a built-in compass, a 15 liter fuel tank, mounting points for luggage and auxiliary fuel tanks, a standard electric start with the option of push starting when the battery is down and a headlamp that works directly off the alternator when the battery is down.
The Himalayan also gets a 10,000 Kms oil change interval, a first for a Royal Enfield motorcycle. Royal Enfield also has plans of offering a wide range of touring accessories for the motorcycle considering the segment the Himalayan operates in. Test rides of this bike begin immediately at all Royal Enfield showrooms across the country. Deliveries will begin from later this month.