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Old 19th July 2019, 17:44   #1021
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I recently did a short run with a a few friends to Devarayanadurga (a temple atop a small hill ~70 kms from Bangalore). This place is off the Bangalore-Pune highway just a few kilometers before Tumkur. Once you exit the national highway, the road is single lane but is an absolute hoot to ride on. Smooth with long winding curves and greenery on both sides.

However, the Himalayan is a slight let down on such roads. When one takes a corner at a good(but safe) speed, the Himalayan feels nervous. The high GC might not lend itself to cornering but the bike should at least feel planted. When you are at the apex of the corner, there is this weird feeling that the bike might slip. It is probably the undersized front tyre which contributes to this behavior.
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However, the Himalayan is a slight let down on such roads. When one takes a corner at a good(but safe) speed, the Himalayan feels nervous. The high GC might not lend itself to cornering but the bike should at least feel planted. When you are at the apex of the corner, there is this weird feeling that the bike might slip. It is probably the undersized front tyre which contributes to this behavior.
Check air-pressure.

I use 32f and 35r and that works for me. I don't know if it will work for you.

Also you really need to be willing to ignore that initial feeling of complete and utter fear when trying to lean in this bike.

Its completely different from how I used to turn my old Thunderbird and the limitation for me was my own fear.

I have still not scrapped the footpegs, so its still a long way to go before I can say I can turn really fast.
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Check air-pressure.

I use 32f and 35r and that works for me. I don't know if it will work for you.

Also you really need to be willing to ignore that initial feeling of complete and utter fear when trying to lean in this bike.

Its completely different from how I used to turn my old Thunderbird and the limitation for me was my own fear.

I have still not scrapped the footpegs, so its still a long way to go before I can say I can turn really fast.
The service guys recommended 25f 35r and I've stuck to that for the last couple of years. Maybe I will try upping the psi in the front tyre to see if it makes a difference.

As you say, I think it is about taking that leap of faith and trusting the bike to do its job on the corners
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Not even 14,000 kilometres and the tire is showing signs of fatigue.

I guess it's good for another 2,000 kilometres.

So will have to change it before November. Any suggestions on brand or model name.
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Not even 14,000 kilometres and the tire is showing signs of fatigue.

I guess it's good for another 2,000 kilometres.

So will have to change it before November. Any suggestions on brand or model name.
Timsun tires are getting some good reviews these days. Why dont you go for them? 15,000 kms seems pretty low for Ceat tires!
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Is there any news of a new Himalayan coming up? (BS-VI?)

I've booked one and now I am just wondering if I should hold off the purchase?
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Is anyone's guess. Of course they should be working on the upcoming regulations, but that shouldn't stop you from booking one now. The recent ones do come with ABS, FI, and satisfies all the Green Goers. Absolutely not a deal breaker or a reason call it off. Yore till today, they ride and that's what matters. It's just the pollution norms, and nothing to worry about.

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Word on the street is that a 40hp himalayan from the same 410 cc engine is being tested. A probable launch this December during the rider mania, what have you.

Considering there is no mainstream media report about this, it is either hearsay, or RE is deliberately planting some thing to coincide with the 390a launch.
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Word on the street is that a 40hp himalayan from the same 410 cc engine is being tested.
Considering there is no mainstream media report about this, it is either hearsay, or RE is deliberately planting some thing to coincide with the 390a launch.
I wonder what have they done to prevent this, it has become an all too common sight with repetitive failures of this joint. Many a trip has come to a premature end.

With adverts claiming and promoting touring, adventure and what not, this is a sad reality. One of our riding group friend left from Pune to Ladakh, only to return from Dhule by bus as his bike faced this exact same failure.

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It really puts a big question mark whether or not one can venture on long distance rides with this. The company usually closes such issues on a One-to-One basis under goodwill, this results in the said part being retained by the company and results of analysis are never shared.

Pic Credit: Facebook, a rider has posted this on the Royal Enfield Himalayan Group.

Is there a way to reinforce or prevent this from happening, apart from not riding or is just the proverbial

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I wonder what have they done to prevent this, it has become an all too common sight with repetitive failures of this joint. Many a trip has come to a premature end.

With adverts claiming and promoting touring, adventure and what not, this is a sad reality. One of our riding group friend left from Pune to Ladakh, only to return from Dhule by bus as his bike faced this exact same failure.

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It really puts a big question mark whether or not one can venture on long distance rides with this. The company usually closes such issues on a One-to-One basis under goodwill, this results in the said part being retained by the company and results of analysis are never shared.

Pic Credit: Facebook, a rider has posted this on the Royal Enfield Himalayan Group.

Is there a way to reinforce or prevent this from happening, apart from not riding or is just the proverbial

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Was the bike bring ridden over aggressively?
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Was the bike bring ridden over aggressively?
Could you define “over aggressively”?

Let’s not roll up our sleeves to bash the customer. Adventure riding isn’t gentle / not supposed to be gentle. Unless he threw the bike off a cliff, this shouldn’t have happened. Period!
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Period!
Just for perspective I'd come up on a similar issue related to a Dominar where the rider had braked at high speeds before encountering a rough patch that cracked his chassis.

Not blaming the rider since it was an instinctive reaction but such errors can bring about a similar result when it comes to the chassis giving up.

Couldn't find the thread but if I recall right his rear suspension mount had also given up due to the impact including both front and rear alloys. The parts were replaced after claiming insurance.
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I wonder what have they done to prevent this, it has become an all too common sight with repetitive failures of this joint. Many a trip has come to a premature end.
Ridiculous QC by Royal Enfield. Could have easily caused a big mishap. If something like this would happen abroad - RE would get sued for a huge amount. Which is probably why they have a different assembly line for exports and we Indians get crap like this.

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Just for perspective I'd come up on a similar issue related to a Dominar where the rider had braked at high speeds before encountering a rough patch that cracked his chassis.
High speed braking leading to cracked chassis ? Wow
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High speed braking leading to cracked chassis ? Wow
More common than you'd think, rather than speed the issue here is compromised suspension travel, which results in the shock being transferred to the alloys, chassis and everything else attached to it.

Hence the thumb rule to never brake hard when encountering unexpected rough patches.
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Just for perspective I'd come up on a similar issue related to a Dominar where the rider had braked at high speeds before encountering a rough patch that cracked his chassis
Thanks. IMO it’s not ok what happened to the Dominar either. But one might still discount that because it’s happened to a street oriented Bike...maybe. An adventure bike is meant to be ridden on a “rough surface”. Rougher the merrier, no?

We’ve seen multiple examples of these “go anywhere” junks from RE disintegrating like egg shells. Still we ask... how was the bike being ridden. It doesn’t compute

RE should be ashamed of what they have put out. I’m livid that they took the moniker of the worlds mightiest mountains and slapped it on this POS contraption
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