Of Glitches and Grem­lins

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First of all, my best wishes and con­grat­u­la­tions for bring­ing out Bike In­dia month on month, cov­er­ing in­ter­est­ing fea­ture ar­ti­cles and all the news re­lated to bikes in In­dia and abroad, which has en­hanced my learn­ing curve. I am an avid reader and fan of Bike In­dia.

I wish to read your long-term re­view of the Royal En­field Hi­malayan which, I sup­pose, must be a part of your long-term fleet for test­ing. You had come out with a road test of this bike in the July 2016 is­sue. Since a lot of is­sues have cropped up in this bike from the cus­tomer’s an­gle I would like to have your say on it. In spite of be­ing tested for four full years on vary­ing In­dian ter­rain and abroad, why do so many is­sues crop up? Be­ing a great off-roader, it has the po­ten­tial to be the ‘Pride of In­dia’. It has the looks of a win­ner. What’s the com­pany’s con­straint in its R&D? Pi­nakin Vi­nay­chan­dra Shah, Vado­dara

Hello, Pi­nakin, The Royal En­field Hi­malayan isn’t a part of our long-term fleet, so we can­not give you a per­spec­tive on how it per­forms over a length of time. We saw its po­ten­tial when we re­viewed it in the past, but there have been is­sues that have cropped up over time, which the com­pany has iden­ti­fied and is cur­rently work­ing to rec­tify. There is no lack of in­ter­na­tional engi­neer­ing tal­ent at Royal En­field as they have Har­ris Per­for­mance, and fa­mous de­signer Pierre Terblanche was also part of the team that de­vel­oped the Hi­malayan. What you need to re­mem­ber is that the Hi­malayan was sup­posed to be a bud­get ad­ven­ture bike, and at­tempts to keep the cost down may be one of the rea­sons for the is­sues that own­ers have com­plained about.

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