Royal Enfield has launched the much-awaited Thunderbird 500 in India at a price of Rs 1.82 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). This motorcycle was first showcased first showcased earlier this year at Delhi Auto Expo and due to production restriction, the launch was delayed massively. The Thunderbird 500 is one of the best cruisers available in the country, as it is more tech-savvy and advanced as compare to its predecessor and competitors. And its the most expensive Royal Enfield model to date.
In terms of looks and styling it is almost same like the Thunderbird Twin Spark but what is new is the 500cc engine which also powers the Classic 500. The engine displacement is 499cc and it generates maximum power of 27.2 Bhp at 5250 rpm with maximum torque of 41.3 Nm at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to 5-speed gearbox. Royal Enfield claims that on a full-tank of 20 litres, the new Thunderbird will be able to travel a distance of 500 kms, this means that the new Thunderbird gives a mileage of 25 kmpl.
The Thunderbird 500 seems to have taken some cues from the Harley Davidson Sportster series. It has got many changes including the addition of a 55 W projector headlight with LED-ring, with projector, LED tail-lights, stiffer swing arm, 41mm forks, offset tank petrol cover, Bybre disc brake at front & rear and vibrations free handle bar. The instrument cluster has been revised as well and now incorporates a digital display for odometer and twin trip meters. The blue back instrument panel is readable even in bright sunlight.
Other features include, new and updated unit engine construction, 20 liters fuel tank, electric/kick start, hazard lights, 19″ front tire 90/90 52P, 18″ rear tire, 62P. The Thunderbird 500 is available in three colours – matte black, black and blue-black. Royal Enfield has also updated the design of the Thunderbird 350. However, the 350cc mill makes do with a carburettor.
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