LAUNCHED: ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYANPosted On: September 22, 2016 By : AutoLife Team
Royal Enfield, the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world, today launched the Himalayan—a motorcycle purposebuilt for adventure and touring in the Himalayas, at an attractive pricing of Rs 5,61,000 in the Nepalese market.Being one of the most anticipated motorcycles of 2016, Royal Enfield Himalayan is available in two signature colour options—Granite and Snow and is open for booking at Royal Enfield’s exclusive distributor stores in Naxal & Balkumari, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bringing together 60 years of Himalayan riding experiences in a completely groundup design, and powered by a new LS 410 engine, the Royal Enfield Himalayan paves the way for a purer, non extreme and more accessible form of adventure touring in Nepal. The superior offroad capabilities makes it adept for riding both through potholed urban jungles as it does for treacherous mountain trails.
At the launch of the Himalayan, Mr. Shaji Koshy, Head – Sales, Service and Spares at Royal Enfield said, “Himalayan is the culmination of Royal Enfield’s 60 years of enduring history in its spiritual home—the Himalayas. The purposebuilt motorcycle is well suited for daily commuting, city cruising as well as for long distance leisure riding. With our presence in the country dating back to 2002 and the terrain in Nepal, Royal Enfield has been facilitating long distance rides such as the Tour of Nepal that saw its fifth edition this April.With its purposebuilt groundup design, the Himalayan is a simple and capable to go anywhere motorcycle that will redefine adventure touring in Nepal.”
Royal Enfield has also launched a meticulously designed, purpose built protective riding gear range that caters to the long range tourer riding to unpredictable places, terrains and climates. The protective gear range includes the 4season Royal Enfield Darcha riding suit made in collaboration with REV’IT; versatile touring jackets and trousers with Cordura, protective armour, removable thermal liners and breathable waterproof lining. The collection also comprises of riding gloves, riding trousers and riding boots.
Talking about company’s new retail identity at its store, Mr. Shaji Koshy said “Royal Enfield is striving to provide an immersive retail experience for its customers that forms an integral part of the company’s core retail strategy, globally. Our stores have been designed not only to serve as a point of purchase but also where motorcycle enthusiasts and riders step in, interact and bond over their motorcycling experiences and aspirations.”
Commenting of the purposebuilt design of the Himalayan, Mr. Pradeep Mathew, Project leader Himalayan, Royal Enfield said, “Himalayan is built on a rugged duplex split cradle frame designed and developed by Harris Performance, and is stable as well as agile in equal parts. A strong mono shock rear suspension with linkage coupled with 220 mm ground clearance allows for longer travel and delivers a smoother ride experience regardless of the terrain. Also the optimal wheel size combination ensures better control while riding over rocks and ruts. Needless to say the Himalayan will enable both the seasoned riders as well as riding enthusiasts to explore more with just one motorcycle”.
The Himalayan is powered by a completely new and evolved overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long stroke LS 410 engine. The all new engine delivers high torque and usable power at lower RPMs. Touring utility is built inherently into the Himalayan. A 15 litre fuel tank provides a long range of approximately 450 kilometres. 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. 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 across multiple terrains for both offroad and onroad conditions. Starting from the Bruntingthorpe airfield in UK to the race track in Sriperumbudur, Chennai; from offroad terrains to urban settings and then in real world riding conditions in the Himalayas; the motorcycle has clocked lakhs of kilometers and cumulative mileage before hitting the production line.
Just in case, you are wondering to buy the Royal Enfield Himalayan, here are 12 things you should know about the bike.
Meanwhile, we also had a chance to interact with Shawn D’Souza (Rides & Community, Royal Enfield India) regarding the Himalayan during Royal Enfield Tour of Nepal 2016. Click here for excerpts
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