Pictures of the much awaited Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle, reportedly on the production line in completely undisguised form, have emerged. The pictures, published by Shifting-gears, look legitimate.
The motorcycle sports Himalayan badging on the side panel. The vehicle is production ready with front and rear mudguards on. A tall front wind screen is the only notable addition compared to the earlier spy pictures.
The adventure motorcycle has an all-black theme in matt finish. The engine is also draped in black, which is new to the Royal Enfield. The Himalayan will feature an upswept exhaust, fatter rear tyre and a petrol tank similar to the Continental GT.
The two-wheeler might use many parts similar to the current motorcycles of Royal Enfield to keep its cost low. It will be powered by a new single-cylinder, 410cc engine that is expected to make around 30bhp and 40Nm of torque. The engine will be mounted on a new double cradle frame designed by the UK-based, Harris Performance, which was later acquired by Royal Enfield.
Doing justice to the adventure motorcycle tag, the Himalayan will have a new instrument cluster with a compass and altitude meter with digital display.
The Chennai-based manufacturer is keen on pricing the motorcycle in the Rs 1.65 lakh to Rs 1.85 range. The Himalayan will be positioned below the Classic 500 and the Continental GT.
The launch is expected during the 2015 Rider Mania in November.
The Himalayan will bridge the gap between the Bajaj Pulsar 200AS and the Triumph Tiger series in the adventure motorcycle segment.