Well, Royal Enfield’s new Himalayan turned out to be a bit of a disappointment up close at the recent Scottish Motorcycle Show.
At first glance it certainly looked impressive on the local dealer's stand. It is a full size ‘adventure’ motorcycle, complete with funky aluminium panniers, tank mounted water carrier and a tote bag. However, at 411cc and 24.5 bhp it looks like it would struggle to pull the skin off a rice pudding.
What was it like for size? I don’t know. They wouldn’t let you touch it much less sit on it as it was apparently the only one in the country and it wasn’t theirs.
Price? They don’t know yet. It depends.
What about a test-ride? Yes, one can be arranged, sometime in June, which will be when they get their one in.
I think that I'll give this one a miss for now.