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Royal Enfield Himalayan leaks petrol soon after delivery – Video

Royal Enfield Himalayan leaks petrol

What would you do if your newly purchased motorcycle starts leaking petrol soon after delivery?

Buying a new motorcycle is not an easy thing to do these days. We are not talking about the trouble of collecting paperwork / money. What we are referring to is the trouble of selecting a motorcycle you want to own. With a wide variety of options on offer, it sure gets difficult for consumer today than say 5-10 years ago.

Once you have finally decided of what you are going to buy, and done with the payment and paperwork, follows next is the waiting period, which on average ranges from a few days to few weeks, depending on the motorcycle.

One such rider is Ankit Soni. After going through all the above trouble, Ankit took the delivery of his “dream ride”, a Royal Enfield Himalayan earlier today. What he tweeted within a few minutes of buying the bike, was nothing less than his worst nightmares.

RE Himalayan leaks fuel

Usually, the amount of fuel in a motorcycle when you take delivery is bare minimum, only enough to take you to the nearest petrol pump in most cases. We are not sure whether the bike started leaking fuel after re-fueling or at the dealership itself. But from the amount of fuel being leaked, it seems that it had been tanked up.

Built to take on the Himalayas, this is not the first time built quality of Royal Enfield Himalayan has been questioned. The promo video, where footpeg breaks-off after the bike lands from what seems like a three feet jump and the silent recall (which the company likes to call as a free service check up for the existing owners).

Himalayan fuel leak

UPDATE – The message seems to have reached the MD sooner than expected, thanks to avid fans on twitter. The dealer has replaced fuel tank of Ankit’s bike and the leaking issue has been resolved.


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Sagar Patel

Sagar Patel

A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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  • Not shocked with RE treating people as their personal lab rats to test semi-standard products. First there is a recall of Himalayan for some stupid gear box stuff and now this. I remember some accident pic where Himalayan front forks have snapped in half. Someone please ask the RE team to wake up from their slumber and bring in better research as the market is already being captured by Harley, Indian, Ducati and now BMW is the new addition to kick the sorry rear of Big Bikes segment.

    • So considering the recalls and this superb first class quality characteristics of RE. What is your opinion on “Why these are happening to Himalayan? BRAND NEW FLAG SHIP Himalayan.”

      A) Is it the flaws with their fundamental design? or
      B) The design is okay but its the quality control that sucks?

      • From my experience of buying the bike and talking to the Showroom team, it’s the Quality Control. Their homework is alright, the execution is where the problem lies.

        • Yes but the showroom team is not a good place to understand the causes. Mass recall has been announced for the new bikes. They are doing major works at the engine head and replacing the clutch plates all free of cost. The reason that I am more inclined towards “design drawbacks” rather then mere quality control, but also i could be wrong.

      • I would go for C- both of the above. Though their quality control is down the drain. RE is notorious for flawed electrical, engine oil leakage and too less power for the displacement. Himalayan is nothing else than a failed attempt at jumping the adventure touring bandwagon but look at the competitors, just reducing the cost doesn’t make a bike success as Triumph Tiger 800 is costlier than their liter class Street triple or Ducati hyper/multi strada are costlier than their street/sports siblings.

        • Starting from the Triumph Tiger 800… all i can comprehend is blah.. blah.. blah but okay i got the point. It is clear RE seem to have some sh!t QC at times. The fact i am interested in what it is meant by “Mass recalling to replacing faulty rocker shaft thingies FREE OF COST?” is those point to a principal design flaw with the engine or just the spares are sh!tty, i mean manufacturing defects instead of the basic design itself.

          • Quality control doesn’t exist with RE, people worship RE and the company knows how to cash on that with crappy parts. Nearly all RE bikes start decel pop within few months of purchase, there is always a valve lash which needs to be checked every few months, engine oil leak is something like a feature-you get it with all RE. Now this recall means the design is flawed along with pathetic quality. RE is literally taking it’s customer for a ride.

          • Decel pop, i believe its a loud farting noise coming out the silencer while slowing down without the rider accelerating. Just noticed it yesterday, twice. Oil leak is a necessary feature. We can track back any stolen bike back to its destination. “Just follow the oil”.

  • If you try to fill to the brim, the excess does drain off…there is even a separate drain tube too. We noticed this phenomenon a couple of times, when we filled too much fuel.

  • Actually I got it replaced then & there, the showroom guys were kind enough of replace the tank rather than keeping it for repairing. Got a call from RE Chennai today saying “someone will contact you” as if nothing happened. Rode it from Jaipur to Gurgaon today in the morning. No issues whatsoever and my love for her is intact.

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