TEST RIDE / NON DEALER OPINION

detainer

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HI

Anyone know where i can get a test ride on a Himalayan?
My local ( ish) dealer wont let me test ride one because Im over 70.
All that despite riding for over 50 years and never an accident.
Alternatively , anyone local ( ish ) who can give me some unbiased opinions?

Im in Southport Merseyside....... !

Thanks in advance .
 
HI

Anyone know where i can get a test ride on a Himalayan?
My local ( ish) dealer wont let me test ride one because Im over 70.
All that despite riding for over 50 years and never an accident.
Alternatively , anyone local ( ish ) who can give me some unbiased opinions?

Im in Southport Merseyside....... !

Thanks in advance .
I'm also over 70 and have been riding since the age 15. Currently riding a 2021 Himalayan. What would you like to know? What bikes have you owned? How heavy a bike are you comfortable with? I would say for me that would be the main consideration of whether the Himalayan is suitable for you. And that only applies when the bike is not moving or if you plan on taking it on very rugged, difficult terrain. Other than that if you want a simple to work on bike that is pretty dependable at a great price, I don't think there is much competition. Suggest riding a couple other bikes such as the Yamaha XT250, Honda CRF300L, Kawasaki KLX300 as comparison bikes if you can. Then decide what features you like on them and what features you don't like. Use tse best of those choices as a comparison against the Himalayan features.
 

detainer

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In the past ive owned all sorts of bikes from 250 cc BSA, through to Suzuki gs 550, a GS 1000S, then a Yamaha XS1100 ( went like the clappers but hated corners)
a 750 VFR Honda ( Magic) , a Transalp and lately an SR400 Yamaha. I even had a 600 CC single cylinder Norton model 19s, a brute with kickstart only ( beware the manual advance and retard lever.... lol ) Just sold a very nice SFV Suzuki which i thought was a step too far for me now.
I think a Himalayan would suit me fine for what i have in mind but would still like to give one a try out if at all possible.
 
In the past ive owned all sorts of bikes from 250 cc BSA, through to Suzuki gs 550, a GS 1000S, then a Yamaha XS1100 ( went like the clappers but hated corners)
a 750 VFR Honda ( Magic) , a Transalp and lately an SR400 Yamaha. I even had a 600 CC single cylinder Norton model 19s, a brute with kickstart only ( beware the manual advance and retard lever.... lol ) Just sold a very nice SFV Suzuki which i thought was a step too far for me now.
I think a Himalayan would suit me fine for what i have in mind but would still like to give one a try out if at all possible.
Sit on one in the showroom, get on and off etc, push it around and if it seems manageable then I would you would have no problems handling the Himalayan.
The bike pretty much does what it was designed for. After watching ItchyBoots you can see how you can expect it to perform.

I purchased mine only through researching what I wanted. Never rode one, sat on one or had even seen one in person before making my decision to buy.
 

OldGuy

Well travelled
Location
Seattle,WA
I'm on the other side of the pond or I'd be happy to let you ride mine. But what I can do is relate my experiences with the Himalayan. I'm 69, ~220 lbs, 6ft, and have been riding since I was 13 - street riding, road racing and dirt biking - and for me the Himalayan is, hands down, the most comfortable and easiest to ride bike I've ever owned. It handles extremely well on both street and dirt and is just very predictable. It's just damned comfortable to sit on too - everything is in the right place.

For a single, it's smooth and buzz-free. It's usually your hands and fore-arms that feel a single first, but not on a Himalayan - they got the design of counter-rotating balance shaft just right. You get a little bit of a tingle after a couple of hours or so, but certainly nothing like a BSA single or even a SR500, both of which I've owned as well.

I bought mine without a test ride too. It was last year in the midst of the pandemic, and there weren't any Himalayans to be had. So I just ordered it, paid for it when it finally arrived and only then did I have a ride. I was not just pleasantly surprised - I was ecstatic, as nothing I had read or watched had prepared me for what a sweet bike it really is. And to be completely honest, ItchyBoots' experiences over the course of two seasons was the biggest selling point. For someone of limited experience to jump on a new bike and take off around the world was a very convincing argument.

A fairly common complaint is the 'roughness' of the shifting when the bike is new, i.e. finding neutral and clunky shifts. I felt it a little bit at first, but I think some bikes are worse/better than others. In just about all cases though it goes away with some miles on the clock.

As with any bike there are personal preferences that are worth mentioning. The Hitchcock's tall windscreen is a definite improvement over the stock one, which tends to steer the wind right at your face. I'm also one of the few owners that feel the overall gearing is a bit too high. If you spend time on high-speed freeways (70mph+), then you probably think its too low. But I spend more time on back roads and dirt/gravel roads, and prefer a lower gearing than stock. Also at some point, I'm going to look into improving the seat padding, as my old butt feels it after a day riding. But these are all relatively minor issues.

If you can get a test ride somehow, definitely go for it, but if you can't, I don't think you'd be disappointed if you bought one without. It's not a fire-breathing crotch-rocket, but it was never meant to be. Someone here on the forum compared it to a Jeep - it's not the most beautiful thing out there, but it's happy to work all day and get the job done.

OG Bill
 

Bluestrom13

Finally made it
Location
UK
Anyone know where i can get a test ride on a Himalayan?
((As seen in "New Member Introductions", (Duplicate thread - same answer))

Got mine from LMT M/cs in Louth, Lincs.(I'm in South Yorkshire). Didn't ride one before I bought it. Bought on experience of others - 2 folks who attend a local "gathering". One has 12 thou or so miles on now, and phenominal economy. Drew at LMT invited me to test ride a Meteor 350 whilst I was waiting for my first service to be completed, and he knows how old I am. He seems a first class bloke.
But on the distance buying thing, I'm torn whether or not to "self-service" in the future, and fore-go the warranty. 3000 miles / 6 months comes too quick!
Only had the bike a short time, but with 1k miles on the oddo, it's loosening-up nicely, getting better all the time. Didn't buy for out and out performance so no disappointment there.(Had a 650 V-Strom prior). It goes like you ought to expect a 400 single to go. Steady from a standstill, builds up speed, then holds it. Takes me back to my youth;)

Maybe too far from you, but Eddy's in Tadcaster is letting my friend loose on one next week.He's 70+.
 

detainer

Getting there...
Well, to all you guys who have taken the trouble to give me the benefit of you own riding
experiences , all I can say is a BIG thanks VERY much.
Its Really appreciated and ill take everything on board.
I think Im pretty well convinced its going to be right for me.
SO, ride safe and stay well.....................all of you.
John
 
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