5 things we know about the Royal Enfield Himalayan – IAB Picks
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Here are five facts about the Royal Enfield Himalayan that is scheduled to launch on February 2.
The Himalayan gets an air-cooled single-cylinder OHC engine with an oil-cooler, whose displacement is around 410 cc. It is an all-new engine which doesn’t have the typical characteristics of any existing Royal Enfield motors, chiefly the thumps. It is paired with a five-speed gearbox.
The adventure tourer gets a mono halogen head lamp with a windshield, a conventional, single-tube handlebar with end-weights, circular rear view mirrors, sizeable fuel tank, regular fork, black engine, monoshock on swingarm, split seats, steep exhaust can, disc brake at both ends and spoke wheels.
The instrument cluster of the Himalayan comprises of an analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, a digital display for trip & odometer readings, gear indication, temperature and time. The console also has an altimeter and a compass.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan gets Ceat dual-purpose tyres as standard while it is reported that Pirelli tyres will be offered as an option. The rims and tyres at the front and rear are of different sizes, possibly 21-inches of diameter upfront and 18-inches at the rear.
The motorcycle has been snapped with different types of touring accessories and provisions. Early prototypes had a topcase mount while the production version has pannier mounts. The latest trial vehicle was seen with a pair of pannier boxes and jerry cans which are likely to be sold as official/endorsed accessories for the Himalayan, or as standard on a top-end version.
Two kinds of prototypes of the RE Himalayan have been snapped thus far. One is an adventure-focussed model that has a fixed head lamp by means of what appears to be doubling up as a fuel tank guard, a windscreen, high-mounted front mud guard on heightened fork, pannier mounts on either side of the pillion seat, a rear luggage carrier and dual-purpose tyres.
The other version of the Himalayan, which appeared to be a city-variant, had its head lamp fixed on the fork and missed out on the aforementioned features on the off-roader. It is likely that the motorcycle will be launched in two such variants to make the product suitable for a wider audience.
Royal Enfield Himalayan – Image Gallery
[Spyshots: PowerDrift & RushLane]