Royal Enfield Ramps It Up

Reader Contribution by The Motorcycle Classics Staff
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Proving the company is serious about dominating the mid-capacity market (bikes of roughly 400cc to 750cc), India’s Royal Enfield has launched a trio of new machines headed this way. The first of the new machines to roll out was the Himalayan, which was introduced in 2016, an all-new single cast in the adventure bike mold. Sharing nothing with RE’s venerable line of singles like the 500cc Classic and the 535cc Continental GT, the Himalayan is a clean-sheet design. Starting is electric only and the engine, a 24.5 horsepower 411cc single and RE’s first overhead cam design, features unit construction and a 5-speed transmission. Fuel injection and electronic ignition are featured, along with disc brakes front and rear. Expected to sell for around $4,500 when it finally goes on sale here in the U.S. in mid-2018, the Himalayan represents a serious challenge to many of the Asian lightweights and an excellent option to the popular but huge and heavy liter-plus adventure bikes from BMW and others.

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