It is the first model to be built on the two new engine platforms the company is developing.
Motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield on Wednesday launched Himalayan, an all terrain 411-cc bike, priced at Rs. 1.55 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra).
“We are creating a new segment of adventure tourer in India. We hope to get a lot of adventure bikers through this. We will have to wait and see if it is adopted very quickly or gradually picks up,” Eicher Motors MD and CEO Siddhartha Lal told PTI.
Himalayan has generated interest in all the markets where the company is present, including the U.S. and Europe, he said.
With its purpose-built ground-up design, the Himalayan is a simple and capable “go-anywhere” motorcycle that will redefine adventure touring in India, Mr. Lal said.
Himalayan comes with a five-speed gearbox and 24.5 BHP engine. The company would also sell accessories to go with the bike, which has a ground clearance of 210 mm.
It is the first model to be built on the two new engine platforms the company is developing. Multiple products could be launched based on the two new engine platforms. The new products would be in the range of 250 cc to 750 cc.
The company plans to produce up to 9 lakh motorcycles by end of 2018 from its two existing manufacturing facilities and a third upcoming facility in Tamil Nadu.
Royal Enfield is also building two new technology centres — one in India and another in the U.K.
2015 Kashmir Despatch