The first spy shots of what are purported to be the new Royal Enfield Himalayan have surfaced on Indian website Motor.Vikatan. Knowledge of a new Royal Enfield motorcycle came to life after it was discovered that the company registered the name “Himalayan” as a trademark. Rumors of an adventure-tourer motorcycle from the Indian company have circulated for some time.
While the photo captured doesn’t show anything capable of going off-road at this stage, it should be noted that this appears to be a very early prototype. Quite a bit of the bike has been carried over from the Continental GT, including the front and rear lights and front fork. No doubt there will be some part sharing between the models however we’d expect to see some further differentiation in the final release.
What is new is a rear monoshock – the first time ever for a Royal Enfield, along with what appears to be a larger fuel tank, redesigned exhaust can (let’s hope that goes up in height before final release or this thing will struggle with speedbumps let alone rocks) and a brand new single-piece handlebar.
But the biggest change is the all new engine which is expected to be a 410cc single cylinder unit. It is being speculated that the first official glimpse of the Royal Enfield Himalayan will happen in the next few months during the popular Himalayan Odyssey which is organised by Royal Enfield each year.