Royal Enfield thunderbird 500 is the latest addition in the ‘love it-hate it’ bike family that many of us regard with thumping sound producing bike maker. It’s been ten years we first saw Royal Enfield thunderbird Cruiser on Indian roads and now it’s the time for thunderbird bullet 500 make a big hit with the all new cosmetic upgrades. After loads of speculations on thunderbird 500cc launch date, the new thunderbird 500cc bike has finally launched in Mumbai.
Apart from major upgrade in mechanical specifications, the immediate visible changes on the new thunderbird 500cc bike are the prominent Projector headlamps, LED tail lamp, daytime running lights, split seat and blackened engine. The new Thunderbird 500cc price in India, Delhi is approx. Rs.1.82 Lakhs.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500cc Price in India – Rs. 1.82 Lakhs
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Specifications
On the first glance, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 appears with no change. Its only when you take a good look on the bike, you would come across the new Thunderbird 500cc tweaks and changes. The bike’s very appealing upswept stance still exists but the form has been given an extreme makeover.
The round headlamp unit and projector lamp with BMW-ish aura around it adds to the chic looks of bike while the chrome twinpod meters are a little shorter with matt black base. The elegant instrument cluster with blue backlighting and digital odometer, tripmeter and fuel gauge still adheres to its classy appeal. The muscular demeanour is added with a bigger fuel tank while the exhaust pipes get a nice cylindrical end. The curve seat still makes in the new Royal Enfield thunderbird 500 while choice of attractive Royal Enfield thunderbird 500 colors definitely creates favoritism among youth bikers.
Apart from styling upgrades, this Royal Enfield thunderbird 500 review substantiates that the biggest evolution in the thunderbird 500 bike is its powerplant. The tried and tested powerplant from Thunderbird Desert Storm/Classic 500 has been carried over to the new thunderbird 500cc bike. The engine mated with 5-speed gearbox and much-played-around airbox exudes quintessential RE’s performance but those who are looking for Bullet-thump might get tad disappointed. The commendable thunderbird 500 mileage of 45kmpl is one of the offbeat figures offered by any bike in this class.
- Engine : 4 Stroke, Twinspark
- Cooling : Air Cooled
- Displacement : 499cc
- Max. Power : 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
- Max. Torque : 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
- Bore x Stroke : 84mm x 90mm
- Compression Ratio : 8.5:1
- Transmission : 5 Speed
- Front Tyre : 90/90-19, 52P
- Rear Tyre : 120/80-18, 62P
- Front Suspension : Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
- Rear Suspension : Twin gas charged shock absorbers
- Front Brake : 280mm Disc
- Rear Brake : 240mm Disc
- Fuel Tank Capacity : 20 Ltrs
- Wheelbase : 1350mm
- Ground Clearance : 140 mm
- Length : 2060mm
- Width : 790mm
- Height : 1205mm
- Kerb Weight : 195 Kg
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Review
Hailing from the maker of Legendary Bullet, the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 emerges out as the perfect precursor of things that we associate with the brand ‘Royal Enfield.’ Carrying its ‘classic appeal’ legacy, the new Royal Enfield thunderbird 500 beholds beauty of yesteryears but at the same time in today’s age of technology, the company has overshadowed its old-time charm with bit of upgrades.
The sharper looking thunderbird bullet 500cc bike is even sharper in function this time. With this Royal Enfield thunderbird 500 review, we would like to include that the company has involved the new thunderbird 500cc bike with a more sophisticated Twin spark Unit, moving from the AVL lean burn motor. The 499cc displacement by new powertrain can churn out exceptional 27BHP peak power and around 41.3Nm torque that makes its quite big in number than thunderbird 350.
The new thunderbird 500cc bike is quite a big leap in the motorcycling terms for the company, as compared to the company’s present models. Cruising approximately to the three-digit speed figure, the new thunderbird 500 top speed comes out to 140kmph without breaking a sweat while driving. The bigger 20-liter fuel tank adds to the better efficiency. On the other hand, talking about the low points, Royal Enfield Thunderbird bullet 500 does come around with loads of vibrations while its foot pegs have been moved a little forward.