There are many questions being asked by motorcyclists, however the prominent among them are about riding.
What are the essentials I need to join a ride?
There are many things and some of them we are very particular about.
Always wear a helmet. And not just about any helmet, a good quality, full face one. Half face helmets sound and look tempting, but they do not offer any protection for your chin and nose. Helmets are designed to minimalize the impact in case of an unfortunate event, and not ‘protect your head’ as is generally believed. At THT, Helmets are compulsory – but none of us can be a judge to quality of helmet you use. Himalayan is an off-road capable bike, and if you intend to off-road, you can buy off-road helmets, which are designed specifically with off-roading scenarios in mind.
Get yourself comfortable but safety oriented jacket and pants. Good quality ones are very expensive and not everyone can afford it. But if you bought that latest iPhone, then you could have spent that same money to get yourself great jacket and pants that will minimalize impact and injuries to your body.
Riding shoes is another important safety aspect which is easily overlooked. We recommend you get proper riding shoes that will help you ride much safer.
Knee and Elbow guards are a necessity, off-road or not. They help minimalize impact and bruises to your knee and elbow.
Always carry additional water. When finished, replenish it at next possible stop. Do not ride for long distances in one go – take a break after every 100 kilometers.
Carry your License, vehicle papers, insurance and other documentation that is required by law in the land you are riding. Also carry your Medical Insurance numbers at all times (if you do not have one, please do get one).
Ensure you have emergency contact details and blood group provided to someone who rides along or have a sticker/badge on your bike or luggage with the contact numbers.
Own a RE Himalayan. Else you cannot join our Rides!
There are many questions that people have in their minds related to RE Himalayan and Rides. This is your one place where you can find most of the answers. This page will be updated as and when we get new questions.
What is new in the BS-IV RE Himalayan?
BS-IV Himalayan is an update that was necessitated due to the BS-IV regulations that Government enforced. Starting April 2017, all two-wheelers are to comply with these regulations. Following are the Himalayan specific changes:
Auto Headlamps On is made mandatory from April 2017 for all two wheelers. It is believed that with AHO, the motorcycles will be more visible on the road even during day time, thus reducing chances of potential accidents.
Fuel Injection has been introduced, replacing the carburetor. This helps in injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, reduce toxins in exhaust gases as well as improve combustion.
O2 Sensor has been introduced as well. O2 sensor ensures that your engine is returning top performance. This sensor also keeps your emissions in check and alerts you to when emissions are too excessive.
Fuel tank has been upgraded to keep a check on fuel evaporation in case of a spill.
Introduction of FI indicator on the dashboard.
The BS-IV engine will help reduce Emissions by a large extent. Below table shows the difference between BS-III and BS-IV regulations of emissions. Almost all parameters have to be reduced by half as per the BS-IV regulations. For the purpose of comparison, we have listed Euro 6 regulations on which BS-IV is based on. So your old Himalayan will be polluting the environment two times more than the BS-IV version.
CO (Carbon Monoxide)
HC (Hydro Carbons)
NOx (Nitrogen Oxide)
PM (Particle Matter)
Is RE upgrading clutch centers?
Yes, Royal Enfield service centers are upgrading Clutch centers for free for older Himalayans. Get in touch with RE Service Center nearest to you.
What is the right tire pressure?
For RE Himalayan, the correct tire pressure is 28 PSI on front and 32 PSI on the back tire. If you have a pillion during majority of your riding time, then you can consider 30 PSI on the front and 34 PSI on the back tire.
What are the recommended tire sizes for Himalayan?
With the off-road usability in mind, Royal Enfield went ahead with a larger front and shorter rear tire on Himalayan. Front tires are 90/90 – 21 while the Rear tires are 120/90 – 17. Using this size is recommended. Tire make is your choice, however the stock Ceats are good enough for most purposes.
How do I join TGW?
We are still working on detailed process, however you can send us a Facebook or Twitter message and will be in touch with you.
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Each kilometer traveled, adds meaning to your existence. When you feel lost, it’s time to disconnect from the rest of the world and get connected to your machine. As I started a new stage of my life, I decided to celebrate it with ride, a ride in search of ‘myself’ off course, a ‘Soul’-o Ride.
I started searching for a place to go. Booked it at 3 a.m. and went to sleep. A day after, I was on two wheels, with strapped luggage and unstrapped me.
A journey to Hampi!
With blessing of mom, dad and sister, got on the saddle at 6.30 am. It was 7.15 am when I touched Bangalore highway. Pune to Hampi, is around 580 kms in distance. With cold weather, (even with 2 jackets on), and Sun just paying hide and seek, it was a pleasant time.
Pune-Banglore highway is awesome to ride on, but full of diversions till Satara. Add the truck traffic, and its chaos. When you are riding with Sun head-on, you gotta be careful, as it blurred my vision. Fed up with trucks, a glass of morning tea helps. What can be more refreshing than Cutting Chai and Parle-G in the mornings.
I started my ride again. Bike was doing wonderful. Some under-construction roads with some very bad patches. Loose gravel on many places and surprisingly some big potholes too. I had nothing to worry about, the tire and suspension doing all the hard work. With every turn, there was a wide smile on my face, the way she handles turn is just awesome. And the view you get from behind the handlebar, is worth every penny you spent on this beauty. Of course, I was riding the beast, The RE Himalayan.
Taking my path through twists on the throttle, I keep on riding. A little ahead of Karad, I decided to an important thing. Called up family and friends, let them know I am doing well. You know you are in Kolhapur when you see signs on the road that read ‘Tambda Rassa-Pandhra Rassa’ (Red curry- white curry). Pictures of Chicken and Mutton dishes make me restless. It is difficult for me to control the urge of eating mutton in Kolhapur. I had not even completed half of the journey, hence I refrained. Refrained myself from having heavy meals when on such long rides, and moved on.
Twist In The Story!!!
I crossed Kolhapur and the ride was going awesome till then. At Maharashtra border, I wanted to take a picture of AMARA at the border. Realized quickly that my phone had only 15% charge left. Seems the heat in the mobile holder made battery drain faster.
Though I should not have worried, but my fully charged power bank was missing. I do not know how I lost it. With no electronic assistance to track my route map, I am in a limbo. Bummer! I had a spare phone. It sorely missed the money! Charing my One+ at next lunch destination didn’t work out too well either. Ate the worst possible Aloo Paratha ever in my life, with whatever charge it could gain in 20 mins, and moved out.
Benefits of Brotherhood
Geared up and switched on the phone to check the route. it was at 21% now. I tried switching on the data connection which took me 5 more minutes, checked my location and the destination, and switched the phone off again. That is how I work sometimes. 🙂
Smooth straight roads become boring quickly. After refueling, rested for some time in shade avoiding the hot sun. Switched on my cellphone and opened group chat of THE HIMALAYAN TRIBE, there was a message from Sandeep, “Bhai if you are passing through Hubali, we can catch up”. When things go wrong, you meet Sandeep in Hubali!
A quick call, and I was on my way to Hubali to borrow his power bank for 3 days (which I returned on my way back). Suddenly the ride was fun again! Love of Brotherhood!
A friendly experience across border with total stranger is the least you expect. I met Sandeep with four of his friends at a local Tea stall. It is important to note, the tea stall did not have milk! So what one of them does blew me away a bit. He went to get milk, so I can drink a cuppa!! I left Hubali shortly after (4 pm), thanks to Sandeep for his directions and the power bank.The road now was single lane, just the way I like 🙂
Called up the resort owner, Mr. Rambo while I crossed Gadag. Here’s another startle!
“Sir kahaa ho aap, bike pe aarahe ho itne dur se, ek phone to kardete, aapka phone bhi nahi lag raha hai, tension hota hai”
(Sir where are you, why dint you call me, you are traveling on bike from so far, I was tensed).
You bet! I am surprised, and get goosebumps even now!
I calmed him down and asked route ahead. Guess that is what he could muster in Hindi. Rest of instructions, I could just understand few words. It sounded like: “Koppal. 10 km. Toll. Left. My village Sanapur.” Language can never be barrier, ever!
So with 5 words instruction I started to move towards Koppal. Between Gadag and Koppal, the only word I spoke to anyone else was KOPPAL? “Yes straight”, accompanied by the hand gesture. Just before entering Koppal, I was astonished be seeing the view. The rocks look so beautiful. I had to stop to capture. (Silly me, did not have a slightest of the idea that I was going to a place which was full of such beautiful rocks).
It is 6.30 pm, and I am in Koppal, still about 10-12 kms away from my destination. Approaching the small left turn about 100 meters from the toll booth. It was time to bring the Google Aunt in. She was sweet enough in helping me towards my destination. It was dark, zero vehicles around.
Those 12 kms of ride is the best part of the whole 580 kms that day. Small road, surrounded by trees, only me and Amara were on the road. LED’s were brightening our path ahead. The experience cannot be expressed in words. I go through many villages en-route, and did not see anyone awake! Villages sleep early I guess!
As I enter Sanapur. It is yet to go to go sleep. I stopped and asked for “Rambo’s guest house”. A gentleman with lungi, showed me the way. Blue florescent lighting spread on the tree, and guest house board. When I hear trance music playing, I knew I was at the right place 😉
So just when me and Amara entered the compound, Rambo came to welcome me, and asked me if I faced any challenge finding the address, the whole day quickly summed up in my mind, I smiled and said “ Nah, I had Google Map so it was not hard to track you down”.
I go inside while the bell boy (fancy word added) unhooked the luggage from Amara. I got an upgrade too! Rambo did not think it was right for me to sleep in a dorm with 7-8 sleeping mattresses sharing a room. He had seen the saddlebags, backpack and riding gears. Felt like kissing him, then I controlled.
It was a colourful day all in all. Nice ride, pleasant and warm ride, with usual bit of worrisome phase in between. Rambo and his friends working are now my friends too :). I am the only Indian guest, and it made them happy! First day of my first ‘Soul-O’ ride ended on a sweet note.
more to come!
Bikes Performance: It was a comfortable ride. The seating position is just awesome. I was cruising at 90-100 kmph. Bike handles corners very well. And the road grip is awesome.
Problems Faced: Saree guard cracked, scary false neutral, while down-shifting from 5th gear (with the new clutch center)
Kitna Diya?: ~25 kmpl
Make a check list of necessary things and make sure you check it before leaving your place.
Be hydrated if you are riding the whole day
Keep yourself energised by eating something light after small intervals and avoid heavy meal.
KEEP RIDING!!! RIDE SAFE, RIDE HARD !!
Nikhil Deshmukh is a Wolf at TGW, and this is his first travelogue ever. He has since left The Himalayan Tribe.