It looks like Royal Enfield has just broadened their lineup to include a new all purpose, on and off road motorcycle called the Himalayan. The inspiration is the vast and varied terrain of the Himalayas themselves, but in making an all purpose, go anywhere bike, they came up with something as well suited for city streets and potholes as it is mud and dirt. It's an adventure bike.
It's still powered by a single, but it's all new, a long stroke 411cc air cooled single that also sports an external oil cooler and drives through a 5 speed transmission. The frame, designed by Harris Performance, has high ground clearance, a long travel front suspension with a 21 inch wheel and a monoshock setup in the rear, a first for Royal Enfield, with a 17 inch wheel. There are multiple mounting points for aluminum panniers, jerry cans, soft luggage and whatever else you might need whether you take it into the wilds or the untamed cities. Disc brakes front and rear plus the tank holds 15 liters or about 4 gallons of fuel.
This sort of affordable, simple, all purpose bike could be a good choice in today's sluggish economy. You get a bike for all seasons and all roads with fuel economy and fun in the bargain. This could be a winner.
Link: Royal Enfield