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2014 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

Ever since its inception, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 has been the defacto choice for all those cruiser aficionados who had been looking out for a cruiser motorcycle in a budget conscious segment of sub-Rs. 2 lakh. Also, it gave one more option to the Royal Enfield enthusiasts, who had nothing but the dated models from the Bullet range at that time.

Over the years, Royal Enfield has given the Thunderbird 350 a series of updates which are testimonies to the fact that how Royal Enfield has been growing and improving itself as a motorcycle manufacturer. It was the year 2012, when Royal Enfield gave the Thunderbird 350 its first major update, which incorporated a long list of modern day features and a much improvised 350cc engine.

In 2014, when Royal Enfield went under the process of rebranding itself as a renovated company, the Thunderbird 350 again went under some minute changes, which have been carried forward for the 2015 model as well. Here’s a quick outlook on the latest version of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350.

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This Custom Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 By EIMOR Is Purpose Built For Long Distance Touring!

This Custom Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 By EIMOR Is Purpose Built For Long Distance Touring!

The cruiser gets Tripper navigation from the Meteor 350, bespoke seats and saddle stays for added convenience

Motorcycle Customisation workshops across the globe love Royal Enfield bikes for their simple design and architecture. We have covered many custom-built motorcycles in the past, and we have picked them for their uniqueness and exceptional design. This particular custom bike based on the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 was made for a client by the popular Hyderabad-based EIMOR Customs.

EIMOR Customs has christened it ‘the Slayer’, and this custom Thunderbird has everything that one can expect from a bespoke bike.

January 14, 2022 08:00
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2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350- Road Test Review

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350- Road Test Review

In search of the Missing Thump

When I got a call today morning from the local Royal Enfield dealer, who also happens to be a dear friend of mine, that they are letting me test drive the new Thunderbird 350 BSIV variant, there was no dearth for my excitement. I reached the showroom and collected the keys of the Cruiser that was majestically waiting for me to acknowledge its presence. Although we are used to the styling of this Cruiser, which has remained almost unchanged since the TB got its first update back in 2012, there is still something about this motorcycle which attracts everyone’s attention.

Thunderbird 350 definitely looks like a proper cruiser with its layback relaxed sitting stance, padded seats and the proper cruiser like handlebars. Of course, there is plenty of new modern tech in the cruiser which makes it really modern, and if we think about this price range in which the Thunderbird 350 is positioned, there is no other motorcycle that can compete with this Royal cruiser.

Talking about the BSIV variant, in particular, there is no change in power or torque output which is a good thing because compared to the displacement, the Cruiser does not generate sufficient amount of power on paper. Don’t get me wrong, when you ride it in the City traffic, you will realise that there is enough to push you forward through with ease, and as always, is a breeze on the highways too.

Now, I have had the motorcycle with me for a whole day and ridden almost 150 kilometres on it, covering almost every road condition our roads have to offer. Here is a comprehensive review of the new 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and what exactly are the changes you will find in this BSIV variant.

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May 29, 2017 09:30
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Comparison of entry level cruisers – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 vs UM Renegade Sport S

Comparison of entry level cruisers – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 vs UM Renegade Sport S

The well known Thunderbird goes head to head against the new entrant

In India, we have always been fascinated by the aspect of speed and thrill when it comes to the word ‘motorcycle’. Especially in our teenage days, when we see one riding a motorcycle, our dreams of owning one and opening up the throttle to the fullest on an open stretch are fueled up. The hands start to itch, to own a fast moving sportbike as soon as possible. This very trait of the Indian enthusiasts has led to the rising popularity of the sales of entry level 150-250cc sportbikes, as these are those motorcycles which form a stepping stone towards the world of motorcycling.

However, to the contrast, there is one more category of riders who believe to ride slow and enjoy each and every second of the moment of their motorcycling, by keeping a smooth and calm pace. These riders don’t want to rip off their throttles, but ride their motorcycle sedately. For such riders, the segment of cruisers prove out to be a big boon, for these motorcycles give you torque enough to climb a mountain, but the power delivery is something which is not as adrenaline rushing as a roadster of supersport, but has a relaxed nature in the way it shoots to higher rpms.

Previously, the Indian market hadn’t been that friendly with the cruiser motorcycles, with a very limited option of cruisers in India. However, in the past decade, the sales of cruisers has seen an instant surge and thanks to the rising popularity of brands like Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson which are traditional players in making cruisers, the cruisers too have started to have their own fan following. Talking about the former, Royal Enfield, from the day one, is making some of the most famous retro styled motorcycles, and only in the late nineties, it came up with its first ever cruiser, the Thunderbird 350, which since its launch, has remained an unchallenged cruiser in the lower end of the market. In its current generation model, it has only become better and evolved, with the facelift having a number of contemporary features.

Seeing the success of Royal Enfield in making cruisers and retro roadsters, the renowned American brand United Motorcycles, popularly known as UM globally, has made its way in India with two motorcycles for the time being, with the Renegade Sport S being one of them. Targeted specially at the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, the Renegade Sport S has a slightly different and more contemporary approach towards the cruiser segment, with new styling cues and features introduced to this segment of entry level cruisers.

In this features story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and UM Renegade Sport S, which happen to be the only two motorcycles in the entry level segment of cruisers (300-400cc), and find out which one emerges out to be better choice for the cruiser lovers in India. Here we go:-

December 12, 2016 03:10
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5 Different kinds of Royal Enfields For Different People That You Could Buy In India

5 Different kinds of Royal Enfields For Different People That You Could Buy In India

Different motorcycles to suit the needs of different people

Royal Enfield is one motorcycle manufacturer which in recent years, has emerged out to be one bike maker which truly understands the needs and wishes of the modern day bikers and makes motorcycles as per their requirements. Easily the oldest motorcycle manufacturer of India, the company has evolved a lot in recent years, from a company which was in doldrums due to loss in sales to a company whose each and every model commands a substantial waiting period. This arising success of Royal Enfield is majorly credited to the vision of its head honcho, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, and the varying kinds of motorcycles it is offering today.

Speaking of the latter reason, the company has a wide range of motorcycles which cater to different kinds of needs and people. While all of them have a nostalgia factor attached to the previous generations of motorcycles which Royal Enfield used to produce, all of them are modern enough to make themselves as a motorcycle which can hold all the actions of today. The longevity and reliability too has improved a lot in recent years, which is why many enthusiasts are now beginning to show trust on the brand.

Following is a list of all kinds of motorcycles which Royal Enfield makes for the Indian market. All of them have different approaches to the world of motorcycles and enthusiasts related to them, but the one thing common between all of them is the pure passion with which they have been crafted. Here you go:-

December 6, 2016 04:04
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2016 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 - Road Test Review

2016 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 - Road Test Review

The easiest and affordable way you can meet your wild side

Passion, rebellious and single-handed reign – these three words truly define the path and philosophy of Royal Enfield towards two wheeler motoring. The immense fan base and the customer centric approach with its built-to-taste products, beautiful and fun filled rides and various programs make sure that no other motorcycle manufacturer in the mass market segment is as passionate towards motorcycling as Royal Enfield. The fact that Royal Enfield has chosen a path to make an altogether different kind of motorcycles and segments like retro roadsters, café racers, cruisers and now an adventure tourer truly signify the rebellious nature of Royal Enfield, where other manufacturers are busy in the rat race of churning volumes through commuters, scooters and sportbikes, none of which is manufactured by Royal Enfield, and it has no plans of making them in future as well. And lastly, the fact that it hasn’t been challenged by any other manufacturer till date, with no direct rivals to its motorcycles, has ensured that Royal Enfield is the sole player and ruler of its own playground.

Talking about one of the categories in which Royal Enfields has its mastery, the cruiser segment has not seen an alternative to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 since the motorcycle made its inception in the Indian market almost a decade ago. Yes, Bajaj did came with the various versions of Avenger, but then, it is strategically positioned much below the Thunderbird 350, in terms of powertrain and pricing. The Thunderbird 350, on its very first arrival, was an altogether fresh wave of change from the otherwise retro styled roadsters under the ‘Bullet’ brand. Branded as a leisure motorcycle which is a treat for those who plan for long distance touring most of times, the Thunderbird 350, after the Classic 350, is the highest volume bringer for Royal Enfield. So high is the charm, aura and demand of the Thunderbird 350 is that even after decade long existence, counting in the four years of the current generation version, the motorcycle still commands a waiting period of almost 2-4 months. Yes, there is a 500cc version of the Thunderbird too, but then, it is targeted only for a niche audience who value performance more than any other aspect.

So, what all things and traits do make the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 such a special motorcycle in the hearts of enthusiasts? What could have been a better way to take the motorcycle itself for a spin and find out!

October 28, 2016 02:10
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Um Renegade Sport S VS Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 VS Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Um Renegade Sport S VS Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 VS Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Find out who wins the top spot

The entry level cruiser segment of India was a hush affair in the past there was neither too many competitors nor many people dared to get their hands on a cruiser because of their steep pricing as well as low fuel efficiency. But recently the scenario has changed completely, Indian people are taking the courage to step out of their homes and even get their hands on some new Cruisers. Now offcourse as you all might be aware of the fact that the entry level cruiser segment was dominated by a single name for a long time and that name is Royal Enfield.

Recently we have some new competitors to take on the big player of this entry level cruiser game. We have Bajaj who recently reintroduced the newer variants of the Avenger cruiser in India while one another two wheeler brand which is definitely attracting some serious attention is none other than UM Motorcycles who launched two of their brand new cruisers in the Indian market at the 2016 Auto expo. We already have provided all the details of these newly launched cruisers now it’s time to decide where they stand when it comes to some real life competition.

Today we will be comparing three contenders which include the most trusted cruiser the RE Thunderbird 350 followed by the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 and lastly the newest entrant the UM Motorcycles Renegade Sport S.

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June 10, 2016 13:00
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Get Up Close & Personal With Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Video

Get Up Close & Personal With Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Video

An old video worth watching for RE fans

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is a popular cruiser in India which actually has been dominating the entry level Cruiser market of India for a long time. We all are also quite acquainted with this motorcycle because it has been here in the Indian market for a long time now. The Thunderbird as you all know is available in both 500 as well 350 cc avatar but do you know what are the newest changes that RE has installed in the new Royal Enfield TB.

Weill we have found an old video where MR. Siva who has designed the new TB explains the changes that he and his team has executed in the new Cruiser so that everyone can recognize the motorcycle from a long distance and also understands that it’s a TB. Although this is an old video and I am sure many of you have already seen it many times but still this is a truly informative video for those who wants to know more about the brand as well the Thunderbird Cruiser.

The Thunderbird 500 as you all know gets a low slung sitting profile and a new 499 cc single cylinder air cooled fuel injected engine which produces about 27 Bhp of peak power and an impressive 41 Nm of peak torque. This is a really interesting video which describes the Thunderbird 500 brilliantly.

Watch and learn more about the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 from this video.

June 9, 2016 14:30
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Top 5 Tourers Available Within Your Budget

Top 5 Tourers Available Within Your Budget

If you love to explore new places on your motorcycle then you should definitely read this

It is not an unknown fact anymore that India is land of diversities and we have got some of the best roads of the world and also some of the most dangerous roads too at the same time. In the recent times people’s thinking too has changed a lot they now are taking the courage to get out of their home and travel some serious distance on motorcycle and exploring some new and unknown places.

Quite honestly we Indians don’t think much about motorcycles before taking a trip, don’t get me wrong I actually mean we all are wanderers by heart and loves to take trips even on our daily commuters if we have some friends to accompany us in our trips. But for those who take ‘Touring’ seriously are always prepared and thus they also choose their machine of choice accordingly. Now for touring you seriously need a motorcycle which can actually complete the trip without creating much problem while also being comfortable at the same time.

Now there are plenty of tourers available in the Indian market some within the reach of ordinary people while some are beyond the reach of many. Today we will be discussing about 5 motorcycles which can be used for some serious touring without causing much problem.

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June 8, 2016 13:00
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Royal Enfield Working On New & More Powerful Cruisers

Royal Enfield Working On New & More Powerful Cruisers

New generation Classic and Thunderbird is under works

Now here is some good news for the Royal Enfield fans out there. The two wheeler manufacturer is working on new 600-650 cc twin cylinder motorcycles for the markets of United States and Europe. The sources also revealed that the motorcycle will be launched next year.

Quite honestly the demand for mid-sized motorcycle is quite high in the International markets and Royal Enfield until now only worked with 500 cc and sub 500 cc cruisers. The reason behind developing new cruisers is because Royal Enfield wants a big chunk of profits in the mid-sized motorcycle category which ranges motorcycles from 200cc to 750cc. The upcoming motorcycles will take on likes of Harley Davidson and Triumphs and will go on sell in the developed markets of the world.

The CEO Siddhartha Lal, confirmed to the source that right now their product lineup does not really have a cruiser which can actually attract those customers who loves to ride their motorcycle for passion and not for daily commute and thus they are working on a motorcycle which could attract such customers attention and able to hit the right highways speeds at the same time. The sources even also confirmed that the CEO himself relocated to London to test drive this new product and even set up their new technical centre in the UK and a marketing and distribution subsidiary in the US.

What is even more interesting is also the fact that Royal Enfield has recently introduced the Himalayan in the Indian market and is also now working on bigger and more powerful next generation Classic (codenamed D41) and Thunderbird (D61). These motorcycles too will also be targeted to meet the needs of Global market.

There is no doubt in the fact that the sale of Royal Enfield Motorcycles has grown at a healthy pace here in India in the recent years and we are pretty sure that Royal Enfield is keeping in mind the popularity of the Classic and Thunderbird Cruisers in our market and will definitely introduce the new generation models here as well.

March 28, 2016 17:00
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Battle of Enfields – Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 vs Himalayan

Battle of Enfields – Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 vs Himalayan

Success and failures come to everyone, but those who accept their failures and work on their mistakes, definitely go on climbing the new ladders of success. In the Indian two wheeler industry, this story fits the bill of Royal Enfield perfectly. Not too long ago, the end of 20th century to be precise, Royal Enfield, which has its origins in Great Britain, was on the verge of extinction, due to the absence of any signs of progress, new models and adaption of new technologies.

But then, everything changed when the company was taken over by India-based Eicher Motors, headed by the top honcho of the organization, Mr. Siddhartha Lal. The man had a mission – making the brand Royal Enfields alive from the ashes and taking the company to all new heights which it had never experienced. The company began working on its strengths – the motorcycles with retro appeal, which had emotional attachments with its existing customers. The company than began working on new platforms without tempering with the originality of the design of the motorcycles

In a very short time, the company started showing signs of growth, and thanks to new unit construction engines which were more refined, powerful and reliable than the previous generation cast iron engines, the motorcycles became much better than before. The arrival of facelifts of models like Classic 350 and Thunderbird 350 with this new engine and platform started attracting customers, so much that the current waiting period of these motorcycles does extend up to 9 months.

In today’s date, the motorcycles of Royal Enfield symbolize the modern India, and are hot favorites among those who have a passion of riding. Till date, the manufacturer was banking only on the variants of Classic and Thunderbird, but considering the dwelling of new segments in the country, the manufacturer has started working on new platforms, as the results of which are the Continental GT café racer and the all new Himalayan, an adventure tourer.

Now, Royal Enfield has three different motorcycles in almost the same price range – Classic 350, Thunderbird 350 and Himalayan. All these three motorcycles do share a lot of components, but on nitpicking and spec-to-spec comparison, there are a lot of details which make them substantially different from each other. In this feature story, especially dedicated to the ardent fans of Royal Enfield, we are going to compare these three new generation Royal Enfields, which will let you know which one among the three fits your bill in the most perfect manner. Here we go:-

March 23, 2016 03:53
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OVERVIEW 2014 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

2014 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

Ever since its inception, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 has been the defacto choice for all those cruiser aficionados who had been looking out for a cruiser motorcycle in a budget conscious segment of sub-Rs. 2 lakh. Also, it gave one more option to the Royal Enfield enthusiasts, who had nothing but the dated models from the Bullet range at that time.

Over the years, Royal Enfield has given the Thunderbird 350 a series of updates which are testimonies to the fact that how Royal Enfield has been growing and improving itself as a motorcycle manufacturer. It was the year 2012, when Royal Enfield gave the Thunderbird 350 its first major update, which incorporated a long list of modern day features and a much improvised 350cc engine.

In 2014, when Royal Enfield went under the process of rebranding itself as a renovated company, the Thunderbird 350 again went under some minute changes, which have been carried forward for the 2015 model as well. Here’s a quick outlook on the latest version of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350.

June 15, 2015 01:30
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OVERVIEW 2009 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

2009 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

When we pronounce the word ‘Cruiser’ few things that definitely comes to our mind are big and heavy motorcycles with fat rear tyres, comfortable seating positions and a large fuel tank. One manufacturer who has been successful in fulfilling our Indian dreams of owning a proper cruiser is non other than Royal Enfield, because they have given us Indians some of the best rough and tough affordable motorcycles which can be owned by any person who always dreamed of owning a cruiser for themselves to stand out from the crowd.

Royal Enfield introduced the Thunderbird back in year 2000; it had a blend of both modern and retro styling in one which also made it look very young and appealing. When Royal Enfield introduced the Thunderbird 350, it was such a striking motorcycle that it attracted the younger generation as well beside the regular crowd; this motorcycle became so popular that it went on to become the largest selling motorcycle from this particular manufacturer. The second generation Thunderbird which was introduced in the year 2009, came equipped with twin spark plugs in the UCE engine.

The popularity of Thunderbird forced Royal Enfield to introduce a bigger Thunderbird 500 in the year 2012, equipped with many modern and new features like projector headlamps which are hardly found in any Indian motorcycles, it also had a Keihin electronic fuel injection and the stylish looks came as an extra bonus.

We have already reviewed the bigger Thunderbird 500 in Topspeed.in and today we will be reviewing the smaller and the very popular Thunderbird 350. It is powered by a Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled 346 cc engine which generates an impressive amount of power and torque. We will talk about the exact figures later in this review.

click past jump to find out the review of the bread and butter motorcycle from the Royal Enfield’s stable

November 19, 2013 07:00
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OVERVIEW 2012 Royal Enfield Thunderbird

2012 Royal Enfield Thunderbird

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.

February 19, 2013 17:04
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