There is something about motorcycle rides that only riders can experience. The thrill of a solo journey or even a group of riders from a local motorcycle club is unforgettable. Setting out on a long haul drive early in the morning, stopping for coffee, clicking selfies at scenic points, crossing different terrains, getting lost in the wilderness is a whole different level of adventure.
If you are from Chennai, chances are that you would have done a motorcycle cruise ride along the scenic tarmac beach road of Easy Coast Road. Far different from other highways, this 160 KM 4-lane road that stretches all the way till Pondicherry is a rider’s bliss. With hardly any traffic after a certain point and almost impeccable road conditions, riding here is a sheer adventure by itself. The ocean’s view on the left makes it all the better. I can’t even remember how many times I have done this trip myself.
An Adventure Definition
But what does adventure include? Is adventure all about adrenaline pumping Bungee Jumping, Parasailing, JetSkis, Hot Air Balloon or Trekking? No. Adventure doesn’t quantify itself into these set of activities. It encompasses anything you experience with a fresh wave of energy. An adventure of visiting a new city, an adventure to find a hidden place, an adventure to try out a different food or a tarmac adventure on your Royal Enfield…there are infinite possibilities.
Adventure through motorcycles is a space that only one motorcycle manufacturer has successfully managed to capture in the people’s minds and that’s none other than Royal Enfield. A brand that’s known for its multi terrain, long range cruise motorcycles and also an iconic symbol of India, RoyalEnfield is the very definition of tarmac adventure for me (we still call it a Bullet as our favourite nickname, though only the classic 500 is referred to as such).
Fear of the Unknown
Yes, before every trip, there’s a fear of the unknown. Hundreds of questions pop in like “where do I go, when do I begin, will it be safe, can I manage everything on my own or am I taking a foolish risk”. That said, fears are on one side and riding a Royal Enfield Himalayan is on the other. It takes care of you and makes your riding experience ever-lasting.
This time the added features of BS6 engine should have you, the rider, even more excited. BS6 has an engine that is environment friendly and complying with emission norms. But what I am looking forward to is the enhanced brake mechanism that will ensure a smoother riding experience with lesser stopping distance. The new motorcycle will also come with an improved side-stand that will make parking on any kind of terrain easy. So all in all, adventure has surely got a new upgrade and not to forget my tarmac adventure boots to accompany me while I ride the RoyalEnfield Himalayan BS6 to new unknown terrains.
Since riding right now is not possible, I was browsing for tarmac adventure videos on YouTube and came across this interesting campaign video by Royal Enfield Himalayan.This video focuses on rider Sanjay who is an ironman runner and entrepreneur and talks about his take on how not all adventures are off road.
RoyalEnfield Himalayan BS6 Specifications
Ever since I laid my eyes on the RoyalEnfield Himalayan BS6, having seen their earlier version 4 years back, I knew this was a sureshot winner. With the BS6 certified engine, the RoyalEnfield Himalayan is powered with a 411 cc single cylinder engine and definitely a great on-road as well as off-roading motorcycle.
Max Power is 24 bhp @ 6500 rpm. It also comes with a digital electronic ignition, 5 speed constant mesh gearbox, dual-channel ABS and 15ltr fuel capacity tank. Ground clearance is 220 mm.
Traversing easily on sand, broken roads, water puddles or even ice, the fantastic suspension has always been the highlight of every Royal Enfield model. In fact for all the above said reasons, it’s also the official motorcycle if someone wants to do a Delhi to Leh-Ladakh motorcycle trip. So the Royal Enfield Himalayan is apt in being named so.
So let’s do an adventure exercise, shall we. What is your favourite or earliest memory of riding/owning a Royal Enfield? Do share it with me in the comments.
Picture Credits : Royal Enfield Himalayan website