Royal-Enfield can embark on the dusty dreams of adventure. The journey beyond the wheels, the makeshift pebbles, the paths without signs or borders, or simply the daily exercise in the streets of New Dehli – a whole program that the Indian brand will embellish in its own way.
This is where we begin to perceive all the difference between the clash of cultures and lifestyles. In the trail market, we Europeans, fat and rich, see the adventure only through huge fully accomplished machines, very heavy, overpowered and stuffed with electronics. With the Royal-Enfield 410 Himalayan, we are in the adventure even before setting off. The bike is simple, ready for anything, offering the essential. Looks more like a Japanese utility trail than a mountain bike. Have we finally found the dahu of the motorcycle ?
The chassis is very simple, consisting of a very classic tubular steel cradle frame, to which is added a 41 mm fork with 200 mm travel, a mono-shock absorber with 180 mm, 21 spoke wheels. inches at the front and 17 at the rear with mixed tires. Nothing exceptional for the moment … because it is in substance that the Himalayan is revealed. The ground clearance announces the color: 220 mm. Reasonable value to make a little crossing, the level of an R 1200 GS. Except that the little Indian will play more easily on the ground with her 185 kilos fully loaded. Half a quintal less, you can feel it at the end of the day … and even before. With 15 liters of fuel in the tank, the adventurer will be able to drive for a long time. Its engine will not swallow tons of fuel but will not be exuberant either.
No Superbike engines or neutron thrusters. On the Himalayan, technology is at the service of the tested to resist the trying. We are not going to climb the curves of the Portimao circuit; we’re going to go everywhere without going too fast. The engine is provided by a single cylinder of 411 cm3. With a basic design, long stroke with sides of 78 x 86 mm, the block is fed via a carburetor and breathes through 2 valves (1 ACT). Cooling via fins on the cylinder head, 5-speed gearbox, final chain transmission, and modest performance. The engine outputs 24.5 horsepower at 6500 rpm, and its torque peaks at 3.4 mkg at 4000 rpm. Not enough to do lap times and tape the driver under acceleration, but that was never the goal. The goal is to ride smoothly, everywhere, all the time. And with such simple technology, you can fix just about anything in any lost village where there is a little handyman. Will change an injection system or an electronic regulation chip when you travel every day between Kathmandu and Raxaul…..
Braking does not swear, is intended to perform its function. A single 300mm disc up front with a 2 piston caliper and a 240mm rear. The everyday equipment is more evocative: metal engine guard, fork protection bellows, small screen, protection bars for the tank, rudimentary but sturdy luggage carrier, side and center stand, and a much more dashboard. modern than one might expect. Everything is there: tachometer, fuel gauge and needle tachometer, digital window with indication of the outside temperature, trips, time, gear engaged, and a digital compass.
The 410 Himalayan does not intend to shake the segment of adventurers. It does not have at all the same arguments as the domineering R 1200 GS or the surprising Multistrada 1200 Enduro. You could buy three Royal-Enfields for the price of the Ducati. On the one hand, technological domination, on the other the charm of old-fashioned mechanics and the bucolic simplicity of the function above all. Its market is primarily Asia, but the Indian brand believes in other places. The Himalayan has cracked its Euro4 approval and thus completes a range that is gaining confidence.
For its launch, this trail plays the price card: its launch price is 4495 euros until March 31 instead of 4795 euros.
It will also be available in an Equipped version, with two aluminum side cases – also at a promotional price to start with. 4995 euros to start then 5295 euros.
M.B – builder media
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400 Himalayan 2016
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about 130 km / h
The technical aspect
Royal-Enfield 410 Himalayan 2018
- Tank: 15 liters
- Width: 840 mm
- Height: 1360 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,465 mm
- Weight in running order: 185 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(78 x 86 mm)
at 6500 rpm
at 4000 rpm