November 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm #9384
SCAN through the comments section on any of our recent stories about adventure bikes – like the new Africa Twin or Triumph Tiger Explorer – and you’ll notice that there’s a vocal backlash against the complex technology being packed into the latest models.
It could be a valid point. The essence of a bike that’s going to be dragged through the mud, used, abused and expected to keep plugging on regardless can seem to be at odds with the technology-packed range-toppers that often wear the ‘adventure bike’ tag. Just as four-wheel-drive cars of yore – Spartan, rugged things like original Land Rovers and Jeeps – have given way to leather lined SUVs that go no further off-road than the spectator area for little Francesca’s pony trials, most of these modern adventure bikes are really destined, and intended, for an on-road life as luxury tourers.
Which is a round about way of bringing us to this, Royal Enfield’s forthcoming Himalayan, the first completely new model from the firm since time immemorial.
First published by Indian site AutoX (and subsequently claimed as a ‘scoop’ by an imaginative UK bike website) these pictures show a brace of near-production-spec Himalayans in their natural habitat: a muddy field somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
They are not the first spy shots we’ve seen of the Himalayan but it’s looking a bit more complete than last time.
If you’re looking for semi-active suspension, double-clutch transmissions, cornering ABS and multiple riding modes, the Himalayan isn’t likely to be the machine for you. Powered by an air-cooled single, believed to be around 410cc and making about 28bhp, which is bolted to a simple steel frame, it’s not a high-performance machine. But it does look like an immensely practical one, with a design that values simplicity above all else.
Unlike current Royal Enfields, it’s not a retro bike. The engine might be simple and air-cooled (so there’s no risk of a holed radiator in the middle of the back of beyond), but it’s totally new. There’s a monoshock rear suspension for the first time on an Enfield and the styling makes no effort to mimic older bikes. It’s not clear if that styling is entirely the work of Pierre Terblanche, who now heads the firm’s design department, but it’s likely that he’s had a hand in it.
It looks immensely rugged, particularly when fitted with the luggage racks as seen here, which are clearly designed to allow bags to be strapped to the front as well as the back and probably double as crash protectors. It shouldn’t be too heavy, either.
In India, the bike is only expected to cost around £2,500. It’s likely to be at least £1,000 more than that as and when it reaches these shores, but even then will look like a bargain.
The Himalayan is one of at least three new Royal Enfield models expected next year using two new engine platforms, the other being a 750 twin.
Visordown recently reported that Royal Enfield was to open a new development facility in the UK and had recruited a number of big industry names including Pierre Terblanche. The firm also recently bought British chassis maker Harris Performance.
Attachments:November 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm #5152
In an article about famed Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche moving to Royal Enfield an almost throwaway comment at the end of the article suggests Royal Enfield are wokring on a 350cc Adventure Bike.
PIERRE Terblanche has left Confederate Motorcycles to join Royal Enfield.
The South African designer, who has worked for Ducati, Cagiva, Piaggio and Norton, left the Alabama-based motorcycle firm to become head designer at Royal Enfield.
Siddhartha Lal, the CEO of Eicher, which owns Royal Enfield, said: “I am very excited that Pierre Terblanche has recently joined our team; he is one of the most prolific industrial designers for motorcycles, and is best known for having created some extraordinary motorcycles as the head of design for Ducati for over a decade.”
The news of Terblanche’s move comes shortly after internet reports suggest Royal Enfield will be releasing a new adventure bike along with a new 400cc engine to power upcoming models.February 19, 2015 at 9:13 am #7184
For most riders, there is no better way to witness the beauty of Himalayas than on a thumping Royal Enfield which amplifies the riding experience by ten folds. With the Himalayas being such an integral part of the RE charm, the company has now filed for a trademark for the name ‘Himalayan’ at the European Union’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and this could be the upcoming Adventure motorcycle.
It is believed that the upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan will be using a newly developed 385cc single-cylinder engine that could replace the outgoing 350cc engine currently powering several models from the Royal Enfield lineup. It is also safe to assume that the RE’s newest recruit, motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche will be playing a significant role in the development of the entire project.
The Chennai based manufacturer has been planning to make it big in major markets like Europe and is eyeing the 300-500 middle-weight segment. Royal Enfield hit the sweet spot with the Continental GT and nothing says they cannot replicate the same success with the Himalayan Adventure tourer. What we can expect on the upcoming motorcycle is a familiar RE design language and heavy improvements on the quality of parts and refinement of the engine. A little more reliability won’t hurt either.
In addition to the adventure bike, the trademark also covers a range of products including head protection, clothing, riding gear among other motorcycle paraphernalia that you would be using during those adventure rides. Expect more details in the near future.July 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm #9269
Rank: 50cc Rider
- Bike: 2015 Triumph Scrambler, 1973 XL250, 1974 OSSA Explorer, 2003 Adventurised Royal Enfield, others
Or you could make your own, with minimal expenditure. I’ve never had so much difficulty uploading pics on a forum as on this one, but when I suss it out I’ll put some up of my RE.
It’s amazingly practical for gravel roads and farm tracks.
Cost me $1900 for the bike and +/- $450 for the bolt-on bits (guards, saddle, exhaust and muffler, making up a rear subframe, air filter, bars) and a bit more for Mitas tyres.July 20, 2015 at 8:29 am #9270
Rank: 250cc Rider
Don,t give up love to see pics of adventure/off road adapted bikes old school enduro stuff is coolSeptember 10, 2015 at 9:42 am #9744
The Royal Enfield Himalyana has been spotted on the production line
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.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be officially unveiled later this year and will hit showrooms in early 2016.
Attachments:January 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm #11328
Royal Enfield Himalayan set to be unveiled at start of February
ROYAL Enfield looks set to unveil its new adventure bike, the Himalayan, on February 2, according to multiple sources in India
The news follows reports that Himalayan has completed a rigorous testing regime on rally stages in, where else, but the Himalayas.
Although it’s likely that Royal Enfield will initially concentrate on selling the Himalayan in its domestic market, we think it will eventually make its way to Europe. Because of this there’s no word on pricing outside of India, where it’s expected to cost around 200,000 rupees – about £2,061.
The bike’s spec won’t be revealed until it’s officially presented to the world but thanks to recent spy photos, we know what the finished bike looks like and we have a strong idea that it’s powered by a 410cc single-cylinder engine.
There is some speculation from India that will also be available in a more road-biased form with alloy wheels and different tyres to make it more of a touring bike.
Attachments:January 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm #11398
THe Himalayan has officially been confimred with pictures now on the Royal Enfield website, however no prices or specs have been released.
A promo video however has been released, pay particular attention to the last sceneFebruary 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm #11523
FOLLOWING the first official pictures and promotional video, Royal Enfield has just launched its new Himalayan adventure bike to the world at the Auto Expo in Delhi.
The presentation, which you can watch above (skip the first 15 minutes), was hosted by Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal, who talks through the bike at length and now it’s officially out there, there are some proper specs available.
We thought the engine was going to be around 410cc and we weren’t far off because the Himalayan is powered by a 411cc air-cooled single cylinder carb-fed engine paired with a five-speed gearbox.
It makes a claimed 25hp at 6,500rpm (slightly less than the 28hp we were expecting) and 23.6lb/ft torque at 4,000 – 4,500rpm.
The bike’s kerb weight is 182kg, although Royal Enfield doesn’t explained what it classes as kerb weight.
The Himalayan is built around a half duplex split cradle frame. At the front are a set of 41mm conventional forks with 200mm travel and at the other end is a monoshock that gives 180mm travel.
Braking at the front is handled by a two-piston floating caliper biting on to a 300mm disc, while the rear gets a 240mm disc and single piston caliper.
Ground clearance is 220mm and the seat height is 800mm.
It’s available in two colours – ‘Snow’ and ‘Granite’.
The 21 inch front wheel is shod with a 90/90 section tyre, while the 17 inch rear gets a 120/90.March 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm #11797
So pricing has just been announced in India for the new Royal Enfield Himalayan
178,872 Rupee which is just under $4000NZ! at current exchange rates.
Attachments:September 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm #14035
I received an email from Boyd’s Motorcycles this morning with some updated info about the Royal Enfield Himalayan coming to NZ.
Thought I’d share the details of the Himalayan that have been confirmed.
Seat height: 800mm
Weight: 182 kg wet.
Ground clearance: 200mm
Fuel capacity: 15 ltrs
Transmission: 5 speed
Engine: All-new 411cc air-cooled, four-stroke, overhead camshaft unit that develops 24.5bhp of power @6500rpm and a torque of 32Nm @4000-4500rpm
The instrument panel is very easily readable and helps in keeping track of speed, direction (with the integrated compass), time, temperature and even your service reminder.
Approximate price is going to be $7,490 + ORC but will confirm this at a later stage.
We have been told they will be available before Christmas and colour options are White or Black.September 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm #14037
Rank: 400cc Rider
- Bike: Vstrom 650, husaberg 300
I received an email from Boyd’s Motorcycles this morning with some updated info about the Royal Enfield Himalayan coming to NZ.
I see there is one on trade me, auction number 1164514535March 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm #17334
I was in Boyds a few days ago and asked again when the Himalayan was due in as previously it was due the end of last year, apparently they’ve now been told the end of this month.
Himalayan owners complain about reliability / quality issues – Is Royal Enfield listening?
Complaints with regard to quality, dependability and service issues where the Royal Enfield Himalayan is concerned grows by the day.
Criticism of Royal Enfield Himalayan commenced with the bike’s initial promotional videos even prior to launch. It was seen being ridden by Dakar rally racer CS Santosh and when he landed the bike, the right foot peg broke off. Being an experienced rider, he managed to gain control of the situation.
The complaints and issues with the Himalayan did not end there and it went on to face multiple such issues and buyers, besides having to contend with quality issues also had to face poor after sales service.
RE Himalayan leaks fuel
One buyer’s Himalayan was leaking fuel even before delivery.
The bike was itself designed for adventure and to be taken across the rough and rugged country side. However, any owner will tell you that this is not the case. The bike cannot be depended on to go outside city limits leave alone tackle uneven territory.
It has been over a year since the Himalayan has been launched and there has been no respite in sight in dealing with the fragile quality of the bike nor have service facilities been spruced up, much to the dismay of most owners who have invested their hard earned money in the purchase of this vehicle.
A service advisory from top management to all Royal Enfield service stations across India.
Problems faced by owners range from gearbox failure to paint chipping and blocked fuel pipe. Owners also have to deal with the bike pulling to one side, disassembly of front fork and rusting of components. The list of customer complaints ranges on to rusting, stalling, electrical failure, fogging of instrument cluster and rear tyre locking. Even as Royal Enfield tries its best to rectify all these issues, the steady flow of complaints makes it difficult to keep track while the bike itself has lost its credibility standing in the market.
Below are some of the issues shared by Royal Enfield owners on social media, online forums, including their official website.
One owner found chipped paint inside fuel tank. He realized this when the fuel line was blocked.
Front suspension rust / quality issues is causing handling nightmare.
Flywheel key split into half for one of the owners
Chassis has cracked for many owners.
Attachments:April 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm #17528May 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm #17915
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- Bike: KLX150L, R1200GS
There is a review of the Royal Enfield Himalayan over on New Atlas by Loz Blain : http://newatlas.com/2017-royal-enfield-himalayan-review/49213/
The video in the article is worth a watch as Loz is his typical self with lines like – “Lots of fun, very basic, super friendly. You put you’re grandma on this thing and send her down a dirt road you might not ever see her again (but that happens with grandmas sometimes)”.
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