New Royal Enfield Himalayan long-term review, 1,900km report

    Life with the Royal Enfield Himalayan has been full of ups and downs.

    Published on May 04, 2024 07:00:00 AM

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    New Royal Enfield Himalayan long-term review, 1,900km report

    Our long term Himalayan has a pretty strong tendency for leaning to the right. No, that’s not a silly election season joke, because the bike actually does pull to the right the moment you let go of the handlebar. Since I don’t tend to do that very often, it was a while before I discovered this behaviour, but plenty of subsequent experimenting has proven that the bike always goes right, even if it’s against the camber of the road. 

    I’ve sent the bike to RE a couple of times to look into this and it continues to take place. This led me to ask a few other Himalayan owners if they’re facing the same thing and a couple of them have. What’s interesting is that the bike behaves perfectly normally until you let the handlebar go. So those who have at least one hand on the handlebar at all times will probably never discover this and it hasn’t proven to be problematic in any way. Nevertheless, we’re keen to hear if you’re seeing something similar with your Himalayan as well. 

     

    The suspension is non adjustable, but it’s superb on the road and off it.

     

    With the bike having spent quite some time with RE as well as my own typically hectic shoot/travel schedule, I haven’t put on many miles since the last report. Thankfully, there is still plenty to report. Let’s start with the positives. 

    Rahul recently borrowed the bike for a weekend blast to his hometown and he came back to the office with the biggest grin I’ve seen in the longest time. He’s the sort of rider who pushes a bike hard and he was thrilled with the Himalayan’s handling, performance and off-road ability. It was great to see someone who hasn’t yet experienced this bike feel as pumped about it as we were when we first rode it.

    Scant spares availability for essentials like brake pads and tubes.

    Things haven’t been so rosy from an ownership perspective though. Kuldeep from our photography team bought his own Himalayan a few months back and he already had a nasty experience with a puncture. In the process of removing the rear wheel and then levering the tyre off the rim (oh, the joys of tubed tyres) the roadside mechanic managed to not only put a deep scuff in the rim but also damaged the rear brake pads.

    The next issue came in the fact that not a single dealership in Mumbai had replacement brake pads or a replacement rear tube to sell. With a 140-section tube exceedingly hard to find, Kuldeep’s bike now runs a 120 sized tube. It appears that the Himalayan’s spare part supply for basic essentials like tubes, pads and brake/clutch levers is still in very short supply.

    Six months after launch, still no sign of the optional tubeless rims.

     What’s also quite disappointing is that the optional tubeless rims that were showcased at the launch event six months back are still nowhere in sight. It is starting to appear that those of you who want tubeless convenience will have to find it through aftermarket fixes. They certainly aren’t a long-term, reliable solution as a proper set of rims, but they definitely beat the hassle of potentially being stranded on the side of the road. 

    The large 17-litre fuel tank means plenty of miles between fill ups.

    I suppose the silver lining here is that these issues aren’t reliability related. Our Himalayan has been rock solid so far and aside from occasional frustrations with the fiddly toggle button that controls the TFT, the bike has run flawlessly. I see no reason why that shouldn’t continue and I’m now looking forward to trying out a few choice accessories – particularly the touring seats and the engine bash guard.

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    New Royal Enfield Himalayan long-term review, 1,000km report

    Royal Enfield Bikes

    Fact FilePetrol
    Distance covered1862km
    Price nowRs 2.93 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai)
    Test economy24.8kpl
    Maintenance costsNA
    FaultsLeans to the right

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