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Old 6th September 2020, 18:36   #1246
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I have an issue with my bike.

Bike switches on without any issue. After a couple of minutes of riding the low batter indicator comes on the tacho stops working. If I rev the bike the tacho starts working and the batter light goes off. After a few minutes this will repeat.

The first time it happened, I came home and hooked up the multimeter. The battery with engine off had a 13.2V voltage.

The next time I took my bike out, I kept the multimeter with me. Sure enough the light came on and tacho went off.
I checked immediately. The battery had over 13.2 Volts in it.

Today I took my bike out. The same issue keeps happening.

The battery is fine. But the tacho off and battery low light makes it very confusing.

Typically this happens when I am riding at a fixed pace. Like I am doing a steady 50 kmph. The tacho will go down to 0 and the battery light gets on.

I rev up. The issue is fixed for the next few mins.

Please help.
This could be a bad ground terminal, a faulty fuse, or simply, loose battery cables terminals, as VJ suggested.

Find and inspect all the connections to the battery and the frame and engine ground. Check each of them for loose connections, corrosion where bare metal is exposed, and broken or loose wire crimps. If there is corrosion, use some emery paper to clean the metal contact area. If there terminals or crimping is loose, try to tighten them with pliers.

Sometimes, fuses can have loose contacts. This is difficult to identify. Replacing the fuses is easier and cheaper. Be sure to use good quality replacement fuses.

I hope this helps and your problem is fixed rapidly.
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Old 6th September 2020, 22:46   #1247
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I have an issue with my bike....

Please help.
You'd find all that you'd need here:

(Understanding & troubleshooting Motorcycle Charging Systems)Understanding & troubleshooting Motorcycle Charging Systems


Do make sure to distinguish between surface charge and actual charge, best means is to load with the Starter Motor, detailed instructions are there in the above mentioned thread.

With the help of a multimeter ensure the basics(Alternator, RR Unit and Battery) are working as intended, refer to service manual or ask fellow Himalayan owners to share resistance and output values.

Once you've made sure that the components are working fine you can rest assured and do continuity test from junction to junction and lead to chassis to find out if there is leak in current or improper ground.

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Old 13th September 2020, 18:10   #1248
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Hello RE Himalayan Community,

This is my first post in this section, perhaps a couple of posts I have on the RE Section.

I recently got my 3rd RE a BSVI RE Himalayan Rock Red after a TBTS500 and TB350 AVL prior.

Its done a mearge 500 kms in the last 2 months and my wifey wanted to learn riding it. So we had a day session in an desolate road nearby. She is 5-3 and is an adept 4 wheeler driver and could easily get the grasp of the control and ride on. She carried me pillion too in her very first day of riding the motorcycle. She rides bicycles otherwise. But taking a U turn was a different story as you can see in the picture.

Long things short, it took a couple of falls and seems the stock handle bar is very fragile. and is kind of bend. Please give inputs for a replacement handlebar, i don't want to change the cables or the knuckle guard or the bar end weights but would prefer a slightly taller one.

Is the TBX Stock Handle Bar a fit?
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Old 13th September 2020, 20:45   #1249
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Long things short, it took a couple of falls and seems the stock handle bar is very fragile. and is kind of bend. Please give inputs for a replacement handlebar, i don't want to change the cables or the knuckle guard or the bar end weights but would prefer a slightly taller one.
The handlebar is indeed very fragile, my bike has fallen off twice from the stand and both times I have had to get the handlebar replaced. I have heard of people replacing the handlebar with thunderbird handlebar, but the height increase might cause some problems.

I guess the problem is that the handlebar stands high and the general centre of gravity also lies higher than other bikes so the torque applied when it falls is a lot more compared to other bikes and that causes the handlebar to bend easily. (I might be wrong though) But the stock comes cheap at 540 with some 200 in labour, so I often find it easier to just get it replaced.
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Long things short, it took a couple of falls and seems the stock handle bar is very fragile. and is kind of bend. Please give inputs for a replacement handlebar, i don't want to change the cables or the knuckle guard or the bar end weights but would prefer a slightly taller one.

Is the TBX Stock Handle Bar a fit?
Slightly different approach would be crash guard with spools that stick out from the body. This way when the bike falls, the handlebar doesn't take impact and get bent.

I think Zana and HDT customs are the best known ones for Himalayan if you're interested.
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Hello RE Himalayan Community,

This is my first post in this section, perhaps a couple of posts I have on the RE Section.

I recently got my 3rd RE a BSVI RE Himalayan Rock Red after a TBTS500 and TB350 AVL prior.

Its done a mearge 500 kms in the last 2 months and my wifey wanted to learn riding it. So we had a day session in an desolate road nearby. She is 5-3 and is an adept 4 wheeler driver and could easily get the grasp of the control and ride on. She carried me pillion too in her very first day of riding the motorcycle. She rides bicycles otherwise. But taking a U turn was a different story as you can see in the picture.

Long things short, it took a couple of falls and seems the stock handle bar is very fragile. and is kind of bend. Please give inputs for a replacement handlebar, i don't want to change the cables or the knuckle guard or the bar end weights but would prefer a slightly taller one.

Is the TBX Stock Handle Bar a fit?
You could consider the braced handlebar offered by RE as an official accessory. I have that on my Himalayan and it does seem sturdier. It's also lighter and makes the bike feel more agile. And it looks great!
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You could consider the braced handlebar offered by RE as an official accessory. I have that on my Himalayan and it does seem sturdier. It's also lighter and makes the bike feel more agile. And it looks great!
I did think of that but found its aluminium with no provision for the stock bar end weights and knuckle guards. Have to get its own snap on bar ends weights. Donít think its value for money to change everything. Also it doesnít support the knuckle guards and i need to source a compatible one.

The front end is already too light without the headlamps mounted on it in comparison to what I had been used to all these years.
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and my wifey wanted to learn riding it. So we had a day session in an desolate road nearby. She is 5-3 and is an adept 4 wheeler driver and could easily get the grasp of the control and ride on. She carried me pillion too in her very first day of riding the motorcycle. She rides bicycles otherwise. But taking a U turn was a different story as you can see in the picture.
Pls. don't take it in the wrong spirit but I would strongly suggest a bike which your wife is also comfortable riding. If necessary two bikes in the family.
Replacing bones rather than handlebars would worry me more. You being a doctor would appreciate that.

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the stock handle bar is very fragile.
This is by design.

If you use a rigid handlebar and drop the motorcycle it won't bend but what needs to be understood is that the impact would be transferred elsewhere, namely your Triple T and Chassis.

Not going into the gory details but take my word for it, you DO NOT want that happening and this is not even considering that the Himalayan has a reputation for having a weak neck.

Personally, if at all I change bars I make it certain that I find an OE alternative even if it's from another motorcycle as most non OE bars simply do not have weak points.

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Update on my Bike:

The tacho and battery light remain erratic.
The battery terminals are clean and tight. I removed and refit them.
All fuses are good.

The battery after 12 days of inaction was still showing 12.7.
Started bike it jumped and remained at 13.4 or so.
Rev takes it to 14+

The issue is certainly with the console. I plan to investigate every wire that comes into it. Maybe the lack of use and open parking has something to do with it.

While my bike is safe from humans due to CCTV camera's, strays cats dont really care and sometimes like to sit on the bike.
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I did think of that but found its aluminium with no provision for the stock bar end weights and knuckle guards. Have to get its own snap on bar ends weights. Donít think its value for money to change everything. Also it doesnít support the knuckle guards and i need to source a compatible one.

The front end is already too light without the headlamps mounted on it in comparison to what I had been used to all these years.
Ah fair enough. I'm using aftermarket knuckle guards. The fact that the RE guards don't fit their own bar did seem odd to me. With the bar end weights the total is over 3k which is definitely high. I personally love the lighter bar as it makes the bike feel more open to being flicked around.
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Look what turned up in our drive in the Netherlands today!

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Old neighbours from where we used to live were near. In fact they had to pick up his, Ron, RE from the dealer after a regular service.

The main (and oldest) RE dealer in the Netherlands is situated a bit south from us. http://www.vandoornmotoren.nl

So on the way home they stopped at our place for coffee and a chat. Ron on his RE and his wife Maud driving the car.

Ron has had this RE for about 18 months and has covered some 11.000km. He is very happy with it. He is one of the most experienced bikers I know. Some years ago he was working with the Ambulance service in the region of The Hague, the Netherlands. Ron was instrumental in setting up a squad of fast response bikes. Any major accidents in busy areas, they would dispatch a bike with a trained emergency responder as they would be able to get to the scene of the accident before the ambulance. They were trained as paramedics and their bikes were equipped with all kinds of medical equipment to do triage and first aid response.

Ron was part of the team doing these first response calls too. He has been a biker his whole life and as part of his job got very extensive bike training as well (similar to police advanced driving courses). In those day they drove mainly BMWs.

He is very happy with his RE. Uses it only for touring. Has not had a single problem with it yet! is this the new RE quality norm?

Jeroen

PS: At the entrance to my garage you can see my little Royal Enfield sign. All that I have I have left of driving a RE bullet are the sign and the memories. Good ones too.
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I ended up changing into the Thunderbird X Handlebar and during the process the touring mirrors caught my eye. Quite expensive at 4000 a pair but took a plunge and holy mirror it no longer vibrates. And adjustment in 2 levels. The best rear view on a mirror on a RE i got on my way back. The handle bar took approximately 1000 including labour. A tad taller and more comfortable for me.
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