Royal Enfield Himalayan
Royal Enfield Himalayanroyalenfield

Royal Enfield launched its new Himalayan adventure motorcycle in Delhi Wednesday, March 30, following the Delhi transport department's order to lift the ban on registration of motorcycles compliant with BS-III norms. The Himalayan has been launched at Rs 1.73 lakh (on-road Delhi).

Royal Enfield launched the Himalayan in the country March 16. However, the company was not able to sell the new adventure tourer in Delhi as it comes with BS-III compliant engine. Now, bringing respite to two-wheeler makers, the scooters and motorcycles launched prior to April 1, 2016 can be registered in Delhi. Royal Enfield announced that the new Himalayan will be open for bookings in Delhi March 30.

"We are delighted to announce the availability of our latest motorcycle - Himalayan, in New Delhi. The timing of the launch in Delhi could not have been better as all motorcycling enthusiasts in the region start frequenting the hills post Holi. We are very confident that with its simple design and versatile performance, the Himalayan will inspire confidence amongst the amateur motorcyclists. At the same time, seasoned riders will appreciate the motorcycle's purpose-built features and attributes in terrains that have inspired the Himalayan," Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, president Royal Enfield said in a statement.

The Himalayan, the purpose built adventure tourer, 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.