Royal Enfield has taken the world by storm the past couple of years. Starting out as a relatively obscure motorcycle manufacturer from India, Royal Enfield has transformed itself into one of the fastest growing motorcycle brands in the world. Adventure riding is in the core of Royal Enfield, and they have brought together 60 years of Himalayan riding experiences in a completely ground-up design. This machine, loved the world over, paves the way for a purer, non-extreme and more accessible form of adventure touring in markets across the globe. The bike's extremely capable off-road characteristics make it adept for riding though rugged urban jungles as it does for inhospitable mountain trails.
Built on a rugged duplex split cradle frame designed and developed by Harris Performance, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is both stable and confidence inspiring. A strong mono shock rear suspension eqipped with a linkage allows for longer travel and delivers a smoother and compliant ride across any terrain. The bike’s ample 220 mm ground clearance ensures it gobbles up obstacles comfortably be it in the streets, rocky river beds or at stream crossings. An optimal wheel size combination allows for better control while riding over rocks and ruts.
The Royal Enfiled Himalayan is powered by a new and evolved overhead camshaft platform which forms the base for its new long stroke LS 410 engine. The new powerplant delivers adequate amounts of torque and usable power at lower RPMs. This makes for smooth riding at lower speeds, making it easy to climb hills, or to maneuver through traffic. The bike also features a modern design, while the revised engine translates to increased efficiency and relatively low maintenance. This is emphasized by the suggested 10,000 kilometer range between oil changes.
Functionally speaking, the Himalayan’s non-intimidating design, flat torque curve, accessible seat height, and long travel suspension alongside the ease of ownership, make it an extremely versatile motorcycle that is perfect for long rides. On top of this, the bike is equally at home navigating our urban jungles. Touring utility is built inherently into this machine by way of a 15 liter fuel tank which provides a range of approximately 450 kilometers. Luggage mounting points for hard panniers, soft luggage and jerry cans are integral to the motorcycle’s design, as well. A simple instrument cluster displays an abundance of information ranging from speed, direction, ambient temperature, travel time, service intervals, and multiple trip meters.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan comes fitted with dual-purpose tires which provide confidence inspiring grip both on and off-road. In addition to complete braking control, the 300mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes help to optimize braking performance. It goes without saying that the Royal Enfield Himalayan is more than the sum of its parts; not only does it deliver on its intent of being a purpose-built motorcycle for on and off-road use, it is also extremely versatile and could very well be your daily ride, no matter the destination.