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ROYAL ENFIELD’S HIMALAYAN HAS GOT THE FUN FACTOR
Written by Shellwood Blake on 13th February 2018

*New to the UK market, the Himalayan is trialled by Adventure Bike Training**

Royal Enfield, the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world, presents the Himalayan — a motorcycle purpose-built for adventure and touring in the Himalayas. The Royal Enfield Himalayan paves the way for a purer and more accessible form of adventure touring. In fact, the bike’s off-road capabilities make it as well suited to city riding as it is for treacherous mountain trails.

Following its launch at EICMA in 2016, Royal Enfield’s Himalayan has been long awaited in the UK market. The critical reception to the 410cc small adventure bike has been overwhelming and, in a head-to-head review with five other bikes in Bike magazine, the Himalayan came out on top. The bike embodies Royal Enfield’s sizeable UK expansion pegged to their R&D facility, at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.

Paul Clarke, owner of Norwich dealer Moonraker Motorcycles was so firmly convinced of the Himalayan’s credentials as an affordable general use road bike, that he placed the Himalayan in the hands of expert Kevin Hammond who runs the Adventure Bike Training company from his Syderstone farm near Fakenham. Hammond’s credentials include having been one of Dakar legend Si Pavey’s instructors and one of the UK trio that won the International GS trophy in South Africa in 2010. Well placed to advise the Himalayan’s credentials, Hammond put the bike through its paces over his purpose built obstacles.Commenting on the Himalayan, Kevin Hammond said “the fun factor was huge, I’ve had a lot of fun this morning. I’ve ridden £15,000 to £20,000 bikes and not had as much fun as I did on that. It comes with a lot of kit, screen, sump guards, racks front & rear, the rubber inserts on the pegs are removable for adventure riding, it has a light clutch, decent brakes and the Pirelli tyres work well. The seat was comfortable and I like the addition of the oil cooler.

I’d only add heated grips and handguards. It would be nice to be able to turn off the ABS for sliding turns but it would not dissuade me from buying one. The quality was good, the handlebars are strong, it will take a bit of abuse. I can see why people are talking about it in the adventure world, it’s going to be an important bike out there this season for sure and the price point is fantastic.”

The Himalayan is powered by a completely new and evolved overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long stroke LS 410 engine. The all new engine delivers high torque and usable power at lower RPMs. This makes for smooth riding in higher gears at lower speeds, making it easy to climb hills, or to manoeuvre through traffic. Modern design and materials of the engine translate to increased efficiency and low maintenance, and the engine can go 10,000 kilometres between oil changes.

Royal Enfield’s Himalayan comes fitted with dual-purpose tyres that lend a confident grip and performance across a range of conditions. In addition to complete braking control, the 300mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes and Dual Channel ABS brakes help to reduce braking effort. Starting from the Bruntingthorpe airfield in the UK to the race track in Sriperumbudur, Chennai, India; from off-road terrains to urban settings and then in real world riding conditions in the Himalayas; the Himalayan has been tested extensively by experts, for both off-road and on-road manners. 

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