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Old 3rd May 2021, 16:54   #16
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WTH: Why the Himalayan
Well I tried to find a nice sentence about the Himalayan BS3 to quote, but found none! This was the same reason that kept me back from posting an ownership thread about my 'Hima Bro'.
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But look at how the motorcycle has made you follow a new hobby, make it a passion and achieve some memorable and proud moments.

Mine's a May '16 manufactured one. I never did serious offroading with my Hima. It did it's duty as a tourer and now a city commuter and weekend warrior at best. Like you and many others I had to change the Stator coil twice, the cone set, fuel filler cap,t stem and key set. I had a coil failure on a week long tour and had to jumpstart the motorcycle everytime I stopped. Luckily my riding buddy's BS4 Hima didn't fail. I have a folder for the Himalayan related emails with RE in my Gmail.. The service centre's do more harm than good when even doing routine service. My tires lasted for 25k kms though.

All things aside this motorcycle is like a nagging girlfriend you have sufficient reasons to break-up with, but you just couldn't because it would break your heart.


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I knew the BS3 Himalayas had issues, but I didn't know it was to this extent, reminds of the 2019 Tata Harrier
I'm one of those unlucky souls to have both in the garage. But the Harrier has been trouble free till now.
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Old 3rd May 2021, 17:41   #17
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Well I tried to find a nice sentence about the Himalayan BS3 to quote, but found none! This was the same reason that kept me back from posting an ownership thread about my 'Hima Bro'.
I'm one of those unlucky souls to have both in the garage. But the Harrier has been trouble free till now.
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Whatever said, the Himalayan has a character of its own. The no-nonsense, rugged look has captured the hearts of many
You seem to be a Tata fan. The Altroz also yours?
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Old 3rd May 2021, 19:44   #18
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Great review @amberkhan, thanks for sharing!

Your persistence has paid off.

A couple of posts have unfortunately tried to turn this informative thread into a Himalayan bashing thread

Himalayan as a motorcycle has come a long way, and I hope RE continues to build nice bikes like the 650 twins going forward.
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Old 3rd May 2021, 21:31   #19
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Beautifully and honestly complied and concised. The BS3 had its unique charm of insolvencies that made it an urgent reveal to the world. Nonetheless, the hiatus RE took on bringing out the BS4 and seeing that you've been factory updated to BS4 and the bike holding well, definitely helps undo the negative pyjamas that shrouds this machine. Being an owner myself. I can totally relate to the differences,.
Good luck and keep plugging the trails.

Cheers!
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Its quite seldom to come across ownership stories wherein the owner faces such travesties (chassis cracks, engine fails etc.), still persisted with the vehicle and yet had so many great memories to share! Hats off to your patience and involvement in your bike @ambarkhan and thanks for sharing your experience with us. Wishing you thousands of fuss-free happy kilometers ahead.


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The Altroz also yours?
That's his Tigor actually, though now that you mentioned Altroz, it does carry the Altroz impression quite well! You can check out more in janakiram_m's photo-tastic ownership review of his Tigor too.
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Great Write-Up. As a Himalayan owner myself I am envious of the extent to which you have been able to use it's "all road and no roads" ability. Being a BS-IV owner, I am yet to face any major issues, probably thanks to guys like you who have taken the motorcycle to it's limits and pointed out the issues to RE.

I have a few queries though.
- What Engine Oil are you using on the BS-IV engine?
- For mostly adventure touring use, which tyre do you think will be better than the stock CEAT ones?
- With all the performance modifications, have you felt the need for a re-map or a piggyback ECU like Powertronic?
  • I am Shell Advance post 2000kms mark on the odometer. I change it every 5000kms at max.
  • For Adventure touring I have found the Apollo's to be superior to MRF and CEAT especially on the wet concrete and while corners.
  • ECU remap are fun, but unless you are going competitive spending 20k on a riding school which be a much better investment go get more out of your bike.

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The ownership is nice with an added silver lining of the Service manger being a friend else it would have been a huge pain.
I became friends with him because I was visiting the service centre very frequently

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t would be great if you could share some basic/important checkpoints to keep such bikes in good shape.

Maintaining a Dual Sport Bike


Any bike which goes off the road is getting exposed to harsh treatment than any road bike.

I practice the following routine.
  • Wash the bike after every offroad ride
  • All the bearings (outside engine) needs to be checked for play after every offroad ride.
  • All the bearings (outside engine) will be cleaned, inspected and greased once a month.
  • Clean and Lube chain at least after every alternate offroad ride.
  • Change Fork Oil after 30 Hours of riding offroad. (In my case it is like once every quarter)(Approximately 500-1000)
  • Change Fork Springs in approx 1.5 years. (Costs around 1000 for Himalayan)
  • Change Rear Suspension in 1.5-2 years. (Costs 4500 )
  • Be vigilant for any crackling noise. Prevention is cheaper than replacement.

Touring


I have slipped touring in my review because you'll find plenty of them online.
In summary, it's a great tourer if you are not in hurry and can live with tubed tyres.
Here are some pics from the tours.
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Maintaining a Dual Sport Bike


Any bike which goes off the road is getting exposed to harsh treatment than any road bike.

I practice the following routine.
  • Wash the bike after every offroad ride
  • All the bearings (outside engine) needs to be checked for play after every offroad ride.
  • All the bearings (outside engine) will be cleaned, inspected and greased once a month.
  • Clean and Lube chain at least after every alternate offroad ride.
  • Change Fork Oil after 30 Hours of riding offroad. (In my case it is like once every quarter)(Approximately 500-1000)
  • Change Fork Springs in approx 1.5 years. (Costs around 1000 for Himalayan)
  • Change Rear Suspension in 1.5-2 years. (Costs 4500 )
  • Be vigilant for any crackling noise. Prevention is cheaper than replacement.
What an amazing thread. Hats off to you for persevering with the BS3 Himalayan and getting to a stage where you are very happy with the motorcycle. Despite being a fellow Royal Enfield owner, I cant imagine the difficulties that you might have faced over the years.

The above points are very useful and will serve as a good point of reference to other owners of the Himalayan.

Can you please share your experiences of the Indian National Rally Championship and the Raid De Himalaya? That would be a fascinating read.
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Touring


I have slipped touring in my review because you'll find plenty of them online.
In summary, it's a great tourer if you are not in hurry and can live with tubed tyres.
Here are some pics from the tours.
I didnt know you were on T-BHP. Thought to share photos of touring we did together

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Post the engine swap I had almost an entirely new bike. At least all the functional parts were new.
By early 2018 the bike was almost reliable and regained confidence in it.
In 2018 I started to use the bike to run for rallies and It served really well.
I started with Indian National Rally Championship and later used the bike for Raid De Himalaya as well.
That's a stonker of a review ambarkhan.
Thanks for sharing your experience about all the issues and you still stood by the bike. I am sure that you would have developed a special bond with your Himalayan.

Also, you are one of the very few who are actually using the H to its full potential. The rides must be highly rewarding !!

Good to see that you are very sincere on the maintenance part. I think your initial experience with H has a big role to play in that . Your points really help a newbie like me.

If you don't mind can you also share your luggage setup + riding gear ?
Do you have different things for offroad and touring or managing both with a single setup on bike + body ? (if this is out of context here, maybe share the details on riding gear thread).
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The Himalayan is a truly underrated motorcycle. Weird soviet union (a Ural inspired ADV/dualsport) aesthetics aside, the chassis is very sorted thanks to Harris performance.

As long as you are off the highway straights, its good company. Especially in the twisty hills or dirt trails. I rode mine everywhere.

The main crop of issues IMO was because early owners messed with the wiring at roadside mechanics by installing the highway foglamps etc.

I got rid of mine because I couldn't find the rear tyre size I wanted. But will be looking forward to a 650 port.
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Sharing a picture and a video clip of mine

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The Motorsports Experience (Dream)



Post the engine swap I had almost an entirely new bike. At least all the functional parts were new.
What a thread, thanks for sharing your experience, I have been following you on Instagram and man you are using the Himalayan to its full potential. On the engine replacement, the BS4 engine, if i am not wrong is fuel injected and BS3 being carbed, how did you manage to get the BS4 engine to run with a carb? I know its possible and lot of people have been doing it on the UCE 500 engines but have never seen anyone doing a carb conversion for a Himalayan.
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