Himalayan Test Ride

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Himalayan Test Ride

Postby Steve E » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:08 am

Hi guys
I hade a test ride on the Himalayan the other day.

I was VERY impressed with its Road Holding and balance.
The trail style tyres gave loads of grip as well, which really surprised me.
It is not the lightest of bikes, so for serious off road riding (Enduro) it might be a bit too heavy!
But having said that, on the road and easy trails, it's excellent.
The rear swing arm looks very robust, and I liked the shock cover to protect the monoshock as much as possible!
(bit of personal gripe of mine that manufacturers don't fit decent protection as standard!)


The seating position is just about perfect for me, 30" inside leg.
The seat feels like it is memory foam, and although a bit narrow for my lardy arse, very comfortable on the one hour or so test ride.
Foot pegs are slightly behind, so knees bent a just past 90 degrees.
I found that OK, with my dodgy knee, but others may not.


The instrument cluster is also excellent and well thought out!
Compass, if you get lost!!
Ambient Temperature indication!!
Fuel gauge.
Large speedometer.
Small tachometer.
Gear Indicator, which I really like on a bike!!
The little screen is just about perfect, as it didn't seem to increase any buffeting or noise.
In fact if I dipped my head down behind the screen the noise increased.
This might be reflected noise, as I've had that before with faring's???
The lights are always on, as there is no switch to turn off!!
And of course the bike has Anti Lock Brakes!!


The 411cc engine pulls well enough, it only had 700 miles on the demonstrator!
I think the previous test riders have thrashed it to be honest, as it seemed a bit noisy.
60mph was at indicated at 5000rpm, with the redline at 6500rpm.

The price of £4199 is good, or £4699 with the brackets and two ally side panniers with Royal Enfield logo on them!
(apparently there is currently a new one for sale at £3995 with the panniers in Preston!)
(hope it's not the demonstrator!!)

Overall I was well impressed, the engine did not pull as hard as my 500, but it was way smoother at high revs.

If I were bike-less, and needed a commuter to cut through the heavy traffic, I'd buy one of these!
In fact if it weren't for the Interceptor coming out soon, I think I'd buy one right now!


SO GO FOR A TEST RIDE CHAPS AND REPORT BACK!
As Bill once told me -"Ride it like you stole it!"
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Re: Himalayan Test Ride

Postby Henry V111 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:27 pm

did you ride ot like you stole it, or treat it gently as you always do.

thats a good write up and opinions .

Now all we are waiting to test is a new Interceptor ,
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Re: Himalayan Test Ride

Postby Steve E » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:33 am

Henry V111 wrote:did you ride ot like you stole it, or treat it gently as you always do.

thats a good write up and opinions .

Now all we are waiting to test is a new Interceptor ,



No Henry, didn't thrash it, as to keep up with the A Road 60 mph traffic, I didn't need too!

Very capable of keeping up with that level of riding to be honest.

I did once rev to 6500, but not really needed, as it pulls well from lower revs in high gear.

This is NOT a sports bike by any means!!
Just a very good, very stable and enjoyable everyday bike.

I would not advise anyone to buy this for prolonged Motorway riding at 70 plus.
It probably would run all day at 70, but it's not that sort of bike really.


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Re: Himalayan Test Ride

Postby Steve E » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:25 pm

HI guys

Just seen this rendering of the possible Himalayan 650!

Now this I REALLY LIKE!!

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