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Royal Enfield Himalayan to be launched on March 16, price likely to be Rs 2 lakh
Maker of the iconic Bullet motorcycle, Royal Enfield unveiled its new model the Royal Enfield Himalayan on Tuesday. Himalayan is a robust 411 cc bike, tailor made for mountain biking.

Company sources have confirmed that the bike would be launched on March 16, but however the price has so far not been confirmed. But the expected price of the bike is likely to be around Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The Himalayan is powered by a 411 cc, single-cylinder, overhead cam, 24.5 bhp producing air cooled engine.

Royal Enfield has for the first time used a new engine platform for the Himalayan, by doing away with the push-rod architecture and introducing overhead cam. So, now the engine will not require tappet adjustments and will be free revving with more power than any Bullet produced till now.

The Himalayan also does not require frequent oil changes, and the service intervals shall be of 10,000 km.

The Himalayan has a 21-inch spoked front wheel and a 17-inch wheel at the rear end, giving the bike a 220mm of ground clearance.

A lot of add-on accessories like hard-cased panniers for carrying luggage, soft saddle bags and fuel cannisters. However the small fuel tank of 15 litre capacity is a big let down.

Royal Enfield will cater to a new segment of adventure bikers in India, who so far had no option in this segment from any other Indian manufacturer. The company is banking heavily on the Himalayan to register more growth in the year 2016. 

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