Royal Enfield's adventure tourer, the Himalayan, is all set to be unveiled in November 2015. The speculation on the launch date is a hot topic among the biking communities and Royal Enfield fans all over the county.
We speculate the global unveil in November is more likely to happen at the 2015 Rider Mania in Goa. The Rider Mania is a gathering of Royal Enfield enthusiasts from across the country organised in Goa ever year. The previous Rider Mania drew over 5,000 registrations held at Vagator, Goa, making it an ideal platform for the global premiere.
Our speculative date is also backed by the previous unveil of the Royal Enfield motorcycle. The Continental GT café racer was the star attraction at the 2013 Rider Mania, which was followed by media rides and the launch in the country. Royal Enfield is likely to follow the same for its adventure tourer.
From what we know so far, the Chennai-based manufacturer is keen on not pricing the motorcycle over Rs 2 lakh and doesn't want the Himalayan to be at the top of their product line-up. The Himalayan will be positioned below the Classic 500 and the Continental GT.
The Himalayan will be powered by a new single-cylinder, 410cc engine that is expected to make around 30bhp and 40Nm of torque. This engine will be mounted on a new double cradle frame designed by the UK-based, Harris Performance, which was later acquired by Royal Enfield.
The Himalayan has a rugged design ideal for off-road and on-road use. The previous spy shots gave a glimpse of the adventure motorcycle. The Himalayan will feature an upswept exhaust, fatter rear tyre and petrol tank similar to the Continental GT. The Himalyan might use many parts similar to the current motorcycles of Royal Enfield to keep its cost low.
When launched, the Himalayan will bridge the gap between the Bajaj Pulsar 200AS and the Triumph Tiger series in the adventure motorcycle segment.