HERE’S another photo of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan caught on test, offering perhaps the sharpest view yet of the new adventure bike.
Details are unconfirmed but the machine is believed to use a 410cc single-cylinder engine in a modified version of the Contintental GT’s Harris Performance-designed frame. It’s expected to make around 30hp.
Royal Enfield believes there is untapped potential in the adventure bike market for machines offering rugged simplicity, in contrast to the complex electronics of high-end models like BMW’s R1200GS and KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure.
The Himalayan is one of at least three new Royal Enfield models expected in 2016 using two new engine platforms including a parallel-twin of around 750cc.
We’ve seen several spy shots of the Himalayan already but this one, from the Facebook page of an Indian website, is probably the sharpest, clearly showing the dual-sport tyres, large front wheel and raised rear sub-frame. In September a photo leaked of the bike on Royal Enfield’s production line.
Modifications to the Continental GT’s frame are likely to have been made with further input from Harris Performance, which Royal Enfield bought earlier this year after revealing plans for an engineering facility in the UK.