What bike for new rider?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MikeyE, May 4, 2020.

  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I think of the RE as more of a sensible woman. She's not a supermodel, but looks great in a pair of hiking boots and loves to go camping. She doesn't like night clubs, but surprises you with a beer she's hidden in her pack until the third day out on a remote hiking trail.

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  2. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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  3. 777AIA

    777AIA Just, ride safe - OK? Super Supporter

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    I ride a 2011 F800R and a 2013 Sertao, and could recommend either. Maybe not as a ‘first ride’, but not far off. Maybe start off with a G350GS, and then upgrade after a year or so...
    My F800R has been modded as a scrambler, and does great on and off road, a lot like my old F800GS.
    I have ridden K100R, R1200GS, R1200R, F800GS, and various Hondas and Suzukis.
    Ride sFe...
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  4. 777AIA

    777AIA Just, ride safe - OK? Super Supporter

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    Congrats on the purchase. Now, just get OUT there!
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    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I keep hearing good things from owners about the Himalayan. Report back on your first impressions and longer-term experience.
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  6. MikeyE

    MikeyE n00b

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    Will do! I am picking it up tomorrow! I am excited!
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  7. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    Scrolling down, waiting to leave my comments about the potential maintenance and repair costs that an R1200GS in your price range can incur (don't ask me how I know), and was excited to hear that you're getting a Himalayan. Looking forward to hearing some real-world feedback on this bike.

    Congrats and enjoy!
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  8. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

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    You you are into vloggers, check out Itchy Boots, she's a (relatively) new rider with a Himalaya that rides it all over the place.
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  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I have seen a few of her vlogs. Amusing and informative.
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  10. MikeyE

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    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Excellent! Now go and get it dirty. Report back frequently. :clap
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  12. jonnismith22

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    Excellent!!!! Loved it man..
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  13. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    The hot girl ruins his life because just when he's fallen in love she ditches him and takes of on her RE to travel the world.

    Have you checked out Itchy Boots?
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  14. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Having ridden a RE Himalayan and a KLX250 I would say the OP is moving backwards performance wise.
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    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I know a couple of people who own Himalayans and have heard from a few others who've ridden them. Everybody seems to agree that they are (inexplicably) better than the specs would suggest. You are saying the opposite I think. Can I ask what kind of riding you did on both?
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  16. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I have a friend with a Himalayan and another with a KLX250. I have ridden the KLX a few times, on and off road. I only rode the Himalayan a short distance. My thoughts on the Himalayan was that the steering was twice as heavy and much slower than my KLR650. The engine was slow revving and felt pretty gutless although my friend say it cruises fine at 65. The KLX doesn't feel all that powerful either but it's deceptively faster than it feels.

    My friend rode most of the TAT on his Himalayan so it will get you there. It's just very utilitarian. I think the Himalayan is a cool bike but it just didn't feel that good when I rode it. It reminded me of a Buell Blast I once rode.

    The KLX? I'm picking up a new one tomorrow!
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  17. Sparrowhawk

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