Royal Enfield launched its first adventure tourer, the Himalayan, priced at Rs 1.55 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai, on Wednesday. The Chennai-based company also revealed price for the Himalayan in other major cities in the country, except New Delhi, and that raised some eyebrows. In a sad news to the adventure motorcycle enthusiasts in the capital city, the Himalayan will not be sold in New Delhi for now.
The Delhi government's decision to not allow the sale of new two-wheelers that do not meet the BS-IV emission norm starting April 1, 2016, is the hurdle for Royal Enfield. The Himalayan currently complies with the BS-III emission norms. Royal Enfield is working on the issue and the BS-IV compliant model will be available soon. At present, the motorcycle will use for only display and test-drive purposes in New Delhi.
"The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been registered across all states in India and will be available across the country in a phased manner. In Delhi as of now the Himalayan is not being registered as the NGT decision came in last minute. It is available in NCR for test rides and bookings We are working with the authorities to resolve this situation along with several other manufacturers who are facing the same issue" said Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO of Eicher Motors Ltd., in a statement.
Powered by a 411cc oil-cooled single-cylinder engine tuned to dish out 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm torque between 4,000 and 4,500rpm, paired with five-speed transmission, the Himalayan will be offered in two colour options â€” granite and snow â€” and will be open for bookings across all Royal Enfield dealerships of the country in a phased manner starting March 17.