The adventure bike market in Malaysia is set for a new arrival this year, courtesy of Royal Enfield. News has come in from the marque’s new exclusive distributor, RE Motorcycles, that the Royal Enfield Himalayan is now open for bookings, and prices are estimated to be from RM38,000 to RM40,000.

Exact pricing has yet to be confirmed and will have to wait for the official launch planned for May this year, though several orders for the India-made Himalayan have been received, according to an RE Motorcycles representative.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan first made its global debut in 2015 and regionally, arrived at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in 2016. This adventure motorcycle is powered by a 411 cc single-cylinder L410 overhead cam, air- and oil-cooled engine, producing a claimed 24.5 hp at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Transmission is via a five-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

As an adventure bike by design, the Himalayan is equipped with a 21-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel. Seat height is 800 mm, while wet weight is 183 kg. Suspension is courtesy of a 41 mm front fork with 200 mm of travel, while a monoshock resides out back with 180 mm of travel.

A windscreen and luggage mounts come as standard on the Himalayan, while the latter is constructed of steel to facilitate repairs when required further away from civilisation. Elsewhere, headlamps are halogen units with the tail light employing an LED setup. Instrumentation features analog dials incorporating LCD odometer readouts as well as a digital compass.

The new distributorship also saw the opening of a Royal Enfield 3S centre in Shah Alam, though the location will only be officiated at the end of this month.

GALLERY: Royal Enfield Himalayan at GIIAS 2016