Royal Enfield Thailand has showcased the Himalayan Scrambler ADV concept at the Bangkok Motorcycle Show. As its name suggests, the modified motorcycle is a Himalayan with Scrambler styling and features. What this means is macho yet minimal looks with a lot of weight reduction.
Yes, the Himalayan, which is quite porky, could do with some lightening and what better a way to achieve this than going the Scrambler route. The custom built motorcycle has knobbly tyres at the front and rear that should give it solid mud plugging ability.
The brush-guards equipped handlebar is taller and so is the seat. The exhaust exits out from the middle of the engine, in true scrambler tradition. Overall, these modifications are simple enough for most Himalayan owners to actually attempt and pull it off.
The motorcycle looks rough and tough, something that goes with the Himalayan’s character of being an on-off road motorcycle. Apart from the cosmetic changes and the new tyres, the motorcycle remains stock mechanically. It is powered by a 411cc four stroke engine that is air and oil cooled.
This engine produces a peak power of 24.5 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 32 Nm. The engine uses an overhead camshaft, and is mated to a five speed manual gearbox. Fuel injection is standard. Disc brakes handle stopping power on both the front and rear wheels.
While the motorcycle gets ABS for the European market, Thailand, Australia and other parts of the world including India are yet to get the ABS equipped Himalayan. We hope that Royal Enfield soon makes this crucial change to the Indian model as well, since ABS is a life saving safety feature.
Suspension on the Himalayan consists of long travel front forks and monoshock rear. The long travel suspension, along with the motorcycle’s high ground clearance makes it a mountain goat. Of course, knobbly tyres take the combination to a different level.