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GaleForceEight

Well travelled
Location
Southend on Sea
Many of us that found the Himalayan bought because of what it is, and what it isn't. I couldn't own it if it were my only bike because I do need to travel sustained 65 mph from time to time. For me it is a great bike to explore and find new roads and paths.
I know it’s not an ideal solution, but you could make that possible relatively cheaply by fitting the TEC cam, and going up a tooth on the drive sprocket. It would ameliorate the cruising speed without compromising the design parameters or usability - and would be more than paid for by only needing to run the one bike.

I not saying you would want to do it, but it is an option available to you.
 
I suppose if given the choice of sitting at home and watching TV or being able to ride *ANY* motorcycle, no matter its quality, that is not a hard decision. Some of my best memories are of times riding some pretty sub-standard bikes, often times two up. The Himalayan with ABS disc brakes and fuel injection is a gigantic leap in performance over them. As the saying goes your favorite bike is the one you are riding.
 

Bluestrom13

Well travelled
Location
- GB -
Posted elsewhere on here, but probably more relevant here - based on some comments I've just read, and in case anyone missed it.
Not on an Enfield, Not even a motorcyclist in the true sense. His main advantage was that he spoke the langauge. And yes, he is a writer. BUT without ANY support.
He is an inspiration, to us all, I hope.
73 years young, riding South America on a 125cc. Read this article and then get the book. Both worth a read.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
USA
Considering how many Himilayan bikes she’s sold with her videos (convinced me to buy one) she should get a free bike like every other year.

Love her videos.
You would think RE would sponsor this fine woman traveler with a new bike. Dose anyone know if she still has her Himmy in South America or did she lose it?
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
USA
Yes I knew she bought a used Honda after flying into Africa. Am I disappointed yes, but I understand her thing as well.
 
Yes I knew she bought a used Honda after flying into Africa. Am I disappointed yes, but I understand her thing as well.
Some of her recent comments make me believe she has come to prefer the lighter weight Honda 250 over the Himalayan. Even though the Himalayan got her around the world successfully, it takes time for the rider's skill, experience and preferences to become a factor in what to ride. Sometimes you don't know until you've tried different bikes. For me the perfect bike would be a cross between the weight of an old Bultaco or Montesa (at around 250 lbs) and the current feature set of the Himalayan.. I live with the Himalayan as a choice however and adapt to the extra weight. I wouldn't hesitate to ride a Honda like hers, a Yamaha XT250, Kawasaki etc offroad on travel however if that was my only option. I think you learn to accomplish your goals by whatever means at your disposal.
 
Anyone watch her latest vids on the Kalahari Rally 2021 in South Africa? Quite impressive riding, she has come a long way. She handles that Honda much better than expected in some pretty deep sand. Noted her speedo indicated 112 kph at a few points riding in dirt.
 

petespace1

Well travelled
Location
Aus
Anyone watch her latest vids on the Kalahari Rally 2021 in South Africa? Quite impressive riding, she has come a long way. She handles that Honda much better than expected in some pretty deep sand. Noted her speedo indicated 112 kph at a few points riding in dirt.
Yes quite impressive. Some of the best riding I have seen in such conditions.
 
Yes quite impressive. Some of the best riding I have seen in such conditions.
I sure fell off a lot more times when I was younger! I'm sure the older bikes didn't handle as well and the suspension wasn't nearly as good, but she shows some good riding abilities and pushes that Honda as well, considering she purchased it as a used bike and what she has done with it.
 

johnny42

Well travelled
Location
NY State
She just posted her last episode of the season. She's back in the Netherlands. Her current bike is now in a museum. She's going to get a new bike but didn't say what brand. She'll be starting her next adventure in a month or so.

I just saved everyone 10 minutes.
 

petespace1

Well travelled
Location
Aus
After watching her in the Kalahari, it’s time for me to watch ‘Race to Dakar’ again - 2006 Charlie Boorman. 😀
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
USA
I am impressed by her travels and easy nature , I'm not so afraid for her in South America as I am for her in the US ! Most motels in SA have somewhere to put a bike away safely , not so in the states . I go to Mexico quite often and never worry much for my bike and self but when I get back to the States and am traveling back to CO I spend half the night peering out the window to my bikes !!!
I have spent time in Chile ,Peru and Bolivia and have never had a problem at all . Folks are very friendly to dumb ass gringos , just make the attempt to speak Spanish and they will look after you , don't be an ignorant know it all tourist !
I’ve logged over a million miles in my lifetime on motorcycles most all in the USA and in ten of the Canadian Provinces and never had an issue with theft. 99.5% of the time I cover the bike with a generic bike cover at night and never leave anything on the bike I’m not willing to lose. All though two deferent times a-holes have tried to run me off the road for no reason only just because they don’t like motorcycles, once in Oregon once in Michigan. I’ve only been in the border towns of Mexico when doing the SCMA Three Flags Classic and I have to say that it has always mades me very very nervous. My buddies and I all lock our bikes up with dics locks then lock them all up together with cable and chain locks. Some of the riders also remove their seats. For a number of years SCMA starred the ride just over the border in the US because Mexico was no longer safe to start the ride in Mexico. Something about five random tourist beheadings in Tijuana Mexico one year.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
USA
Yes I’m also disappointed she no longer rides a Himmy. But I do still respect her as a motorcycle rider and world traveler.
 
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60sRetro

Well travelled
Location
British Columbia
Yes I’m also disappointed she no longer rides a Himmy. But I do still respect her as a motorcycle rider and world traveler.
Being both of those things, I used to have a great deal of respect for her as a rider and a traveller. But that has waned as both of those things became less important for her than making money on YT.

It is not wise to be travelling in South America right now. Several land borders are still closed, Peru has the highest rate of covid infection per 100,000 people in the world.

And I don't say this as a casual observer, a month and a half ago I was talking to an RE dealer in Bogota Colombia about buying a Himalayan and riding SA north to south this winter. I canceled because of the land border closures and the infection/vaccination rates down there.

I wonder if she was one of the people who brought omicron to europe.
 
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