The Himalayan is a very versatile bike. You can ride It almost anywhere in India and it is a good machine to teach us Indians “How to off-road”. The project Himalayan bike was provided to the Smoked Garage by Royal Enfield UK. The Smoked Garage started off by removing the fuel tank and other panels in order to design an entire new bodywork around the chassis. The team came up with a naked design for the bike. They removed the front headlight assembly and replaced it with an ‘alien-ish’ setup. The whole bike was made more slim, compact and light. Losing almost 19 kg in the process the finished Royal Enfield Himalayan stood at 175 kg.
The Himalayan has a very minimalist styling as default, so the builders kept the custom design in the same theme. The final bodywork looked similar to Husqvarna motorcycles, with a chiselled tank, and an almost empty rear end. The custom Himalayan, also known as the ‘SG-411’ was also equipped with a number of mechanical improvements, first being the upgraded suspensions. At the front, the 41 mm forks are replaced with a 43 mm Showa USD suspension and at the rear, an Ohlins monoshock with the piggyback reservoir is used instead of the stock one. The swingarm is also custom built to perform in accordance with the new chassis.
In order to increase stopping power, Nissin 4-piston calipers are used to bite down on two 310 mm floating discs. The wheels are still ‘spoked’ but are covered with carbon coated covers. The front wheel is 18-inch while the rear is a small 14-inch unit. Both are covered in a Dunlop K180 rubber for easy dirt riding.
Talking about the aesthetics, the bike is painted in a dark matte green colour known as 'Dark Army Green'. The bike also features a custom exhaust with a reworked header pipe for design synergy. The new handlebar was also an aftermarket unit from ProTaper. Finally, The instrument cluster along with indicators and control buttons was supplied by Motogadget.
The custom Himalayan ‘SG-411’ is lighter, faster and one of a kind.
By: Yetnesh Dubey