I'm glad they are! These are so good at so many things. Like the SUV fad that took over the auto industry - very comfortable, good on the highway, can do dirt (to varying degrees), and good looks to boot.It seems like everyone and their mother is trying to make an "adventure" bike these days.
Not a bad thing, especially of they trend towards lighter weight and shorter seat heights. Competition is good for us consumers.It seems like everyone and their mother is trying to make an "adventure" bike these days.
I agree. I think we need more options like the tenere 700 that's coming out. But the short inseam folks need light weight bikes too.I just looked at more videos and pics and now I cant wait to go sit on one.
Not a bad thing, especially of they trend towards lighter weight and shorter seat heights. Competition is good for us consumers.
On for sure. I got a little offended when the BMW guy guestimated my inseam to be only 27". It's 28 and a half, sir.I agree. I think we need more options like the tenere 700 that's coming out. But the short inseam folks need light weight bikes too.
Honda needs to do a crf500 rallye
I was at the Triumph/BMW/Ducati dealer in Plano a week or two ago and they had 2, not sure if that's where you went or not (was thinking you were around DFW from prior posts, but not sure).I stopped by the Motorcycle shop yesterday but they had just sold the one they had. Going to have to wait a couple weeks for the next shipment to come in. The guy said they're selling fast. While I was there a guy called and asked if they had any. Seems word is getting out about them.
Ah ok, yeah I know the place you're talking about. Use to go by there when I lived up in DFW. These days I'm in San Antonio. Place I went to was a tiny place called The Motorcycle Shop on the east side of town. Also it would be nice if there was a closer Ducati dealer than Austin, I'd like to see the Sixty2 as well.I was at the Triumph/BMW/Ducati dealer in Plano a week or two ago and they had 2, not sure if that's where you went or not (was thinking you were around DFW from prior posts, but not sure).
Did they have any new 650 twins? InterceptorI stopped by the Motorcycle shop yesterday but they had just sold the one they had. Going to have to wait a couple weeks for the next shipment to come in. The guy said they're selling fast. While I was there a guy called and asked if they had any. Seems word is getting out about them.
I don't recall seeing any but I wasn't looking for them.Did they have any new 650 twins? Interceptor
Oh that's good to know. I'll chk it out.D’Moto in San Antonio is a Ducati dealer. Triumphs too!
So now I know where it went!I enjoyed sitting on the Himmy the week they arrived from Fort Worth (the US distributor). This was the second one that the Motorcycle Shop in SA received, the first being white and sold the day before. The bike was plush feeling, low to the ground, and had that nostalgic feel. I did not pull the trigger as I wanted to wait and see how parts availability would be. In the meantime, I purchased an older KLR650 which is serving me well.
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Funny and ironic ending to the story. The next week my wife and I answered an ad for a Yamaha XT225 on Craigslist. He had just bought a new bike a few days prior and did not need his old XT225. We went into his garage and their sat his new Royal Enfield Himalayan, the exact same bike I sat on at the Motorcycle Shop in SA. It turned out he went and looked at the bike the same day I had, and purchased it the next day. I have since spoke with him and he is enjoying it. His only complaints being 1) there are few after market products available and 2) he feels underpowered on highway riding.
That said, what's your method breaking in the motor? I read a few methods for the bike and curious how each went.My experience with RE motors if you break them in correctly they never give problems. I like how easy it is to service oil filter and spark plug. When I bought mine they charged me an import fee and tried to do an assembly fee. I paid the TTL and import fee. Monica dis you notice the specs on suspension travel? That rear rack crash guards and wind shield and bash guard (skid plate) save over 5 hundred. I like the 21 inch front wheel compared to some 19 inch dual sports like the Wee.
I bet you could easily lower it just messing with the suspension. Depending on the rear suspension linkage, you might be able to just replace a single piece with a different length and change the rear height. Up front, you can probably raise the fork tubes in the triple clamp at least 1". If you don't weigh much, you can probably use shorter preload spacers in the forks, which will let the bike settle a bit more. Don't forget that you'd need to shorten the kickstand as well.Whoa, there's a low seat option? That knocks off a significant height!
I don't think this bike was ever about ground pounding power, but rather just getting there... I bet if a rider takes their time, this bike will get them pretty much anywhere. Keep in mind that in India, they probably aren't going to be doing much 70mph+ freeway blasting.still pretty chubby at 400 pounds and 24.5bhp, but real good torque 26 lbs, I am sure a pipe and a update on cdi and air cleaner will give some more hp. But just fine the way it sets.
Generally speaking, this is true. Some bikes may be more sensitive to such changes than others. For instance, a long wheel base cruiser with raked out forks probably won't be as sensitive as a short wheel based bike with steep forks.It's my understanding that its never a great idea to only lower one end of the bike, you want to lower both at a similar rate. You will end up affecting the overall handling.
Reliability change with RE in 2010 with the unit motors. They are getting better all the time. The twins can be bought in USA now, I am not ready financially, maybe next year.The Himalayan was on my short list whenever I traded my Ural for a KLR. The Kawasaki dealership was just closer than the RE dealer and I was afraid the Ural might not make it all the way to the RE dealership for a trade
Still happy with the KLR, but Royal Enfield really has my interest right now. Both with what's been released recently with the Himalayan and the 650cc twins and with whatever they're cooking up next.