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Watch: Royal Enfield unveiled the 411cc tourer Himalayan

The price will be announced only mid-March, according to President Royal Enfield Rudratej Singh.

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Royal Enfield on Tuesday unveiled their adventure-tourer Himalayan in the capital after releasing teaser videos a few weeks ago. The Himalayan is a 411 cc, four-stroke and single-cylinder engine motorcycle whipping out 24.5 bhp at 6500 rpm. This is the first mid-sized adventure-tourer in the 400 cc segment and also a part of the company’s plans to expand its product range in the segment.

The price will be announced only mid-March, according to President Royal Enfield Rudratej Singh. It is expected to be priced below Rs 2 lakh. The Himalayan will also become the first affordable adventure tourer motorcycle in the country at this price point.

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SEE PHOTOS: Royal Enfield unveils the 411cc tourer Himalayan, goes on sale in March

Royal Enfield is the two-wheeler arm of Eicher Motors, which currently sells various popular models like Bullet, Classic, Thunderbird and Continental GT.

Speaking at the event, Royal Enfield CEO Siddharth Lal said, “The idea was to build a motorcycle from ground-up specifically for the Himalayas. We were looking to make a bike with great off-road capabilities but which also had good on-road manners.”

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According to Lal, the Himalayan underwent intensive testing in the Himalayas for almost two months. “Lot of technical jugglery went into fixing linkages and making seat height optimal for the Indian market. The company has been working on the model for the last five years and has tested it across various terrains,” said Lal.

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The Himalayan is powered by a new and evolved overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long stroke LS 410 engine. The motorcycle, however, comes with an only electric start option as there’s no manual kick-starter on offer. Royal Enfield claims that the new engine delivers high torque and usable power at lower RPMs. The Himalayan also promises to be low on maintenance. The bike comes with disc brakes, both front and rear.

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“The new engine will increase efficiency and will require less maintenance as it can go up to 10,000 kilometers between oil changes,” said Singh. Royal Enfield has also gone the old school way by using a carburettor in the Himalayan.

Commenting on the design, Lal said the motorcycle has an overall simple and clean design and the idea was to make it look timeless, just like previous Royal Enfield motorcycles. “We wanted to give the Himalayan as much touring functionality as possible,” said Lal.

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The Himalayan is the first mid-sized adventure-tourer in the 400 cc category in India. “We do believe that the mid-size segment is where we can expand in the years to come,” said Singh.

Keeping in the mind the Indian market, Royal Enfield has been careful to design a bike that will appeal to the enthusiast as well as the regular commuter due to it’s non-intimidating spartan design and accessible seat height of 800 mm.

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The kerb weight (overall weight minus occupant and luggage) is 182 kg, which is 2 kg lighter than the 535cc cafe racer Continental GT and almost 13 kg lighter than the Thunderbird 500.

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In essence, the Himalayan is building on the culture of riding at the same time, pushing the envelope of motorcycling, said Singh.

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As for upgrading engines to BS 1V and BS VI levels, Lal said: “We have the technology and we can be ready whenever it is required. It would be relatively easy for us as we have limited number of engines.”

Available in two colour options—Granite and Snow, the Himalayan will be on display in select Royal Enfield stores in the Delhi and the NCR region from February 3, 2016. Customers can book and test ride the Himalayan across the country from March 17, 2016.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan Specifications & Dimensions

Engine – 410cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled
Maximum power – 24.5bhp at 6500rpm
Maximum torque – 32Nm at 4000 – 4500rpm
Transmission – 5-speed constant mesh
Length – 2190mm
Width – 840mm
Height – 1360mm
Wheelbase – 1465mm
Ground clearance – 220mm
Fuel tank capacity – 15-litres
Kerb weight – 182kgs
Front tyre – 90/90 21-inches
Rear tyre – 120/90 17-inches
Front brakes – 300mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper
Rear brakes – 240mm disc, single piston floating calliper

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Chassis & Suspension
Tyre – Half-duplex split cradle frame
Front suspension – Telescopic, 41mm forks, 200mm travel
Rear suspension – Monoshock with linkage, 180mm wheel travel
Royal Enfield Himalayan Estimated Price – Rs 1.70 lakh – Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom)
Royal Enfield Himalayan launch – Mid-March 2016

First published on: 02-02-2016 at 02:28:14 pm
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