Royal-Enfield 400 Himalayan 2016

It’s Royal-Enfield’s turn to 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. To go there or near, it’s a brand new machine that presents itself, having nothing in common with the Bullet, Classic or Continental GT. Its name is that of the most famous mountain range, located just after the horizon where the manufacturer is located. Himalayan. And how about crossing yaks, chortens and other pieces from Tibet riding a 400 ?!?

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 400 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 the field more easily with her 182 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 new 411 cm3 single cylinder. 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 3.6 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 400 Himalayan does not intend to shake up the adventurous segment. 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. But from there to seeing this Royal-Enfield on our roads and paths, nothing has been done yet. Its market is primarily (exclusively?) Asia, and with Euro4 standards, it is not ready to put its wheels on the continent. It will need enough to pass the approval, with injection, pollution control, ABS, and other trinkets. Will we see her? And at what cost? Between 5,000 and 6,000 euros maybe. This remains significant for a 400. And in addition, in a country where the 125-500 range is not very popular, finding a place is a challenge. Except that we don’t buy a Royal-Enfield by comparing it to better but for what it is and its image.

M.B – builder media

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Royal-Enfield 400 Himalayan 2016

  • Frame
  • Tank: 15 liters
  • Width: 840 mm
  • Height: 1360 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,465 mm
  • Operating weight: 182 kg
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  • Secondary chain transmission
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  • 411 cc
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