Royal Enfield Himalayan Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Anthiron, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. MtnGoat3

    MtnGoat3 Adventurer

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    Speaking of compression... Anyone know what the normal compression reading is for the Himalayan?

    And has anyone tried using the alternative Iridium Spark Plug? If so was there any noticable difference in performance, or gas mileage, or even less engine popping some speak of?
  2. Kiwiscoot

    Kiwiscoot Been here awhile

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    I have done the Iridium plug but it was right at the start of ownership, so I have not noticed anything. I just like the thought of a plug running optimally.
  3. KxDan

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    I have the following 16T sprocket fitted:
    http://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/accessory-shop/Gearbox-Sprockets-Himalayan/39031

    I have still got plenty of adjustment left and am using the standard rear sprocket and a standard chain with very little wear.
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  4. MtnGoat3

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    I agree. Going to order an Iridium plug for my bike too. Thx
  5. Tomocan

    Tomocan Been here awhile

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    CarstenB Been here awhile

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  7. BRIANPL

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    After reading these posts i'm happy here in Aus we have the Carburettor model nice and simple.
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  8. Landsurfer74

    Landsurfer74 The road goes on forever.

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    Have absolutely no problem with the EFI model .... I just leave it alone ....:-)
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  9. Landsurfer74

    Landsurfer74 The road goes on forever.

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    Has anyone looked at changing the gearing for bikes used only on road / tarmac ?
    If i'm riding my Himalaya off road it's because i've just crashed ....:-)
  10. azgsa

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    No off-road for your Himmay? Makes me want to cry. :2cry
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  11. MrDralas

    MrDralas Super n00b

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    You could go up on the front or down on the rear which would lower the rpm. But you might end up having to give it more throttle all the time and worsen the fuel economy. The Himalayan isn’t the most powerful bike out there so it might have to work harder at lower rpm vs lighter load at higher rpm if that makes sense.
  12. Landsurfer74

    Landsurfer74 The road goes on forever.

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    You live in Arizona .... i'm in Rotherham, South Yorkshire .... Motorised Trespass is such an issue here the police will use helicopters to chase and assist in the apprehension of off road motorcyclists ... really. Oh then they confiscate your bike .. and crush it ..... and just like in the film "Brazil" ... send you a bill for doing it !... Legal green lanes are an open battle ground between horses, motorbikes and cyclists ... oh ... pedestrians ( walkers ) ... mustn't forget them ... off road rallies work here because of the vast tracts of Forestry Commission land you can pay huge fees to use for events ....
  13. azgsa

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    Crikey!
  14. azgsa

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    What I did yesterday... added rear box and some rear rack bracing.
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    Project started out with a Harbor Freight 'Apache 3800' box, some stainless fasteners and 5/8" (clamp diameter) vinyl coated steel clamps. The Apache 3800 is same size as a Pelican 1450 which I used in the past but about 1/3 the price ($32 when you use the ever-available Harbor Freight 20% off coupon).
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    Remove the box handle, not needed.
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    After initial mounting of the box on the rack and whacking it with my hand, it was obvious to me the rear the rack isn't stout enough to hold much of anything without the breakage others have experienced. So I fashioned a pair of braces out of 1/8"x3/4" steel that would bolt to the the stock tail light location holes (I had moved my tail light to the OEM pannier rack cross brace).
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    Well, that bracing didn't seem quite adequate enough so I fashioned a couple more steel braces to mount to each side of the pannier frame. Note the liberal use of the vinyl coated steel clamps to attach everything to the rack. They fit super snug around the rack tubes with no movement at all after they're tightened.
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    The box is mounted using same 5/8" vinyl coated steel clamps, stainless bolts/lock nuts, and 1.5" stainless fender washers on each side of box for a bit of extra reinforcement, although the box plastic is pretty thick and doesn't flex much. Use button head bolts to avoid sharp edges, and I use a layer of foam in the bottom of the box (that comes with it) before loading stuff in it.
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    Box in place and loaded up with trail gear.
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    The 'bike stand' in the bag with the tire tools (levers) is this type, can be used to prob the front of the bike up (while on the center stand) to remove front wheel. I usually don't carry the jump starter battery and instead have some water in the box, but a friend was on his Africa Twin DCT (which can't be bump started) the other day and doesn't have one.
  15. Landsurfer74

    Landsurfer74 The road goes on forever.

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    Interesting bits of bracing running hither and thither ... May I suggest an alternative bracing method ... SOLIDWORKS .. Takes the guessing out of it ...
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  16. Loadtoad101

    Loadtoad101 Been here awhile

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    And what is SOLIDWORKS?
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  17. Landsurfer74

    Landsurfer74 The road goes on forever.

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    CAD / CAM software .... but there are lots of basic packages available ... some with free trials ..
  18. stevenatleven

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    I too wasn,t happy with the rear carrier as i frequently carry a top box with a few kilos, so i beefed it up with a couple of stays. I fitted a extra rear light as well as its a bit dark under the carrier when the top box is on, also a 12v power outlet and voltmeter as well, so i can monitor the battery/regulator/rectifier performance.


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  19. Loadtoad101

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    The verdict is in on the aftermarket plastic caps for the swing arm tube. First a comparison of the two plugs: Notice the difference in the amount of plug that will go in the tube and hold it in place, or keep water out.
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    The outside diameter is smaller, but when inserted it does cover the whole hole

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    Here is a pic of the new plug installed. No way is this thing falling or being knocked out.
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    Here is the part number and company from Ebay I bought is from. $10 for 4 of them shipped.
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  20. Bradster49

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    Found this from a company called OKO who can be contacted at okosales.co.uk they are specialist puncture repair people and have tyre sealant for bikes up to giant earth moving kit. XT800ml-440x440.jpg this is I think most suitable for ADV use and is for Both tubed and tubeless price is not crazy at around 14.00 £ for 800ml enough for two tyres.
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