Royal Enfield Himalayan – 5 things we know
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1. Product Definition:
The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be the first adventure tourer by the company and the most affordable one in the country. It will compete indirectly with the Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT 25, Honda CBR250R and the KTM Duke 390. It is likely that it will affect the sales of the RE Thunderbird 500 too.
The Himalayan will be powered by an all-new 410 cc single-cylinder air-cooled SOHC engine with a oil-cooler that will produce around 25 bhp of peak power. The engine belongs to a new family of powertrains and is mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The new Enfield gets a long travel fork mounted in the standard orientation, an adjustable monoshock, and disc brakes on both wheels which are spoked. ABS has not been spotted on the bike thus far, making it less likely to be offered at least during its introduction in the market. The other features include a windshield, a single-tube handlebar with end dampers, round rear view mirrors, a split seat, and a raked exhaust canister.
The instrument cluster comprises of analog speedo, tacho and fuel meters, and digital displays that show time, trip and odo readings, gear position, engine temperature level, direction of travel (compass) and altitude (altimeter).
The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be offered with Ceat dual-purpose tyres in one variant and Pirelli tyres in another. The wheels and tyres at the front and rear have different sizes – 21-inches at the front and 17-inches at the rear.