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Old 1st March 2016, 15:06   #691
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Car and bike says that 16th March is the launch of the Himalayan.
Hope that is true and I will keep my cheque book ready

http://auto.ndtv.com/news/exclusive-...from=home-auto

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Old 3rd March 2016, 14:56   #692
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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
I agree that some wide-beam LED's would be easier (there were American luxury cars back in the 1970's that had something called "cornering lights", for anyone interested).

However, it is certainly NOT correct that "While cornering hard, your front tyre would actually be facing the opposite direction of the turn." If you read the countersteering entries carefully, you'll note that it applies only to the INITIATION of the turn - actually the lean - which is to say it may only last a split second and consist of negligible degrees of actual steering movement. At any rate, it does NOT apply to lower-speed plodding along (if you don't believe me, try it sometime) on roads with countless tight-radius turns, as many of us are doing regularly in the Himalayas. An articulating headlight is definitely superior up here under these conditions, as it does do a better job of letting you see the road surface in the place you're about to be in.

The reason the "feature" is not offered on the "most premium" of bikes (KTM990 Adventure / BMW GS1200, etc, I presume?) is that those are much more powerful bikes designed primarily for covering roads and terrain at much higher speeds, where steering angles are less and an articulating headlight is, indeed, of limited usefulness.

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i think it also lessons the load/weight on the handlebar and front fork and makes the steering lighter and more manoeuvrable by taking the headlight of the forks/handlebar ...
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I agree that some wide-beam LED's would be easier (there were American luxury cars back in the 1970's that had something called "cornering lights", for anyone interested).
The new Ducati Multistrada S features a cornering light. I guess would be handy in situations like ghats, hairpin bends, where the speed is relatively slow at night and turns are sharper. Personally never experienced a bike with cornering lights, so cant be sure.
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The new Ducati Multistrada S features a cornering light. I guess would be handy in situations like ghats, hairpin bends, where the speed is relatively slow at night and turns are sharper.
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I agree that some wide-beam LED's would be easier (there were American luxury cars back in the 1970's that had something called "cornering lights", for anyone interested).
So does the KTM 1290 Super Adventure. Two LEDs on either side of the fairings which light up when you're leaning on either side.

Coming to Himalayan, aftermarket LEDs would easily take care of the problem.
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Just found an article by BikePortal which states that Royal Enfield will be offering a louder aftermarket exhaust for the Himalayan.

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The stock upswept silencer can upgraded to a louder after-market carbon black exhaust offered by Royal Enfield only.
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A week more for the launch .

I checked at two showrooms and both of them mentioned 16th this month as when the bike will be available, hopefully with test rides.

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Lots of teasers and its making us very very anxious to see this in person. It better be good enough for what they have portrayed it as and the price they pitch. Have waited for this bike for far too long and I really hope they do not disappoint.

What I am concerned about on this bike in relation to Royal Enfields are:

Oil Leaks
Cheap oil seals are too far in and laborious to change with no guarantee of them recurring soon.

Electricals / Wiring
They've always been a problem. A little too much water and fidgeting can give you nasty misfires or failing electrical equipment.

Service Center and Personnel
This one needs no explanation. Everyone who has been to an Enfield showroom to rectify his/her issues will know.

Prices for spares / accessories
They may charge a premium on these. One could get an idea when you compare the Himalayan Gear range to the Continental Gear range.
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New video for Himalayan by Royal Enfield for its testing by Sachin Chavan.



If you look closely at Sachin's Himalayan, the one with the aluminium panniers, the rear carrier is a different one than which we've seen till yet in the press images and leaked images. It looks much more like the good quality rear racks you get for R1200GS and other ADV bikes.

If RE offers it as an accessory, it will look absolutely amazing on this bike.

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Royal Enfield has announced that it will launch the Himalayan adventure tourer motorcycle on March 16, 2016.

Link to Team-BHP News Article
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The aluminum panniers do not gel along with the bike. The soft panniers look more in line. Also, doesn't seem like the pillion would be comfortable with the aluminum boxes on.
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What's with the twin front mud-guards? I think it's a poor design decision. Reminds me of the Hindi saying "haathi ke daant - khaane ke aur, dikhaane ke aur."

Wouldn't one have been enough? Or perhaps they could've given the buyer a choice as to which of the two he wanted on his bike.
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What's with the twin front mud-guards? I think it's a poor design decision. Reminds me of the Hindi saying "haathi ke daant - khaane ke aur, dikhaane ke aur."

Wouldn't one have been enough? Or perhaps they could've given the buyer a choice as to which of the two he wanted on his bike.
This was already discussed before here I believe and I do not think one would be enough.

The buyer still has the choice though. Take a few screws off and done.
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What's with the twin front mud-guards? I think it's a poor design decision. Reminds me of the Hindi saying "haathi ke daant - khaane ke aur, dikhaane ke aur."

Wouldn't one have been enough? Or perhaps they could've given the buyer a choice as to which of the two he wanted on his bike.
Ha ha, you couldn't have chosen a better metaphor! For an elephant its tusks are just as important as its teeth! And both the front mudguards serves a purpose for the Himalayan!
However, if you aren't going to go off road much, it should be fairly simple to remove it!
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The press ride of the Himalayan is tomorrow! Just confirmed the news. It is situated to be in Shimla. Now waiting for the reviews and first rides to flow in.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan, now launched!-himalayan.jpg

Image source: Royal Enfield Website

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