Maximus Pro – Are we there yet?

I am a motorcycle traveller and depend on my smartphone for navigation or tracking my rides. But the risk was damaging my phone, due to shocks and jerks or the exposure to the elements – heat, dust and the rains. Also, the notifications and calls to my phone were always a distraction. I was looking for something to avoid using my phone for all this.

This is when I got to know about Maximus Pro. The product was still at a very nascent stage and I managed to get my hands on it.

I have been using the Maximus Pro since Dec 2017 and think it’s high time I share my experience here. The version I am using includes all three modules, the App, the Display Module and the Connectivity Module. This version was sold for Rs. 12999/- soon after the launch back in Nov 2017. I can see now that Maximus Pro is also selling individual modules, which lets the user have an option to buy the Connectivity Module, only if they need it. The Connectivity Module takes care of theft alert and vehicle diagnostics. This way the ownership cost also goes down to Rs. 6499/-, for the Display Module and the App, if Navigation and the App is the only thing you need.

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I have been using the Maximus Pro on my Benelli TNT 300. The Connectivity Module is installed under the seat and the best part is you do not need to cut any wire. Just two wires to the battery and one to take an ignition signal, which can be taken from any connector. So, there is no cutting of wires involved, thus not impacting your warranty either. The App is simple, and it is easy to link the Display Module with the app using Bluetooth. I have fixed the Display Module on my handlebar with the mount that is included in the package.

The app allows you to plan a ride and save it and the navigation gets displayed on the display module when you start the ride. The display doesn’t show the full map but the directions to be taken and distance to the next turn. You can additionally toggle to distance to destination. The display module is readable even in bright sunlight. The app, apart from helping you plan your route, also tracks your route and shares various parameters like average speed and top speed.

The connectivity module helps me locate my motorcycle. I can see on my app where my motorcycle is. Helps in scenarios of theft or something as simple as getting picked by the traffic police for wrong parking. Or, even when your friend takes borrows your motorcycle.

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I have personally loved this product a lot. I do not need to worry about the elements damaging my phone. The device helps me navigate without any distractions and gives me point to point information to help me navigate. Once the route is charted, I don’t even need to keep my data on, thus helping save battery on my phone. Yes, it still uses the phone’s GPS for tracking and guiding on the display module. But, I have noticed that GPS and Bluetooth do not consume your phone battery as much as irregular data or network conditions. In case you deviate from the route, it shows a compass with the direction I need to take to reach the planned route. Yes, it does not reroute and send you through un-useable roads like google maps does at times.

I must add that their customer service is excellent, and they go out of the way to support in case you have any doubts or issues with the product. I am happy to know that the team behind this product is constantly working on updating the product with new features. I am eagerly looking forward to updates for the product soon.

Why the Himalayan? Why a Royal Enfield?

Since my last post, “Almost There!!!”, two of the common questions that I have been asked are – Why a Royal Enfield and Why the Himalayan? I thought why not write about it to make things a little less repetitive for me.

So, let me start with the motorcycle first.

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Why, the Himalayan?

To begin with, off-road capability. The Himalayan is the first purpose-built motorcycle from the Royal Enfield stable. 21-inch wheels up front, mated with a 17-inch at the rear, with dual purpose tyres to tackle no-road situations. Ground clearance of 220mm while keeping the seat height at a comfortable 800mm. This was the perfect recipe for a dual-purpose motorcycle, regular highway touring and off-road trails, both could be handled with ease on the Himalayan.

One might argue that the Himalayan had so many issues when it was launched. Yes, it did. And have you ridden the BS4 variant yet? Anyone who has ridden the BS4 variant will agree that Royal Enfield has no doubt taken all the learning and feedback and fixed most, if not all, issues in the Himalayan. The engine has got a good low-end grunt and stress-free even at high speeds. The motorcycle I tested allowed me to cruise comfortably at 120/130kmph. The low-end torque is a saviour in off-road conditions. It would have been nice to have a little more power and torque but nothing to cry home about. All this at a lovely price point of just 1.8 lakhs INR ex-showroom. Honestly, I do not see any other motorcycle in the country which is as purpose-built as this in such a price point. Before I continue, I think I can get the 2nd question into consideration here.

Why, a Royal Enfield?

Continuing from where I left off, one of the reasons for selecting the Himalayan is the low cost of ownership. Royal Enfield has somehow managed to price it right. I do not have to worry about dropping the motorcycle, which is inevitable in an off-road terrain as the spares are pocket-friendly and easily available. With over 1000 service centres across India, I will never be far from one, in case I need help. It’s like the SBI of motorcycle service centers, you will always find one, no matter which part of the country you are in.

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Additionally, the roadside assistance also ensures you do not break a sweat trying to get to one either. Royal Enfield has managed to build an ecosystem around motorcycles and motorcycling activities. From being the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the country to creating a community around riders. No other brand can boast of having a dedicated ride team which creates experiences for its riders. Various brands, like Mahindra-Jawa, KTM, Bajaj have tried their hand at creating something similar and I have been to a few. However, none of them implement it as grandly as Royal Enfield. The legacy and lineage show in the finesse with which these rides are conceptualized. There is no stone left unturned to ensure that the rider is part of the entire experience.

To cut the story short, I chose the Himalayan because it meets my requirements as a capable off-road motorcycle, one on which I can also tour comfortably. I chose a Royal Enfield motorcycle because of the low cost of ownership and easy access to spares and service.

No manufacturer can vouch for a 100% perfect machine, what matters is what they are willing to do to address the issues if you have one. I believe Royal Enfield is doing a good job of it.

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