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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Latest Updates

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. 2.07 lakh (Ex-Showroom). Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is available in 1 variants and 3 colours.

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Thunderbird 500 ABS
499 cc | 30 Kmpl
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Editor's View of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

  • Upside

    Torquey engine, Features, Highway cruising capability

  • Downside

    No ABS

  • Our Verdict

    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.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Colours

  • Stone Black
  • Marine
  • Flicker Black

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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.

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.


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.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 User Reviews

3.9 /5
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Preferred For : Tours & Daily Commute

31% of users have given a rating of 4.5 and above

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Rashmin Bhagwat
Rashmin Bhagwat 2.2 7 Jul 2019

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 !!!

Uses this bike for : Daily Commute
Gets mileage of : 25 kmpl
Prashant Jha
Prashant Jha 3.0 26 Aug 2019

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,

Uses this bike for : Tours | Leisure Rides
Gets mileage of : 34 kmpl
Jimmy Jim
Jimmy Jim 3.0 17 Jan 2019

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...

Uses this bike for : Leisure Rides
Gets mileage of : 30 kmpl
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