We have watched the new Itchy Boots series in India on the new RE Himalayan just recently. The last episode yesterday included a review by Ms Boots of the new bike compared to the old one.
The new bike looks good and is a huge upgrade on the old one. But I didn’t realise how low powered, basic nor how heavy the old one was. The new one looks like a realistic prospect for a solo travellers bike, albeit still a heavy thing for a relatively low powered machine .
I'm enjoying mine... im constantly surprised how all the underpowered tags it gets given, actually make it a totally fun bike... I sit at 65 on a motorway, which was retty much the same I did on most other single cylinder bikes I used to have. I rekon the new one won't be as groundbreaking as everyone is saying
It's a shame Enfield didn't think of giving the new model a different name ? The old Himalayan is now a modern classic and a different bike to the new one and appears to be miles apart in terms of performance and modernity. There are plenty more mountain range names available, the new bike could have been called the 'Karakoram' ? That would have saved making unnecessary comparisons for the rest of time !
Marketing wise it would be the stupidest move in the world now that they've inadvertently created a modern classic, but oh well.
From what I've seen of the old one it would actually suit me and my usual style of riding and taste in roads just fine, pottering around on the smallest possible stuff, but there's some mental block that kicks in about that 27 bhp, which the new one would fix nicely. It's even a bit less awkwardly shaped.
If I had to buy a new bike tomorrow, I'd probably give it quite a serious look. (That and the Norden. )
Just so that I don't appear to be as stupid as I look - I meant keep the original Himalayan going as the 'gentle' classic and call the new model something else and possibly end up with two affordable modern classics. Forget the Norden Michael, you need the Kove 800 !
I dunno, the Norden seems well adventurous enough from a long term parts availability standpoint.
The Chinese seem to be well under way moving on a similar trajectory as the Japanese back when they were slaughtering the British bike industry at breakneck speed so I expect the bike (and car) landscape to look quite different in 10 years time. But not quite yet.