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Old Himalayan v new

Paul68

Getting there...
Location
Yorkshire
Test ride done!
I did about 30 miles on the motorway, 20 miles on A and B roads, and a sneaky off-road section on a forest trail.
Bad points: I could not position the mirrors to give me a decent view behind, and the tiny screen offered no protection at all.
To be fair, my existing Himalayan had the same problems, which were easily fixed with mirror extenders and a touring screen.
Good points: everything else :)
The ride was smooth and comfortable, handling was spot on and the extra 16hp were just what the doctor ordered. It cruised at an indicated 74mph at 6000rpm and there was plenty of power in reserve.
All I need now is for someone to buy one - Hanle black with tubeless tyres please - fit a touring screen and panniers, run it in, deal with any recalls and then get fed up with it.

Postscript - on the way home I managed to get my existing Himmy to 74mph for a short time, but neither of us were happy there ;)
 

2LZ

Well travelled
Location
Volcano, CA
Good to hear! A fair assessment, indeed and you're right, screen, mirrors, etc.... can be easily changed for personal preference.
 

Paul68

Getting there...
Location
Yorkshire
I have spotted the first used 452 for sale. It's black (which is the one I fancy) but tubed tyres, original small screen and no panniers.
I'm hoping that by the end of the year or early next I will spot the one I want. Until then I am happy with the "old" Himmy which is getting more use than any of my recent bikes did.
If anyone spots a used 452 for sale with black paintwork, the larger screen, panniers and crash bars, give me a nod please?
 

Woodstock

Well travelled
Location
Woodstock, NY
I have spotted the first used 452 for sale. It's black (which is the one I fancy) but tubed tyres, original small screen and no panniers.
I'm hoping that by the end of the year or early next I will spot the one I want. Until then I am happy with the "old" Himmy which is getting more use than any of my recent bikes did.
If anyone spots a used 452 for sale with black paintwork, the larger screen, panniers and crash bars, give me a nod please?
I wonder why it is on the market so soon? Is there a link to the listing?
 

Paul68

Getting there...
Location
Yorkshire
I wonder why it is on the market so soon? Is there a link to the listing?
Hi Woodstock - the bike is being sold by a dealer - but it's second-hand and not ex-demo.
TBH I expected some to be available soon - the new Himalayan is much faster than the original version, but still much slower than most bikes out there. I'm sure some people will buy one without having had a test ride, and be disappointed. I'm just hoping they fit a bigger screen and panniers before they do ;)
 

Woodstock

Well travelled
Location
Woodstock, NY
Hi Woodstock - the bike is being sold by a dealer - but it's second-hand and not ex-demo.
TBH I expected some to be available soon - the new Himalayan is much faster than the original version, but still much slower than most bikes out there. I'm sure some people will buy one without having had a test ride, and be disappointed. I'm just hoping they fit a bigger screen and panniers before they do ;)
Thanks. Interesting. You will find what you seek, I am sure.
 
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