What have you done to your Himalayan today (or yesterday, or this week ...)

Caspice

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Here and There
I just installed a set of these on the Africa Twin for our trip next week. They are much stronger than I expected. They will get a 1000 mile test ride next week. ;-)

Thanks for the link. Interested to read your 1000 mile test ride review.

The mounting style of the foot-pegs you selected provides more surface contact area due to the pinch-type collar versus the small area of direct contact found with the set-screw type securing bracket of the ones I purchased.


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Caspice

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Here and There
Those of you with several miles on your body odometer should realize that riding position is stressful to your lumbar spine and coccyx. Caveat emptor. YMMV
What is your view of the standard riding position provided by the foot-peg location on the Meteor? I found it to be similar to my old Harley that had forward controls and also close to the location of the typical "highway" peg mounting. Having previously injured C4/C5, T6/T7, L4/L5/S1, and broken my coccyx, I find the Riding position of the Meteor, and forward controls in general, no longer comfortable for extended rides as my years have increased. One of the reasons I opted for the Himalayan.

I do like having a secure rest to temporarily re-position my lower extremities during a longer ride. On other motorcycles I could use the passenger pegs, but the location of those on Himalayan is not convenient. Presently, in addition to standing up, I use the top of the Givi engine guards as a temporary rest. On my old Bullet 500 Military I also used the engine guard as a foot rest.

Greatly appreciate the feedback on this topic.
 

Roy Gavin

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For me nothing works better than taking a break to stretch my legs - I am well over trying to prove something on a motorcycle.
About sixty years past!
I usually carry something to drink and munch on, so free to stop at will.
And sometimes I ride with someone who can't go far between nature breaks!
 

nmroadrunner

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Location
New Mexico, USA
The ideal would position oneself so that a line could be drawn through one's ears, shoulders, hips and ankles when seated on the bike.

Body weight should be supported from the upper body core, legs, and feet so as not to put undue stress on hands, arms, lower back and buttocks.

Strengthening ones core muscles is an important adjunct to handlebar placement, seat height, and footpeg placement in achieving that ideal.
 

grymsr

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Location
Maine
I checked valve clearances on Kali-Ma at 3000 and found them to be spot on so I made no adjustments. I also changed the oil because the previous owner did it last. The oil was pretty clean and could have be fine for another 2000 or so but I wanted to see for myself. Apu is only at 2700 so I'll check his valves after a few hundred miles more.
 

Bulldogfour

Getting there...
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Wiltshire UK
Fitted an Osram night breaker laser. No issues taking the lamp off or changing the bulb but getting the lamp back into the shell what a bugger. I could get the top latch into place (lost the small rubber piece in the process but will no doubt find it later) but getting it in correctly and the two screws lined up - tough. The shell doesn't appear to be round or as round as the lamp. Did it in the end but not looking forward to doing it again.
 

Laserman

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Sorry to hear that...I fitted the same bulb on mine and had no issues, didn't even need to re-aim the light, although it's a touch high. Great upgrade.

Mine is a US model tho, the light bucket may be different than yours. We have some backwards ass lighting standards in the US on vehicles lol
 

tom_d

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US
I was hoping to get a couple of original RE paniers but down here they are very expensive so I bought a couple of Procraft supports which are made locally and very high quality. The saddle bags from my old bike fit perfectly and thankfully there are three or four top quality producers of RE accessories in Argentina.
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Very cool, I've seen Procraft's products before and see they have continued to expand. They have a CNC metal cutter of some form and appear to enjoy using it in creative ways. :)
I understand Argentina has a Royal Enfield Assembly plant to supply South America. Very cool. Ever see any Police motorcycles which were Himalayans? :)
 

Splinter

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Buenos Aires
Very cool, I've seen Procraft's products before and see they have continued to expand. They have a CNC metal cutter of some form and appear to enjoy using it in creative ways. :)
I understand Argentina has a Royal Enfield Assembly plant to supply South America. Very cool. Ever see any Police motorcycles which were Himalayans? :)
Yes, they are assembling here and have made a huge impact. As for police, I haven't yet seen any on REs. The Feds use high powered Kawasakis and the local police use cheaper Chinese copies such as Motomel and Corven. On the other hand, considering the price of Himalayans here (around US$6400 new) I wouldn't be surprised to spot the police using them one day.
 

Jester

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Northants, UK
I was hoping to mount a camera on it but if it vibrates that will be a deal-breaker. May have to decide if the cost of returning it is worthwhile.
My GoPro Hero 3 is mounted on the tank crash bar, a nice firm place that doesn't vibrate or shake. I can also see the front wheel bouncing away.
 
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puttbutt

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Location
NY
First oil change, not the best wiring job but it's tight quarters under there!
Just saw this. are you ex military or aircraft mechanic? It reminds me of my time when I was an aircraft electrician in the Air Force reserves. everything had to be safety wired. did you drill the holes in the bolt heads?
 

Bonehead

Getting there...
Location
Colorado
No, not military or aircraft mechanic, but thanks for the compliment! First started safety wiring fasteners on my 1972 Kawasaki H2. That model was a 750cc 3 cylinder two stroke. Quite a furious ride for it’s day. Yes, I did drill the bolt heads out.
 
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