Royal Enfield Himalayan Review
Royal Enfield was known to build versions of typically the same motorbike until in 2010 its unit-construction engine (UCE) was manufactured. The company based in Redditch, England, partnered with Madras Motor in 1955 and formed Enfield India and started building Royal Enfield Bullets. Enfield India was next taken over in 1990 by Eicher Group which started manufacturing Bullet, four editions of the Classic and Continental GT. Of late Royal Enfield set the goal of becoming the world’s prime middleweight motorbike company by introducing accessibility and fun back to motorbikes.
And the first among the efforts towards this goal is the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Here’s a Royal Enfield Himalayan review.
This product has been built with the goal of expanding the reach of Royal Enfield and conquering the Himalayan Mountain range, irrespective of the rider’s skill level. The goal is obvious from the looks of the motorcycle with the word ‘Himalayan’ being prominently spread over its body.
With its bare-bones dual sport and totally bagged ADV, the Himalayan bears a rugged look. The design may seem quite awkward but it’s not unattractive. Dirt focus shows from its stance, yet it has a softer implementation. Its design is friendly and not deadly. In other words, the bike is a combo of simplicity and ruggedness.
The inner part of the Himalayan has been left bare so as to be accessible easily and you won’t have to open the whole thing in case if something goes wrong. High quality is seen in the design everywhere with robust plastics, emission equipment not tacked on and wires concealed.
You can easily see the difference between the Himalayan and other regular ADV bikes. For example, the seat is 31 inches high, way more accessible than dual sports.
Here are the Royal Enfield Himalayan specs:
- All new carbureted air-cooled single-cylinder 410cc UCE engine
- All new frame sharing no parts with the predecessor Royal Enfields
- 23 lb-ft peak torque at 4,500 rpm
- 24.5hp at 6,500 rpm
- Power through a 5-speed transmission
The 410 LE motor of the Himalayan is smooth in delivery and is willing to rev. It flatters riding while running uncontrollably in gravel although it doesn’t surge adrenaline. It isn’t fussy of being throttled and doesn’t vibrate to make you numb. In short, it’s easy to use with an easy-to-control light clutch and a transmission with soft shift throws.
The fork of the Himalayan is a 41mm unit up in the front, whereas a monoshock having adaptable preload sits in the rear. All the components of the bike have been selected taking a 50-50 on-road/off-road use into consideration.
The brake system is made of a floating twin-piston caliper crunching into a 300mm disc in the front and a single piston floating caliper in the rear. The front one doesn’t give much starting bite and the rear one gives a ‘wooden’ feel; however, their stopping power is sufficient.
The bike has two racks in the front that act as tank guards too, a luggage rack at the rear and one at the swingarm. It has a small bash plate too; however, there is no engine guard and for heavy ADV use it may need a dosage of armour as it sits since some components like the oil cooler have been left exposed.
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