The rumored launch month of the Royal Enfield Himalayan is here but it seems like we may have to wait longer than expected to get our hands on this upcoming thumper. New rumors suggest that Royal Enfield has postponed the launch to the month of February, most likely at the same time as the 2016 Auto Expo. Meanwhile, Royal Enfield still continues testing India’s first lower displacement adventure tourer, the Himalayan.
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Over half dozen spy images that were snapped courtesy curious eyes and affordable smartphones indicate that the Royal Enfield Himalayan will be available in two variants. The adventure tourer variant will come packed with features that bellow the job that the motorcycle is bestowed upon. The rugged adventure tourer, aimed to devour lesser known roads, comes packed with features such as windscreen, luggage panniers and a high raised mudguard.
The second version that will share the stage with the Himalayan adventure tourer at the launch, will be the street focused avatar of the motorcycle and will roll out of the showrooms sans the windscreen, luggage panniers and with a conventional front fender.
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Both variants are likely to draw power from an all-new 410cc oil-cooled engine that will deliver 24 bhp of power which is likely to be transferred to the rear wheel via a five-speed transmission. According to previous reports, Royal Enfield intends to price the Himalayan below the psychological barrier of Rs 2 lakh and in fact, according to insiders, may well be priced between Rs 1.65 lakh to Rs 1.85 lakh.
So what will the final products looks like? Will Royal Enfield continue with the same thumping exhaust sound or will this new adventure spec motorcycle, and its street avatar, receive a more refined, touring friendly note that is more sonorous? We hope it’s the latter. What do you wish to see? Share your views and opinions with us through the comments section below.