Royal Enfield Himalayan to Be Unveiled On Feb 2

BENGALURU: Royal Enfield’s most awaited ‘Himalayan’, the all new adventure motorcycle is ready and if not wrong it is believed that this tourer bike will be unveiled on February 2, 2016 in New Delhi, reports NDTV.

Before you know the specs and other details here is small introduction of how the idea of Himalayan really came to light. Royal Enfield along with Harris Performance Products has co-developed the bike with which our in-house Dakar Rally finisher CS Santosh has played a vital role with his inputs in off-road capabilities and designing of the bike.  

"I was surprised because I think it (the RE Himalayan) felt natural to be off-road as well. Just the way it was sitting between my legs it felt good because I've been used to rally bikes and it didn't feel strange at all. For a common man, it will not be intimidating at all. The power is there but it's not gonna be aggressive," said Santhosh.

As the name suggests the bike is made for riding the toughest roads coupled with durability and efficiency, as well as for on-road rides. The RE Himalayan has been tested on Leh roads, which is considered to be a toughest ride to finish with no damage to the bike. So far, we have no official confirmation on the specs of Himalayan, but going with the appearance of the bike in the teaser the Himalayan is set to be powered by a 410cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled motorcycle producing around 25bhp of power and 32Nm of torque. Some of the other features include a semi digital instrument cluster with features like a compass and altimeter apart from regulars like a speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, trip meter, time and many more.

The seating position has been given a close watch considering the average Indian height and is perfect for the riders to stand on foot pegs to tackle off-road terrain. The front fork with s big 21-inch front wheel is more than sufficient travel which should make this bike negotiate any terrain effortlessly.  Also the bike is designed in a way where it will go 10,000km before needing an 'oil change' while a mandatory spark plug change is set for 25,000km. The bike might be priced around 1.80 lakhs ex-showroom with ABS offered as an optional extra.

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