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The Himalayan


I had looked at a Himalayan before and decided it was more of an off road bike and not really my style.  But then I started to read posts on various websites and blogs that were generally full of praise for it.

I looked more closely and decided it wasn't too outrageous.  I decided to go for a closer look (I had never seen one on the road) and possibly a test ride.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

First impression was:- it looked high.

Kawasaki KLR 600Many years ago I was silly enough to buy a Kawasaki  KLR 600 as I really fancied a big single.

The seat was far to high for me and to put my foot on the kickstart required my knee to be around chin level.  I could only start it when on the stand and it only had a prop stand. 

I actually fell of it backing it out of the garage onto my sloping drive.  Despite having numerous spills in my riding years, this was the only time my helmet made contact with something hard - a small wall separating my drive from the neighbours.

But when I sat on the Himalayan I found the seat height about the same height as my BMW R65LS and totally manegeable. 
The bike had only done 15 miles! So I was told to take it very easily and keep it around 3000rpm.  I felt at home on it after 100 yards.  A very sweet motor, and nice handling.  The gearbox was a little stiff but that is to be expected at such a low mileage, and the clutch cable had a little too much slack in it.

But it was good, and the dealer offered me the exact minimum amount I would have accepted for the Bullet.

I should get it in around three weeks.  I could have had a white one within a week but I wanted black.

In the meantime I need a solution to the weak rear rack so I can mount my Givi topbox with confidence.  Having somewhere to store one, or even two helmets while wandering around is just so handy.  Not to mention doing the shopping.

Rac k supportThe simplest solution seems to be two extra supports clipped to the rear of the rack and to the frame.  We shall see.

Cracked frameHaving second thoughts about fitting the topbox. It has a backrest on it which would probably encourage the pillion passenger to lean back.  The weight will be transmitted as a downward force on rack. With a good solid rack and bracing this force is transmitted to the frame.

This could result in the scenario shown.  As far as I an see the weight of the pillion passenger is also carried by this frame member. 

Actually the addition of these braces may help the frame by reducing the bending force on the top joint where th picture shows the break.

I suspect this break has happened while carrying a very heavy passenger over bumpy ground. The heaviest,  top box, even full of groceries  is nothing like that weight.

So similar braces should be fine. Maybe I can fit them on the other side of the silver plate. That would be neat but not essential.  Probably the most cosmetic way to attach to the rack is to use bull bar mounts, but steel U clamps will be stronger.  Perhaps they will be hidden beneath the Givi mounting plate. The rack itself looks fairly thick tubing so stays of the same diameter would look best.
I will have to wait till I get the bike for dimensions.

I have a pair of cree driving lights which I want to mount but the simple way I had then on the BMW won't work as I need a horizontal bar or a near vertical one. A simple 90 degree brack would work if I mount the lights on the top of the front bars.

I also need to mount a USB driver and a phone mount.  No idea where yet.

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