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A Himalayan Adventure

Last month Royal Enfield USA introduced the motorcycling press to its new adventure star, the Himalayan. 

For many years the Royal Enfield name has been associated with the Indian-built classics produced off English tooling from the Fifties. Today the company is turning the corner. They are designing new products, introducing new models and recently opened a new facility in the UK. The Himalayan is the first of a string of new models slated to arrive at US dealers over the coming years.

Royal Enfield Introduction

Last month a reveal party was held at TexPlex Park near Dallas. The Himalayan was put through its paces on a variety of terrains, including asphalt. The overall mood was positive, it was obvious some were pleasantly surprised. But many of us old-timers remember the days of leaky crankcases and wobbly left-shift conversions of earlier Enfields. The Himalayan is... real.

The motor propelling the Himalayan is a 411cc thumper with 24 horsepower and 24 ft/lb of torque at 4500 RPM. This all meshes with a 5 speed tranny and the usual wet clutch setup. Nothing earth shattering about that— except it's a product of this century as opposed to a rehash of pre-war British technology.

With a growing dealer network, a fresh new facility in the UK designing new Royal Enfields and ever-growing demand for middleweight, affordable motorcycle the future is looking rosy for Royal Enfield. Who knows? Maybe the marque's best days are yet to come.

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