Not much has been heard of late from Royal Enfield in Malaysia, via distributors The Big Bike Shop, but our colleague in paultan’org’s Bahasa Malaysia section, Durrani Shahrom, was informed that the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike will be launched locally in the first half of 2018. Although no pricing was given, we would hazard a guess at the Himalayan coming in at about RM40,000 or so.

The all-new Himalayan carries the Royal Enfield L410 engine, which displaces 411 cc in a single-cylinder, overhead-cam configuration, with liquid-cooling. Power is claimed to be 24.5 hp at 6,500 rpm and torque is rated at 32 Nm at 4,500 rpm, with power getting to the ground via a five-speed gearbox.

Designed as an adventure bike, the Himalayan comes with a 21-inch wheel in front and a 17-inch hoop at the back. Seat height is set at an accessible 800 mm, and wet weight is 183 kg, which, in relation to the power figure, means the Himalayan is designed more for leisurely journeys than blitzing down the highway.

Suspension up front is with a 41 mm diameter fork giving 200 mm of travel, and a rear monoshock with a stroke of 180 mm. The all new Himalayan chassis comes ready to accept luggage, and is made from steel to expedite repairs when off the beaten track.

LED lighting is used in the tail light, while the front headlight is a traditional halogen unit. Inside the cockpit, the meters are still analogue units, with a small LCD readout for the odometer.