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 Price
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 prices start at Rs. 1.80 lakh (Ex-Showroom). Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is avialable in 1 variants and 5 colours.
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 or so. But they’d be dead wrong. Classically styled and nostalgia fuelled they might be, but the boffins at Royal Enfield have slowly, but steadily, modernising the motorcycles they make, at this juncture they probably offer a very interesting mix of old world and new in a way nobody has really done so far.
The last big jump we sawwhat the appropriately named Classic 500 – a bike that looks like a 1950s Bullet, but is powered by a modern aluminium-block 500cc electronic fuel injected engine which shot to flagship status in the company’s line-up. And we absolutely loved it in every way. So you can imagine then that when RE announced that a new flagship was coming out in the form of the Thunderbird, it left us a little stumped.
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December 7, 2012 By Priyadarshan Bawikar Photography: Kunal Khadse
On the cusp of evolution, is what the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is. And in being so, it is also the perfect precursor to things to come from the maker of the legendary Bullet
October 11, 2012 By Muntaser Mirkar Pics: Sanjog Patil
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.
Recently Asked User Questions and FAQs about Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
User Questions and Answers
Sathya_Balakrishnan asked a question on 9 April 2018
Q.Compared with Royal Enfiled 500cc Thunderbird, which is the best replacement bike in 350cc to 600cc segment ?Compared with Royal Enfiled 500cc Thunderbird, which is the best replacement bike in 350cc to 600cc segment ?
If you are not a royal Enfield lover than I suggest you to test the bajaj dominor 400 in my opinion it's a great bike and true value for your moneyIf you are not a royal Enfield lover than I suggest you to test the bajaj dominor 400 in my opinion it's a great bike and true value for your money
answered by Shantanu_Mishra_Montu on 11 April 2018
Sudhakar_Jha asked a question on 16 February 2018
Q.What is the mileage of thunderbird?What is the mileage of thunderbird?
Normal driving 32kmpl Fast driving 29kmplNormal driving 32kmpl Fast driving 29kmpl
answered by Ashwanth_Raja on 21 March 2018
Satish.phanse asked a question on 17 September 2017
Q.Any major difference in power you feel compare to thunderbird 350 cc Or additional features in 500 cc. You can say the reasons for going to 500 cc.Any major difference in power you feel compare to thunderbird 350 cc Or additional features in 500 cc. You can say the reasons for going to 500 cc.
The power and torque outputs are much better in the 500. The rider will appreciate the extra power while overtaking on highways and in the mountains.The power and torque outputs are much better in the 500. The rider will appreciate the extra power while overtaking on highways and in the mountains.
answered by Baikunth_Nath_Sinha on 21 December 2017
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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.