Royal Enfield Himalayan official promo video

No more spy shots - Royal Enfield's adventure bike is here

Posted: 21 January 2016
by Visordown News


SICK of the leaks and spy shots? Here's the cure: the official Royal Enfield promo video confirming and telling us all about the Indian marque's new 410cc single-cylinder adventure bike.

The video - part of a series - features Dakar veteran CS Santosh, introduced as 'India's most accomplished off-road racer'.

He says: 'The first thing we were trying to look for was if the bike felt at home and if it didn't feel alien off road. Most of the time you have motorcycles that do well on the street but as soon as you take them off road they don't seem to fit in. 

'But I was surprised because I think it felt natural to be off road as well...

'For the common man it will not be intimidating because the power is there but it's not going to be aggressive.'

It's expected to make around 28hp.  

The video was posted moments ago on Royal Enfield's official YouTube channel with the message: 'C.S.Santosh, the only Indian to have completed the gruelling Dakar rally, puts the Royal Enfield Himalayan through its paces. Watch as he tests our latest machine and shares his thoughts on what you can expect when you head off-road with the Himalayan.'

Another official video has been posted here.

The promo video follows an unofficial clip of the bike with engine running

See the first official pictures here

Thanks Throttlequest.

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Gosh.. at 1:53 if you look with attention, the bike lose the right footpeg in the dirt after a silly jump..
total promo fail....

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 14:42

Actually tells us NOTHING about the motorcycle - making it just another teaser

And how C S Santosh (who..? the Ronnie Pickering of India?) `puts it through its paces is by riding like a pussy and not actually breaking traction. And the only big air he gets was probably a curry-induced fart.

My granny could do better - and she's been dead since 2003.

This is heading to be the damp squib launch of all time rather than a rugged daily soft-roader with genuine dirt capabilities.

Let's hope the bike has something going for it. Because the `promotion` doesn't...

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 14:45

And by golly he's right - the footrest falls off!

 

RE so need to get some decent PR and Marketing people. And a video editor. 

 

And a bike that doesn't break when you land off a kerb-sized jump.


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 14:45

Basic, Agricultural even. Looks good fun despite the footpeg falling off.

One can only assume Royal Enfield are trying to show potential owners what they are letting themselves in for.

As previously mentioned Royal Enfield do need to sort out their marketing!

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:11

Let's not forget where RE have come from - try any of that on a Bullet and it'll end in tears. I'm genuinely interested in this. The price in India is under £2500, they could really shake up the market with this if they wanted to.....

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:27

Suspension is too soft. I loved the look of the bike though.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:51

Dammit, beat me to it.

Yup, the peg snaps after it completely bottoms out. What an absolutely typical piece of marketing from the geniuses at Royal Enfield.

http://i.imgur.com/fFWYAwS.jpg

 

Does it matter?

Yes, I think it does.  This was their one chance to make a positive first impression, and they've flunked it.  This is going to be brought up every time it's mentioned, as it should. It speaks volumes both to Enfield's engineering, and to their attention to detail.  They demonstrably don't care much about either.


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:53

When bike lands it crashes to the field. No damping whatsoever. That is where the right footer breaks down and fall off.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:09

This looks like the bike India needs, especially in rural and other places with unimproved roads. I'll bet more than a few "garage engineers" are out there now trying to figure out how to add stuff to it such as trailer hitches and PTO units just like with the old Russian and Chinese bikes. The home market will gobble this up.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:14

It's probably the bike that India deserves.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:31

More videos -

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DTQlmRNmRRg


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hFgUvvSSetw

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:39

What un ugly monstrosity that is , when I had various field bikes as a kid I would get more gnarly than this , it looks awful and those flappy indicators and general build looks like someone had some bits lying about from a few ugly bikes and decided to build one ugly bike.
Its actually a shame because india has the engineering know how and with better direction and guidance they could make some decent bikes .

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:40

They had to stop filming at that point as bit were falling off the bike!

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:42

"It's probably the bike that India Deserves". Why's that then ?

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 19:40

dosent look any worse looking the some of hideous looking crap from japan or italy, as for build quality maybe it will have recalls like honda, yamaha, bmw etc etc etc etc oh forgot and triumph, harley , gearboxes suspension etc etc etc

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 19:43

> "It's probably the bike that India Deserves". Why's that then ?

Because everything in India - everything about India - is subtly broken or fucked or incomprehensibly stupid in some way. It defies explanation as to how an entire continent can be stereotyped in this way... and yet, there it is.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 22:28

They probably sell it with a spare footpeg in case you attempt to make a jump, and it should all be alright!
I want this sold in Japan!

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 22:57

Deserved because India is a subcontinent seemingly inspired by the engineering philosophy of two brown-coated Brummie lads knocking up a bike in a shed. Ah, that'll do, time for a cuppa.

Attitudes aside, they have crappy coal which makes crappy steel - they buy their best stuff in from China. Looks like they went domestic for this bike. :(

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 23:06

Rogerborg pretty much nailed it: "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." That was extremely careless editing and I'll bet the people who did that and signed off on it are looking for new jobs. What they should have shown was Sid Lal's video of his trips on the prototypes through the mountains. However, Pandora won't go back in the box.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 01:09

Ugly, very ugly. A scrapyard motorbike. They could have spent some money in design....

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 07:49

You could make excuses for the agricultural looks if it was actually rugged, but...

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 07:58

Well, at least they nailed the name:

imma_lay_an... footpeg, in this case.

complete the name with the piece that will fall to the ground from your own bike, once ridden.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:40

Soon entire Britt auto industry shall be owned by the third world coz we can't manage shit... For the queen's my Arse!!

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:07

Looks good and IF they get the price right it will sell well. That suspension looks very soft though. Not everyone wants a Arse in the air rocket.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:48

This footpeg business seems to have a lot of people bothered. Let's not forget than in the MCN Ducati Scrambler head to head one of their bikes snapped a footrest too.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 11:40


tjv
Oh my, that was funny as hell. Who needs pegs anyway.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 11:43

I was following the buzz around this bike for long time and yesterday, before the "snapgate" was risen (by me ^_^), this bike was believed to be "production ready".

There's even some spy photos of the production line..

http://imgur.com/WroP1fr

Now i see in the official youtube channel that every comment about the footpeg is "patched" by the official RE "pr" with some excuse like:

.." It's the torture testing of a prototype, no aspect has been left untouched to give you exactly what you want. We pursued quality to deliver the promise of endurance. "

no one will trust this kind of "promise" with such a premises.

..and they even stated in another video that some weight could be saved because the prototype was overbuilt... NOPE , it was not.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:10

> in the MCN Ducati Scrambler head to head one of their bikes
> snapped a footrest too

But Ducati didn't actively choose to use that in promotional material for the Scrambler.

The issue here is that this is a Royal Enfield video, completely under their control, and they chose to show an obvious and significant failure.

They must have been aware that it happened, so why show it?

Utter contempt for their customers, and a belief that we wouldn't notice it? Sorry to disappoint them.

Because they care about style over substance, and think that it's more important to show the bike catching a few inches of air than to cover up the consequences of doing so?

Or are they doing what they did with the pre-UCE e-start sprags? To this day they flat out deny even being AWARE of reports of them failing. That goes beyond self delusion, right through the wardrobe, past the lamp-post and into a magical fantasy land full of goblins and talking badgers.

Whatever the reason, it just beggars belief. I'm laughing about it, mind, because it is absolutely characteristic of Enfield; both the bikes and their attitude to them. More, please.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:14

" It's the torture testing of a prototype, no aspect has been left untouched to give you exactly what you want. We pursued quality to deliver the promise of endurance."

Sounds a little lost in translation...

We pursued quality? What are they talking about?

We definitely do not "Want to see" the bike disintegrating mid air. Any other reputable company would be highly embarrassed by this unfortunate mis-hap, but it seems RE are not too fussed.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:47

Perhaps the foot-peg can double up as a kick-start.Very disappointing and i was ready to take a serious look at R.E.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 14:37

Well I guess a footpeg snapping off isn't too bad. Wouldn't it be terrible if say a Yamaha R1 had total gearbox failure and they had to recall the lot? Or perhaps a BMW R1200RT where the suspension breaks and the bike collapses when you are riding it? Now that would be a real issue, wouldn't it?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 16:16

gmann1340 spot on and at least the enfield won't cost mega thousand to buy.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 17:17

i had a footrest snap off on a ducati 999,stood on the pegs over a road hump and it broke off.Before the haters start i am 14 stone !(all muscle)lol

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 18:23

I had a footpeg snap on a borrowed VFR1200 (I'm 13 stone). Still like Rogerborg says, Honda didn't include a peg snapping in their promo video!

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 10:07

Okay okay, so now that RE's been taken to the internet woodshed; it's obviously time for "damage control," both on the engineering and PR sides.
Excuses and posturing won't cut it; neither will running away and pretending it didn't happen. Go back and do your homework, then trot it out again and show what the bike really can do and why this crap won't happen again. Love it or hate it, RE needs to go the distance on this to prove to themselves and the customers they are on the square, warts and all.

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 14:25

They won't though. They'll release as-is, knowing that they have enough of a loyal following (in India) that it won't matter.

When various failures happen in service, they'll deny that there's any problem, while fixing a few of them in the next version as "features".

It's a model that works for BMW as well.

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:01

I'm not really bothered about 'footpeg-gate', mostly because the bike looked shit for the 1:52 before it happened.

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 14:59

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