Royal Enfield tests the new Himalayan before its much-anticipated launch
Testing the new Himalayan in the Himalayas is a logical choice.
If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, you understand the allure of a classic bike, the kind that's etched into the annals of motorcycling history. Royal Enfield, an iconic manufacturer with a rich heritage, has managed to capture the hearts of riders worldwide with its Himalayan. A beloved model that has earned its place in the hearts of adventure-seekers, the Himalayan has become synonymous with rugged exploration and unparalleled reliability. But how do you reinvent a legend without losing the essence that makes it so special? This is the challenge Royal Enfield faced when crafting the new Himalayan, set to be unveiled on November 7, 2023, at EICMA.
The Weight of Expectation
Designing a completely new motorcycle from the ground up is no small feat. However, reimagining a beloved classic like the Himalayan is a challenge of a different order. Riders have formed emotional attachments to this bike, and any changes must be approached with the utmost care. The delicate balance of innovation and tradition is a tightrope that Royal Enfield must walk.
A Glimpse of the Future
The first official image of the new Himalayan was revealed by Royal Enfield in early October 2023, creating ripples of anticipation among riders. Internet sensation and world moto traveler, Itchy Boots, began releasing a carefully timed video series featuring her adventures on a pre-production Himalayan in the Himalayas. This move ignited excitement in the motorcycling community, giving us a glimpse of what the future holds.
Testing the Limits
Royal Enfield has gone to great lengths to ensure the new Himalayan lives up to its legendary status. They've created a short film showcasing what they call the "Final Test." In this film, various test riders and Enfield staff participate in a relay test, taking new Himalayans on a journey from Enfield's manufacturing facility in Oragadam, Chennai, to the breathtaking heights of Umling La, the world's highest motorable mountain pass, located a staggering 19,024 feet above sea level. To put this into perspective, a signpost along the road marks the point where you ascend higher than Everest Base Camp.
Unveiling the Heart
While full details are still under wraps, Royal Enfield has revealed a crucial piece of information in their video—the engine. The new Himalayan will sport a 452cc single-cylinder design, promising a robust 40 horsepower. This aligns with longstanding rumors about the bike's power. Royal Enfield's goal is to cater to the desires of existing Himalayan 411 fans, focusing on enhanced power, improved suspension, and an overall superior riding experience, encouraging enthusiasts to spend more time in the saddle.
The Verdict Awaits
The success of the new Himalayan remains uncertain until Royal Enfield unveils all the details, and the bike finds its way into the hands of riders. We've been closely following the development and testing of the new Himalayan on our RideApart Instagram page, and we're excited to provide our own in-depth review shortly. However, in the world of motorcycling, it's ultimately the riders who decide how they feel about new bikes.
The anticipation is building, and the world will soon witness the new Royal Enfield Himalayan in all its glory. The balance between innovation and honoring tradition is a delicate one, but if anyone can strike it, it's Royal Enfield. The Himalayan's legacy is poised to continue, and riders are eager to embark on new adventures with this iconic motorcycle.
As November 7, 2023, draws near, the motorcycling world holds its breath, eager to welcome the next chapter in the Himalayan saga. One thing is for sure: the Himalayan has never been just a motorcycle; it's a symbol of freedom, adventure, and the open road.