Granted, the Honda is likely a much better bike in every respect, maybe except looks as they also fall into the plastic trap with lots of sharp edges and square digital instruments.I would sell it and get a Honda CB500X.
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Yeah, I've said many times I detest the plastics on Japanese bikes. The Himalayan appealed to me for this reason. I don't buy new bikes, so if I bought a CB500X I'd be looking at a used one for £3-4k. I hope it never has to happen though and the Himalayan proves to be a keeper.Granted, the Honda is likely a much better bike in every respect, maybe except looks as they also fall into the plastic trap with lots of sharp edges and square digital instruments.
But it is also more than double the price, so not really the same league.
In the west thats a viable option though if you can look past the looks. If you are not in your early 20s that bike will outlast you and possible legislation that will make all internal combustion engines illegal
BINGO !!I agree, I ride the VFR a lot less these days, although in the past we have toured Ireland, France and Spain on one. I have owned 5 and sold my FM last year with 66,000 miles on. I want to keep my FR as it has a bigger tank, so less time wasted filling up, and I doubt I will buy an 800 as the finish is not as good.
My 650 Interceptor is a different ride, and I am glad to say I enjoy the relaxed way it produces just enough power to have fun, without, as you point out, having to maintain high speed for comfort. The other thing here in the UK is the poor condition of our roads just do not encourage fast riding.
The Himalayan is my 25th or so bike. I've had heavier, lighter, more powerful, and less powerful. What you say can be said about any bike. I find the Himalayan to be a good "bang for the buck" motorcycle.To qualify my comments, I am a newbie rider and the Himalayan is my first bike (so I have no comparisons to make). Whenever I talk about my bike to other riders, I always say how much I love it (and I do!) but that it isn't the bike for everybody. I am slightly built, so didn't want anything too heavy to handle. I'm new to biking so won't be trying to go fast at everything therefore speed and power is not an issue, except... I bought a 'bike so I could get to France quicker, cheaper and easier than a car. I live less than an hour from Portsmouth and wanted to get to Brittany to visit family regularly, so no great distances but the odd hour or so at 70-80mph is required. The roads in the UK are pretty crap most of the time, so something that can go off-road means that it can handle pretty much any surface the Local Authorities deign to 'maintain'. So all in all, the Himalayan ticks my boxes and for a touch over £4K was an absolute bargain. Not for everyone but it suits me fine.
Totally agree.I consider the Himalayan the gentlemen's off road bike. Something to use to explore and enjoy at a sane pace. Nothing about it says race bike. I find it comfortable and enjoyable to ride which is why I ride.
I reckon everything else is a niche bike because they're specialized or optimized to do that thing they do. Sport bikes ( niche ) are great in twisties and on the track but suck on two track dirt trails and long hauls. Cruisers ( niche ) are great for all day on pavement but suck the sport bikes exhaust on road course track day. Freeway tour bikes ( niche ) are great for pounding down insane mileage but suck the dodge/ parry/ thrust/ pirouette of big city traffic. Dual Sports ( niche ) do what they do but all day at 70 on the super slab is just not their thing.Totally agree.
Sometimes I get the feeling some may still be trying to justify the Himalayan's existence, or why they bought one.
I bought one because it looked cool and there was something about it that said, "lets ride, anywhere, I don't care, but I set pace".
The Himalayan has no peers in my opinion, it seems to defy being pigeonholed. . It is in a niche of its own. It is neither road bike nor dirt bike, it just is. And that's fine by me. A bike has to be fun to ride. If it is I can more easily forgive foibles and questionable design decisions.
Since it seems to get mentioned in regards to the Himma, I also have a new model CB500X. Great bike, uber reliable, but I find it a beige motorcycle, it has no "soul". I was going to go the full rally raid route with it. Which would have cost 60% of the purchase price, and it still would have no soul. So I went looking for something that spoke to me.
Bingo! I've had fast bikes and slow bikes. It's much form fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.... I consider the Himalayan the gentlemen's off road bike. Something to use to explore and enjoy at a sane pace. Nothing about it says race bike. I find it comfortable and enjoyable to ride which is why I ride.
I have a 1997 sitting in my gravel driveway adjacent to a dirt road in the forest, and that's the reason I bought the Himi. It's basically a 2 wheeled version of an manual transmission Jeep.Most of the reviews I have seen try to put the Himmy in an incorrect box....It is not a dirt bike and it is not a street bike. It is a tractor.....or better yet it is the 1940s to 1970s 4 cylinder Army Jeep. It don't go fast but it goes anywhere. My 1970s Jeep was slow but it carried everything from a M-60 machine gun to a TOW antitank missile along with a gunner and driver and gear. It is not as fast as my stage 4 Harley, but it is more fun overall.