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10.000 KM Bike review Royal Enfield Himalayan (2018) – BS4

10.000 KM Bike review Royal Enfield Himalayan (2018) – BS4

Good morning Internet It is 10 to 12 in the morning and welcome to my channel if you’re new here, my name is Noraly and I’m traveling around the world on a 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan. I just hit 10,000 kilometers. So it’s time for bike review. Stay with me! I bought this Himalayan in Delhi and then I rode it across India to Myanmar Thailand, and on to where I am now and that is Malaysia. On the way, I had some smooth terrain, rough terrain, beautiful terrain and some very bumpy terrain. This is my bike review after 10,000 kilometers. I will talk you through the general specs of the bike, the modifications I have done on this bike, the spare parts and tools that I am dragging around and what I really love and hate about this motorbike. First up is the engine. The Royal Enfield Himalayan has a 411 cc, single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected engine. It produces 24.5 horsepower which is not a lot given that it’s a 411 cc motorbike which weighs almost 200 kilograms. I used to ride a Ducati Monster 796 for several years, So coming from that bike and going onto the Himalayan is a massive step down in power. And and I know you cannot compare these two bikes, but still, I am missing a little bit of power especially riding onroad. But I did hear that Royal Enfield is launching the Himalayan 650 this year. So maybe that one actually has that little bit of power which I find lacking in the 411. But back to this Himalayan. So despite the low horse power, it does have very good torque. so it gives you very good traction when you’re riding at low rpms below 2000, and that combination of low horsepower and high torque, that is what really gets this bike going on off-road terrain but generally speaking I find this engine very smooth running. When you’re riding onroad, on tarmac, the highest comfortable speed is around 80 to 90 km/h if you go over that, you start to feel a little bit of vibration. Top speed on tarmac is probably about 120 kilometres an hour So then you’re riding in fifth gear and doing about 7,000 rpm. But at that speed this bike becomes very unstable you get a lot of vibrations, and you can just feel that the engine is really not liking it. So on road, the performance of this bike are not so great. It is really off offroad when this bike starts to shine. So the suspension plays a big part in why this is a very good bike for off-road riding because the front suspension can travel 200 millimeters and the rear can do 180 millimeters. It’s not obviously not as much as a dirt bike, but it is not a dirt bike. So for a dual sport bike that’s a very good suspension and it keeps me going for 10 hours of riding per day So I’m very happy with the suspension. Now standard this bike comes with tubes inside the tyres. I heard some people talking about changing them to tubeless tyres. I haven’t done that so I don’t know about that So far after 10,000 kilometers, I still didn”t get a puncture. So far so good. I do believe that these tires are performing better on off-road conditions gentle on the road So when I’m taking a corner a little bit fast when riding on tarmac these tires, don’t give me a very comfortable feeling So about the instrument panel it shows pretty much all you need to know. You get your speed, you get your rpms, a compass, your fuel gauge, And over here you can see your kilometers, temperature, time. Well, the time is always wrong. I never bother to change it with changing time zones. And you can see here that side stand is out. Works pretty well, you got your gear indicator.. The only problem with this one is that sometimes it shows neutral, when actually it’s not in neutral, so you end up riding away not very smooth. It’s a clear display, I like it. In the 2008 Himalayan model, Royal enfield added ABS, which works very well on pavement, but unfortunately, you can’t switch it off. So when you’re riding off-road you’re also riding with ABS and then it’s actually doing more harm than good, unfortunately You can’t see it now because the bike is on midstand but when you’re riding the midstand is actually the lowest point on the bike, so even though it has a fair ground clearance I’ve been hitting the ground with the midstand quite often when I’m riding off-road or on bumpy terrain and that’s a pity because it throws you off balance when you hit the ground with your midstand The Himalayan comes with a 15 litre tank, and I’ve been doing an average about 30 kilometers to the litre It really depends on the terrain that you’re riding and especially the speed. If you go above that 80 90 km/h speed limit then your fuel efficiency drops very quickly Now obviously I’m also carrying a lot of luggage around So I would say if you don’t have panniers with a lot of luggage then maybe your fuel efficiency can get up to 35 kilometers per litre But I think an average of 30, with all that I’m carrying is pretty good. So I can ride about 450 kilometres without fueling up. The fuel gauge is very conservative though So it’s already indicating that you should fuel up when you still have one third in your tank I read that you can take the rubber off your foot pegs, to make it a proper off-road bike and it will give you more grip when you’re standing on the pegs I didn’t do that because I’m using it both on-road and offroad so I’m not taking off the rubber but apparently if you want to, if you only use it for off-road riding, then you can. Now as you may have noticed I’ve done quite a few modifications on the bike. So let me walk you through them Most of the modifications I’ve done in Delhi where I bought this motorbike and then a couple of others I added when I reached Bangkok in Thailand. So first I’ll show you the modifications that I did in Delhi, India So the first thing I did when I bought this motorbike was change the silencer I placed a Gursewak exhaust on it and I can’t compare the performance of the bike because this was literally the first thing I did when I bought the bike, so the only thing that I can compare is the sound and I can promise you.. this has a very good sound! In my opinion trying to record sound never really does justice to it, but I will give it a go, to show you how this exhaust sounds. Now I think it’s a widespread opinion that, when you ride a bike on long distances and touring, and riding around the world or whatever you do with it – that the bike should be as silent as possible Now the first thing that I did, was change it to a very noisy exhaust and I liked it. For me, the thrill of riding a motorbike is not so much in speed, but it’s in sound. So when I start the engine and I rev it up a little bit I want that big sound and that’s what really gets me excited about riding a motorbike. So for me, I love this exhaust and it doesn’t annoy me, even when I’m riding 10 hours per day. Then I also installed some extra horns, which came in use when I was riding in India. After that, I am not using the horns so much anymore, but I’m still glad that they can produce a sound which resembles a truck. Then I got these cans. On both sides I have one and each can carry 5 liters of extra petrol. So that is amazing when you’re riding in very remote areas or where there are only very poor quality petrol stations then you can bring your own good fuel with you. I also got these engine guards and it’s also a leg guard because this will protect your leg, which is over here. Then of course I had the name of my bike placed here: she is called Basanti. I also installed extra lights on both sides of the bike. With an extra switch, so I can switch them on here, and I have some extra lights The reason why I installed these extra lights were because I was not very impressed with the headlight alone and even though I avoid riding in the nighttime there have been a few moments where there was bad visibility or I had to ride in the dark because it was early morning and I was very glad that I had them. I could see a lot better and other people could also see me a lot better. So I can recommend installing some extra lights on the Himalayan. And I got this leather seat cove The original seat has a very soft gel, which is actually a little bit too soft even. And this makes it a little bit more firm and it just protects the seat. It’s a little bit damaged already here. So this is just an extra protection for the seat. In Delhi I also installed some knuckle guard which were made of plastic and they basically broke the first time I dropped my bike on them So in Thailand I got them replaced by these Acerbis ones, which are made of aluminium and there are a lot stronger and they protect both the handlebar as well as your knuckles. So I’m very happy with these ones. So now let’s talk about the panniers a little bit. The side panniers I got them at the Royal Enfield shop where I bought the bike so they are from Royal Enfield. I’m very happy with them there. They are waterproof. They have a lock. And they actually catch the bike if you drop it. Now I know that’s not their main purpose, but I’m happy they do because if you drop the bike with yourself on it You won’t get hurt because the angle protects you so you don’t hit the ground but your panniers do, and if you drop the bike and you step off it, the bike is actually on a much easier angle to lift back up. So I know, again, it’s not the main purpose, but I think it’s a super plus and it helped me already a lot. Then in Thailand I got this top box. Now I got a lot of people commenting “why did you get the top box?” I got it because I wanted to make some improvements on how I was traveling with my personal belongings Because the side panniers carry only spare parts and tools, nothing else. So I still have to carry my camera equipment, my clothes, well all my personal belongings, and The way I set up when I left India Nothing was waterproof and I was always struggling with straps and it was just not working for me. So that’s why I chose to get a top box Which gives me more space to put personal belongings, which I can lock which is great if I park the bike somewhere I leave the bike then I am absolutely sure that nobody’s gonna Take any of my stuff when I’m not at the bike So the fact that I can put some stuff here, which is waterproof and I can lock it, is very amazing for me. And then additionally I got another waterproof bag, which I can fit just in front and that’s how I carry all my stuff around. So the top box that I bought in Thailand doesn’t actually have a brand name on it. It only has a sticker Libero Moto So if you’re looking for top box like this, then I don’t know try googling it But I don’t have a link or anything where you can buy this product other than, go to Bangkok and buy it there. Now in the past there have been a few people who’s actually back rack broke when they put the top box on it. But mine is reinforced by This construction here. So the top box is actually not only resting here on the top rack But it’s supported here on these two sides. So I think that should be enough. Furthermore I only put very light Possessions in the top box so it doesn’t carry too much weight. In Thailand I also got a Garmin GPS system installed and I have several custom made parts installed But I made an entire video about it So if you’re interested in seeing something about that then check out my video, which is called “New Parts”! Now it just told you that in the side panniers, I’m only carrying spare parts and tools. So let me show you What I’m dragging around with me So this is what I’m carrying in my left pannier. I’m carrying an air pump so I can put air back in my tire after getting a puncture Then I’m carrying two liters of Royal Enfield engine oil then a small toolbox in addition to the standard set of tools you get with the bike, and then a spare chain and spare clutch plates including the entire housing. Then in my right pannier, I’m carrying two tubes for my rear tire two tubes for my front tire two air filters, chain lubricant, chain cleanser, oil filters, a clutch cable, a throttle cable, brake pads for front and rear, electrical tape, spare fuses, tools to Change the tire and some other tools So the first reason for carrying all this stuff around with me, is that before buying this bike, I rented a Royal Enfield Himalayan BS3 And rode it around Ladakh, India for three thousand kilometres so that was the previous Himalayan model and it had issues with the chassis, with the engine, with electronics and While riding that motorbike I experienced quite some issues myself One of which was that the clutch plates broke and I had to replace them and that was really not so easy So that is for example reason why when I left with this bike I thought, I got to bring these clutch plates with me, because if they break then I will not find spares anywhere. So riding around with a bike, which had a lot of problems, that was one reason why I thought I should bring a lot of spares with me. Now the other reason why I am bringing all these spare parts with me, is that when I left India, I actually had no idea if I was going to find any Royal Enfield support anywhere. I had no idea where I was going to ride, if I was gonna be in very remote areas.. I had no idea what to expect! So I thought, better be prepared because in whatever country you are, you’ll always be able to find a mechanic, but you’re not very likely to find spare parts that you need. So in hindsight, I didn’t need almost any of it. I only needed the chain lubricant and the chain cleanser, I’m using that a lot. All the other parts, I didn’t need so far. So you might think what a waste of dragging them around But on the other hand if I would have needed them and I didn’t have them with me, then obviously everybody but would be would be like, oh, you should carry your spare parts with you. So I’ll keep on carrying these parts with me because they make me feel good, I know that I have most of the important parts with me in case something breaks down. So I already kind of mentioned it before But the real question is: did I have any problems with this 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan over the past 10,000 kilometers. And the answer is actually “No”. I didn’t get a puncture. I didn’t get a breakdown Everything just worked fine. The only thing that broke, was the pillion seat lock. Let me show you. There’s a lock here To open the pillion seat, which pops open like that Where you can find the standard tool set that comes with the bike, and from there you can access Your battery and everything underneath the seat. So actually it was this lock that broke and I had it fixed in a workshop and that was it. That was it no other problems. So it’s time to talk about the final part of this video What do I love about this bike? And what do I hate about this bike? So first, I’m gonna start telling you what I love about this bike First of all, I love the way it looks. It looks rugged, it looks tough. And it is actually a very tough bike. You can really really go off-road with this motorbike and This is the first time that I went off-road at all. I’d never done it before and This bike gave me the confidence to just go out there and give the go. So I have basically no real off-road skill. I’m learning as I go, but this bike is easy and light to steer and because of that torque, it just gets you going and just ploughs through all this really rough terrain. The second thing that I love about this bike is actually the fact that I can ride this bike because of the low seat So the seat is only at 800 millimeters. So it allows for shorter riders like myself to be able to ride this bikes. Now thirdly. I like the fact that this bike is not high-tech at all A lot of the adventure bikes out there have so much technology on them and it’s great But in my opinion it can break down all the time. This bike on the other hand you can do repairs on the side of the road. And I think a final thing which I really like about this bike, is the price. So this bike goes for, I think, about five thousand dollars in the States. New. Where I bought it in India it’s only half that price so with only a few thousand dollars, you have a brand new bike and you can just hit the road. So now it’s time for a few negative parts about this bike. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love riding it and I’m super happy with my choice and I plan to ride it for a lot of kilometers more, but there are a couple of things that I think are not so great about this bike and I hope they will improve in the next version of the Himalayan. The first thing are the front brakes They’re not very strong at all You have to squeeze your handlebar fully and even then you only get a little bit of work from your front brake. Now the rear brake is a little bit better, but it responds a little bit wild. So when it comes to braking.. not so great. And off-road, you don’t really need that and it doesn’t make a difference for me, But when you’re riding onroad, then I do think the brakes are not what they should be. Now the second thing about the bike that don’t really like is the heat that is coming off the engine. There really is quite a bit of heat coming off. But other than, the fact that the engine runs so smoothly, the easy light steering, the comfortable suspension For me, I didn’t expect this bike to perform so well When I bought it actually so I am pleasantly surprised. I think a lot of the issues that the previous model had, were fixed in this one and Yeah, so after ten thousand kilometres I had no issues and I’m taking this bike around the world and it’s performing well. so I’m Very happy and proud of my Royal Enfield Himalayan. I came up with a new plan because I’m almost in Kuala Lumpur and I can’t stop there, the bike is still going so I’ll keep on going. So I made a plan for another 30,000 kilometers ride around the world So if you want to follow my journey, then subscribe down below and stay tuned for my next videos. But first things first. When I reach Kuala Lumpur I’m gonna have a lot of work done on the bike, because even though I didn’t have any big problems in the past 10,000 kilometers. I do need to change a lot. I need new tires I need a new chain and a few other things need to be replaced on the bike So I’ll be making a video about that So if you want to see which parts need to be replaced after about ten to eleven thousand kilometers, then stay tuned for the next videos. Thank you so much for watching this video If you liked it, give me a thumbs up. And if you want to follow my journey, then you can subscribe down below See you in the next video! You

48 comments on “10.000 KM Bike review Royal Enfield Himalayan (2018) – BS4

  1. I am going dayely himaiya bicke see amazing bick 20 km to 1 liyeter to 80 rupess to going 20 km so prize 2.40lahke…

  2. Been considering a Royal Enfield for some time now. Maybe not the Himalayan, more likely the Continental GT.
    But, I do like the Himalayan, and I have to say THANK YOU! for such a detailed review of yours. It's nice to finally get such a comprehensive review from someone who has actually ridden the bike for more than a few hours, like most of the reviews on YouTube.
    While I've not had the opportunity to travel the world as you will be, I've managed to ride the entire East coast of the US from the Northern tip of Nova Scotia down to Key West, and then along the Southern coast to the tip of Texas at the Mexican border, then back to Connecticut.
    Enjoy the ride and please keep us posted on how the bike holds up as you pile on the miles.

  3. Hey I'm doing a 670 mile motercycle challenge to raise money for great ormand street hospital please help share this as much as possible thankyou

  4. Очень интересно , но не хрена не понимаю, надо учить язык 😊👍🤟

  5. It's always better to Have..
    Then have NOT. !
    When you need your spare parts. Very smart on your part. ! 👍🏻👍🏻🇺🇸

  6. should take your spare cables and run them beside the working cables, that way WHEN you need them, you are not messing around in a wet or muddy area running cables, you can do it at the comfort of where ever you are at now, and then just connect the ends up.

  7. A big thank you for all your review and honest feed back. Finally, i booked my Himalayan 2020 (BSVI) . I wish I would also ride like you and explore whole world

  8. Why are clutch plates braking??? That should not happen! That is badd engineering for sure, you should go with a aftermarket set of clutch plates. A set of clutch plates should last for 50/ 60 thousand miles for sure, and then they are just worn out,not broke!

  9. I have discovered from few days Royal Enfield in a motorbike convention. It gives me a lot to think. Especially on that motorbike should be easy, for everyone, safety and nice. I think this is the right spirit of motorbike, not to create an 'elite' of rich people riding hundreds of horsepower without even seeing the environment around…

  10. Clear and concise; your jazzed attitude towards riding and the RE is contagious-can't wait to get back on (and off) the road!

  11. My guess is the instability you experienced at higher speeds may have in part resulted from all of the luggage you have been carrying. That puts a lot of weight toward the rear of the bike. That may have been offset somewhat by the auxiliary fuel tanks.

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