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Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd and Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield riding the newly launched bikes

Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd and Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield riding the newly launched bikes   | Photo Credit: 08dmc Royal Enfield

At a time when cars are tapping the lowest common denominator, the bike manufacturers are going for the other extreme. We have more and more bikes exorbitantly priced and innovatively positioned in the market. On the same lines we had the launch of Royal Enfield Himalayan, which was unveiled in New Delhi recently. Made completely from scratch, the bike titled Himalayan is purpose-built for adventure and touring in the Himalayas. Powered by the new LS 410 engine, it paves the way for a purer, non-extreme and more accessible form of adventure touring.

Speaking at the unveiling, Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd., said, “Himalayan is the culmination of Royal Enfields’ 60 years of enduring history in its spiritual home – the Himalayas. Our single biggest insight in all these years of riding has been that the best motorcycle for the Himalayas is not one that tries to dominate its landscape, but one that is able to go with its flow. Large adventure tourers that currently define this category do not fare well in the Himalayas as they are very heavy, extremely complicated, intimidating and not really designed for this environment. With its purpose-built ground-up design, the Himalayan is a simple and capable go-anywhere motorcycle that will redefine adventure touring in India.”

The Himalayan is powered by a completely new and evolved overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long stroke LS410 engine. The new engine delivers high torque and usable power at low RPMs making for a smooth ride in higher gears at lower speeds, making it easy to climb hills, or to manoeuvre through congested traffic.

According to Lal, a lot of thinking went into putting the seat on the right height. “As we all know that most of the Indians are less than six feet in height, we have kept the seat height to 800 mm with lower mass-balance to ensure ease of planting feet on ground for complete control and also provide an upright riding posture which is necessary for long rides.”

A 15 litre knee sculpted fuel tank provides a range of about 450 km.

A simple instrument cluster keeps track of speed, direction, ambient temperature, travel time, service intervals and multiple trip distances. Himalayan comes with dual-purpose tyres that lend a confident grip and performance across a range of riding conditions. The 300 mm front and 240 mm rear disc brakes help to reduce braking effort.

Before being unveiled, the company has invested significant time and effort in testing the Himalayan extensively with experts and across multiple terrains for both off-road and on-road manners.

Starting from the Bruntingthorpe airfield in United Kingdom to the race track in Sriperumbudur, Chennai; from off-road terrains to urban settings and then in real world riding conditions in the Himalayas clocking lakhs of kilometres.

The bike will be available in two colour options – Granite and Snow and is on display at select Royal Enfield stores in Delhi and NCR region. The price will be announced by mid-March.

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Printable version | Aug 12, 2020 9:55:33 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/ready-for-the-ride/article8203557.ece

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