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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