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Old 9th May 2024, 08:48   #556
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

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Just found out that Adam Riemann of Motology Films is filming a Nepal - India trip on the Himalayan! Really can't wait for his videos, this may well be the last word from someone who may be as close as it gets to a proper expert on everything about ADVs.

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Old 12th May 2024, 11:51   #557
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

Rode back from Pune to Mumbai today morning. It was so much fun.

There was a light drizzle in parts, the weather was beautiful, and the bike had completed its first service and could finally be opened up on the highway.

Somewhere in the middle of the ride, I finally felt that click with the bike - and finally had the satisfaction of knowing I made the right decision to upgrade from my CB350.

This bike is made for the highway - can do endless kilometres, cruise at your comfortable speed (whether that is 90 or 120) and keep up with any bike on Indian roads.

Post ride rose tinted glasses aside, started to see what people mean when they complain about RE's service. Took me four hours to get the first service done, and then they forgot to tighten the fibre cap for chain slack adjustment, which I discovered after getting home.
Sitting with and talking to other riders in the lobby was the only thing I liked about the service experience.

On an aside - the buffeting on the helmet at high speeds is too much. Is the only solve a longer windscreen? Does that become stuffy in the city?

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Old 13th May 2024, 10:51   #558
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

Finally got Moto Torque crash guards installed from Riderz Planet - Naraina. My colour of choice was Red, the guard was ordered and took a week to arrive.

Also moved the maddogs to the crash guard. Got the moto torque GPS mount installed as well.

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Love the contrasting colour

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Old 13th May 2024, 21:34   #559
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

Took the Himalayan through the treacherous roads in ML of the Silchar - Guwahati route. The motorcycle is a gem for these roads and the suspension is pure love worth every dime spent on this machine.

However, the mud accumulation is on a different level. Even the headlight is covered up

The last 2 pictures are from the aftermath and side-effects from this entire session
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review



You guys should seriously go the Tenere way. A high fender is simply poseur nonsensical on a highway bike. Very much like a motocross helmet with a beak is.

What you guys have currently is the BMW "innovation" of a split fender. Low at back, for the bike. High in front for you. From rhe photos, its very obvious that it's not working .

Cheers, Doc

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

All the fenders need mending .

At the slightest of water on the streets the bike takes in all the water and splashes it all over the body, from headlights at the front to the seat and chain. Every inch gets covered in muck!

The joints on the fenders are too shabbily done and they give a way to more splash, however the bike fun and looks cooler with the muck!

Not sure, how long will this be sustainable though, can't even get a wash in Bangalore right now due to the water scarcity.
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

A simple fix is to put a fender extender on the front. This one costed around 80rs from RE parts bin iirc.
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

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A simple fix is to put a fender extender on the front. This one costed around 80rs from RE parts bin iirc.
If you see the BMW GS310, its front low fender extends to BEYOND the top beak. Which in itself is quite substantial and wide (the sides are where the water comes up from).

Instead of giving this roadside garage level fix (with the big silver bolts on top), RE should have known this basic flaw of the bike in terrain and weather it is meant for (in testing itself) and provided a (much) more full cover front low fender.

If you see the earlier set of NE photos, even the radiator is caked in mud. So what exactly are both fenders shielding.

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Link to first HIMALAYAN 450 Chassis breakdown I found on YouTube. I think it is from Tinsukia Assam.

I don't know if it has already been posted in the forum.
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Link to first HIMALAYAN 450 Chassis breakdown I found on YouTube. I think it is from Tinsukia Assam.

I don't know if it has already been posted in the forum.
Clean shear of round section tubing. I think he's saying he jumped it over a speed breaker. Thanks for the share. Its the first one I'm seeing.

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

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https://Youtube.com/watch?v=Y-IzxI9E...Zjoog9-YBZRSl7


Link to first HIMALAYAN 450 Chassis breakdown I found on YouTube. I think it is from Tinsukia Assam.

I don't know if it has already been posted in the forum.
Looks like it broke right above where the subframe mounts. Quite a weird area to fail.

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Looks like it broke right above where the subframe mounts. Quite a weird area to fail.

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Weak-ened lever point. It broke at the first section of unsupported tubing after the subframe bolting plate cross truss.

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

Tubeless tyre update

I recently converted my Hanle Black spoked rims to tubeless by using Sikaflex-291i, a marine grade sealant which has been used by many in the US and Europe for similar conversions. A 300 ml can of Sikaflex-291i, which was sufficient for both the rims, cost me Rs 874/- on Amazon and thus it worked out to be much cheaper than the 3M 5200/4200 and Way2Speed alternatives while having similar properties of being elastic yet having very strong adhesion.

As this was a DIY project, I had the satisfaction of getting the rims trued, spokes tightened and wheels balanced myself.

I finished a short 570 km ride to Kanha post the tubeless conversion and the tyres held up very well. In fact, the cold tyre pressure remains unchanged despite riding with a pillion and exceeding the ideal gross weight by some margin.

The bike performed admirably throughout the ride and I truly enjoyed every bit of riding it.

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

@ebonho, b16h22

It is very strange to see that Royal Enfield has not taken care of this chassis breakdown issue of the Himalayan. I have not seen this on any other bike from RE.
I think it is really a point of discussion if Royal Enfield has any issue with manufacturing ADV format of bikes.
Previous Himalayan had this issue and now the new one.
It will be very helpful if owners of New Himalayan or some expert can throw some light on it.
I really like the bike and was planning to get one untill now.
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Review

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Link to first HIMALAYAN 450 Chassis breakdown I found on YouTube. I think it is from Tinsukia Assam.

I don't know if it has already been posted in the forum.
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Looks like it broke right above where the subframe mounts. Quite a weird area to fail.
It would be hard to dissect the events preceding to this failure, but it seems it's a fatigue crack to have happened and it's alarming to say the least, and this soon in its service life.

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There are two points where the split subframe attaches to the chassis. Incidentally, the shear point is not at the point where the subframe attaches to the chassis eyelet, but well above the bolt eyelet point which is the backbone downtube of the frame itself. Sad!
Hoping this is a one-off occurrence and RE looks into this with zeal and helps the poor user for the foreseeable future. Definitely going to leave sour taste with the current and potential owners alike -- and at the wrong time.

Cheers!
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