Royal Enfield Himalayan
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Royal Enfield's adventure motorcycle the Himalayan seems to be off to a good start and the latest is that the new offering of the Chennai-based motorcycle maker has a waiting period of up to four months. Royal Enfield Himalayan was launched in the country on March 16.

A report of MoneyControl says that Himalayan and the Classic 350 have a waiting period of three to four months and the overall backlog of the models remain three months. The Himalayan, the purpose built adventure tourer, has been priced at Rs. 1.73 lakh (on-road Delhi).

The report also added that Eicher Motors has plans to sell 9 lakh units by 2018-19, while the current target stands at 6.75 lakh units for 2016-17. The company also plans to expand its dealerships network by adding 100 in 2016.

Coming back to the Himalayan, it is powered by a 411cc oil-cooled single-cylinder engine that is tuned to dish out 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm torque between 4,000 and 4,500rpm, paired with five-speed transmission. The motorcycle is offered in two colour options — Granite and Snow.

It is built around a new double-cradle chassis, designed by Royal Enfield-owned Harris Performance and rides on a 21-inch front wheel and a 17-inch at the rear. The Himalayan measures 2,190mm in length, 840mm in width, and 1,360mm in height (fly-screen top). It has a wheelbase of 1,465mm and offers a ground clearance of 220mm.

Meanwhile, Royal Enfield motorcycle sales for May 2016 rose 37 percent to 48,604 units as against 35,354 units sold in May last year. The exports also witnessed 86 percent growth to 1,372 units while domestic sales increased 36 percent to 47,232 units.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]