- Mar 6, 2022
See brother the issue is not with the Royal Enfield. They have some super awesome bikes which can be used for adventure and stuff . The problem is the military wants only the Classic Variant . There are bikes such as Himalayan which can be modified with IA permission and subscription into a dirt bike config or even an ATV . But for that they need to dig in
KTM Adventure 1290 not even in sales in India. Also need to check the effectiveness of this so called Bike forces. If you are riding a bike on Open battlefield, you are toast. In desert, plains got rekt by BMP Auto canon to shreds. In mountainous terrain like Himalayas, cold weather will definitely kill them due to lack of protection offered by an say APC, IFV. Nothing to do in Jungle.
In Urban environment there may be lot of hiding spots for an enemy sniper and good luck escaping them.
Also carrying a ATGM on a bike is difficult one. Trust me just try to hold an Medium Size VIP Trolley in an bike you know the real difficulty.
Most probably they are used for peacetime border watch or moving light weight items to remote locations. For that Classic is fine, that bike can be easily repaired have good amount of low end torque and also a good ride quality.
The KTM the germans using is basically a High compression engine where you need push the RPM for some usable power and torque. ADV 390 have this issue where the engine suffers shutdown due to poor low speed performance. That bike is good for Highways but when riding in low gear it suffered from poor power delivery. Some of them reduce the chain sprocket for getting low speed riding capability.