New Himmy for Jimmy (Central Texas)

JSP

Getting there...
Location
TX
Hi All,
A thank you to everyone for all the information and knowledge shared here on the forum. I spent countless hours reading and learning about the Himalayan prior to my purchase today and consider the knowledge I gained from the forum one of the key sources in my decision.

A little about me:
I've been riding for over 30 years some of those years on street and some on dirt. Prior to the purchase of the Himalayan today I've been riding my 07GSA which I just turned 70k miles on a few weeks ago. I've been contemplating getting a 2nd bike something smaller for a number of reason but the biggest two where: 1) wanted something I could ship within CONUS without too much concerned of shipping damage 2) Most of my riding off-road is under 35mph so other than the hwy sections I don't really need/nor can I use all the power of my GSA.
Now that I'm almost 50 my riding style and desires have changed - I use to be all about getting from A to B the fastest and looking the coolest..... now I just want to sit back and enjoy all the things I've missed and get back to the joy of riding when I first started 30 years ago - I feel the Himalayan is going to be instrumental in helping make that desire happen.

I'm in Central Texas (Liberty Hill) so if my riding style fits with your's and you would like to get together for a ride sometime just reach out, always great meeting fellow riders.
I'm currently considering a TAT ride or one of the BDR's in 2023 as my 50th celebration, in short shipping the bike(s) to location then ride the BDR or TAT and ship the bikes back.

My first 73mile impression of the Himalayan.
As I mentioned I just got the bike today and the ride from the dealer then around my home area I've clocked 73 miles of seat time on her first day. There was no way I could get from the dealer to my house in one piece following the run in listed in the manual so I just tried to keep the RPM's between 3,500 & 4,200 guess time will tell.

Brakes:
Kept hearing about how horrid the front brake is.
I find the front brake is more than adequate to slow and stop the bike and assume it will get a bit better once the pads bed in.

Power:
That was the other thing "people" where saying was bad.
Yes its only 3 more HP than my ridding mower LOL but it still moves with purpose from a light and regardless of spec sheet numbers the actual riding experience is great.

I think the bike ticks every box of its designed use.

Thanks again everyone and I look forward to being part of the forum.

-Jimmy
 

Bluestrom13

Well travelled
Location
UK
Welcome. :)
Will look forward to hearing how you and the new bike get on together.
Your appraisal of it so far sounds spot-on. (y)
 
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Laserman

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Welcome to the forum and congratulations! I did most of my run-in between 45 and 55MPH, so I wouldn't sweat your run home.

I've broken in new engines on riquimbilis at higher speeds than the RE manual advises for the Himmie :LOL:
 
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JSP

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TX
Welcome to the forum and congratulations! I did most of my run-in between 45 and 55MPH, so I wouldn't sweat your run home.

I've broken in new engines on riquimbilis at higher speeds than the RE manual advises for the Himmie :LOL:
Thank you Laserman. Your comment "I've broken in new engines on riquimbilis at higher speeds than the RE manual advises for the Himmie" made for a good chuckle this morning. :ROFLMAO:
 

JSP

Getting there...
Location
TX
Welcome and nice introduction.
Look forward to stories about your adventures with your new Himmi.
Thank you Pete. I see you're in NSW I lived in Randwick back in the late 90's - I do so miss riding in the Southland Shire, national park roads, stopping at Stanwell Tops for a Mr. Whippy (lol) and down to Wollongong that was my weekend escape ride.
 

GJC

Well travelled
Location
Mobile, Al
If I followed the recommended break in speed limits in the manual of my 650 Int. I would be lugging the engine a lot of the time. I figure if I keep the RPM's below 4000 I should be good. So far I am staying between 2000 and 3000 rpm's most of the time.
 
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JSP

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TX
If I followed the recommended break in speed limits in the manual of my 650 Int. I would be lugging the engine a lot of the time. I figure if I keep the RPM's below 4000 I should be good. So far I am staying between 2000 and 3000 rpm's most of the time.
Yeah I would be lugging the motor for sure around here if I keep to the manual - lots of rolling hills. So I'm trying to keeping it between 3k - 4k. I sure am doing a lot of left foot work (shifting) LOL now compare to my GS which which is taking a bit to get use too. The lever feels a little short but I'm sure I'll get use to it.
 
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