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Royal Enfield showcases three North American models at IMS

Following up its European debut in Italy at this year’s EICMA, Royal Enfield showcased three 2018 models, the Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Twin and Himalayan, at the Long Beach IMS.

“2018 will be a very exciting year for Royal Enfield in North America, as we introduce three entirely new motorcycles. These new motorcycles are fun, easy and affordable — and are perfect for new motorcyclists, veteran riders and everyone in between.” said Rod Copes, president, Royal Enfield, North America. “Royal Enfield is committed to growing the middle-weight motorcycle segment, and these new motorcycles are exactly what motorcycle enthusiasts have been desiring for years.”

Royal Enfield North America will bring the popular Himalayan model to dealers in summer 2018. Purpose-built for adventure, the Himalayan is built on a rugged duplex split cradle frame designed and developed by Harris Performance. The Himalayan’s 9-inch ground clearance ensures it can take on obstacles comfortably. An optimal wheel size combination allows for better control while riding over rocks and ruts. The Himalayan is powered by an overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long-stroke LS 410 engine. The engine delivers high torque and usable power at lower RPMs to make for smooth riding in higher gears at lower speeds, making it easier to climb hills or maneuver through traffic. Modern design and materials translate to increased efficiency and low maintenance.

Touring utility is built inherently into the Himalayan. A 4-gallon fuel tank provides a long range of approximately 280 miles. An ergonomical sync between foot pegs, handlebar and seat height provides a comfortable upright riding posture that is necessary for long rides. An accessible 31.5-inch seat height with lower mass-balance ensures ease of planting feet on the ground for complete control. The Royal Enfield Himalayan comes fitted with dual-purpose tires that lend a confident grip and performance across a range of conditions. In addition to complete braking control, the 300 mm front and 240 mm rear disc brakes help to reduce braking effort.

The Himalayan will be in available in two colors — Graphite and Snow — in the summer of 2018. The model will retail for $4,499 MSRP and will offer a full range of motorcycle accessories.

The Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 first made their debut at this year’s EICMA in Italy, see our coverage here for further details on these models. Both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 Twin are targeted to be available in the back half of 2018 in a variety of colors and two distinct styles — Standard and Retro Custom, with a target price of less than $7,000.

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