Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lai was asked the question ‘will they produce a larger capacity Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike’ his answer was ‘Yes, we will’. ‘We have selected which models we will be making bigger and more powerful versions of than we have today, and they Royal Enfield Himalayan is one of those.’
Siddhartha explained that the move was a strategic one designed to help Indian-owned Royal Enfield achieve its goal of becoming number one in global sales in the middleweight segment by 2022.
‘That’s the playing field we’ve set ourselves for many different reasons,’ he said.
Siddhartha also confirmed that the brand will not build any motorcycles larger than 750cc or smaller than 250cc.
‘I don’t expect to go below our current 350cc capacity, though,’ he said. Today there’s a large section of people who really like to ride our Royal Enfield on highways where the traffic is going 110 to 120km/h. But you’re struggling at that speed on our motorcycle and for some people it’s not the most pleasant experience because you’re going at full throttle all the time, and you can’t do that for too long without getting frazzled.’
Siddhartha didn’t say when to expect the larger-capacity adventure bike, not the incoming parallel-twin spied in India recently, but given the surprising success of the 410cc version in both domestic and export markets, expect it sooner rather than later.