Himalayan- What Not To Do With It?

This is not a review. This is just our first hand experience with the bike.

So I got a chance to put my hands on a Royal Enfield Himalayan. I had ridden it earlier but this was the time to put it to some real test. I was supposed to go to a different place but as were riding I saw this nice off road area and it looked like a perfect place to ride the Himalayan. I was accompanied with my friend Aditya. Some pictures from the ride and towards the end we came to know what not to do with this bike! 






















So this was so much fun! This bike is a treat to ride on highways as well as on dirt and bad roads and what works best (for me) is the ease with which it absorbs all the bumps and jerks from the road because the Duke 390 makes sure it passes on to you. Even if you stand on the footpegs you feel confident and the bike is completely in control. Now we thought why not be a little cool and wanted to take the bike through the water body here. What happened next will blow your...no..not yours..it blew only our own minds. We completely misjudged the surface underneath. It was not hard enough even to walk and it felt almost like a quicksand. Result.. the bike was stuck immediately and as the rear tyre rotated more and more, it went deeper at the same time. This landed us in a tricky situation because even after trying for 30 minutes and completely coating ourselves in mud in this process, we could not pull the bike out of the pond. Our feet

Ultimately we had to call for help.






So yeah this was a learning. What not to do with a Himlayan. Having said this, there is no doubt this bike can't take bad roads or water crossings, but what we tried to do here on a surface like this, should have been attempted with a KTM 350 EXC-F or a 1200GS or similar bikes. So even if this one is a smaller bike, no doubt its heavy and so the weight of the bike makes it difficult to handle in extreme conditions, although it will do just fine in light to medium off-roading.


Overall a fun day and on the road while returning back we were the getting the attention for sporting some very cool 'mud' print riding gear. 
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