New post about latest problems – RE Himalayan New Problems Emerge
Newly Included Problems –
- Bike Not Starting – Due to Paint from inside the Fuel Tank peeling off and blocking the fuel tap.
- Increased Tappet Sound.
- Engine Over-Heating.
- Oil Leakage.
Royal Enfield started deliveries of the Himalayan just about a month ago or so and already reports of mechanical problems with the bike have started pouring in. In this post we will try to assemble all the problems faced by the early Himalayan owners in one place and also discuss solutions as well as response of Royal Enfield about the same.
Following are the most common problems reported by owners –
- UPDATE – Engine Over-heating – A lot of owners are complaining of the Himalayan’s engine heating up quite a lot especially in city conditions. Most owners though said that there wasn’t much engine heating on highways or open roads.
- Oil Leakage – (Himalayan showcasing its ‘Royal Enfield’ heritage?) Oil leakage has been reported from the crank-case covers, spark-plug holes as well as the engine head. The reason for such leakage or just ‘seepage’ in most cases is faulty gaskets or the various engine bolts or the spark plug not tightened to the optimum torque.
- Increased Tappet Sound – Another very common problem that seems to have been reported many times is increased tappet sounds. Also a few more alien sounds from the engine have been reported once. According to Yogesh M. Mange (on Royal Enfield Himalayan Owners Group), the service centre has made a video of the engine sounds to be sent back to the factory for diagnosis and the service centre does not have permission to open the engine till they get a definite reply from Royal Enfield Factory.
- Hard Gear Shifts – Hard gear shifts, especially from 1st to 2nd is the most common problem faced by most Himalayan owners. The rest of the gears seem to engage smoothly but shifting from 1st to 2nd requires considerable effort or it refuses to shift completely on the first try. Couple of reports of the company needing to replace clutch plates to resolve the issue have reached us.
- Jammed Gearbox – Extremely rare but a couple of reports of completely jammed gear boxes have also come in. Bike got stuck completely in neutral or a gear and it refused to shift up or down.
- Bike Not Starting – Due to Paint from inside the Fuel Tank peeling off and blocking the fuel tap. This is a very serious and unique problem. It’s not common for the paint inside the fuel tank being so low quality. We don’t know whether this is a one off problem or has happened multiple times. We will have to wait to see if more cases are reported.
- Low Fuel Economy – Some owners are reporting of very low fuel efficiency from the Himalayan, some as low as 20-25 kmpl for everyday use.
- Chain guard Falling off/getting Loose – Few reports of the chain guards falling off or getting loose have come in. The factory or dealership not properly screwing in the chain guard in place being the reason.
- Saree Guard Falling off/getting Loose – Again similar to the above point saree guard too not being fixed on the Himalayan properly has resulted in it falling off or coming loose.
- Main Stand – Few owners have complained that the main stand is extremely close or scraping the chain on the bike. This is also rare but there have been a few reports.
- Rattles from Headlight – Couple of owners have complained of mechanical rattles from the headlight area as if some metal piece is loose and is flopping around.
Solutions to above problems –
- Engine Over-Heating – The engine is not actually over-heating. Engine heat is not really an issue. Any engine, especially slightly higher capacity engines tend to heat up. As the Himalayan’s engine is primarily air cooled (with just an oil-cooler) at low speeds and typical city conditions, the engine will seem to run hotter than usual but it is still within the normal operating temperature range. As soon as the speeds increase, like on open roads and highways, with a lot of cool air flowing over the engine, the engine heat is dissipated quickly and thus engine doesn’t seem so hot.
- Oil Leakage – In most cases the engine-oil leakage has been minimum. Getting all the bolts / spark plugs tightened to optimum torque should resolve the issue. If not, replacing gaskets and / or applying gasket sealants and torquing bolts / spark plugs to recommended torque will resolve the issue.
- Increased Tappet Sound – This problem is yet to be resolved by the service station. We shall update as soon as possible.
- Hard gear shifts – Potential buyers will be happy to note that most owners reporting this problem said that after the first service the gear shifts have become much better and much smoother. With proper running-in of the bike, oil change and proper bedding-in of parts resulting in the improvement. And the instances where this wasn’t enough, the dealerships have changed the clutch plates for free under warranty.
- Bike Not Starting – Due to Paint from inside the Fuel Tank peeling off and blocking the fuel tap – This issue has unfortunately not been resolved as of yet. We will update as soon as possible.
- Jammed gearbox – The problem here seems to be a faulty gear selector pedal or the gear selector rod which prevented the gears from being selected. The dealers again replaced the faulty gear selector assembly for free under warranty. Thankfully no problems with the actual engine or gearbox have been reported.
- Low Fuel Economy – Owners reported that the fuel economy returned to a more acceptable 30 – 35 kmpl after the first service with proper tuning. The Himalayan being carbureted, improper tuning can cause low fuel economy. Also during the first 1000 km following the proper running in procedure and avoiding extreme off-roading, which may put extra load on the fresh engine, should prevent very low fuel economy figures.
- Chain Guard – Checking proper tightening of all the screws of the chain guard during delivery is the best solution. If not, getting it tightened later from the dealership if loosening is noticed is advisable.
- Saree Guard – Same as the point above, it’s better to get it checked during delivery or getting screws tightened later if they come loose.
- Main Stand – Most owners are not facing this issue, but if you are, getting the main stand repositioned to its ideal clearance from the chain is recommended.
- Rattles from Headlight – Loose wires or bolts seems to be the reason for the rattles. Getting all bolts retightened and tying up loose wires with zip-ties will eliminate rattles.
Most of these problems faced by Himalayan owners seem to be minor and not extremely serious. Only the one-off cases of gear selector failure have left owners stranded. Rest all problems have occurred due to parts and accessories not being perfectly put together either by the factory or the dealerships. Though this is not very comforting for future owners, no reports of any major issues especially concerning the brand new engine or rear monoshock suspension have come in. How the Himalayan holds up in the long run is yet to be seen, so we will reserve that verdict till a year later or after extensive testing.
We also have to remember that the overall build quality of the Himalayan seems to be much better than Royal Enfields of old and with feedback the company should resolve these teething issues. The dealerships taking care of customers and replacing faulty parts under warranty is also a positive and confirms that the company is taking efforts to repair its image of sub-par sales and service.
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