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A few asked me to keep updated with the Himmy progress well she arrived today so thought I'd start a build thread / update to see how I get on with it with the plan off going to Iceland and Norway.

Well I finally did it the Royal Enfield Himalayan! Bike 29 I've ridden an owned a variety of bikes over the years Elsies, Nortons, fireblades, gsxrs, rzv500r v4 2t etc. Adv wise I've had gsa1200te, vstrom 1000xt, f800gs, vstrom 650xt, a 390 adv which got rejected along with dads, the 1200gs Rallye TE and now the Himalayan.

My main daily has been a 1967 Norton 650SS for 4 winters now and I've been riding a 1927 Norton 16H Flat tanker 500 Longstroke which left a huge lasting impression on me 4.9hp and 252lbs and very quick with it.

She arrived today and my BMW R1200GS te Rallye got px'd.

Such a fun first day on the Himmy I think there's a bike out there for all of us an my Himalayan makes me very content I'd say that's my first impression really it's just such a nice place to be to take in the Adventure of Motorcycle riding.

Which is exactly what I wanted compared to the GS lighter weight a relaxed riding experience with an engine that just sounds really nice an not whiney. I very much see them as a modern day version of the old Long Strokes if you get them you get them. I'm more than happy to just chill out and take in the scenery and the beauty that is motorcycle adventure.

Handlings pinpoint as well which is good.

First video coming in the next day or two plan now is to get her ran in over the next few days and in for her first service. Then get her to 1500 miles and it's time for Scotland and Cornwall ^__^
Shall supplement the Nortons very nicely.

More updates to come this week.

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Ordered a few bits today :) from cooperb vps for starters with the fitting kit, bars, risers and heated grips.

Next on the list is the seat thinking seat concepts just not sure which height yet so thinking bout that.

Thought a few might enjoy this so after 29 Motorcycles I've delved into why I let the GS1200 go for my Royal Enfield Himalayan :)
First half off the video is on my Himmy discussing it after the change over and the 2nd part is on new years eve on the last ride on the GS quite a long video but had alot to say honestly am so content with the Himalayan an it suits me to a tea very happy with my choice a few days in.

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Ordered a few bits today :) from cooperb vps for starters with the fitting kit, bars, risers and heated grips.

Next on the list is the seat thinking seat concepts just not sure which height yet so thinking bout that.

Thought a few might enjoy this so after 29 Motorcycles I've delved into why I let the GS1200 go for my Royal Enfield Himalayan :)
First half off the video is on my Himmy discussing it after the change over and the 2nd part is on new years eve on the last ride on the GS quite a long video but had alot to say honestly am so content with the Himalayan an it suits me to a tea very happy with my choice a few days in.

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If you haven't seen any then look out for itchyboots videos on youtube, she's a Dutch girl who's done lotsa miles all over the world on one
 

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Glad you're enjoying the bike!

This was the video (part 1 of 3 I think) which sold me on a Himmy....

 
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Barkbuster handguards they do two styles Storm and VPS variable protection system can swap them both over onto the same guards mounting system :)
 
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That's a good idea mate the bikes so quick to clean apart from the shock when the panniers are on.
 
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Exciting day today just got back from a 6 an a half hour round trip to cooperbmotorcycles huge thanks to Ian, Jack and Chloe for taking the time today to give me some tips on bits for my Himalayan for my next few purchases and today I bought a seat concepts seat for my Himalayan. My dad ran me down in his car.

Thanks to Chloe for putting up with me trying the different options on one of the bikes while it was pretty cold out. If it wasn't for the shoulder/neck injury that I sustained 2 years ago, I reckon with my height I would have got the tall but the standard height felt absolutely spot on for my deriere!

An my shoulder was great with it so that was the right choice :)

Well worth the trip, now it's time to plan a nice back road route down to CooperB for the service it's hard sometimes to find quality dealers where everyone rides an knows what they are talking about always makes it worth the trip in my book.

In the next few days I'll be getting my CooperB Bars, risers, an Barkbusters fitted along with the heated grips. The darn elbows really painful still from my fall on the ice yesterday walking back from the chippy šŸ¤£ 29 motorcycles track days mx year round riding an I bust my elbow on ice walking back from the chippy lol just goes to show at least it didn't re do my shoulder.

Crazy how different the weather is it's still sheet ice near me!

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Today was a very good test of my new Royal Enfield Himalayan 80 miles or so off very tricky conditions low visibility etc over the Cat and Fiddle very poor road conditions and a ride to Matlock and Back she performed perfectly

Was grinning the entire way yay hope you enjoy a few mobile phone pictures just finished treating her to a wash :)

So far so good with it no issues to report.

The seatconcepts seat from cooperbmotorcycles is the best seat I've had on a Modern motorcycle really superb it's almost as though someone tailored that and the royalenfield Himalayan to fit me perfectly absolutely so happy I made the switch to the Himalayan it's a true case off for me personally less is More!

The next step tomorrow is to fit the heated grips, barkbusters, CooperB Bars, and 20mm risers, my Garmin Zumo XT and thunderbox for the power management.

So far no regrets and very happy the up and coming 7 hour ish round trip to cooper B for her first service should be a really good test that's if it doesn't end up being longer haha as I'm still playing with the route. Continues to be a motorcycle that makes me happy when I ride it looking forward to finishing the run in on her then it's a few down to Devon and Scotland then further afield.

One currently very happy Himalayan owner it's made it past the point we were having trouble with both Ktms so far so good. Should be cranking on alot of miles over the next few months which will be a good test for it an if there is any issues hopefully will show them up so they can be dealt with.

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Today was a very good test of my new Royal Enfield Himalayan 80 miles or so off very tricky conditions low visibility etc over the Cat and Fiddle very poor road conditions and a ride to Matlock and Back she performed perfectly

Was grinning the entire way yay hope you enjoy a few mobile phone pictures just finished treating her to a wash :)

So far so good with it no issues to report.

The seatconcepts seat from cooperbmotorcycles is the best seat I've had on a Modern motorcycle really superb it's almost as though someone tailored that and the royalenfield Himalayan to fit me perfectly absolutely so happy I made the switch to the Himalayan it's a true case off for me personally less is More!

The next step tomorrow is to fit the heated grips, barkbusters, CooperB Bars, and 20mm risers, my Garmin Zumo XT and thunderbox for the power management.

So far no regrets and very happy the up and coming 7 hour ish round trip to cooper B for her first service should be a really good test that's if it doesn't end up being longer haha as I'm still playing with the route. Continues to be a motorcycle that makes me happy when I ride it looking forward to finishing the run in on her then it's a few down to Devon and Scotland then further afield.

One currently very happy Himalayan owner it's made it past the point we were having trouble with both Ktms so far so good. Should be cranking on alot of miles over the next few months which will be a good test for it an if there is any issues hopefully will show them up so they can be dealt with.

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Thanks mate yep the seat concepts seat really compfy got all the way to matlock an didnt feel like I'd even done a mile so should be good for the bigger rides the one down to Coopers will be a good test :)
 
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Hi everyone hope we are all well :) got out yesterday to try my new Seat Concepts standard height seat on my Royal Enfield Himalayan that I'm running in currently nearly at the point off being able to take a 7 hour or so round trip to Cooperb for the first service.


First impressions of both the bike and seat are brilliant some off the conditions were very nasty at points and she did really well in my humble opinion.


Loving the handling especially, engine characteristics and overall comfort at 6'2 and a 32 inch inside leg.


Obviously can't comment on higher speeds as I'm following the run in as I plan on keeping the bike for a long time an thats how I'd do it on my Nortons. For those that don't know I've come from a gs1200 an are new to the thread hard bikes to compare as they are different thing entirely but the Himalayan really suits me.


Seat fit wise has been superb retained the reach to the ground with the sensible seat height and has given me all day comfort to, my knees are just inboard off the edge off the infils which reminds me off my 350lc and I can gain 18mm by taking the rubber inserts out on the footrests if needs be which my boots were slipping on in the wet anyway.


The seat Height is identical pretty much to my Nortons in some way it's the bike I'd prefer Norton to make the grins are still continuing with the Himalayan, obviously if anything happens like the Ktms dad an I rejected i'll be the first to say with spending my hard earned cash on it.


So far so good though, the only thing I do wish we could buy was the Euro 5 service manual, as the owners handbook is lacking compared to my 1927, 44, 67 and 68 Norton riders handbooks that's my only criticism so far on what's been a superb bike as its handy to read and refer to especially when prepping for a few big trips like I hopefully am.


Personally I feel it'd be better for Royal Enfield to make it available especially with the marketing off the bike. You expect it especially when it's available for Japanese ADV bikes and a bit of an oversight in my book.


Apart from that all good! An no issues so far.


Tomorrow I'm gonna fit my Cooperb bars handguards heated grips n risers an thunderbox.


 

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Hi everyone hope we are all well :) got out yesterday to try my new Seat Concepts standard height seat on my Royal Enfield Himalayan that I'm running in currently nearly at the point off being able to take a 7 hour or so round trip to Cooperb for the first service.


First impressions of both the bike and seat are brilliant some off the conditions were very nasty at points and she did really well in my humble opinion.


Loving the handling especially, engine characteristics and overall comfort at 6'2 and a 32 inch inside leg.


Obviously can't comment on higher speeds as I'm following the run in as I plan on keeping the bike for a long time an thats how I'd do it on my Nortons. For those that don't know I've come from a gs1200 an are new to the thread hard bikes to compare as they are different thing entirely but the Himalayan really suits me.


Seat fit wise has been superb retained the reach to the ground with the sensible seat height and has given me all day comfort to, my knees are just inboard off the edge off the infils which reminds me off my 350lc and I can gain 18mm by taking the rubber inserts out on the footrests if needs be which my boots were slipping on in the wet anyway.


The seat Height is identical pretty much to my Nortons in some way it's the bike I'd prefer Norton to make the grins are still continuing with the Himalayan, obviously if anything happens like the Ktms dad an I rejected i'll be the first to say with spending my hard earned cash on it.


So far so good though, the only thing I do wish we could buy was the Euro 5 service manual, as the owners handbook is lacking compared to my 1927, 44, 67 and 68 Norton riders handbooks that's my only criticism so far on what's been a superb bike as its handy to read and refer to especially when prepping for a few big trips like I hopefully am.


Personally I feel it'd be better for Royal Enfield to make it available especially with the marketing off the bike. You expect it especially when it's available for Japanese ADV bikes and a bit of an oversight in my book.


Apart from that all good! An no issues so far.


Tomorrow I'm gonna fit my Cooperb bars handguards heated grips n risers an thunderbox.



I've got a Euro 4 manual I can send you if you like. It shouldn't be that much different.

What's a Thunderbox?

EDIT, answered my own question...

 
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