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Royal Enfield Himalayan
« on: June 25, 2020, 11:38:03 am »
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 11:58:43 am »
Check out the Youtube channel "Itchy boots"

Will give you a lot of respect for that bike.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 12:27:45 pm »
hasnt changed at all from the last few years, european biking fraternity isnt fazed by the less than 25hp power, and sell quite well, itchy boots has just about covered the world on hers and india of course has been using them. what surprised me a few years back is when i saw the guys on the side of the road strip the steering head bearings, just a few balls like the old bicycles. carry spare balls and grease and away you go.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 01:02:16 pm »
Or you can buy a CRF250L with the same HP but lot less weight and you wont need to change steering neck bearings next tot he road  :biggrin:
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2020, 01:03:32 pm »
hasnt changed at all from the last few years, european biking fraternity isnt fazed by the less than 25hp power, and sell quite well, itchy boots has just about covered the world on hers and india of course has been using them. what surprised me a few years back is when i saw the guys on the side of the road strip the steering head bearings, just a few balls like the old bicycles. carry spare balls and grease and away you go.

 :thumleft: Thats whats needed on an adventure bike, simple to repair when out in deserted areas and this looks like it is.
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2020, 01:04:37 pm »
Or you can buy a CRF250L with the same HP but lot less weight and you wont need to change steering neck bearings next tot he road  :biggrin:

Or you can buy a bus ticket for R7.50 and then dont have to worry about buying protective kit  :peepwall:
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2020, 01:19:43 pm »
I Like it. Like the  rugged outdoor look
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2020, 01:28:52 pm »
Or you can buy a CRF250L with the same HP but lot less weight and you wont need to change steering neck bearings next tot he road  :biggrin:

Or you can buy a bus ticket for R7.50 and then dont have to worry about buying protective kit  :peepwall:

Or you can stay at home and save a trip to the ticket office  :snorting:
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2020, 01:47:25 pm »
I like the old school, underpowered but seemingly rugged thing
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2020, 01:49:24 pm »
Also like it. Wonder what the prices will be.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2020, 01:58:18 pm »
I dont think it will come to South Africa

Royal Enfield has moved from dealer to dealer - they never really seem to get up and running.

The have not brought in any Royal Enfields in years.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2020, 01:59:29 pm »
I dont think it will come to South Africa

Royal Enfield has moved from dealer to dealer - they never really seem to get up and running.

The have not brought in any Royal Enfields in years.

I wonder why though?  The timing is right now to give Triumph a proper kicking with the Interceptor.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2020, 02:03:10 pm »
The South African bike market is very small.

Royal Enfield is more like a 2nd or 3rd bike - so that market is even smaller.

They bring in bikes and sales are good for a couple of months but then that pool becomes saturated and slowly they go under.
 
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2020, 02:08:22 pm »
The South African bike market is very small.

Royal Enfield is more like a 2nd or 3rd bike - so that market is even smaller.

They bring in bikes and sales are good for a couple of months but then that pool becomes saturated and slowly they go under.

Pity.  They look like a good "do anything with it" choice bike
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2020, 02:53:20 pm »
I like it would be nice if it was a 500 with a little more power and easier cruising at 110.
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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2020, 02:54:36 pm »
The South African bike market is very small.

Royal Enfield is more like a 2nd or 3rd bike - so that market is even smaller.

They bring in bikes and sales are good for a couple of months but then that pool becomes saturated and slowly they go under.

Yeah but they could undercut the Boneville range MASSIVELY.  The Bonnies are so overpriced for what you get, and have always traded on the "British heritage" thing....But they're all built in Thailand. 

An Enfield, which offers the exact same thing at a fraction of the cost would steal a lot of that market.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2020, 03:05:37 pm »
The South African bike market is very small.

Royal Enfield is more like a 2nd or 3rd bike - so that market is even smaller.

They bring in bikes and sales are good for a couple of months but then that pool becomes saturated and slowly they go under.

Yeah but they could undercut the Boneville range MASSIVELY.  The Bonnies are so overpriced for what you get, and have always traded on the "British heritage" thing....But they're all built in Thailand. 

An Enfield, which offers the exact same thing at a fraction of the cost would steal a lot of that market.

Not sure how many Bonnies you see in the big smoke but here in Slaapstad I can count the ones I have seen on one hand.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2020, 04:43:24 pm »
The South African bike market is very small.

Royal Enfield is more like a 2nd or 3rd bike - so that market is even smaller.

They bring in bikes and sales are good for a couple of months but then that pool becomes saturated and slowly they go under.

Yeah but they could undercut the Boneville range MASSIVELY.  The Bonnies are so overpriced for what you get, and have always traded on the "British heritage" thing....But they're all built in Thailand. 

An Enfield, which offers the exact same thing at a fraction of the cost would steal a lot of that market.

Not sure how many Bonnies you see in the big smoke but here in Slaapstad I can count the ones I have seen on one hand.

Ya I guess I do ride with that demographic a lot so maybe my view is skewed.

I really want one, but I cannot bring myself to spend what they want for one. For something with what, 60hp and 200+kg?    I mean I love the idea of an "everything" bike, and even on basic adventure trips we have guys with Bonnevilles and street scramblers doing fine (In fact doing Sani in bad shape last year, the first guy up was on a stock standard bonneville....with a bunch of big ADV bikes, myself including, taking multiple falls on the way up.....Being able to just stop anywhere and put both feet down is priceless sometimes :biggrin:)

But yeh....the pricing....Aish. An Interceptor sounds really good for much less money.
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2020, 05:14:17 pm »
Buy second-hand, big bargains around. I bought a 2006 carbed Scrambler last week, 6000k's on the clock, with extras for 54k, It's basically a brand new bike. Probably won't ever buy new again. 
 

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Re: Royal Enfield Himalayan
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2020, 05:18:23 pm »
Or you can buy a CRF250L with the same HP but lot less weight and you wont need to change steering neck bearings next tot he road  :biggrin:

Or you can buy a bus ticket for R7.50 and then dont have to worry about buying protective kit  :peepwall:

I was waiting for someone to drag the GS1250 into this thread. ;)