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Old 23rd May 2016, 01:36   #16
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Heartiest congrats. Ride hard; but safe!

Any word on the official accessories?

By the way, saw a Himalayan yesterday with its wind screen taken off. IMO, took the appeal of the bike up by more than a notch
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Old 23rd May 2016, 10:11   #17
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Congratulations Mr. Arun. Simple and lovely report, to the point and no going over board!

Day-before, on my way to Coorg I bumped across around 10 Himalayan going on a trip towards Myosre. As you said, though from looks point of view they were not great, but lot of attention grabbers! I had a tough time trying to read the strip on the rear mudguard and tank, only to understand it in you photos. All the very best for your Leh trip, would be eagerly waiting for the travelogue.

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Congrats Arul!!! Wonderful write up and nice pics. I liked your Snow white Varaiaadu. Aahhh.. after seeing yours & Mahesh's bikes I think I should have gone for the Snow white. Your pics do more justice to the bike than the photoshoot bikes in the official website.
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My trip to Leh is already finalised and we are leaving on 15th July.
Congratulations and Best Wishes on your "Pilgrimage" to Leh.
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Congrats on the Himalayan !! Arul. A nice and concise ownership report.

Hearty wishes for the LEH trip.
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Hi Arul Sir,

This is an excellent objective review.

I've booked an Himalayan from OMR RE. it's been 2 months+ and the response is absolutely pathetic. I'm loosing patience by the day.

Do you know anyone there (one Mr. Vivek of OMR RE is not picking up the calls offlate) who can let me know when I can get the Himalayan delivered?

Definitely would like to get in touch with you, please do send me a private message on your contact, I will call you when I get the bike.

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Venkatesan.
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Congratulations Arul, White does look awesome. Shall follow your thread closely to see how your vehicle behaves.
Before that, were you physically with the bike when you had given it for service?

Wishing you miles of smiles astride it

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Congratulations arulpeem
Ride safe, ride fully geared and wishing you many happy 'miles' on the bike.
Cheers...
Hi dkaile, Thank you very much for your wishes.

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Rated 5*. Very good review Arul. Anyone doing ghats at the dead of the night will understand.
Hi Yaejay: Thanks for the rating. When the bike is stationary with the turned handlebar the bike doesn't look good. But the spread of the low beam is very good. It starts from just a few feet of the bike and it is wide. So I think it may not be that bad. But will wait to do an early morning ride or late night one to judge.

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Heartiest congrats. Ride hard; but safe!

Any word on the official accessories?

By the way, saw a Himalayan yesterday with its wind screen taken off. IMO, took the appeal of the bike up by more than a notch
Thanks a lot. Will definitely ride safe. No accessories have come yet and no news about when they would. Even though I don't like the effectiveness of the wind screen I will leave it on since it looks good. Thanks for the input on that.

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Congratulations Mr. Arun. Simple and lovely report, to the point and no going over board!

Day-before, on my way to Coorg I bumped across around 10 Himalayan going on a trip towards Myosre. All the very best for your Leh trip, would be eagerly waiting for the travelogue.
Thanks Loneridder for the wishes. I, rather we will write up a travelogue. 10 Himalsyans together is a big group.

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Congrats Arul!!! Wonderful write up and nice pics. I liked your Snow white Varaiaadu. Aahhh.. after seeing yours & Mahesh's bikes I think I should have gone for the Snow white. Your pics do more justice to the bike than the photoshoot bikes in the official website.
Hi Jude, thanks mate. Of the 6 of us who booked the bike, I am the only one who booked the snow white and I love it.

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Congrats on the Himalayan !! Arul. A nice and concise ownership report.

Hearty wishes for the LEH trip.
Thank you very much Srikanthan and Pugram
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Hi Arul Sir,

This is an excellent objective review.

I've booked an Himalayan from OMR RE. it's been 2 months+ and the response is absolutely pathetic. I'm loosing patience by the day.

Do you know anyone there (one Mr. Vivek of OMR RE is not picking up the calls offlate) who can let me know when I can get the Himalayan delivered?

Definitely would like to get in touch with you, please do send me a private message on your contact, I will call you when I get the bike.

Regards,
Venkatesan.
Hi Venkatesan, Thanks and unfortunately I don't know any of the sales guys there. Also two of my colleagues booked on 16th itself in the OMR RE and haven't received any news yet. I am unable to send a message to you. Can you please check you settings?
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Congratulations Arul, White does look awesome. Shall follow your thread closely to see how your vehicle behaves.
Before that, were you physically with the bike when you had given it for service?

Wishing you miles of smiles astride it
Thanks mate. No I wasn't around when I they serviced my bike. Even though my office just a couple of hundred meters away, my schedule didn't allow me to be present.

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Old 24th May 2016, 09:43   #24
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A friend who's an auto journo I told me that the co.is sending out white primarily in the initial lot . Deliveries of black will happen later , I'm in the same situation.
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My first tank fill has resulted in a mileage of 35.6KMPL.
I've ridden 400 kms and getting 24 KMPL. Hope this improves after the first service.
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I've ridden 400 kms and getting 24 KMPL. Hope this improves after the first service.
My friend's also gave similar mileage during the first tank fill. But it has closed the gap and is returning similar figures as mine. The weekend trips gave him about 30+. So your bikes also should improve. Have a safe ride and congratulations on joining the Himalayan gang.
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Congrats on your new ride Arul !! My suggestion is to invest on protective off-road gear before you venture into some serious trail blazing
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Congrats on your new ride Arul !! My suggestion is to invest on protective off-road gear before you venture into some serious trail blazing
Thanks CoolBlueBiker. My off roading will be limited what ever the bad the roads throw at me on my rides. Serious trail riding is still not in my ideas. But one never knows. Having said that i have the necessary gear for the road riding. Jacket and riding pants with CE certified armor, gloves, etc. I don't have a riding boot covering my shins but I have a Thar knee and shin guard...
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Congrats on the big H purchase Arul. Wishing you so many happy miles on it. Anxiously waiting for the future updates on your experiences.
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Congrats on the big H purchase Arul. Wishing you so many happy miles on it. Anxiously waiting for the future updates on your experiences.
Hi Man of steel, thank you very much.

I am adding a few more photographs
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The fuse box, easy to access

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The document holder. Pretty neat

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The bottom of the main seat. Pretty rigid and tough looking

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A rusted weld, due to ineffective surface protection. Result of a bad QC

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Tool kit is held beneath the rear seat

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Port side of the engine

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Starboard side of the engine

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Rear brake Master cylinder

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Front Calipers. Dimensions wise this looks exactly the same as in my GT. The disc mounting hole PCD also seems to the same. Just wondering if they can be swapped.

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The engine guard. Looks tough to take on the boulders that might come on the way.

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Left Switch gear

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Right Switch gear. Both sides are the same as in my GT

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Fuel cap. Slightly misaligned

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The LED park light. Wish it was brighter

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The Heat shields are pretty neat. The whole silencer is made of stainless steel
The brake pedal is cut metal sheet, I guess. Or may be stamped.

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