Suit­able Royal En­field Bike

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I am six feet tall and of medium build (74 kg). My age is 37. Last week I test - rode the Royal En­field Clas­sic 350, Clas­sic 500, Hi­malayan and Thun­der­bird 350. My rid­ing pat­tern is as fol­lows: I ride thrice a week in Chen­nai traf­fic for 40 km to and from of­fice, once every month I go for a long ride, say 300 to 400 km, and some­times even longer on bumpy roads. I am look­ing for a mo­tor­cy­cle that en­tails min­i­mum main­te­nance, has good sus­pen­sion and grip, no re­cur­ring clutch prob­lems, smooth rid­ing, and good pos­ture.

My heart goes for the Hi­malayan but I heard there were some re­cur­ring prob­lems and that it has been re-launched with FI. Have the pre­vi­ous con­cerns been ad­dressed in the Hi­malayan post its re-launch? Does its en­gine gen­er­ate too much heat?

Should I go for the Clas­sic 350, Thun­der­bird 350 or Hi­malayan? Please ad­vise me as to which Royal En­field bike would be most suit­able to me in the long run. S Veer­aragha­van, Chen­nai Dear Ragha­van,

Since you have your heart set on a Royal En­field and based on your re­quire­ments and com­mutes, you have cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the Hi­malayan as the most suit­able mo­tor­cy­cle for you. How­ever, we haven’t yet had the op­por­tu­nity of rid­ing the new fuel-in­jected Hi­malayan as there are no test bikes avail­able, so we can­not con­firm whether the nig­gles in the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion of the bike have now been ad­dressed.

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