New toy - Enfield Himalayan

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by Dogsbody » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:38 pm

Often fancied a V7 Guzzi. What was wrong with it? Dogsbody

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by Earnest Thrasher » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:16 pm

Dogsbody wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Often fancied a V7 Guzzi. What was wrong with it? Dogsbody
Mine may well have been a bad one. It was plagued with electrical gremlins from day one. I owned an original S7 for many years, and it could be ridden "on the torque" the V 7 would " pink " unless the revs were kept up. It weaved badly if you "layed it on in corners,( a set of Ohlins cured that) and, it had cheap looking cruiser type steel rims. Coupled with zero dealer back-up, I got rid of it. The original dealer I bought it from ditched the franchise, apparently because of poor customer relations as a result of back up problems from the importer, and the next nearest dealer was over 100 mile round trip away, and they would not honour warrant work. Under Scottish trading standards regs, the bargain is with who you bought it from, not the manufacturer. So if the importer isn't interested, buying something that works and has got back up is a better alternative to paying solicitors fees. The best answer I got after complaining about lack of parts supply was "It's all part of the Guzzi experience" , and that was for a £5 relay. They may well have improved.

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by Dogsbody » Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:10 pm

Thanks for that. Dogsbody

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by 125erCrazy » Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:15 pm

Earnest Thrasher wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:16 pm
Dogsbody wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Often fancied a V7 Guzzi. What was wrong with it? Dogsbody
Mine may well have been a bad one. The best answer I got after complaining about lack of parts supply was "It's all part of the Guzzi experience" , and that was for a £5 relay. They may well have improved.
Nope modern Guzzi are crap -fact.

I had a Bellagio my mates called the coffee maker as it frothed oil out after every run. Water in lamp fittings etc.

PX'd it for first generation Stelvio (No other dealer would touch Guzzi) which was even worse. Gearing all designed wrong, 25mpg if i was lucky, pushed it out the garage with engine on and speedo would say youd been riding at 112mph (Piaggio group stopped replacing Speedo drive under warranty as stated there was nothing to go wrong) badges falling off, corrosion in light units again.

Took the hit again having to go back to Guzzi dealer (Newcombes) and just bought a new generation yamaha diversion f (didn't need it as had first edition ER6 at the time) but just wanted to wash my hands of Guzzi.

Best part folk will still defend marque to the hilt so good luck but I'd rather own a 40 year old original as I'd expect issues but still be less trouble than the new world generation models.

Now look lovingly at them (sexy & Italian just like the women) then remember the price of divorce and the moment passes. :lol:

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by knapdog » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:46 am

Just spotted this ....

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by bikerbaker » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:54 pm

kayz1 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:07 am
If your mates NC is the X model tell him to use the S model centre stand, they ( the s model ) are 30mm down on the X and the s stands work well.
I have done it for a few lads. My own X-ADV has the same size ( S ) side stand but the Centre stand is much longer.
Les (NC owner) has asked me to pass on his thanks for the suggestion.

He gave this info to the Honda dealer who had lowered the bike, they didn't know but confirmed and will be servicing the bike and fitting an S stand next week.

Great stuff!

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by 125erCrazy » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:54 pm

Itchy Boots is off again

https://youtu.be/UhiOcRJxVws

& Nathan Millward has another RE after Suzuki pulled the plug on their press fleet (not a wise move Mr Suzy)

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by knapdog » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:46 am

125erCrazy wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:54 pm
Itchy Boots is off again

https://youtu.be/UhiOcRJxVws

& Nathan Millward has another RE after Suzuki pulled the plug on their press fleet (not a wise move Mr Suzy)
That new soft luggage she has, in my opinion, looks awful. I can't see her getting on with it and now she has those ungainly security straps to contend with. I wouldn't be surprised if she bins the lot.
Give me the hard cases any day.

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by billyfix » Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:01 pm

You always like hard things :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Re: New toy - Enfield Himalayan

Post by Earnest Thrasher » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:52 pm

Been knocking up some miles on mine.
Love it.

Mind you, had a go on the 650gt for a day. Smoothest parallel twin I've ridden to date. Took the bike up some of the twisty Highland Glens, and it handles. Too shiny for me though. The Himalayan tank is easy marked though, especially in the satin black. Knee rubbers are a must if you don't want it looking bad pretty quick. I did just under 500 miles with two stops for fuel and a brew on one, and nothing sore, so that'll do me. 60 mph and it's happy, and on the roads I travel that's all that's required. Noticeable lack of grunt on steep hills, but the handling is so easy, and suspension straight forward and more than capable. It's all been said anyway. Pig to clean though if it gets muddy. A lot of nooks and crannies, and the rear shock needs protecting. 80-90 mpg as well.

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