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Talk => Speaking Of Bikes... => Topic started by: London_Phil on February 06, 2018, 06:49:14 PM

Title: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: London_Phil on February 06, 2018, 06:49:14 PM
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.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Sin_Tiger on February 06, 2018, 10:37:10 PM
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.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: tonytiger on February 10, 2018, 07:10:03 PM
Ive only seen them in pictures .There arn't any Enfield Dealers in Durham.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: London_Phil on February 10, 2018, 09:18:51 PM
Physically, its a nice, light Mini XC sort of feel.
May well take a test ride, just to compare.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Chris Canning on February 11, 2018, 08:03:30 PM
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:
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: tankerman on February 11, 2018, 11:11:44 PM
Road test of sorts in Bike magazine. Good price and compares favourably with the other five bikes tested. Just saying!
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Geoff W on February 12, 2018, 07:31:32 AM
Ive only seen them in pictures .There arn't any Enfield Dealers in Durham.
Yes there is , try North east Motorbikes at Nevilles Cross.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: tonytiger on February 12, 2018, 07:52:17 AM
They'v kept that quiet.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Timbox2 on February 12, 2018, 08:29:40 AM
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
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: NKL on February 16, 2018, 01:06:02 PM
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.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: 98TIGA on October 28, 2018, 05:34:58 PM
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.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Nick Calne on October 29, 2018, 06:56:42 PM
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?
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: 98TIGA on October 29, 2018, 07:28:19 PM
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.
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Chris Canning on October 29, 2018, 08:07:36 PM
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:
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Nick Calne on October 30, 2018, 12:23:06 PM
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...
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Lee337 on October 30, 2018, 03:35:58 PM
Had an XTZ750 Super Tenere many moons ago. only about 70bhp & similar riding position to a Tiger. Tested a Suzuki V-Strom in early 2003 but still preferred the XTZ, although the V-Strom was a little more up to date.

But i wanted an experience & riding position similar to my old XTZ but more up to date & reliable. The Tiger 955i seemed to fit the bill (although I wouldn't mind an XT660 just for the odd trip off-road).

As for the REH, I've got an old mountain bike in the back of the garage somewhere, think I'd prefer that.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Timbox2 on October 30, 2018, 06:25:19 PM
I can confirm Chris's XT dont hang about, I once tried to keep up on a K1300GT on the back roads of mid wales, if there was a big straight I could reel him in, but in the twistys he was gone again :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: orange99 on October 31, 2018, 10:21:35 AM
Back to the Royal Enfield - is this the model that has a 2000 mile service interval or is that their "Cafe Racer"?
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: London_Phil on October 31, 2018, 11:28:51 AM
I Think Its 6000 miles between services.

I Suspect a lot of the "I'll never ride one " sentiment comes from the people who have never actually ridden one, a bit like the Harley haters.....
I'm sure its not the answer to everyone's prayers, and if I wanted a motorway daily driver, I wouldn't buy one, but I've seen two in London, and got the thumbs up from both riders.
They seem to be liked for there offroading too.
If I get to the stage where I struggle with the dead weight of the 800, this could be a real contender for me, mind you, the new interceptor is a fine looking bike.
Pays yer money etc..
I actually dislike the look of the Triumph Scrambler, but I bet its a cracking ride..
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: Chris Canning on October 31, 2018, 07:21:53 PM
I Think Its 6000 miles between services.


I'm sure its not the answer to everyone's prayers

You are not kidding  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Post by: orange99 on November 05, 2018, 11:44:04 AM
I just checked and  from the bennetts insurance review  you need to have the valves checked every 3000 miles to keep the warranty although general servicing is every 6000 miles.

I guess what we need to remember is that it is being pitched against the 300cc models from Japan and Germany, not bikes for £9k +


I Think Its 6000 miles between services.

I Suspect a lot of the "I'll never ride one " sentiment comes from the people who have never actually ridden one, a bit like the Harley haters.....
I'm sure its not the answer to everyone's prayers, and if I wanted a motorway daily driver, I wouldn't buy one, but I've seen two in London, and got the thumbs up from both riders.
They seem to be liked for there offroading too.
If I get to the stage where I struggle with the dead weight of the 800, this could be a real contender for me, mind you, the new interceptor is a fine looking bike.
Pays yer money etc..
I actually dislike the look of the Triumph Scrambler, but I bet its a cracking ride..