Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird 350X and 500X in India. The Thunderbird 350X is priced at Rs. 1.56 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi while the Thunderbird 500X is priced at Rs. 1.98 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The motorcycles first came into light after their pictures were leaked earlier this year and since then, there’s quite an anticipation surrounding the bikes. Royal Enfield calls it factory custom models. The bikes will be launched at 321 dealers and the bookings start today.
Both the motorcycles get similar styling updates. Changes include a new flatter handlebar, kicked out footpegs that change the riding position of the rider when compared to the original Thunderbird. The bike also gets black alloy wheels that look quite interesting. Also, the rail section has been updated while the engine, exhaust and the tail section receives black paint. For the first time, Royal Enfield has also offered tubeless tyres on their bikes.
Royal Enfield offers both the bikes in five new colours – Blue, Orange, Red, White and Yellow. The 350 is available with only white and orange while the 500 gets Blue and white. With black base paint, the new Thunderbird X range looks very sporty and youthful. The headlamp housing and the instrument cluster get a satin finish. The bike also gets official accessories in the form of rear seat backrest, flyscreen and engine guard.
Mechanically, the bike remains same. It gets telescopic front forks and gas charged rear suspension. Both the wheels get disc brakes but ABS is still not offered on the bikes. The engines also remain untouched. The 350X is powered by a 346cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder UCE carbureted engine that generates a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. The Thunderbird 500X is powered by the same 500cc fuel-injected engine that produces a maximum of 27.2 Bhp and 41.3 Nm. The 5-speed manual gearbox is standard.
Royal Enfield motorcycles are the best selling motorcycles in the segment in India. The new edition of the Thunderbird will further rope in customers. The brand will also launch 650cc, twin-cylinder powered Interceptor and Continental GT later this year. They will become Royal Enfield’s flagship products and most affordable twin-cylinder bikes in India.
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