Royal Enfield Himalayan Owners Thread

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

  1. Lajning

    Lajning Been here awhile

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    Outer layer MUST be windproof. Otherwise you will get cold very quick regardless of any other clothes worn beneath.

    60 degree takes nothing more than a proper non mesh MC jacket and a light fleece sweater underneath.
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  2. on2wheels52

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    Heated jacket & heated grips.
    I don't ride to get cold :hide
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  3. millman84

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    That sounds like beautiful riding weather to me. Mesh gear or my perforated leather gear.
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    Has anybody actually installed a set of the "Goofit Universal Handguards" (from amazon) mentioned on the Farkle Fest page? I attempted to install mine (they arrived today) and could not get the right one to come even close to fitting (not that the left one was exactly perfect...). If you've installed a set, can you put up some photos of how you did it? Thanks mucho... Otherwise I will most likely return them.
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    You might check out the Zero Below Zero blog from Aerostich. They used a Zero electric motorcycle (no windshield or fairing, obviously) for every-day winter commuting in Duluth, MN. Obviously a lot of it is about keeping batteries warm and charged, and a lot more is trying to sell you Aerostich gear, but in between those you will find a lot of useful wisdom (whiz-dumb?) about riding a motorcycle on snowy roads in insanely cold weather.
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    In Oz we can buy jeans made by Thomas Cook from a -"wind and waterproof " denim , which has a fleece lining bonded to the inside.
    Works quite well, it seems that windproof is the thing , and with a budget priced pair of polypro long johns they are fine down to around 5 degrees centigrade.
    Some goes for jackets, on my entry level AGV Navigator jacket the outer shell is wind and waterproof, which seems to work better for me than a separate zip in liner.
    It has a zip in thermal liner, with its own zip and Velcro flap on the front and this seems to work better than a liner without its own seal.
    But, as others have said, I have found it easier to simply add a layer or two, a polypro thermal top under my moleskin RMW shirt and a Aldi merino base layer over it is all I need, and the jacket is easier to get on and a bit more comfortable.
    The last time I had any inclination, or need, to ride on snow or ice was during a Scottish summer 60 odd years ago, and my recollection was that short of ice studs it isnt going to make a great deal of difference what tires you fit!
    Just make certain your life insurance and funeral cover is up to date!
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  7. johnny42

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    I was going to razz you about cold temperatures, you being in Nevada, but your average coldest temperature day by day from Dec-Feb (in Wellington) is actually colder than what we get in Buffalo!! Let's talk snow......
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    That's funny, I was just reading about their new dual sport. Pretty cool other than the 90 mile range and $20,000 price tag.

    Bike commuting I found anything above 20f to need no real thought. Below 20 I add a layer. With the moose mitts I don't usually even wear gloves. I'm kind of looking forward to the colder weather.
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    Wellington is on the edge of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range. In January 2017 alone, Mammoth (a stone's throw from Wellington) received some 230" of snow. This past Winter at my gal's place, she had about 15-20ft of snow on the ground from December through most of March. We were still getting snow in late May. We've also had our first snowfall of the year already haha
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    You guys go ahead and ride in the snow and ice, I'll keep my woodstove blazin' and read about your antics here.
    I gave that stuff up when I sold my Ural, but not before crossing Eagle Nest Lake in New Mexico when it was frozen over 3 feet thick.

    As to Mr. McEwan, I wonder what MotoGuzzi thinks of this project, I seem to recall reading something about him being a new
    spokesman for the MG brand, I bet this is going to look like hell on his resume.

    I might have missed it in the article, but is the chase truck going to be hauling a diesel generator for recharging? Or dragging an extremely long
    extension cord? Is anyone noticing a bit of irony here?
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    When one of them entered The Paris Dakar the took a full pit trailer workshop full of parts and mechanics to try and keep the F650s going .
    Didn't do the any good, they came out one morning and the bike wouldn't start.
    It never started again, it was abandoned in Africa and parted out.
    I had the same problem with my F650, only BMW tried to charge me $1200- to tell me they couldn't fix it.
    Then told me to "get that piece of shit out of here and don't bring it back" - well they should know!
    Luckily there was a guy in South Africa who was developing and marketing a code reader (GS911), which worked with BMW electronics and a phone call to him and it was fixed PDQ. But not with the 911.
    It was a known to be dud component left over from a fiasco with the injection on the early K bikes and pulled out of a cupboard 20 years later with the identification blocked out with a texta so no one would know what they were - only from BMW!
  14. Doctor T

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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    Apparently they are using 4 bikes. 2 charging in a van whilst riding the other 2. Strange choice for a long distance ride.
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    That was my thought first time I saw the electric adventure bikes. That's an awful short distance between outlets. Where as if YouTube has taught me anything, it's that gas is available just about anywhere. Even if it is sold by a little old lady in a tent and dispensed from an old plastic bottle.

    I was also thinking last night that as cool as those series were, we now have YouTube filled with average joes riding the far ends of the world, documenting their travels. And they aren't gifted with millions of dollars, a camera crew and a chase vehicle.

    If you haven't seen him, check out Ed March. He's a Brit whose traveled the world on his Honda c90. He doesn't post often, but he's pretty amusing.

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    Nice to have sponsors that give you everything for and heavily discounted rate or even free. I prefer watching people as you said Ed March and the likes of Itchy boots. Genuine people riding to a tight budget. These people go off the beaten track to have fun and adventure which comes over in their videos. After the last 2 Charlie and Ewan trips i got a bit feed up with them, i would rather watch Henry Cole shows. The C&E show is full of sponsors and with a normal road trip except being on electric bikes this time its been done before, I.E Henry Cole, Hairy bikers and so on. When C&E did their first trip it was new and exciting until then the average man/women didn't know you could ride a bike so far. What am saying in this day and age lots more of "normal people" waking up and thinking am going to ride the world tomorrow. With no experts involved, just the hard work from the individual that are not doing it for the money. Also, they are filming, editing and posting of sites like YouTube again without a team of dozens producing it and selling it to a TV channel.
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    I do also enjoy Ed's playing ribbing of the typical Gs1200 rider.:jack
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    I usually just skim these video's but not this one. Highly entertaining! Thanks for posting it.
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    The C & E show reminds me of something I came upon in the Colorado Rockies many years ago: two guys riding bicycles over the mountain passes to “raise awareness” of bicycles as environmentally friendly transportation. They were, of course, escorted by a smoke-belching, 6 mile-per-gallon diesel motor home.
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