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The build quality is significantly improved over Enfields of yore; a benefit of being both a clean-sheet design, and the heir to millions of dollars of production investment.Plastics are sturdy, wires hidden away and tucked, emission equipment is not tacked on, and everything is class standard for fit and finish.The Redditch Company partnered with Madras Motor to form Enfield India in 1955 to build Royal Enfield Bullets under license.It then was acquired by the Eicher Group in 1990, and currently churns out the Bullet, Continental GT, and four versions of the Classic. In 2013, Royal Enfield moved into a new factory in Chennai, with new tooling and manufacturing processes, then acquired Harris Performance Products in 2015.

of peak torque at 4,500 rpm (most of it readily available before that). These are conventional numbers that wouldn’t have been out of place more than 20 years ago, but it all works well in practice.

The components were chosen with a 50/50 on-road/off-road usage in mind. The front setup doesn’t offer much initial bite, and feel from the rear is “wooden,” but stopping power remains adequate.

The tires are CEAT, which is apparently a tire brand.

It’s average in the nicest use of the word, in that it doesn’t make a fuss of being throttled, and doesn’t vibrate you to numbness.

Everything is easy to use, with a light easy-to-control clutch and a transmission with smooth shift throws.

The Himalayan has a rugged presence that resides somewhere between fully bagged ADV and bare-bones dual-sport.

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