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Old 25th February 2016, 16:15   #676
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Generally when there is load at the rear, the headlamp throw tends to rise up. To those who have seen the bike, is there a way to adjust the headlamp throw?
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Generally when there is load at the rear, the headlamp throw tends to rise up. To those who have seen the bike, is there a way to adjust the headlamp throw?
Apologies for bumping into your post. But, on similar lines, I was wondering if we can move the headlamp assembly to the forks or in the regular fashion, so that they move in the direction of turn you take?

I'm not an adventure guy, was hoping RE would launch 2 variants, one for the regular chaps like me and others the adventure junkies, which is not the case. The initial test mules made me think so.

If I get one, which I'm more leaning to woule be my first RE, I wish to make this look more softer from it's current adventure looks, may be by taking out the beak, the mountings for the add-on tanks in the front and moving the headlamp unit as said above. Any suggestions on if this is possible to do without much fuss?
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Apologies for bumping into your post. But, on similar lines, I was wondering if we can move the headlamp assembly to the forks or in the regular fashion, so that they move in the direction of turn you take?
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If I get one, which I'm more leaning to woule be my first RE, I wish to make this look more softer from it's current adventure looks, may be by taking out the beak, the mountings for the add-on tanks in the front and moving the headlamp unit as said above. Any suggestions on if this is possible to do without much fuss?
Hi,

The adventure looks are there for reason. As mentioned by many here, when it comes to ADV tourers, looks are least important. The factors which make the Himalayan look like that are there for a reason, and that is function. I am no expert, but retrofitting the headlamp assembly isn't recommended,and wouldn't be easy by any means.

The Himalayan is supposed to be an all-out ADV tourer, and I hope it succeeds to be so. And that's exactly the reason why there's only one variant.

I hope you aren't fixated on buying a Royal Enfield. In this price range, there are some excellent offerings from KTM(and other manufacturers) that you should be looking at. If you aren't really keen on adventure, the Himalayan won't impress you.

Cheers and ride safe.

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Generally when there is load at the rear, the headlamp throw tends to rise up. To those who have seen the bike, is there a way to adjust the headlamp throw?
No. It does not throw light up. It's not a bar resting on a pivot to tilt like a sea saw based on load.

It beats me to think a bike will lift up so much in the front for that effect. I am sure a wheelie will impact that angle but that's the only thing I see making such a differential change to light beam and not load.
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Hi,

The adventure looks are there for reason. As mentioned by many here, when it comes to ADV tourers, looks are least important. The factors which make the Himalayan look like that are there for a reason, and that is function. I am no expert, but retrofitting the headlamp assembly isn't recommended,and wouldn't be easy by any means.

The Himalayan is supposed to be an all-out ADV tourer, and I hope it succeeds to be so. And that's exactly the reason why there's only one variant.

I hope you aren't fixated on buying a Royal Enfield. In this price range, there are some excellent offerings from KTM(and other manufacturers) that you should be looking at. If you aren't really keen on adventure, the Himalayan won't impress you.

Cheers and ride safe.

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I'm not sure if it wouldn't impress me, even though am not an adventurous guy. Every RE would impress you in some way or the other. How many riders, do you think would be venturing out every weekend on an adventure trip? Infact, I wish to ride to Leh some day, if not drive.

I believe, the bike is intended not just for adventurers, but also the one looking for a comfortable tourer,may be even first time riders. I wish to get back to riding soon, after parting from my RTR160 4yrs ago.
Life has changed and so has the way I think, hence I plan on choosing between the G310R(if priced competitively) or the Himalayan, as the Dukes may not be suitable for my riding style.

I will however, wait for RE to announce the prices and the reviews that everybody is eagerly waiting for, before I decide on the bike.
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Any suggestions on if this is possible to do without much fuss?
Even I had the same thought in mind, tbh I'm not a huge fan of that front end. I'd prefer it if I could remove those and mount that headlight onto the forks.

I think it'd look a whole lot cooler, like how their test mule looked.

From the pictures I can't make out whether those jerry can holder thingy are removable. If I do buy this bike I know what I'd do
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Even I had the same thought in mind, tbh I'm not a huge fan of that front end. I'd prefer it if I could remove those and mount that headlight onto the forks.

I think it'd look a whole lot cooler, like how their test mule looked.

From the pictures I can't make out whether those jerry can holder thingy are removable. If I do buy this bike I know what I'd do
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I'm not sure if it wouldn't impress me, even though am not an adventurous guy. Every RE would impress you in some way or the other. How many riders, do you think would be venturing out every weekend on an adventure trip? Infact, I wish to ride to Leh some day, if not drive.

I believe, the bike is intended not just for adventurers, but also the one looking for a comfortable tourer,may be even first time riders.
Mates! have you considered the Tbird500 as yet? As I feel that motorcycle will suit your needs better. Don't take my words as final, do check out Cap'n J.Ravi sir's thread on Tbird500 before you take the plunge. If you like an OHC engine, then Himalayan makes sense(at least from RE's stable at present).
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It would obviously be removable. I cannot imagine the unit to be fixed and rigid part of the bike's frame. And it should not be a big deal to get the headlight and instrument cluster clamps off and install a headlight directly on the forks. There are enough clamps available in the market from various bikes to do this kind of modification.
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No. It does not throw light up. It's not a bar resting on a pivot to tilt like a sea saw based on load. It beats me to think a bike will lift up so much in the front for that effect. I am sure a wheelie will impact that angle but that's the only thing I see making such a differential change to light beam and not load.
Actually, owners will tell you that even the travel-limited and/or more firmly suspended Bullets do have their headlight aim altered with load, and its lack of adjustability is a common complaint. And I certainly experience it on my monoshock-suspended Impulse. I'd assume that the Himalayan, with similarly more compliant / longer-travel suspension and being seemingly well-thought-out / considerably road-tested in various aspects, would have a headlamp that takes this into consideration.

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I was wondering if we can move the headlamp assembly to the forks or in the regular fashion, so that they move in the direction of turn you take?
Hey - Even if you were to:

* Fabricate a custom mount
* reroute wiring as required
* Fit the headlamp as you desired without having to make further alterations

It would still not work, except for absolutely crawling speed, such as U turns

Unlike a car, you dont as much "turn" the bike; but lean it to go into the desired direction. Look up the term - Countersteering

While cornering hard, your front tyre would actually be facing the opposite direction of the turn. There is a reason that this "feature" is not offered on the most premium of bikes

An easier solution would be to mount a couple of flood type LED lights for lateral illumination
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Doesn't sound good. Exhaust note lacks something. Sounds like a" phatphatiya "
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I am eagerly awaiting the test rides to start for this bike. Though the last bike I owned was way back in 1998-2000 (one of the first Suzuki Shaolin 5-Speeds to be delivered in Jaipur), I am seriously considering getting back into riding. I do ride around on a Continental GT when I am in Goa, but that is occasional.
I feel the Himalayan is the perfect combination of everything I have been looking for, but not found yet in a bike which is within guilt-free reach. I am definitely not one of those people who want to take a 10L+ bike out only on Sunday mornings for a brief outing and then hang around cafes making inane conversation. Plus, this is very much our own home grown bike and that makes me proud.
Personally, I prefer the black version of the bike. However, I also feel that a nice camouflage wrap will make it really attractive as well.
Looking forward to the TD, reviews and possibly getting my hands on one.
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I am eagerly awaiting the test rides to start for this bike.

I feel the Himalayan is the perfect combination of everything I have been looking for, but not found yet in a bike which is within guilt-free reach. I am definitely not one of those people who want to take a 10L+ bike out only on Sunday mornings for a brief outing
+1 to that! As much as I love bikes like the triumph street twin (yet to TD though), I will feel too guilty putting in 8L+ on a weekend bike. Eagerly waiting for the Himalayan to hit the showrooms! Another alternative is the proposed (as per the rumor mills) twin cylinder from RE, which should still be competitivelly priced compared to the entry level triumphs and the harleys
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I'm not sure if it wouldn't impress me, even though am not an adventurous guy. Every RE would impress you in some way or the other. How many riders, do you think would be venturing out every weekend on an adventure trip? Infact, I wish to ride to Leh some day, if not drive.
Bingo @21Archer84. This is what Sidharta Lal wrote as well (http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/...yan/sid-speak/). This bike looks purposeful, and if it turns out to be reliable as well, people who want an affordable adventure bike which is not extreme would be satisfied. I was sitting on the fence for 6 months contemplating the Classic 500, and decided to wait for a test drive of Himalayan & expert reviews before taking the plunge. Hopefully it will be as awesome as it looks, big ups to Royal Enfield for this bike. Exciting times indeed.
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Bingo @21Archer84. This is what Sidharta Lal wrote as well (http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/...yan/sid-speak/). This bike looks purposeful, and if it turns out to be reliable as well, people who want an affordable adventure bike which is not extreme would be satisfied. I was sitting on the fence for 6 months contemplating the Classic 500, and decided to wait for a test drive of Himalayan & expert reviews before taking the plunge. Hopefully it will be as awesome as it looks, big ups to Royal Enfield for this bike. Exciting times indeed.
It feels too tiring with the clock ticking very slowly and no updates on the bike launch or price announcement. I know how anxious everyone is to take this bike for a spin and get one if comes out to be an amazing ride.

I mailed to a dealership in Hyd, if they accept bookings and was told that they cannot take any until the prices are announced or an official statement from the HQ. I was only as curious a couple yrs ago when the Duke was launched. However, couldn't buy to lack of Vitamin M at that time. Don't have enough even now, but still want to take a plunge as I figured out, we are never happy with what we have. Human desires are too complicated
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