’ve always liked the idea of finding a clean, cheap, un-killable dual-sport I could use to bomb around the fire roads by my house or jump on during those days of early spring before the salt’s been washed off the roads. You’d think rural New York’s Craigslist would be flooded with just that kind of bike. Not so. Call me crazy, but in no world should a 10-year-old Suzuki DR650 with a fuzzy pink seat be the same price as an adult-owned GSX-R750 in pristine condition. But for $4,499, you can get a brand-new Royal Enfield Himalayan: no seat cover seemingly made from a pink Sesame Street character; no off-colored plastic that makes the bike look like it was stored in a smokehouse during the peak of deer season. I mean, I love venison jerky as much as the next guy, but I’d prefer my crotch didn’t smell like smoked doe rump after sitting on my bike for an hour. The Himalayan is as inexpensive as a lot of used bikes, but more significantly, it offers an alternative take on motorcycling in the 21st century. Call it a retro dual-sport; a lightweight ADV; or an entry-level, Indian-made motorcycle brimming with historical gravitas (clearly, there’s a reason I’m not in marketing…). The Himalayan is an unpretentious, easy-to-ride motorcycle that suggests that maybe New Delhi and New York aren’t worlds apart.