Itchy Boots's new bike

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I was pretty sure it's gonna be NC or... Naw, I don't want to spoil it. Watch the video.
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If you're like me and have no patience for long videos, skip to 8:39 for the big reveal.

I think she made an excellent choice.
 

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I was actually surprised she didn't stick with the Royal Enfield brand
 

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She got sense
Oh I agree this is a better bike, but didn't R.E. end up giving her a brand new motorcycle when she got into emissions trouble with her original non-EU compliant bike? Seems like that should have instilled a little brand loyalty?
 

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Oh I agree this is a better bike, but didn't R.E. end up giving her a brand new motorcycle when she got into emissions trouble with her original non-EU compliant bike? Seems like that should have instilled a little brand loyalty?
I think it was kind of "trade in" because she gave them her old, "famous" Basanti, for their floor and "little story" in the shop, they gave her new Himalayan. We will know if any money was involved in the transaction ;)
I'm bi fan of Himalayan, but for 90% paved road I'll definitely chose NC, or what she picked... :D
 

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If anybody told her about NC DCT, I'm sure she'll go that way!
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I think it was kind of "trade in" because she gave them her old, "famous" Basanti, for their floor and "little story" in the shop, they gave her new Himalayan. . .
Yes, she did trade.

But do you recall why she needed to make that trade? Her bike was essentially illegal in the E.U. and needed to be removed from the E.U. It could not be ridden in the E.U. and so she was basically stuck with an unusable piece of memorabilia that, if I recall correctly, would cost her a good bit of money to ship out of the E.U.

Royal Enfield stepped in, gave her a brand new Himalayan, that is European Union/US certified, so basically legal everywhere in the world. I'd suggest that they pulled her butt out of the proverbial wringer and let her finish her trip. Without them, she'd have been spending money to ship her beloved, but illegal to use, R.E. and have had to spend a few thousand Euro she didn't have at the time.

Just my opinion, but I think that action by Royal Enfield should have earned that brand a bit of loyalty for helping her out.
 

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Just my opinion, but I think that action by Royal Enfield should have earned that brand a bit of loyalty for helping her out.
From what I can see on the clip the second Himalayan was only lent to Her. However I also suspect that RE did rather well out of the publicity that they got from her tours. So in essence both parties did ok from the deal.
 

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Yes, she did trade.

But do you recall why she needed to make that trade? Her bike was essentially illegal in the E.U. and needed to be removed from the E.U. It could not be ridden in the E.U. and so she was basically stuck with an unusable piece of memorabilia that, if I recall correctly, would cost her a good bit of money to ship out of the E.U.

Royal Enfield stepped in, gave her a brand new Himalayan, that is European Union/US certified, so basically legal everywhere in the world. I'd suggest that they pulled her butt out of the proverbial wringer and let her finish her trip. Without them, she'd have been spending money to ship her beloved, but illegal to use, R.E. and have had to spend a few thousand Euro she didn't have at the time.

Just my opinion, but I think that action by Royal Enfield should have earned that brand a bit of loyalty for helping her out.
Yes, I'm petty aware of what happened. I was following her too.
The same way she get to home, she could always ride it "back", to East, or whatever place she would plan to visit. I think she just couldn't register the bike in NL, right?
Regardless, in my opinion, as much as RE helped to to her, she did great advertisement to RE. Look at us - we are talking about her and RE :D
Did RE gave her 2nd Himalayan for free, or half price, or $200 lowered the price - that's great gesture. But, Klime sponsors other riders with jackets and pants, or Rev-It. Touratech sponsors by equipment. They sponsor, like RE did. I don't see that as a reason she supposed to loyal? She should be, and she is, as much as I can see, very thankful to RE for their help.

Loyalty is positive thing. Agree. But it could be also a course. Every time I was thinking about other brand bike, at least to "feel the difference", for a year or two, it would always come back to me "Nah... Red is my color..." :D
 

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@melensdad You know, I was riding ST1100 for a while. Until I totalled it. I wanted to buy it again. The production of ST1100 stopped on 2002. I was thinking ST1300 - production stopped on 2013. And no similar bike came out after 2013. At Progressive Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis they told me that VFR 1200X would replace ST1300. To me, those two bikes don't have much in common?
So, Honda wasn't "loyal" to us, Honda riders, right?
I don't know why they stopped the production of ST, but I also believe they had good reason, and I respect it. And, as much as I love ST, and they are really GREAT bikes, they are also outdated. Hardware and software.
 

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... At Progressive Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis they told me that VFR 1200X would replace ST1300...
After I mentioned it, I just realized that I would hear something about VFR 1200X once in a blue moon? Is that bike really so bad? Never tested it...
 

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HA HA HA HA HA...
Even Honda abandoned it on their website!!!



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After I mentioned it, I just realized that I would hear something about VFR 1200X once in a blue moon? Is that bike really so bad? Never tested it...
Our forum member showkey has a 1200X, if I’m not mistaken, and I believe he really likes it.

My take on the 1200X is that it is tall. If your legs are short or average, it’s a long way to the ground. On my test ride, the throttle response was found to be twitchy. In some situations, the throttle may as well have been an on-off toggle switch. But that's just my take, and I have no doubt that many owners love theirs.

I don't know why they stopped the production of ST, but I also believe they had good reason, and I respect it. And, as much as I love ST, and they are really GREAT bikes, they are also outdated. Hardware and software.
I had an ST1100 from 1998 to 2004. It was a fine machine, albeit at bit heavy. It was super reliable, and the 300 mile fuel range was awesome. I think the ST left the States because this is cruiser and sport bike land. Few dealers would even stock an ST. I guess they weren’t big sellers.
 
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@melensdad You know, I was riding ST1100 for a while. Until I totalled it. I wanted to buy it again. The production of ST1100 stopped on 2002. I was thinking ST1300 - production stopped on 2013. And no similar bike came out after 2013. At Progressive Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis they told me that VFR 1200X would replace ST1300. To me, those two bikes don't have much in common?
So, Honda wasn't "loyal" to us, Honda riders, right?
I don't know why they stopped the production of ST, but I also believe they had good reason, and I respect it. And, as much as I love ST, and they are really GREAT bikes, they are also outdated. Hardware and software.
How did you steal the post I wanted to write?

I've never ridden an ST but I've ogled all the 1300Ps the local cops get to ride. Before they became BMWs, anyway.

I'd prefer an inline four for wrenching's sake, but I would accept the VFR replacing the ST if, you know, they kept making the F variant! Honda can't keep getting away with this!
 

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"Nah... Red is my color..." :D
Honda is going to keep getting away with it after all. I have been riding my Suzukis a lot while my Honda awaits repairs. I keep comparing them to my NC. I've never been on a Honda I didn't like.

Guess the wife will have to live with during sitting on the back of a Goldwing instead of a more reasonably sized ST, whenever I get my next bike. Red is my color too
 

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I had an ST1100 from 1998 to 2004. It was a fine machine, albeit at bit heavy. It was super reliable, and the 300 mile fuel range was awesome. I think the ST left the States because this is cruiser and sport bike land. Few dealers would even stock an ST. I guess they weren’t big sellers.
Mine was 1998 too, although I bought it in 2014. Totalled in 2018.
It was my second bike (late bloomer :D) and I was riding on the pavement only. And I was commuting about 120 miles a day to work. Perfect bike.
 

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Mine was 1998 too, although I bought it in 2014. Totalled in 2018.
It was my second bike (late bloomer :D) and I was riding on the pavement only. And I was commuting about 120 miles a day to work. Perfect bike.
Actually I bought a leftover 1997 ST1100 because I loved the ‘97 red and didn’t want the ‘98 black.
 
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