( Log Out / ( Log Out / Review: Royal Enfield Himalayan Built for tackling rough Himalayan conditions. If what I’ve read is true, the REH ought to plod steadily up and down the mountains and across deserts of southern Morocco. Learn how your comment data is processed. Crikey, they weren’t joking. Doing the same to the 750X, or offering a more adventurised model (as BMW do) would make a better base project. The 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan is an efficient and comfortable adventure bike that's simple enough to be worked on by roadside mechanics. Things have probably moved on, but the old-style Bullets carry a stigma of crude manufacturing and poor reliability which cannot be excused by retro-cool looks or the ease of roadside repairs. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. My example gleams as white as the driven snows of Annapurna. Built for tackling rough Himalayan conditions. It has been around from 2016, when Royal Enfield introduced the company’s first adventure-touring motorcycle. The Himalayan is powered by the Royal Enfield LS 410 engine, which is 411cc and produces just 24hp@6500rpm and 32Nm@4000rpm. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. With the Him’s trail biking potential, I’ve come up with a route recce in the High Atlas followed by a ride deep into the Western Sahara ahead of my spring 2019 Fly & Ride tour around Easter. ( Log Out / Motorcycle Review. The Himalayan has some ag bike elements: over-heavy, basic and with low power output but above all, unapologetically functional, like my old utilitarian MZs in the 1970s. 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Doing the bathroom scales trick came up with 192kg. It’s said to be pretty good off-road for what it is too, but it sure won’t blaze down the autoroute trailing a series of sonic booms. 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan pictures, prices, information, and specifications. • At £4000, with the stock equipment it's a bargain • Low, 800mm seat – at last a travel bike not limited to tall people • Enfield build quality stood up to it • Efi motor pulled smoothly up to… Royal Enfield Himalayan review September 9, 2019 It seems you can’t leave your house at the minute without seeing one of Royal Enfield’s Himalayans, but is it just because they retail at under £4k? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. And with less than a thousand miles on the clock, it’s nearly as virginal. Change ). And yet I can think of a couple of BMWs – a brand associated with a long outdated reputation for reliability (right) – which didn’t start off any better. Royal Enfield Himalayan: that’s bike #61 and my project for 2019. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It has a five-speed wide-ratio gearbox, is a SOHC oil/air-cooled unit and aside from the EFI, is about as basic as they come for an engine. Below is the information on the 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan . It was also a contender for bike #61, but a quick read on advrider, where others have been experimenting with adventurisation since the original 700, reminded me that adapting one into something like 2018’s XSR Scrambler would deliver the same uncertain improvements for the effort involved. The troubled launch of the original BS3 Himalayan a couple of years ago (more here) did nothing to dispel such concerns. Himalayan Index Page In a line: Didn't miss a beat over a month; no one was more surprised than me. The only way to find out is to buy one and see. I’m one of them. By Rich Taylor 3 February 2019. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Royal Enfield Himalayan: that’s bike #61 and my project for 2019.Out of curiosity, I test rode one in 2018 and despite my initial scepticism shared by many, I could see the appeal.. It’s a bike in a niche all of its own; a long-stroke, low-saddled plodder; an under-stressed travel mule that ought to chug happily along backroads. For 2019 Honda put a 19-inch wheel on the front of the revised CB500X. Royal Enfield’s Himalayan is the Indian factory’s take on adventure motorcycling. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It’s notable that, having initially ridden an unreliable BS3, Noraly left India on a new BS4 with panniers full of spares and 1000s of kms later, didn’t use any of them.The Himalayan is a bike many potential owners want to like but are niggled by the fact that they might only just get what they paid for, before getting crippled by Chinese levels of depreciation. Klim Dakar 2016 ITB quick test, KLR650s in Canada’s Yukon, BC & NWT (2001), Why Honda’s new CT125 makes a great adv (and why it doesn’t). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Add some auxiliary LED lighting (since removed) and heated grips and it was a pretty good deal. by Matthew Galang | Jan 14, 2020 • Review: 4000 miles in North Africa• Tubliss Troubles in Western Sahara• Kriega OS22 panniers reviewed• Michelin Anakee Wild tyres reviewed• Out of the desert• At the edge of the Sahara• A Good Day in Morocco• Him in the High Atlas• Desert Ready; mods and improvements• First proper ride• Adventurise it: let’s make a list• Short UK road test (good for specs)• BS3 carb model in Ladakh, • REH tech forum• Tips, mods and hacks @ Advrider (also aftermarket kit)• Neat Himalayan blog (in French)• Noraly S on an RTW (series of videos). This well-known fact doesn’t stop them being best sellers, year after year.And so, despite entirely trouble-free experiences from high-mile-ing Hims like Noraly Schoenmaker in the video below, it’s still a bit of a leap in the dark on the much-improved export BS4 Himalayan released in 2018. A similar low output plodder that’s been on my radar is Honda’s NC range; an auto 750X. 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan is exactly a new bike from others. Anyway, back to the Enfield. They say that tanked up, an ABS Himalayan weighs a staggering 194kg. Maybe that’s why they call it ‘adventure motorcycling’.See the Index above for the latest posts – or just skip to my 4000-mile review. It’s a bike in a niche all of its own; a long-stroke, low-saddled plodder; an under-stressed travel mule that ought to chug happily along backroads. Out of curiosity, I test rode one in 2018 and despite my initial scepticism shared by many, I could see the appeal. I suspect the many people who are curious about the Himalayan have little interest in Enfield’s long-established Bullet-based singles.
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