Royal Enfield Himalayan Pricing Announced in India, Equivalent to US$2,230

The new Royal Enfield Himalayan looks set to be an extremely popular model in India and will no doubt fit a niche in the western world too. And if it were priced according to what it costs in India, it’d be a smash hit. Pricing has just been announced for India, with the Himalayan priced from 1,55,545 Indian Rupees which at today’s exchange rates is equivalent to just over $2,230 US.

If only it would make it across the world at that price. Firstly, the Royal Enfield Himalayan will need to be specifically tailored to western markets as far as emissions and safety goes (for example, it will require ABS in Europe) and then local distributors will rightly take their cut. Add on top of that dealerships having to pay wages for their salespeople and mechanics and it’s likely that the price in the US will hit around north of $5,000.

By way of comparison, the Royal Enfield Continental GT goes for around 2,07,539 IDR in India, but hits America at $5,999 while in Australia it retails for a shade under $10,000 – so expect the Himalayan to be a little bit shy of those prices – which still makes it a competitively priced bike – just not as much as if you could by it for the equivalent Indian price.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan will start hitting Indian showrooms in the next fw weeks, but no dates have been announced for other markets yet.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan Specifications Released

Just last week we finally got to see the brand new Royal Enfield Himalayan in action, snapping foot pegs and all. Now we get a release date as well as specifications – but no pricing just yet. The bike will go on sale in India on 17 March and is expected to reach western markets such as the UK and Australia early in the second half of the year.

At the heart of the Himalayan is an all new engine – it’s a single cylinder, air-cooled 4 stroke with a capacity of 411 cc. It produces a 24.5 hp (18 kW) at 6,500 rpm and a peak 32 Nm of torque at a reasonably low 4,000 rpm. It’s mated to a five speed gearbox, fuel management is by way of carburetor but it does get an electric starter.

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Suspension is tilted towards off-road tasks although many will probably still find it a little underwhelming with 200mm of travel for the 41 mm front forks with 180 mm of travel on the rear shock. There’s no mention of any available suspension adjustments though we’d be very surprised if rear preload wasn’t at least changeable. Ground clearance is 220 mm. Both wheels are spoked, with front and rear diameters of 21 inch and 17 inch respectively.

Kerb weight isn’t too bad at 182 kg and seat height is 800 mm but offers no adjustment and there’s no mention of factory options raise or lower it. There’s plenty of room for luggage or extra fuel with mounting points front and rear and the fuel capacity of 15 litres isn’t bad considering the engine capacity.

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Looks wise we’ve got to say we rather like it, especially in the ‘Snow’ white colour. There’s an unmistakable Royal Enfield look about it and while this isn’t going to challenge KTM or BMW for premium adventure bikes it will definitely offer a unique proposition in the market. For the most part the bike appears to have been designed as a truly off-road capable machine. Proper sized wheels, decent suspension travel, high slung exhaust. It’s nice to see that a bash plate is standard although why they seem to have left the a section of the header pipe exposed at the front is strange.

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Royal Enfield Officially Unveils the Himalayan

Royal Enfield today officially confirmed their new adventure bike, the 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan. It has been teased and spotted since last year and we’ve seen it come together through its development. Now Royal Enfield has posted on their website some videos and images of the bike as it has gone through testing.

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At this stage the website doesn’t provide any specifications on the machine, nor a price or release date. It is however expected that the new Royal Enfield Himalayan will use a brand new single cylinder engine with a capacity of about 410 cc and producing around 28 horsepower.

Hopefully the bike comes out a little bit hardier than what is shown in the above video featuring Indian rider C.S.Santosh. At the 1.53 mark, not only does the rear suspension bottom out quite dramatically off a rather minor jump, but also the right footpeg appears to snap off on landing…

 

Final Production Pictures of 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan Snapped

We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the all new Royal Enfield Himalayan over the past 12 months and these latest ones show the final production version of the bike, luggage and all. Expected to be officially unveiled within the next few months, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the first of many brand new markets the Indian owned manufacturer will be entering over the next few years.

Previous photos showed metal frames at the front of the bike for what we guessed was for luggage, but the images show the attachment of auxiliary fuel canisters on either side. There’s also some hefty looking panniers mounted which we would imagine come fitted as standard.

While the new Royal Enfield Himalayan won’t be winning any awards for technological advancement or even performance, it’s definitely going to fill a niche – those wanting a unpretentious machine that doesn’t cost much but which also looks to have plenty of range and at least a modicum of off-road ability.

Reports are that Royal Enfield is going to release two version of the bike – a proper ‘ADV’ version with spoked wheels and auxiliary fuel canisters as pictured here, as well as a more reserved version with alloy wheels for those not wanting to venture too far off road. This Royal Enfield will be the first to feature ABS brakes as well as a catalytic converter to ensure it can be sold in Europe.

 

 

Royal Enfield Himalayan Spotted on Production Line

We’ve seen various images of Royal Enfield’s upcoming adventure bike being tested on the road, but this is the first shot we see of the bike in near final trim and coming off the production line no less. While there will likely be some minor cosmetic changes to the bike to pretty it up before final release it can clearly be seen that it’s virtually ready to hit the market.

Up front is a larger wheel with both it and the rear using spoked wheels instead of alloys. The front fork is much longer than any other previous Royal Enfield and both front and rear brakes use discs and will come with ABS. The Himalayan will sport a brand new engine too, expected to be around 410 cc. Another first for the brand is the rear monoshock.

While no one will argue it’s a beautiful motorcycle, we kind of dig its looks – there’s definitely enough nostalgia here to know it’s a Royal Enfield, despite being an all new direction for the company. We’re a little unsure of those crash bars at the front of the bike, however but perhaps they have a some form of luggage carrying capacity too.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be officially unveiled later this year and will hit showrooms in early 2016.

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Royal Enfield Get Serious About North America

Anyone who has met Royal Enfield’s CEO Rudratej Singh knows that he’s an extremely confident man. With that, the Indian company has taken its biggest step yet by opening up a direct distribution business that will be based in Milwaukee. It’s the first time they’ve opened up a direct distributor outside of India – previously relying solely on established distributor in other regions.

“North America is a key international market for Royal Enfield with a rich history of riding enthusiasts. Given the lack of attractive options in the mid-size segment, we are well poised to fill the gap and serve potential customers at a close, intimate level by localizing our operations in North America,” Royal Enfield President Rudratej Singh said.

Royal Enfield North America, President, Rod Copes said: “Royal Enfield’s first fully branded retail store in the US will soon be launched in Milwaukee that will retail its entire product line of motorcycles and gear.” Over the next 18 months, the company plans to launch several such stores in key metropolitan areas across the US, he added.

Interestingly, Royal Enfield also plans to sell directly to customers in the US – something electric car pioneer Tesla has had great success with.

Given the west’s desire for large capacity bikes, Royal Enfield will struggle to make big inroads given its largest capacity machine currently sits at 500 cc. But those after some nostalgia at a good price may be swayed by the resurgent company.

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Royal Enfield To Release One New Bike Each Year

It may not be at the level that Yamaha releases new machines, but Royal Enfield is going to do its best to expand their product range – at least for the next three years. In an interview with the Economic Times of India, CEO of Eichar Motors (RE’s parent company) Siddhartha Lal stated that the Indian motorcycle manufacturer will release one brand new bike each year until at least 2018.

One of these bikes will no doubt be the previously spotted Royal Enfield Himalayan. A number of new engines are rumored to be under development by Royal Enfield as well which will no doubt end up in these new machines.

Lal stated that “We will keep it between 250-750 cc approximately. Where we are, we will remain in that. You can expect one big product every year, in the next 3- 5 years. The last new product that we launched is in 2013 and the next one will be probably 2016. In three years we will launch a full new product.”

Royal Enfield has been heavily increasing its capacity to meet a backlog of orders which is now down to five months. Annual capacity was 20,000 motorcycles last year and will have increased to 50,000 by the end of the year to help with overseas expansion.

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More Pictures Emerge of the new Royal Enfield Himalayan

Newer and clearer pictures have emerged of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, an ‘adventure’ styled motorcycle that is likely to be released late this year or early in 2016. Knowledge of a new Royal Enfield motorcycle came to life after it was discovered that the company registered the name “Himalayan” as a trademark. The first images of the bike surfaced in late April.

The main difference with the latest spy shots is the redesigned exhaust – no longer a direct carry over from the RE Continental GT, it now has at least some ground clearance in keeping with the ‘adventure’ theme this bike is aiming for.

For the most part, the bike appears to use a lot of carry over parts from the Continental GT cafe racer, including wheels, brakes and the dash. Different however is the use of a monoshock at the rear (believe it or not, an actual first for Royal Enfield) and what to us looks like a slightly larger tank. The other main points of difference are the handlebars, longer front forks and more upright ergonomics.

What is still up for debate is the engine that this latest motorcycle will use. Royal Enfield is working on two brand new engines – one around 400cc in capacity and another in the 750cc range. Given Royal Enfield’s ambitious international aspirations, it wouldn’t surprise us to see both engines being offered in western markets.