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Rs. 1.25 Lakh
Discontinued Model since 31 Mar 2020

About Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

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 Overview

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.

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Must Read Questions & Answers Before Buying Thunderbird 500

Q. I am planning to buy Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350. What are the major differences between 350 and 500?
  • Dear Yashwant, I also decided to buy Thunderbird 500. As you said, I can wait until they launch in BS6 version. But, what I heard is \'RE will stopped their 500CC varients of bikes in BS6 version\'. Really is that true? Because I would like to buy 500 not 350 or 650. So could you say anything up to this?
  • There is no cosmetic difference between 500 and 350 the difference you feel is all about the milage and power but if you wait for a while Thunderbird is going to come in bs6 version and with abs so you will have more value for money. please wait for a month in October it's going to come.
  • My opinion is don’t buy RE bikes . Nowadays RE is making only profit out the ppl money and there isn’t any improvement on the vibrations and better pick up. It’s gonna cost more and more on servicing and spares . Look for something Jawa or similar one . But No RE . My experience.They jus wanna manufacture in mass quantities and not a better bikes .
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Q. I have read so many complaints about tbd500,like efi problems,sudden break downs etc.Is there any problem with tbd500.Is it so unreliable bike?dealers are also saying old tbd is not coming if u are booking one you will only get an old piece is it true - Thunderbird 500?
  • Theres LOTS of prblms with TB500. Every few months something or other has to be replaced. In 3 yrs I have replaced at 1/3rd of the original parts...some just wear out, others break down. Chain sprocket- 2 times, Fuel guage-2 times and still doesnt show correct fuel levels, ignition assembly 1 time, headlight toggle and indicators assembly-1 time, complete wiring- 1 time, battery current relay-1 time, speedometer assembly support bracket- 3 times, ...the list goes on...and I havent done 50,000 kms in 3 years !!!....DONT BUY TB500 and if you already have then SELL IT OFF !!!
  • Yup u would have to buy 500x Not a sudden break at all,it requires regular maintainance over period of time, the chain sprocket creats a lot of noise every 3 months so a chain spray is a must. Thats it. The bike is a great experince to drive and at highways jst wave the car drivers u r passing by at 3 digit speed
  • My TB500 was purchased in 2012....once fuse blew away. ..rectified. ..15000km fuel pump rusted. .I changed to carburettor. ..from then on no problem. ..72000 km done. .happy. ..new TB. .no experience. ..but RE has a strong R&D ..may be they have perfected.
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Q. Which is good to buy between Himalayan ABS or Thunderbird 500 ABS I prefer the Himalayan for its ability to accelerate much better than most enfields and I prefer the Tb 500 for its sheer driving comfort and much less vibrations than most enfields.
  • Tb 500 driving comfort I dont thinks so. it vibrates. alot. take a test drive if both. I would suggest u for the himalayan
  • Trust me the himalayan is much more comfortable and has far less vibrations than the Tb500There is simply no comparisons.Himalayan is a far better bike.also it is cheaper to buy and maintain
  • Ya tb 500 is also better but when it comes to long journey on then I prefer himalyan
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Q. I am planning to buy Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350. What are the major differences between 350 and 500?
  • Dear Yashwant, I also decided to buy Thunderbird 500. As you said, I can wait until they launch in BS6 version. But, what I heard is \'RE will stopped their 500CC varients of bikes in BS6 version\'. Really is that true? Because I would like to buy 500 not 350 or 650. So could you say anything up to this?
  • There is no cosmetic difference between 500 and 350 the difference you feel is all about the milage and power but if you wait for a while Thunderbird is going to come in bs6 version and with abs so you will have more value for money. please wait for a month in October it's going to come.
  • My opinion is don’t buy RE bikes . Nowadays RE is making only profit out the ppl money and there isn’t any improvement on the vibrations and better pick up. It’s gonna cost more and more on servicing and spares . Look for something Jawa or similar one . But No RE . My experience.They jus wanna manufacture in mass quantities and not a better bikes .
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Q. Which bike should I go for, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 or 500X
  • It's too good bike for touring or for occasional riding and for us mileage is good for 500cc 32kmpl and in dis the great thing is royal Enfield suit power exhaust only not only silent vibration
  • Several sites will provide you comparison charts of one against the other. both have SAME engine. BUT ,TBX has 1. tubeless tyres.2. alloy wheels3. ABS4. straightened handle bar 5. fresh look with the two tone colours ( if you are a chrome lover then tb is your pick) as TBX exhaust has no chrome. it's black. choice is yours. Happy riding.
  • If u r ready for a good maintainace cost go for it Only riding a 500cc bike in city wont be a good choice the mileage comes down to 22kmpl. Choose wisely
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Q. I have read so many complaints about tbd500,like efi problems,sudden break downs etc.Is there any problem with tbd500.Is it so unreliable bike?dealers are also saying old tbd is not coming if u are booking one you will only get an old piece is it true - Thunderbird 500?
  • Theres LOTS of prblms with TB500. Every few months something or other has to be replaced. In 3 yrs I have replaced at 1/3rd of the original parts...some just wear out, others break down. Chain sprocket- 2 times, Fuel guage-2 times and still doesnt show correct fuel levels, ignition assembly 1 time, headlight toggle and indicators assembly-1 time, complete wiring- 1 time, battery current relay-1 time, speedometer assembly support bracket- 3 times, ...the list goes on...and I havent done 50,000 kms in 3 years !!!....DONT BUY TB500 and if you already have then SELL IT OFF !!!
  • Yup u would have to buy 500x Not a sudden break at all,it requires regular maintainance over period of time, the chain sprocket creats a lot of noise every 3 months so a chain spray is a must. Thats it. The bike is a great experince to drive and at highways jst wave the car drivers u r passing by at 3 digit speed
  • My TB500 was purchased in 2012....once fuse blew away. ..rectified. ..15000km fuel pump rusted. .I changed to carburettor. ..from then on no problem. ..72000 km done. .happy. ..new TB. .no experience. ..but RE has a strong R&D ..may be they have perfected.
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 User Reviews

4.0 /5
141 reviews & ratings
  • Performance
    4.3/5
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Features & Styling
    4.3/5
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  • Maintenance Cost
    3.4/5
  • Mileage
    3.4/5

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  • 2.2

    Owned and using TB500 since March2016. Average 20kms/day...48000kms approx done. Buying and servicing experiences were good. But the performance of the bike is TERRIBLE. Brand new and within 4 months had to replace the fuel pump(costs Rs.15000 !!!)...fortunately it was covered in the 1year warranty and I was saved. The front mud guard is a joke...its there only for show, but doesnt do what its supposed to... Bike runs over a small water patch and you have water sprayed on both your feet. Imagine the scene in the rainy season...your trouser legs as well as shirt front are covered in muddy spray which doesnt wash off easily....Rear mud-guard also does a good job of spraying the back of the person riding with you... I wonder what kind of donkeys RE have in their design department who think only about looks and appeal, but not a thought given to utility and well being of the rider. Also, within 1st year I had to replace Ignition assembly as the ignition switch shorted out because of rain water entry !!!...lots of other bikes around from different companies...they dont get shorted ignition switches. But TB500 does !!!....replaced fuel gauge (TWICE !)...bcoz it just keeps showing wrong level...after 2nd replacement I gave up bcoz it still shows the wrong levels...,and in the next year the chain sprocket assembly, handle fork cone-set, brake pads (twice),...and about 4months ago, in March2019 the bike just shut off in mid-ride...went dead !!!... RSA technician managed to burn my wiring while checking the fuse box, and there was a battery death due to 2weeks(!!???!!) bike inactivity when I was out for a holiday in May2019, and yesterday morning (6July2019) the same thing like 4months ago happened...bike just went dead in mid-ride. Red ignition switch dead !!!...self-start or kick start doesnt work...currently at service center awaiting problem diagnosis from service advisor.I had TVS Victor GL for 12years until 2016,...she was a gem...never troubled me once for first 7years!!!...just change oil on time and she was good...neither my daughter"s TVS Wego troubled me since 2010. These were cheaper, less powerful, non-premium bikes...but no hassles...and TB500??...2lakhs in 2016 and just look at the headache I brought home !!!I have decided to sell it off asap...just not sure whether to go for another RE model...bcoz their spares quality doesnt seem to be much, considering the amount of replacements I"ve had to make. If you"re thinking of buying TB500 then think 10times, and be ready to shell out a lot for maintenance, not to mention the headache and irritation !!! STAY AWAY !!!

  • 3.0

    It is a great highway cruiser but a pain when driving in the city. It has a powerful 500cc engine which is good. But the vibrations, lack of latest technology are some negatives. Overall its a good bike if you like cruisers and especially the RE bikes with a thump then this one is definitely for you. if not then dont buy it,

  • 3.0

    As an user im very much disappointed with the performance ..self own 2015 Thunderbird 500 since I bought half of week goes taking the bike to showroom for minor and major1issue....I"m not able to specifically tell a particular issue but, overall on each and every part I get lot of issues...

  • 5.0

    not driven that much its perfectly well maintained condition recently i chage both tyres also and also there is motowings performance high end exhaust in it,if want orginal silencer also its ter all accessories avaliable and papers all clear.

  • 1.8

    It"s a high maintenance 2 wheeler, with very low fuel average, good only for long drive, if you can pay continuously for maintenance and fuel, engine gets too hot, altogether not a good bike for City.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Expert Reviews

Despite belonging to different class of motorcycles and sporting different powerplants, the UM Renegade Classic, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500, and Mojo have quite a lot in common. Which is why we are pitting these three motorcycles against each other to find out which one comes top trumps in a specifications comparison

February 9, 2016  By Saeed Akhtar

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

December 7, 2012  By Priyadarshan Bawikar Photography: Kunal Khadse