Royal Enfield's latest flagship model is out, and no it's not a Classic, but the all new Thunderbird 500. But does this retro cruiser have what it takes to bear the Enfield standard high and proud? We spend some long hours in the saddle to find out
It’s always a very exciting prospect when Royal Enfield launches a new flagship. The smallish Chennai based company has been churning out a steady stream of motorcycles almost since the days of the Raj and if anyone was to look at the kind of bikes the company made then and what’s rolling out of the factory gates right now, they might be forgiven for thinking little has changed in over the last five decades...read more »
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Specifications Summary of Thunderbird 500
|Engine Displ. :||499 cc|
|Power :||27.5 PS @ 5250 rpm|
|Mileage :||30 Kmpl|
|No Of Gears :||5 Speed|
|Fuel System :||Fuel Injection|
|Head Lamp :||Projector|
|Wheels Type :||Spoke|
|Tyre Type :||Tube|
|Standard Warranty (Years) :||Y|
Latest On Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Royal Enfield is all-set to launch a new variant of the Thunderbird 500 cruiser bike. The new motorcycle will be called Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X and will be a modern take on theclassicallystyled cruiser bike. It will feature cosmetic updates like bright colour shades, blacked out muffler, forks and centre panel along with alloy wheels which will make it the first Royal Enfield bike to get tubeless tyres. The riding posture will also be different as the bike features flat handlebars. The new Thunderbird 500X is likely to be launched in January 2018 with an estimated price of around Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom). Mechanically the new motorcycle remains similar to the standard Thunderbird 500.
Under the new GST tax structure prices for bikes abobe 350cc has witnessed an increase of one per cent in tax. This has resulted in the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 costing Rs 1,200 to R1,600 more depending on the state of purchase.
Royal Enfield has bestowed this motorcycle with a bigger 499cc fuel-injected mill to making it a well-rounded cruiser that is capable of devouring miles of tarmac. It is also loaded to the gills with features like large fuel tank, projector headlight, LED tail-light and disc brakes on both wheels. The Thunderbird 500 puts out 27.2bhp of power at 5,250 rpm and a generous 41.3 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Variants
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Mileage
The claimed ARAI mileage for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 petrol is 30 kmpl.
Editor's View of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Torquey engine, Features, Highway cruising capability
The Thunderbird 500 is a well-balanced cruiser with generous torque, long range and practical features. It is the perfect companion for riders who are looking for a cruiser that is equipped to tackle the highways with ease.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Comparisons
|Features||Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Rs. 1.91 lakh View On Road Price|
|No Of Gears||5 Speed|
|Top speed||120 Kmph|
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Rs. 1.50 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 346 cc 40 Kmpl 20.07PS@5250rpm 5 Speed 107 Kmph
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Rs. 1.69 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 499 cc 30 Kmpl 27.57PS@5250rpm 5 Speed 131 Kmph
Royal Enfield Himalayan Rs. 1.68 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 411 cc 36.26 kmpl 24.83PS@6500rpm 5 Speed 122 kmph
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Rs. 1.99 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 499 cc - 27.57PS@5250rpm 5-Speed -
TVS Apache RR 310 Rs. 2.23 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 312.2 cc 31 kmpl 34PS@9700rpm 6 Speed 145 kmph / 160 kmph
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Rs. 1.39 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 346 cc 37 Kmpl 20.07PS@5250rpm 5 Speed 130 Kmph
Bajaj Dominar 400 Rs. 1.42 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 373.3 cc 26.50 kmpl 35PS@8000rpm 6 Speed 137.4 kmph
KTM 390 Duke Rs. 2.40 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 373.2 cc - 43.5PS@9000rpm 6 Speed -
KTM RC 390 Rs. 2.25 lakh Compare with Thunderbird 500 373.3 cc 25 Kmpl 43.5Ps@9000rpm 6 Speed 166 Kmph
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Uses this bike for :
- Occasional Commute
Gets mileage of :
- 30 kmpl
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Experience with Thunderbird 500 :
- Excellent Mileage
- Excellent Performance
- Excellent Features/Styling
- Excellent Comfort
- Excellent Maintenance Cost
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Highlights
RE's attempt at making a laid back cruiser, now with a bigger engine. It works well, but could do with a better seat design.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Design and Features
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 looks the same as its younger sibling, the Thunderbird 350. The design is kept simple with not much going on in terms of definition to the design. As with other cruisers, there’s oodles of chrome on the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. It features a projector headlamp, hazard lamps and an LED tail light. It gets a twin-pod analogue cum digital instrument console with an analogue speedometer and tachometer. The small LCD display displays fuel gauge, odometer, trip meter, service indicator and clock.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Specifications
The Royal Thunderbird is offered with two engine options - 350cc and 500cc. The Thunderbird 500 features the same engine as seen on the Royal Enfield Classic 500. The single-cylinder, air-cooled, twin-spark engine delivers 27.5PS at 5250rpm and 41.3Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The cruiser bike employs a single downtube frame and uses the engine as a stressed member. The 41mm telescopic front forks and gas-charged twin shocks at the rear take care of damping duties. The Thunderbird was the first Royal Enfield to feature disc brakes on both ends and this one gets a 280mm front and a 240mm rear disc. The bike tips the scales at 197kg and features a humongous 20-litre fuel tank, meaning lesser fuel stops.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Competitors
UM Renegade Commando: The UM Renegade Commando is the closest competitor to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. While it might not have the brand recognition that RE has, it does offer a refined and powerful engine. The large dimensions and modern cruiser styling is something that will grab a lot of eyeballs.
Bajaj Dominar: The Bajaj Dominar kick-starts the affordable power cruiser segment in the Indian market. Powered by the KTM 390 Duke-sourced motor, which has been tuned to suit the demands of a cruiser, it offers the best performance of any bike in its segment. Being a Bajaj offering, it has been priced aggressively while being equipped with an all-LED headlight and optional dual-channel ABS.
Hyosung Aquila 250: Although it is not exactly a direct rival to the Thunderbird 500 given its pricing, the Aquila 250 does hold the distinction of being the most affordable cruiser bike with a V-twin engine on sale. It has the quintessential cruiser styling with lots of chrome and ABS now, but the premium pricing of above Rs 2.5 lakh works against its favour.
Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise: Among the most popular cruiser bikes on sale in India, the Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise offers a fantastic value for money proposition. The Pulsar 220-sourced engine delivers a fine balance of power and frugality, but it doesn’t have the oomph or the presence that the Royal Enfield Thunderbird commands.
The Royal Thunderbird 500 is among the most appealing cruisers out there. It is easy to use for your regular city commutes, while also being potent on the open highways while touring. However, refinement and quality levels still need improvement. The Thunderbird 500 is one of the better known cruisers in the Indian market. However, if you are looking for performance and handling as a main requisite for cruising, we suggest you look at the Bajaj Dominar 400 which has got a clear performance advantage.
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