We are not in the Himalayas, however, but in Milwaukee, WI, where Royal Enfield NA has set up shop and where it has brought in two examples of the Himalayan for market testing.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan was conceived by CEO Siddhartha Lal, as an adventure touring, or dual-sport motorcycle. The Himalayan differs considerably from the other motorcycles offered by Royal Enfield – most of which are various incarnations of the Bullet utilizing the same frame and engine – in terms of its chassis and powertrain.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan was introduced in India in 2016 at a time when adventure-touring motorcycles were not quite the rage they are today. More so, it was a completely new product from a brand that thrived on its modern-classic motorcycles. And in its initial BS3 phase, the Himalayan did hit a few snags with issues in quality and performance.
The worst of its issue was, The Royal Enfield Himalayan was broken into two pieces during its adventure in LEH-LADAKH and so many issues were raised and several asked for refunds. But HIMALAYAN doesn’t give up.
The early Himalayan suffered some production issues. It was noted that the quality of parts was not up to the mark and in 2017 some users filed lawsuits to either demand compensation or return the bike for a refund. The company responded and in 2018 it was reported that “Royal Enfield is taking proactive steps to ensure the quality of its adventure motorcycle, the Royal Enfield Himalayan, both in the domestic and in the international markets.”
The new 2021 model got significant upgrades like tripper navigation powered by Google maps and redesigned Jerry can Holder.
Upon its introduction, the Himalayan was praised for its good suspension and off-road ability, while some criticism was directed to the relatively low power output of the engine. The motorcycle also has longer intervals between servicing and oil changes.
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The Himalayan’s engine was designed and produced by Royal Enfield from the ground up and shares little to no parts with other contemporaries in the company’s line-up. The engine named the LS410 indicating its long-stroke stroke ratio is a unit-construction 411 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled 4-stroke SOHC engine. The motor generates a power output of 24.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm (18.02 KW) and a maximum torque of 32 Nm at 4,000-4,500 rpm.
The engine also includes an oil cooler, a first among motorcycles manufactured by Royal Enfield India. The bike employs electronic fuel injection and the engine is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.
This engine has a single overhead camshaft, thereby moving away from the traditional push-rod design that had been used by the company from 1955, starting with the original BULLET up to the contemporary Classic series.
WHY HIMALAYAN FOR ADVENTURE?
The Himalayan is designed and built for a culture, a culture that is not western…but it is sold in western countries. Once you wrap your head around that fact you can be a lot more objective. It’s more of an adventure or overland motorcycle than a dual-sport or enduro, designed to live its life mostly on smoother tracks be them paved or dirt.
And some bikers decide their bike based on their decisions like style, height, speed, mileage, etc.
But I’ve chosen HIMALAYAN because the shape-the chassis design exited me a lot and the shock-absorber receives all the pain to the bike and gives me a floating experience while riding on-road obstacles.
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