Hi , Can I ask why the suggestion of an Automatic Moped??? Won't i be then having to learn and additional set of skills down the ( quite literally ) Road??
Asked with respect
Many years ago I had a yamaha 350 and a triumph trident 750.Having spent my youth on British bikes, the first Jap one I got on I dropped as I tried to change gear whilst turning only to slam the brake on
Gear change should be done before the corner so you enter at the correct speed and can accelerate out at the apex of the bend. Some of us learn the hard way!
Yes I'm feeling the intruders weight nowadays.that's why I got the virago.Had the Guzzi from new in 1997, Woody girl. Fabulous, reliable bike but spares started to get A) scarce or B) silly money. Had to get an exhaust collector box (between the down pipes, ) from Italy!! a Mortgage..and it was a used part!!!
Plus getting heavy for the 'ol boy to push, move about. Ok when rolling but sheesh! in tight spaces..hard work and liable to drop it..especially on loose gravel...
Got a posh chain on the Himalayan and as there's no tyre smokin' acceleration the chain will probably see me out with not too many adjustment hassles..
What’s your opinion on the Himalayan ?
Value for money and suitability for purpose..used within it's scope....I think it is the best bike I've ever owned.
After the Guzzi's 1100cc fuel injected power and cruising ability I thought the Himalayan would be mind numbingly under powered..wrong! Low down torque and the gearing makes it feel like it will go up the side of a house in 3rd gear, but it would be hard work on a Motorway, top speed and acceleration is....limited.
I won't go on, but I live in deep rural twisty, sometimes muddy, high hedge row countryside. Lots of hills and short cuts down farm tracks, in this environment the Himalayan is absolutely fabulous.
Cheap to buy
70 plus MPG
Well made ( all the earlier models bugs sorted by Royal Enfield in Leicester)
Easy to maintain (although fuel injection will need professional experience if required)
Cheap spares / extras available.
I bought it eyes wide open, too old and crafty and too many bikes over 60 years to be fooled by publicity or sales bull. I admit I am delighted with the Himalayan.
" Not the same amount of street cred tho! "...
Bah! Ladies of a certain age and still riding any bike, don't need a flash bike for street cred. What's the a Virago a 535 or 750?
" Value for Money being how much? "
410 cc Himalayan £4000
BMW G310 £5320
450 cc Honda CRF l £9460
Different mind set...Point is any lady biker already has street cred as far as I am concerned, whatever her bike.what bike she "Has" to ride to qualify is just the flakes imposing their phoney standards....