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The Royal Enfield Himalayan started with a really good note as it was one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles for India. When the launch date neared, things started going bad for Royal Enfield as too many problems clouded the motorcycle.
Since then, Royal Enfield, the Chennai based motorcycle maker has constantly been peppered with questions regarding reliability issues and quality. For one customer, the Himalayan has proved to be so bad, that he had to take up to social media to spill his heart out.
Like most RE enthusiasts, Nithin Ravindran was eager to get his hands on a Royal Enfield Himalayan. Once he did get the motorcycle, it was soon followed by a chain of problems just after the motorcycle clocked 500km on the odo.
Nithin faced a lot of problems starting from weird noises from the engine, to his seat deforming, and all the way to his headlight cracking. The motorcycle spent longer time in the service station for repairs than on the road.
What followed was even worse — vibrations and there was also an incident when his gearbox locked up, putting Nithin's life in danger. Having faced so many problems already, the motorcycle forks had trouble soon after, and Nithin had to drop off the motorcycle for service since it was not ridable anymore.
Even after the service, problems continued in the form of vibrations even at low speeds, gearbox trouble on and off, and his odometer stops working because water managed to make its way in. All this trouble was in a span of two and a half months.
Nithin has written to Royal Enfield about his issues as well, but to no avail. RE isn't offering him a solution and even the service centre claim that they cannot do anything more to rectify problems.
Nithin says that he is spending more time at Royal Enfield service centres and is not able to concentrate with work, which is a crucial factor since he has to pay his EMIs for the motorcycle.