The most stylish, futuristic and technologically advanced Royal Enfield Thunderbird was launched in the year 2012. It had everything to impress the Royal Enfield fans and even those who are not fond of the motorcycle. The new Thunderbird 500 has all the modern touches in the motorcycle that was much needed so that it could cope up with its competitors from the modern era. The new Thunderbird has been equipped with more sophisticated Twin Spark unit and Royal Enfield successfully blended the classic look of the Thunderbird and added the modern touches to it simultaneously.
The Thunderbird 500 is powered by a 499cc, single cylinder, Twinspark, air cooled engine which generates 27.6 PS of maximum power at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm. The Thunderbird 500 also has Keihin electronic fuel injection in the Motorcycle. Let’s get to know some more details about this motorcycle.
|Engine:||single cylinder, Twinspark, air cooled|
|Transmission:||5 speed constant mesh|
|Horsepower @ RPM:||27 @ 5250|
|Torque @ RPM:||41 @ 4000|
|Energy:||Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Top Speed:||87 mph|
When one looks at the new Thunderbird 500 it may look like the old Thunderbird but once one looks minutely at the Motorcycle they will find lot of changes and modification has been made to the new Thunderbird. The front headlamp received a major change; the new Thunderbird has been fitted with a H7 55/55 W Projector headlamp with the BMW styled Halo around the headlamp. The instrument cluster looks stylish and soothing with the blue lit back-light display with a digital display which displays the odometer, tripmeter and fuel gauge. The chrome rings surrounding the instrument cluster enhances the look of the instrument cluster. The wide handlebar now has the Royal Enfield logo curved in the middle and looks classy, the switches and the plastic quality are of good quality too.
The most significant change that has been made in the Royal Enfield is its fuel tank. The fuel tank looks muscular with the Unique ‘Black’ styling and the 3D motifs. The seats are comfortable enough for long journeys after all it’s a cruiser and the rear split seats can be removed to carry luggage also. The rear tail lamps now gets a LED treatment too, the vertical LED tail lamp gives the rear of the Thunderbird an unique appeal. The most boring part of the new Thunderbird is its exhaust pipe although its tip has been covered with heat shield, this is a good safety measure adopted by Royal Enfield. The engine has been painted in black which makes the motorcycle looks more muscular and stylish.
The external Dimension of the Royal Enfield are as follows:
|Kerb Weight||195 Kgs|
|Fuel Capacity||20 Ltrs|
The Thunderbird 500 is powered by 499 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, twin-spark unit which also powers the Classic 500. The engine also has electronic fuel injection system and generates 27.6 PS of maximum power at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm, it has been mated with a 5 speed gearbox. Switch on the ignition and you will be greeted with the same Thump roar of the engine which sets the Royal Enfield apart from rest of the motorcycles on Indian roads, but the new engine is much more refined compared to the other engines of the Royal Enfield.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is a powerful Motorcycle and one can easily realize that with the flick of a throttle, there is plenty of power and torque available and the Motorcycle can be easily ridden in City traffic as well the highways without any complain. The Motorcycle claims to return good mileage also.
|Type||Single Cylinder 4stroke Twinspark Aircooled|
|Maximum Power||27.2 bhp|
|Maximum Torque||41.3 nm|
|gnition System||Digital Electronic Ignition|
|Gearbox||5 Speed Constant Mesh|
|Fuel Supply||Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Air Cleaner||Paper Element|
|Engine Start||Electric Kick|
The Thunderbird 500 has been provided with Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel at the front and Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel at the rear as its suspension setup. The modern suspension setup works well on this cruiser and absorbs potholes and provides a comfortable and smooth ride.
The motorcycle has also been provided with 280 mm discs at the front and 240 mm at the rear which gives the cruiser some serious stopping power. The new Thunderbird is a improved motorcycle with comfortable riding posture, its wide handlebars and comfortable front seats makes long journeys less stressful and the improved and refined engine increases the confidence of the riders during long journeys.
The new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 has been priced at RS. 1,57,300 (Ex-showroom) (Delhi).
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 has no specific competitor for its segment which is a great advantage for Royal Enfield, but it does get some amount of competition from the recently launched
Aquila pro 650
Which is powered by a 650 cc engine and generates more power than the Royal Enfield Thunderbird.The motorcycle is even costlier than the Thunderbird?
The new Thunderbird 500 is a much improved machine although it weighs 5 kg more than the existing motorcycle but still this new motorcycle handles much better than its predecessor. The Royal Enfield has taken a huge leap with the Thunderbird 500, they have created a modern machine with some retro elements and styling still intact on the Motorcycle, the cruiser handles extremely well on the straights and is stable even at high speeds.
If someone is looking for a cruiser and is a Royal Enfield fan then they should definitely give this Motorcycle.
“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”—Zigwheels.