Introducing Your Adventure Bikes
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Arguably, when Royal Enfield first conceived the idea of a purpose built adventure bike the obvious path of least resistance would have been to simply make over and repackage the old faithful Bullet.
Thankfully what’s patently obvious here is that the guys at Royal Enfield knew all to well that if they were going to call a purpose built adventurer The Himalayan , then they’d best make sure it has all the credentials to match.
However, this bike is clearly testament to all that joined up thinking, research and development by the best brains at Royal Enfield.
The decision to enlist the services of the legendary UK based Harris performance to come up with a frame to wrap around their all new 411cc long stroke motor was nothing short of inspired.
Throw in long travel suspension at both ends and proper brakes , a twenty one inch front wheel and you’ve already got the makings of a capable little bike.
Where the Himalayan really excels , it feels as happy touring the open road as it is tackling pretty much any type of terrain India can throw at it.
It’s lofty twenty four horsepower and ample low end grunt make for a predictable linear power delivery , great fun and sure footed enough to inspire confidence in both old hands as well as the not so experienced rider .
In true Royal Enfield tradition it’s still simple enough to fix with nothing more than a rock in the middle of nowhere, and with a mammoth 450 kilometers between fuel stops its frugal enough to get you there.
Add a sensible seat height and you’ve not only got a genuinely comfortable all day riding position but all of a sudden an adventure bike for the rider who’s a tad shorter in the leg.
Weighing in at one hundred and eighty odd kilos it’s a feels fairly lightweight and nimble , it’s also comes without the usual acres of expensive plastics and there’s fitted crash bars should you need them.
The Himalayan was an absolute no brainer for us and the obvious steed of choice for our clients across all our routes.
Royal Enfield Bullet
The Royal Enfield Bullet can trace its Indian roots back way beyond the 1950’s
In 1965 the Indian army placed an order for an inconceivable 800 bikes just as the final bell began to toll on the whole British bike industry, the decision was made back in “Blighty” to let the Indians build their own and UK production sadly ceased in 1970.
The “Bullet” moniker is a nod to its bulletproof nature rather than anything its 1950’s “unbullet-like” 18 horsepower can muster.
Yet you simply couldn’t wish for a finer steed to experience real India on as its whole “yesteryear” feel instantly transports today’s rider back and reconnects you with your first joyous days of motorcycling.
Its a bike with soul and many an idiosyncrasy, a bike you befriend and that you’ll grow to love and that will pay you back in spade fulls.
Whoever thought 18 horsepower could deliver so many smiles per miles!