Royal Enfield Himalayan - Reliability Improved?

#1 Jul 16th, 2017, 03:56
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I owned a Bullet Thunderbird when I lived in India, and I'm now in Thailand, and looking to buy a Himalayan.

But I've seen reports of gearbox, clutch and fueling issues. Also, just spent a week in Gurgaon, and didn't see a single Himalayan, but plenty of newer Bullets.

Is the reliability of the Himalayan improving now it's been out a while, and is it selling well?

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#2 Jul 16th, 2017, 08:15
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They seem to have ironed out most of the " First issue " gremlins, like excessive valve train noise, centre stand fouling on the chain, and difficult gear change.
The motorcycle press have tested them here in Aust and when compared with the top adventure bikes available, it certainly held it's own -- taking into account it's bare base credentials. The LS410 is definitely the smoothest ever enfield engine thanks to it's counterbalancer, however it's long term reliability is still being tested.
The first issue model that i rode last year in India had annoying engine vibes above 90 kmh, but the Aust model i tested last month was happy to sit on 110 kmh on the freeway with none of the harshness of the Indian model.
So are the export models different to the home models ? who knows ? personally i doubt it. RE have an EFI model in testing, maybe necessary for the US market, but the Aust models have carburettors, i think an injected bike would have smoother fuelling which would make stand up off road duties a little easier, maybe i'm nit picking.
The press comparo's here said the Indian ceat tyres left a bit to be desired, especially in the wet and the mud, and the front brake lacked feel -- both of which could be fixed by fitting modern tyres and after market brake pads.
I really like them, although they have a face only a mother could love, for under 2 lakh in India it's pretty good value.
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Thank you Redninja - very useful comments.

Think I'll wait for the ABS/FI version. RE dealer in Bangkok says October for fuel injection version, and a few months after that for abs version.
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Originally Posted by Familyonthemove View Post Thank you Redninja - very useful comments.

Think I'll wait for the ABS/FI version. RE dealer in Bangkok says October for fuel injection version, and a few months after that for abs version.

that maybe just hype, an engineer who works at Enfield told me the EFI model will only be sold in the US as their emission laws are very strict, enfield wanted to keep the carbed model for so called ease of repair --- just out of curiosity can you quote the source of the reference to fuelling problems, as all i have seen and read has been in praise of the smooth operation of the carburettor.
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Originally Posted by redninja View Post that maybe just hype, an engineer who works at Enfield told me the EFI model will only be sold in the US as their emission laws are very strict, enfield wanted to keep the carbed model for so called ease of repair --- just out of curiosity can you quote the source of the reference to fuelling problems, as all i have seen and read has been in praise of the smooth operation of the carburettor.
EFI is needed for Thailand. I would prefer the simplicity of a carb.

I saw several YouTube videos posted from India about fuelling issues with the standatd carb settings, but they all said a simple tuning to make it run richer cured the issues. No need for jet changes or anything major. The theory was they are set up to run lean for emission reasons, and to help with economy.

I would like abs, although my current bike does not have it (Honda CRF 250m). Also heard that KTM are going to launch a 390 Adventure, made in India, and this may be worth looking at as an alternative?
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word on the street in Chennai is EFI model to be released in India some time in september
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"Centre stand fouling on the chain"? Yikes!!
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Originally Posted by Keith H View Post "Centre stand fouling on the chain"? Yikes!!

Yes that's royal enfield's old trick of finishing off the R and D of the new model on the first few new customers, it's all sorted now ( god willing )

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