In a shocking incident, a Royal Enfield Himalayan experience a chassis collapse mid-way while riding. The owner’s friend shared this terrible experience online to make the other owners aware of this issue. This comes as an unpleasant surprise to all off-roading enthusiasts because the Himalayan is the go-to choice for many riders if they plan their off-roading adventures in the Himalayas. It is an aspirational bike for a whole bunch of bike-riding lovers. What’s particularly difficult to digest is the fact that it was not a minor defect but the entire chassis, which is the foundation of any automobile, broke down almost in half on the road. It is unfathomable how horrifying the consequences could have been if the rider was driving at high speed. Here are the details of the bizarre incident.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Chassis Collapse
According to the owner’s friend, the owner was driving at around 30-40 kmph. He went off-roading very rarely. The regular ride includes the journey from his hometown to Bangalore. After the chassis suddenly collapsing on the road, he called to avail of the services of RSA (Road Side Assistance). However, to his utter disappointment, the RSA service didn’t take the bike the right way. They damaged the bike’s fuel tank and front mudguard while transporting. Later on, the owner found out that neither Royal Enfield nor the RSA company took the responsibility for the damage and kept blaming each other.
This sort of irresponsible attitude towards the customers is something one can’t associate with an experienced company like Royal Enfield. To add salt to the injuries, Royal Enfield asked the owner to bear the labour charges for replacing the chassis. It is highly unreasonable considering the fact that the owner didn’t do anything wrong. Why must he bear the burden of expenses?
Royal Enfield Himalayan comes with a 411 cc Air-Cooled Single-Cylinder SOHC Engine making 24.3 hp and 32 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. It has a compression ratio of 9.5:1. There is a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox with a wet multi-plate clutch with Digital Electronic Ignition and Electronic Fuel Injection. The chassis is the Half-Duplex split Cradle Frame with Telescopic Front Suspension with 200 mm travel and monoshock rear suspension with 180 mm travel. The fuel tank is 15 litres. The front tyre is 21-inch and has a 300 mm disc brake with 2 pistons floating caliper whereas the rear tyre is 17-inch with a 240 mm disc with a single-piston floating caliper. Also, there is a Dual Channel ABS with Rear Wheels ABS Deactivation Control. The prices range between Rs 2.05 lakh and Rs 2.13 lakh, ex-showroom.
Source: Team BHP