While we have been told quite a few times that iconic two wheeler maker Royal Enfield is betting big on its upcoming adventure motorcycle Himalayan, we had not heard anything from the horse's mouth on what are the engineers are planning for the Indian motor enthusiasts.
But now we have a series of videos and photos of the upcoming Himalayan, giving us an insight into what the new Himalayan is all about and what did it take to build it from scratch.
In the photos and videos released by the company, we also chanced upon a footage featuring racing champion CS Santosh -- the first Indian to complete the Dakar Rally -- talking about his experience of riding the new Himalayan at Big Rock Motopark, Kolar, Karnataka. The racing prodigy who was part of the development of the new adventure tourer of Royal Enfield seems quite impressed with the model.
Commenting on the capabilities of Himalayan, CS Santosh says, "Most of the time you have motorcycles that do well on the street but as soon as you take them off road, they don't seem to fit in. I was surprised because I think it felt natural to be off-road as well. Just the way it was sitting between my legs it felt good because I've been used to rally bikes and it didn't feel strange at all. For a common man, it will not be intimidating at all."
Coming to the tech details of Himalayan, the adventure tourer developed with the Harris Performance is powered by LS400, oil-cooled single-cylinder engine which is tuned to churn out 25bhp of power and rides on 21 inch wheels. The engine will have a 10,000 km oil change interval and the spark plug change at 25,000km interval. With the fuel tank of 15 litres and telescopic suspension, the new Himalayan promises exciting off-road abilities.
Royal Enfield is expected to pull the cover off Himalayan in India on 2 February.