Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird 350X in Australia, where the motorcycle is known as the Rumbler 350. The name change is likely to have been effected in order to comply with local laws where the Ford Thunderbird/Triumph Thunderbird models may have already been copyrighted. And it’s not just Australia that uses the Rumbler name plate for the Thunderbird. The bike gets the same name for the Middle Eastern market as well. In Australia, the Rumbler 350 is priced at AUD 6,790, which is equivalent to Rs. 3.41 lakhs. In India, the Thunderbird 350’s prices start from Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
The Rumber 350 sold in Australia is available in 3 colours: m (Stone, Marine and Lightning. The only changes that the Rumbler 350 gets in Australia is a new name plate and reflector stickers on the front forks. The motorcycle uses the same 346cc unit construction engine. This four stroke-single cylinder engine produces 20 PS of peak power and 28 Nm of peak torque.
The gearbox is a 5 speed manual unit while the fueling is through a carburetor. ABS is not offered even as an option although the motorcycle gets front and rear disc brakes as standard. The bike features a 20 liter fuel tank that gives it long range, dual trip meters and an instrument cluster that includes a speedo and tacho.
Apart from the Rumbler 350, Royal Enfield sells a a range of other motorcycle models in Australia. All Royal Enfield motorcycles sold in Australia are exported from India. The Bullet, Classic and the Himalayan range is sold in Australia. Recently, Royal Enfield also displayed the upcoming Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twin cylinder motorcycles at Australia. These motorcycles will go on sale there sometime in July-August. Prices of the Interceptor is AUD 10,000 while that of the Continental GT 650 is AUD 10,399. For India though, prices of these bikes are likely to start from less than Rs. 3 lakhs.