The Royal Enfield Himalayan was officially unveiled in India this morning.
If you skip to about the 20:00 mark in the video above, you can see the promo video for the new adventure bike from India’s classic motorcycle manufacturer.
Royal Enfield has made some very interesting decisions with the Himalayan. As expected, it’s powered by a mid-capacity thumper (411 cc single-cylinder motor, air-cooled). However, in a puzzling move, Royal Enfield went with a carburetor instead of fuel injection. While some adventure riders love carbs due to their alleged simplicity and ease of repair, EFI is a very useful feature when riding a machine at changing altitudes — which is precisely where the Himalayan is supposed to be at home.
Peak output is 25 hp at 6,500 rpm, and 23.6 ft-lb of torque between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. Curb weight is 182 kg, ground clearance is 220 mm, and seat height is 800 mm. Suspension travel is 200 mm up front and 180 mm in rear. The front brake is a dual-piston caliper mated to a 300 mm disc, and the rear brake is a single-piston caliper and 240 mm disc. Like all good adventure bikes, the Himalayan has a 21-inch front wheel and 19-inch rear wheel.
We still don’t know if/when the bike will arrive in Canada, or at what price.