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Royal Enfield Himalayan Off-Road Adventure: The Dirt-Raider Put to Test

Sarthak Dogra | News18.com @SarthakDogra

Updated: April 20, 2017, 10:46 AM IST
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Royal Enfield Himalayan has grabbed the attention of many riders for all the right reasons. The first dedicated off-roader by Royal Enfield has been designed to take on challenges offered by paths other than the everyday roads.

Back in February, we reviewed the bike for a month-long duration, to test its everyday performance and how it faired in the traffic infested roads of Delhi. The Himalayan never disappointed us in those conditions and so we decided to step up the challenge.

We took the Royal Enfield Himalayan to Off-Road Adventure Zone, a dedicated off-roading establishment located on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road. The dirt laden tracks there were just right to push the bike to max and see if it could ‘walk its talk’.

Royal Enfield has often talked about Himalayan’s off-roading capabilities. As we tested it out for the same, we found that the bike does surprise you with its over-the top capabilities off the road.

The 182 kg bike felt well-balanced throughout, owing to its central weight-distribution. As we went over the ‘Rumble Strips’, the 21-inch front wheel and the 220 mm ground clearance came into play to save the bike from any scraping at the bottom. As is visible in the video, these rumble strips are way bigger than what you are used to encountering on the road.

The Himalayan went easily over the ‘Camel Humps’ as well. This is wherein the tyres with tread patterns and the high-handlebar of the bike helped. What the bike lacked was a bit of extra power on top of its 24.5 bhp.

The suspensions of the bike worked wonderfully well with the 200 mm and 180 mm travel of the front and rear suspension respectively. The 5-speed transmission was a bit clunky to ride with yet it generated enough Torque (Max - 32 Nm) to ride through any rough patch.

All in all, the Himalayan fared amazingly well off the road too and priced at Rs 1.6 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi), this could be the best budget buy for any adventure motorcycling enthusiast.

Here is the entire off-roading ride in pictures.

First Published: April 20, 2017, 10:46 AM IST
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