The adventure motorcycle scene is booming in India. Starting with a handful of small tour operators working with western bikers and the ubiquitous RE hire companies trading with the backpacker crowd, the Himalayan motorcycle touring sector is now big business. There are multiple tour operators in the region appealing to a diverse and unusual mix of bikers: the lure of the big mountain roads attracts Indian and foreign riders alike, both gnarly adventurers and local trippers.
Shrewdly Royal Enfield have become the mainstay of the Himalyan riding expedition. The solid, no nonsense single engines bikes with great MPG, good torgue and robust design are the perfect machines for the challenges of these roads. But RE have now gone one better; producing the first new bike from the Chennai factory for years, specifically aimed at the mountain challenges of Northern India.
Here’s the RE link to the Himalayan Motorcycle Launch and technical brief:
Next expedition we plan WILL involve one of these! Full review to follow then.