Royal Enfield Himalayan or a Honda 125 Path?


2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan
Is it time to downsize?

Shocked at How Quick They Get Heavy.

It was solely a pair years in the past that I felt the BMW K75C was getting too heavy to deal with. Plus I needed one thing to journey within the mountains. Not on tough trails or single monitor. Simply the various dust and gravel forest roads. And the Royal Enfield Himalayan was a sensible choice for me. And I’ve so as to add, I like that motorbike.

However…. There’s all the time a however. Particularly once I become older. I don’t really feel the identical sort of “heavy” I did with the BMW however I undoubtedly have turn into extra conscious of the load of the Himalayan. On a superb day I’m undecided if I may choose it up after a drop. And undoubtedly not on a foul again day. And if it fell on my my growing older bones could be extra vulnerable to fracture. Simply what I would like as I journey on the trail in direction of age 70 this yr.

So I’ve been performing some pondering and scheming and prowling of the web.

2023 Honda 125 Trail
May this be the reply?

The Honda CT 125 Path

There’s one thing enticing to me about this Honda motorbike. In the identical means the Himalayan is. It exudes practicality with out sophistication. Easy in design and construct. Rugged in look. And fulfilling a necessity that goes past driving within the dust and gravel.

And at 180 kilos lighter any issues about weight evaporate. However with lower than half the horsepower of the Himalayan it might require adjusting from a sluggish motorbike to an excellent slower one. And for me, that’s a part of the attraction.

“Much less is extra” is one thing my buddy Paul tells me. And I get that. A smaller, decrease powered machine appears to make even abnormal rides extra of an journey. Partly as a result of there may be much more to handle when you end up a rolling roadblock.

So proper now my thoughts is slowly turning over what life with a Honda could be like. And the way I’ll really feel about releasing the Himalayan. Too dangerous I can’t match 5 machines within the storage.

Vespa ET4 at the Pump Station cafe.
Pondering one sluggish machine whereas driving one other.

Considering on the Pump Station Cafe

I journey right down to the Pump Station for breakfast. Usually to only assume a bit. About writing, or images, driving, or a brand new motorbike. The Vespa ET4 has comparable efficiency on the street to the Honda CT 125 Path. I feel. There’s nonetheless some investigation to do. And I want to take one for a check journey. Or not less than sit on one.

There’s a seller 50 miles away with a pair in inventory. Maybe I can persuade them to let me take one for a spin.

Breakfast at the Pump Station cafe.
Meals, drink, and thought.

Life is Good

If my solely downside in life is whether or not to get a distinct motorbike then life is fairly rattling good. Granted, there are different points in my life however every part appears to have light to the background as I wrestle with this existential query — Himalayan or Honda 125 Path.

My spouse says to only let it simmer in my mind for some time. I didn’t inform her the water is already boiling.

Anybody eager about a lovingly used 2022 Himalayan??