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  • Writer's pictureRakesh Nancharla

The Ultimate Adventure Machine: T11, My Royal Enfield Himalayan


For any adventure enthusiast, a motorcycle that is capable of taking you through challenging terrain with ease is an absolute must-have. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is one such machine that has earned a reputation for its ruggedness, versatility, and dependability. I have been riding my Royal Enfield Himalayan, which I fondly call T11, since 2017, and it has been my trusty companion on many adventures across India.

I named my bike T11 after Rakesh Sharma's space mission, Soyuz T-11. This mission holds a special place in my heart because I was born in the same year, 1984. As an avid space enthusiast and a bike lover, it only made sense to name my motorcycle after the first Indian to travel to space.

T11 has been with me on various types of terrain, from the narrow by-lanes of Old Delhi to the winding roads of the Himalayas and the rugged terrain of Ladakh. The Himalayan's upright seating position provides a comfortable ride even on long journeys, and the bike's long-travel suspension and high ground clearance make it ideal for handling rough patches and bumpy roads.

The 411 cc single-cylinder engine delivers consistent power output and is perfect for cruising at moderate speeds. The bike's exhaust note has a distinctive thump, which is typical of Royal Enfield motorcycles and adds to the overall experience.

One of the things I love about T11 is its ability to handle different types of terrain. The bike's dual-purpose tyres provide excellent grip on both on-road and off-road surfaces. The Himalayan's sturdy chassis and robust build quality make it capable of handling sharp turns and steep inclines with ease.

T11 has been a reliable machine, and maintaining it has been a breeze. Royal Enfield has an extensive service network across India, and the company's after-sales support is top-notch. The bike's build quality is excellent, and it has held up well over the years.

One of my most memorable journeys with T11 was a ride through the Himalayas. The bike performed flawlessly, and it was an unforgettable experience riding through some of the most beautiful landscapes in India. The bike's handling and performance gave me the confidence to tackle the challenging terrain, and I felt like I was in complete control of the machine.

In conclusion, T11 has been the ultimate adventure machine for me. It has taken me on many exciting journeys across India, and I'm sure there are many more adventures to come. If you're looking for a bike that can handle different types of terrain and provide a comfortable ride, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a fantastic choice. And if you're looking for a name for your machine, why not take inspiration from a space mission or a space explorer, like I did with T11?

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