29th November 2018: Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird 500X with the safety net of dual-channel ABS. Priced at Rs Rs 2.13 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), it commands a premium of around Rs 15,000 over the non-ABS variant. The Thunderbird 500X is a modern take on Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird cruiser. The bike stands out from the current pack thanks to blacked out parts and contrasting bright paintwork. Chrome has been given a miss and what you get instead are blacked out components like the engine, exhaust, front forks, rear shock absorbers, handlebar, headlamp cover, meter bezels, mirrors, side panels, tailpiece and the rear grab rail. The fuel tank meanwhile gets a shade of bright yellow and blue options with matching rim tapes on the new alloy wheels that replace the spoked units. It features a single stepped up seat rather than the split seat seen on the standard model. Moreover, the bike also gets new plastic grab rails. The handlebar too is a flatter unit instead of the tall ones on the Thunderbird.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X retains the same 499cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder motor of the Thunderbird 500. It produces 27.5PS at 5250rpm and 41.3Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic front forks and twin gas-charged shocks at the rear. Anchoring the bike are disc brakes at both ends.
At a price tag of Rs 2.13 lakh, the Thunderbird 500X competes against theBajaj Dominar, Mahindra Mojo and the soon-to-be-launched Jawa Perak.
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59% of users have given a rating of 4.5 and above
I bought RE TB 500X Orange on 25th Oct 2019. Drove 300 plus Kms in a week. Excellent styling, comfort and torque. One must buy a 500X over 350X to get the max thrill and motorcycling experience out of this class offered by RE. The weight to power ratio is 0.75 CC per kg higher for 500X than 350X. Value for money for bike enthusiasts. My little experience tells me that this bike this bike will require attention and care / regular maintenance checks, to optimise high performance. But this stands true for all heavy bikes above 300 CC. The new handle bar adds to riding experience, but you need little rest after 120 km on a stretch, as it strains your back. Pick up and torque are true to RE spirit for 500X, offering higher torque at low RPMs. GO for it, you will love this machine!
Although it weighs 197 kgs, i found it much lighter to handle as against classic 350. Bucket seat and ergonomics are the two key factors. Comfortable - it takes a couple of days to get used to bucket seat after classic 350 habituated posture and it also depends on the height of the person. It is s beauty.
it's been a week since I got the vehicle, so far it's a beast with new costume. simple and elegant seating,ready to capture long distances attitude, instant power and thump whenever we rev, all of it makes me find a reason to got on to bike more often.Totally worth cruiser
Maintenance is the worst. Oil gets burned every 2000- 2500kms. Tank paint loss @ 3500km&3months. Chain will get rust when not lubed every 500 kms. Rusting on every chrome surface.
Amazing macho presence on the road ..moves like a true gentleman among crazy foul mouthed bangers ...true performance with flair and panache
The new Thunderbird variant adds a dash of colour and youthfulness to one of Royal Enfield’s most popular motorcycles. Does it ride as good as it looks?