Royal Enfield officially launches the Himalayan

Published: 02 February 2016

Royal Enfield have finally launched the 411cc Himlayan adventure bike but are still insisting the bike will only be sold in the domestic Indian market for now.

The bike was one of 2015’s worst-kept secrets and various prototype bikes were spotted in a wide array of testing situations across India but now the official press launch has revealed the single-cylinder machine in full production trim.

At the heart of the new bike is an all-new 411cc engine and Royal Enfield are pitching this as a ‘purer, non-extreme and more accessible form of adventure touring in India.’

A the introduction to the Himalayan, Siddhartha Lal, boss of Royal Enfield said: “Himalayan is the culmination of Royal Enfield‘s 60 years of enduring history in its spiritual home—the Himalayas. Our single biggest insight in all these years of riding has been that the best motorcycle for the Himalayas is not one that tries to dominate its landscape, but one that is able to go with its flow.

“Large adventure tourers that currently define this category, do not fare well in the Himalayas as they are very heavy, extremely complicated, intimidating and not really designed for this environment. With its purpose-built ground-up design, the Himalayan is a simple and capable go-anywhere motorcycle that will redefine adventure touring in India.”

The frame was designed and built by British firm Harris Performance, which last year was taken over wholly by Royal Enfield and is now part of the giant Indian firm.

The Himalayan is powered by a completely new overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long stroke LS 410 engine.

Modern design and materials of the engine translate to increased efficiency and low maintenance, and with Royal Enfield claiming the engine can go 10,000 kilometers between oil changes.

The Royal Enfield press release explains: “Touring utility is built inherently into the Himalayan. A 15 litre fuel tank provides a long range of approximately 450 kilometers. Luggage mounting points, for hard panniers, soft luggage and jerry cans are integral to the motorcycle‘s design. A simple instrument cluster keeps track of speed, direction, ambient temperature, travel time, service intervals and multiple trip distances. Most importantly, an ergonomical sync between footpegs, handlebar & seat height provide a comfortable upright riding posture that is necessary for long rides. An accessible 800mm seat height with lower mass-balance ensure ease of planting feet on ground for complete control. Royal Enfield Himalayan comes fitted with dual-purpose tyres that lend a confident grip and performance across a range of conditions. In addition to complete braking control, the 300mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes help to reduce braking effort.

Royal Enfield has invested significant time and effort in testing the Himalayan extensively with experts and across multiple terrains for both off-road and on-road manners. Starting from the Bruntingthorpe airfield in UK to the race track in Sriperumbudur, Chennai; from off-road terrains to urban settings and then in real world riding conditions in the Himalayas; the motorcycle has clocked lots of mileage before hitting the production line.”