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February 06, 2018, 06:49:14 PM on

Offline London_Phil (OP)

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Anyone tried one of these?
I sat on one at the RE showroom in Watford, and I have to say, its a nice light bike, reminiscent of the Tiger, but lighter.
I know there concerns on the QC at RE, but its very "Tigery" in its feel, and wondered if anyone had ridden one.
I may have a dabble when the weather warms up, just to try it out.

February 06, 2018, 10:37:10 PMReply #1 on

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I've bee tempted myself, although there have been many "stories" about warranty issues and how they've dealt with them. Won't put me off having a try when the opportunity arises either.
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February 10, 2018, 07:10:03 PMReply #2 on

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Ive only seen them in pictures .There arn't any Enfield Dealers in Durham.

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Physically, its a nice, light Mini XC sort of feel.
May well take a test ride, just to compare.

February 11, 2018, 08:03:30 PMReply #4 on

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Ive only seen them in pictures .There arn't any Enfield Dealers in Durham.

I wouldn’t be worrying too much I’m In the countries second city and we don’t even a Triumph dealer.  :icon_lol:

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Road test of sorts in Bike magazine. Good price and compares favourably with the other five bikes tested. Just saying!

February 12, 2018, 07:31:32 AMReply #6 on

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Ive only seen them in pictures .There arn't any Enfield Dealers in Durham.
Yes there is , try North east Motorbikes at Nevilles Cross.
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They'v kept that quiet.

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I wouldn’t be worrying too much I’m In the countries second city and we don’t even a Triumph dealer.  :icon_lol:

Ah, but youve got the Factory :augie
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Wouldn't call best part of 200kg lightweight and at less than 25hp I imagine it struggles to pull itself along let alone a rider and luggage.
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October 28, 2018, 05:34:58 PMReply #10 on

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Not to engage in "brand bashing", but as a former Royal Enfield (2006 Bullet 500) owner, I'd never own another. Enfields are neat-looking bikes with a lot of charm and character-- they're pleasing to the eye. In my experience, though, the build quality just wasn't there... welds cracked, tolerances were sloppy, the thing leaked like a sieve from virtually every orifice at only 8,000 miles; and the list goes on and on.

I truly believe you get what you pay for with these bikes.

October 29, 2018, 06:56:42 PMReply #11 on

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I had a yamaha tenere, back in the day, with 46bhp and always found it hard to do overtakes and generally keep up with fast cars on open roads.  Loved it but I found it frustrating eventually.  I guess the REH would be similar, works well in town, works ok off road, too slow for A roads?

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That's certainly the case, Nick. My Bullet had approx. the same horsepower at the rear wheel as the new Himalayan, and I found it difficult to keep pace with traffic on the highway-- dare not take it on the freeway. At 65 MPH, the engine sounded like it was about to take off!

Considering adventure riding consists of as much open highway as it does off-road trekking, I just don't see the Himalayan as a viable option for anyone other than perhaps the weekend warrior. Serious adventure bikers ought to look elsewhere, methinks.

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I had a yamaha tenere, back in the day, with 46bhp and always found it hard to do overtakes and generally keep up with fast cars on open roads.  Loved it but I found it frustrating eventually.  I guess the REH would be similar, works well in town, works ok off road, too slow for A roads?

I’ve got an XT660X with basically the same motor although I have to say with a few add on’s and it absolutely bops along it’ll run all day at an inticated 85 and is currently turning into a bit of a superstar, Yamaha decided to stop making them so currently is worth what I paid for it 10 years ago as prices rises whoo hoo  :icon_lol:

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Glad you like it Chris, it was a smashing bike. I just remember riding the thing to Oxford one day from home and thinking farrkkkkkksake as I was buzzed by a stream of Audi Quattro this and BMW Msport that.  Admittedly rush hour on that route is essentially a replication of the autobahn in Southern England, but I came to the conclusion I needed a bit more go.  A thought that led eventually to owning a tiger...