Originally Posted by bblost
Lovely writeup. Thanks a lot for the beautiful pictures as well.
I took that half helmet and gave it to my wife. She might use it in the rare occasion, we go out together.
Can you please share the link to the crash guard. My dealer also did not have it.
That trip F was so funny. I had read about it any promptly forgotten. When it started flashing, I thought it read some malfunction and stopped to read what the hell it was saying. Took a minute to remember that the F meant fuel.
I am at 300 odd kilometres. Bike will go in for service sometime later this week.
I'm taking the half helmet as well, there seems to be no other option that RE has left. I may keep that as a spare or gift it to someone I find with that steel bowl type that mimics helmet. Regarding the Fule gauge and F Trip
, I have an observation where the indicator needle travels really slow from Full to Half way on the gauge but travels faster from Half way to Empty side of the gauge, so I'm kind of scared to run it much in the F trip and refill within around 30 kms of F trip.
Although manual states it has 5.5 ltr remains when one hits F Trip, according to the economy that I get (I'm using full tank to full tank method), it should run ~175 kms in F trip, considering .5 ltr is dad fuel. However, looking at the fuel gauge, I'm afraid as it hits the last mile on the gauge redline within 40-50 kms of F trip.
I'm trying to figure out if I can get an authoritative answer from RE on some of these questions. >>
Is .5 ltr of dead fuel meant to protect the fuel pump? prevent folks running it dry and damaging fuel pump? >>
If not, how much low one should go in terms of fuel volume in the tank to ensure pump is not damaged, I have heard other owners talking about not going lower than 5 ltr etc, but that leaves me with a 10 ltr tank on my Himalayan, cuts my range by 1/3 - RE may want to clarify on this to avoid confusion Crash Guard:
Regarding the crash guard, I have the one ordered from Donowyn fixed couple days back and satisfied with the quality (visual aspects), somehow felt the motorcycle looked slimmer and handsome without the crash guard, but will have to keep it for that unexpected crash/fall. Spiti motorcycle trip:
I've had Spiti trip planned a couple months back, even before I bought RE Himalayan, I was planning to send my Machismo 500 to Chandigarh and then dropped the plan, then bought REH but decided not to send the new bike for this harsh of a trip, but now, after running close to 2k kms, I'm seriously thinking of taking this to my Spiti trip. In the process of finding out the best way to ship my motorcycle safely, in talk to a Gati guy, referred by another friend who has shipped his mobike with him satisfactorily in the past, hoping this decision wouldn't damage my motorcycle or spoil the overall experience. Accessories:
While decided to take this to Spiti, I'm in the process of acquiring some accessories that I'd like to carry, some of these are below Seat cover:
I got it from joyride, not very satisfied with the fitting of the rider seat, but I'd try to fix it again to get a better fit Panniers:
I've been following up with RE on this, they are responsive in their own limited manner, but I'm yet to see this happening, may be they don't have spares/accessories at all, is the focus on new launch? not sure. I've confirmation from area sales team that I'll get the panniers before I ship my bike on Apr 20, but really don't trust their words, not so confidence inspiring experience looking at how my calls are being avoided by area sales folks I'm trying to get in touch with.
Edit:Also thinking of using bungee chords as a stay and use my old and loyal 55ltr cramster soft saddle bag if I don't get panniers in time, yet to try this to see if it works, without touch the upswept silencer on REH Top box:
I'm getting it from Trek N Ride, hoping to see some decent quality. I was comparing between SH37 and this one, I see the material seem to be more or less same, SH37 has quick release using the key itself while Trek N Ride may require unscrewing a bold to release it but comes at almost half price, so going bit cheap here to save some money REH Empocher and a Jerry can:
Getting this from Trek N Ride again, Waterproof epmpocher may help carrying small camera/accessories or any accessories. Looking at the REH range and mysteries around F trip and dead fuel to avoid FI damage etc. I'm thinking of carrying a 5 ltr fuel between Peo and Kaza, its just 200kms, but its mountains and we have plans to deviate from the main route a few times, covering Gue mummy, Pin valley, Sopona lake etc. these jerry cans are costly at 2999.00 but cant be cheap here when it comes to handling highly inflammable liquid on a motorcycle. knuckle guards:
I'm getting some Acerbis replica which is not so costly as original acerbis, has the metal shield that may be needed for protection from crash/fall or off-road application. However, this requires to raise the handle-bar to avoid it touching the motorcycle console. Getting them fixed will be a project before I send them Seelin:
Ordered it from amazon and should get it in another couple days, will try my best to avoid flats on this heavy a mo-bike! Not going to do any off-road adventures on this yet, but my basic purpose of touring should be the best experience possible RAM Mount:
Awaiting the delivery for this and a gps mount stand from Trek N Ride, I'm not sure or planning to use GPS in Spiti, its not needed, it'll be my second visit so these things may not be needed for the trip. future rides may be benefited from these accessories
I've got the full riding gears from my Machismo days so not spending anything out there.
Please suggest me anything else that I could be missing for a trip like Spiti,
I'm open to change my plans on using someone other than Gati if you guys have any better suggestions. I have heard about VRL cage transport, but that will require you securing your motorcycle with additional ratchets, most of their cages are in bad shape now and if its not secured properly inside the cage, I've seen some horrible videos on bad motorcycle damages inside the VRL cages.
Couldn't get the appointment for the second service last week, planning to go for it tomorrow. Some ride pics to share.