New Royal Enfield Himalayan long-term review, 1,000km report

Royal Enfield Himalayan price, comfort, city riding, mileage.

The motorcycle you see here came fresh from the showroom with just a handful of kilometres on the clock and we’ve already passed the 1,000km mark. Most of that has been within the city as the bike eats through my near-70km round trip commute to work with effortless ease. 

On most motorcycles, the one-way journey usually takes 50-55 minutes on a good day, but the Himalayan has sliced that down to about 45-50 minutes. It’s not like I’m going any faster than I normally would, but I just don’t have to slow down that much over the bad patches.

Superb suspension means the bike isn’t fazed by the worst of Mumbai’s roads.

The Himalayan’s superb suspension along with its composed chassis and comfy riding position help it plough through broken stretches without a care, and that’s a beautiful feeling if you live somewhere with terrible roads. 

This is a big bike, there’s no getting around that. Shorter or less experienced riders will find it a bit intimidating and you do feel the heft when lifting it off the side stand. But in a market where approachability and friendliness is pretty much the norm, it’s refreshing to have the option of a proper, large motorcycle. Besides which, I find the size and heft is completely justified given the bike’s comfort, capability and large fuel tank. 

Tubed tyres always in the back of your mind, still waiting for the optional tubeless rims.

In traffic, the steering requires less effort than you’d expect and that makes filtering through tight gaps quite easy. I recently got to ride my brother’s 390 Adventure across the city with him riding the Himalayan. After an hour and a half, it was apparent that the rider on the Himalayan has to work less and feels less fatigue as well thanks to the suspension, seating position and mid-range torque. In comparison, the KTM is noticeably more sporty and lighter feeling, (both in general and in terms of clutch weight). It was also more rewarding when revved out but I was happy to be back on the Himalayan after the ride.

Luggage rack now rated for 7kg instead of 5kg; feels like it can take a lot more.

Reliability so far has been spot on. The bike starts without hassle, has never stalled or done anything weird and the fuel gauge is delightfully accurate – something RE’s other bikes could definitely learn from. I’ve been getting around 25kpl in the city with plenty of spirited riding and with that big 17-litre tank, highway range is very good.

The Himalayan’s first service is due at the 500km mark, at which point the service centre gives the bike a general check-up and changes the engine oil. The cost came up to Rs 3,062, of which Rs 2,415 was towards 2.1 litres of semi-synthetic 10W-40 engine oil. The rest included Rs 250 towards a “first service kit”, Rs 118 towards “consumable charges” and Rs 279 towards a chain lube and cleaning kit. 

Riding modes sometimes refuse to change until you turn the ignition off and on again.

That essentially sums up life with the Himalayan so far and it’s been a good time. I’d like to be able to do some off-road riding before this pleasant Mumbai winter weather burns away and maybe get a few choice accessories installed as well. More will be shared in the next report.

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