Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500cc and Thunderbird 350cc
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500cc & Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 cc are finally launched and bookings are open. When TechRnD contacted the Chennai Royal Enfield Showroom (Besant Nagar), Mr.Sharath said the waiting period for Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is 8 Months and for RE Thunderbird 350 is 9 Months. The new plant would be ready by the first quarter of 2013 and speed-up the delivery process.
RE Thunderbird 500 is available in 3 colors – Stone, Flicker and Twilight.
RE Thunderbird 350 is available in 2 colors – Flicker and Twilight.
On-Road Price of Thunderbird 500 is Rs.1,78,308 and Thunderbird 350 is Rs.1,40,398 (Chennai).
Perhaps one of the most anticipated models from the Royal Enfield stable, Thunderbird 500 is poised to enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling amongst the touring enthusiasts. Coming soon from Royal Enfield this motorcycle with its distinctive “black” styling, this motorcycle is all set to make a distinct statement on the roads.
The all new Royal Enfield Thunderbird is equiped with a powerful 500 cc engine, a 20 litre tank, digital meter console, LED tail lamps and in three striking shades of black gives a new definition to Highway cruising.
Royal Enfield had unveiled its 500 cc bike Thunderbird 500 during the Delhi Auto Expo this year. The new bike will feature a twin spark, single cylinder engine. The bike’s engine will be mated to five speed manual gearbox.
This should come as a really good news for all the die-hard fans of the Chennai-based bike-maker Royal Enfield.The major overhaul in the new T’bird will be the air-cooled single cylinder 4-stroke Twin Spark motor that has been serving the Classic 500 and 350 models.
Launching the Thunderbird 500 at the 2012 Auto Expo, Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Ltd. had said, “When we launched Thunderbird in 2002, it was a one-of-its kind model on the Indian roads that redefined the cruiser segment.
With the long running success of Thunderbird 350, the Thunderbird brand has built its own cult following amongst the Royal Enfield customers, as a comfortable touring motorcycle. With the launch of the Thunderbird 500, fitted with the UCE and a host of design enhancements, Royal Enfield has again upped the ante in leisure motorcycling which we have been pioneering for over half a century in India.
With touring enthusiasts forming the core of our customer base, the Thunderbird 500 gives them more power, comfort and style for long – distance riding”. The visual appeal of the Thunderbird 500 is marked by the ‘black’ engine, the first of the several styling elements that characterize the motorcycle.
The seat has been completely redesigned to suit the new foot pegs position. It now opens using a lock mechanism, accessible through the side panel. True to its design concept as a more “touring friendly” motorcycle, the separately mounted pillion seat can be removed to accommodate luggage.
The handle bar too has received changes for better reach and ergonomics. The pillion grab rail is an all new pressure die cast component and lends to the modern design of the motorcycle.
Bungee hooks provide the much needed bungee points to tieluggage. Other small styling elements that a keen enthusiast will notice include the Royal Enfield logo on the all new foot-pegs, new design mirrors and the LED tail lamp.
The redesigned front end with its 41mm thick forks greatly improves handling besides adding to the muscularity of the Thunderbird 500. The instrumentation also includes two digital trip meters, allowing riders to keep a track of total trip mileage as well as intermediate mileage between tankfulls.
The speed and engine rpm are shown via tastefully designed analogue clocks, housed in all new twin pods at the front.
The main ignition lock also functions as a central steering lock. The inclusion of hazard lamps in the switch gear is a first for a motorcycle manufactured in India.
The new headlight with a 55W projector lamp for its low beam and a 55W halogen bulb for the high beam, addresses the biggest challenge of night time visibility faced by most motorcyclists while cruising on the highway.
The lighting is at its brightest with the high beam on, working in combination with the projector lamp giving ample spread and penetration on the road. The high rise handlebars, forward placed foot-pegs and a low seat height enable a rider to cover distances comfortably for longer periods of time.
Add to this, the large 20L fuel tank that does away with the need to stop frequently for fuel- highway cruising will no longer be the same! The tank cap is placed asymmetrically on the top right hand side of the tank, instead of the conventional central mounting, another distinctive styling element of the Thunderbird 500.
To complete the package, stopping power has been aided with the addition of a disc brake at the rear. The braking system is supplied by Bybre, a fully owned subsidiary of Brembo. It is mounted on the new improved oval section swing arm.(Text : WheelsUnplugged)
Other features includes head lamp console with the projector and LED light guide Halo ring and the futuristic instrument console with the digital LCD display with the 2 independent trip meters.
Thunderbird 500 is poised to enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling amongst the touring enthusiasts.
Watch Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Video:
Sarah a motorcycling enthusiast meets Siva, the head designer of the iconic Royal Enfield motorcycles. In a conversation that spans over 500 miles down the magnificent East Coast Road, she uncovers the story behind the making of the new Thunderbird 500, the first highway cruiser ever to hit the tarmac. Siva who hails from a family of temple sculptors and an automotive engineer by qualification talks about the bike that’s been built especially to take on Indian roads.
This film is created by Wieden+Kennedy in collaboration with race-driver turned director Skylar Nielson.