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malky

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Himalayan
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:22:59 am »
The Himalayan unveil film is on YouTube.
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Re: Himalayan
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 10:43:25 am »
That is an interesting video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMb_HSvGZyo

The press introduction of the Himalayan was not exactly up to BMW or Ducati standards (to say the least - it was out in the middle of nowhere and used a large background photo to simulate a Himalayan location), but it got the idea across.  I noted that there are no plans right now to export the Himalayan beyond India (which probably is a good idea with a brand new model).  The bike's price will not be announced until mid-March.  It is nice to see what appears to be a modern factory building the engine. Also the engine finally has a vibration balancer, no doubt a welcome addition to the design.  There was some mention of the instrument panel being able to provide a relatively wide range of information, such as a compass, but the display was not shown.

I was kind of taken aback when it was mentioned that RE had no idea how well the Himalayan would sell, as they felt it was going into an entirely new market category. They seemed to be saying that they felt that if they built it a new market would be established and it would sell, but they really have no idea in what volume. Kind of odd for a modern manufacturer of anything to make that statement.  ???

I really think the bike should do well in India as a practical vehicle (depending on the price), but they will have to keep building the Bullet to hang on to the traditionalists. I also got a kick out of one of the questions regarding RE's push for fancy boutique sales stores in India. The implication was that it might be going in the wrong direction for the typical India motorcycle customer. All in all an interesting and informative video. You can go to minute 30 and miss half an hour of hot air.   ;)
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Re: Himalayan
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2016, 12:13:34 pm »
I think Richard makes some very good points. RE is opening a new market in India. Remember they virtually own the leisure bike market which was a happy acccident of the emerging middle class along with an iconic brand. I think India is ready for this next phase. You are also right that it may be a long time before we see them here because the bike has a carburetor. Here is my take on it and it is only a partial examination of the launch

Been a lot posted around the net today about the official introduction of the Himalayan and thought we would post from this Indian trade magazine to put it all together.
As the former US distributor we have been involved with bike development with RE for over 16 years. The Himalayan is without a doubt the best planned and executed launch ever done by the company illustrating it's growing sophistication.
The GT was "introduced" and promised for three consecutive years with no product available. When they were finally available it was long after the "fever" had passed. RE did not do a total reveal of the Himalayan until it was ready and apparently within a month of product actually being available. The Himalayan took much longer to develop than RE expected and kudos to them for waiting and getting it right.
I think that Royal Enfield hit the nail squarely on the head in design, performance and execution for it's intended market. The price is really aggressive and will position them perfectly in the marketplace. I think this is their best new offering ever for many reasons and could be the beginning of a new chapter for RE.
Two thumbs up! - Kevin Mahoney
http://www.indianbikenews.com//royal-enfield-himalayan.html
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Re: Himalayan
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 10:38:01 am »
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016, 05:21:16 pm »
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