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My 2022 RE Himalayan: Headlight guard installation & quick weekend ride

The guard looks absolutely stunning as compared to the rest of the generic metal headlight guards out there. It catches a lot of eyes because there isn't really any other product like it in the market.

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Update: Viaterra headlight guard and a trip to Devarayanadurga Hills.

Hello all,

I recieved the Viaterra headlight guard in the mail yesterday and here are my first impressions:

It looks absolutely stunning IMO as compared to the rest of the generic metal headlight guards out there. It catches a lot of eyes because there isn't really any other product like it in the market.

Installation was a fairly straightforward process but one flaw I have found is that Viaterra provides metal buffers to be inserted into the hole at the side of the headlight casing. This acts as an extender to the side panels of the guard. I believe RE Himalayans, or atleast my Himalayan has a slightly inconsistent bore hole, because of which one of the buffers slid in peacefully but the other didn't. I tried multiple times to get it to fit and even tried lubricating it with WD40 but it didn't work. Hence I resorted to a good hold hammer and some precisely applied brute force to get the job done. It still protrudes a little more than it should but the guard is symmetrical and the screw did thread properly so I'm not worried. I did slightly chip my paint though.

Right side, where the inconsistency is present. Notice the protrusion.

Left side, smooth sailing:

I believe such inconsistencies can be accounted for if the buffers are made from a pliable rubber, so that with a little lubrication, it can still be made to work. Also, I think I speak for the entire motorcycle community (Or atleast a majority of it) when I say WE LOVE STICKERS. If anyone from Viaterra is here, please do include stickers with your products. I did request it while placing the order but unfortunately didn't receive any.

The acrylic is detachable for cleaning, found it to be very tight but that's probably because its new. Overall, amazing product though and would hands down recommend it to anyone!

Anyhow, onward to the trip!

We initially planned on a ride to Nandi Hills, but considering that it was the weekend, we expected everyone in BLR to flock to Nandi so decided against it. A quick google search and we found Devarayana Durga Hills. The route seemed fun so we decided to go for it! There were five of us, with an almost exclusively RE composition. We had two Continental GT 650s, One Himalayan, One Classic 350 and the TVS Ronin 225.

Early morning start:

Was a good ride, mostly on the Tumkur Highway, we stopped about 60 kms in to have brekkie at a local establishment.

At brekkie, the bikes were truly garnering a lot of people's attention when parked. Especially the beautiful 650s.

We continued off a detour from the Highway onto some absolutely wonderful twisty roads and came across a lake. Stopped to take some quick pictures:

Probably the best view ever.

Uno in all his glory.

The Viaterra grille looking sexy as ever.

We reached the top and took a couple of pics of the view, and of course Uno:

We headed back immediately after. Was an absolutely fun experience. We were pushing the bikes hard today constantly above 100 kmph and I managed to get a FE of 32kmpl. I also recently discovered, that my friend on the Ronin, maintaining the same speeds as I did during the previous Savandaurga Trip (80kmph), achieved a FE of 62 kmpl. Its a genuinely impressive product from TVS' stable.

That's all for today folks! Cheers.

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