Royal Enfield Himalayan

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  1. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Long timer

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    My dealer started out as an Eaglerider franchise, they still do that, but were looking for a less expensive alternative, they tried a few enfield classics and bullets so they took a dealership on. It's the only bike they sell, other than their second hand HD's when they retire their current fleet. They open 7 days a week, and have won the last 2 years of buildoffs among our Australian and New Zealand dealers, there is a new dealer also in Sydney, they do restoration and rebuilds, also their only marque.
    Passionate dealers are what is required, there was an Enfield dealer about 5 minutes away from me, and despite riding to their shop several times and asking about the bikes I was never offered a test ride, just they are $8000...
    My shop 300km away has just about every model in just about all colours options, they tell me that it's getting harder as there are about 25 different combinations excluding the himma snow and granite...
    If people are looking for reasons not to buy, please don't, if it makes some sense to you, and you don't mind a refreshing new/old perspective on motorcycling, fill your boots :-)

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  3. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    Good feedback.

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    Another thing I hope RENA does is offer demo rides, liberally.
    They can get some good impulse sales that way, plus get more bikes on the road for advertisement.

    SQUIDS are not interested in their bikes, so there should be low crash rates.

    Maybe have a policy where if you ride in on a bike, you can demo a bike.

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    A real aggressive program would be to have different regions, let's say 10 in the lower 48 States.
    Some retired Dudes drive around a truck with 10 Himalayan bikes inside, and have certain stops they make in a season. A Dude in Milwaukee is the Chief of Operations for the program.
    The bikes that hang out in the Rockies migrate to the Deep South in the winter time.

    They have shin guards, chest guards, and such they can put on the folks.
    They do some off road and just teach the basics, and do some good mental coaching.
    Of course they do some on road stuff to.
    A. Builds confidence in new riders.
    B. Impulse buys.
    C. Folks have a great time and word of mouth spreads on how great the Himalayan is.
    D. Retired Dudes make a little coin and have fun.
    E. Builds loyalty towards RE.

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    Another thing RENA can do is donate or sell bikes to rider Ed programs.
  4. ErÑete

    ErÑete Been here awhile

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  5. ErÑete

    ErÑete Been here awhile

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    Take my money
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  6. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    I believe I'm ready...
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  7. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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  8. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    I would like to see his video. Looks like we will not get one.

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    https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/royal-enfield-himalayan-first-ride-review

    "Spinning it up on the highway, I was able to see a top speed of an indicated 85 mph in fifth gear. That being said, the Himalayan is much more comfortable on the 55 mph roads. I found that the sweet spot remained around 60 mph."

    "...what impressed me the most was the lack of vibration usually associated with a single-cylinder engine. It felt smooth and relaxed until just before the redline, when some buzziness began to make its way to the handlebar and through the seat."

    Excellent!
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    "The traditional split-cradle frame is nothing new but I think it works in this application. Unlike bikes like the Versys-X 300 and the BMW G 310 GS, which utilize the engine as a stressed member, thus leaving it exposed to abuse in off-road situations, the frame serves as basic engine protection."

    That should help explain the mass of the bike.
  9. blender

    blender Just another rider

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  10. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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  11. WDG

    WDG Not entirely domesticated

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    I’d love to volunteer for something like that. I have the time and essentially no dirt riding experience, but am keen on learning it. :ear
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  12. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    I thought the Revzilla article was a good'n.

    Spurge wrote that the valve checks are 3,000 miles.

    That actually could be a good thing, if they play it right.

    If they do wrenching classes and show folks how to do this, they can create an atmosphere of folks who hang out at their house and do oil changes and valve checks.
    It's up to the dealership owner to do this. If they do, RENA can help them out.

    So, two extreme demographicsnare covered with these easy valve checks are covered.
    A. First time bike owner who knows nothing about wrenching.
    B. The DIY guy who likes the simplicity of the bike.

    At 3,000 miles, that is about 58 miles per week on average. Not impressive.
    I'm sure taking off the fuel tank and getting to the valves is easy.

    I think a lot of dealerships could hurt their sales if they keep the cost of labor high for those who are just commuters and do not want to wrench.
    But they may help more used bikes show up on the market. A person may get tired of paying that much money 2-3 times a year.
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    BMW and Ducati would laugh at this post. That is how they make their money, service department.
    RENA needs to get bikes on the street, so they need to do something out side the box.
  13. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    You have to spend money to make money.

    It takes many years and lots of money to establish a brand.

    This is the best way to do it. YouTube is fairly cheap.
    A lot of folks are not convinced the bike is up to Japanese reliability we are used to.

    This epic tour would persuade a lot of folks that the bike is ready for the continent.
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  14. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    That don't sound right.
    He could talking about the realy old Enfields by mistake. I remember hearing 10,000 miles.

    I'll see what my BS3 service manual says.

    Valve checks are done with a Go / No Go Gage and only adjusted if it needs it.
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  15. WDG

    WDG Not entirely domesticated

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    At $4500, I wonder how much price pressure they’ll be putting on CSC for the RX3? Plus, from my POV, we have one of the larger RE dealers here in Fort Worth, so that would bolster my confidence, a bit.
  16. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Probably not much.
    I mean yah they're both bikes but fairly different from each other.

    I mean Toyota Tacoma and Ford F 350 crew cab dually are both trucks right but very different.
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  17. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    Fair question. I do not see them raising the price anytime soon.
    2018 RX3 ADVENTURE
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    RX3. $4,195
    Himalayan. $4,499
    Versys X 300. $5,399
    G310GS.$5,695
    Rally ABS. $6,199

    The RX3 seems like a micro niche, due to the zero dealership. The bike is more for the ADV TOURING Type who has an entire summer to travel.
    Vurtially zero impulse buys. Those buyers are doing their homework to get that bike.

    The CSC gang does this:

    Want to see an RX3 in person? Check out our affiliate listing to see if there is someone near you!


    • Free Shipping for almost any destination in the Lower 48 (that doesn't include Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska), call for details.
    • California Residents Add Tax, License and State Tire Fee

    There are online maintenance tutorials, and we will provide a service manual with each bike.

    We’ll assemble every bike at our Azusa facility, put a few test miles on it, and then crate it fully assembled for shipment to you.

    They also have a huge list of towns were you can go check out the bike at a owners house. That is cool. There is one in Knoxville, TN.
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  18. wolftrax

    wolftrax Been here awhile

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    I recall hearing the valve adjustment interval was 10000km.

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  19. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    Finally, some footage from Texas.
    Published on Mar 15, 2018Official Media Ride and launch of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Video by Osburn videography

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  20. stubmw

    stubmw some what aloof

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    To me the few hundred extra bucks is worth it for the dealer net work/support. Also with the RX3 you get a certificate of origin (unless you're in CA). That means you have to do all the leg work at the DMV to get a damn plate on the thing. Not having to deal with the DMV is worth at least 400 bucks to me. :lol3

    PS I use to live just west of FW out in Weatherford.
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