Production of the Royal Enfield Himalayan began at the company’s manufacturing plant in Chennai, indicating that the market debut nears.
From the spyshots, it is evident that the final production version of Himalayan will get all the hardware and accessories as a stock fitting including the wind shield. However, note the absence of the saddle bag carriers on both the sides which will undoubtedly available as an showroom accessory. You can see the ‘Himalayan’ badging on the side panel.
The Himalayan is held together by a new twin craddle frame developed by RE’s UK subsidiary Harris Performance with the rear getting a new subframe to increase luggage carrying capability. It will also a tall front telescopic suspension with a high-mounted spatter guard, a simple circular headlamp with windshield, fuel tank protectors, exposed frame, rear monoshock, minimal body work, split seats, upswept exhaust (for good water wading capability), spoke wheels and on-off road tyres (from Ceat).
Under the skin, the Himalayan is rumoured to come with company’s new 410cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine producing 29 Bhp of power and 40 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Expected to be launched sometime in November-2015 with priced around Rs. 1.75 lakhs (ex-showroom). The ABS version is likely to be on offer.
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