Royal Enfield recently launched the Thunderbird 350X and Thunderbird 500X in India. Basically spinoffs of the regular Thunderbird range, these two new models have pretty much a lot going for them. Here, we discuss 5 BIG improvements that these motorcycles possess over the regular Thunderbird –
1. Quite funky & youthful, mainly due to new colours
Admit it, the two new REs look sufficiently youthful whilst having all the retro charm REs are known for. While Royal Enfield has time and again asserted that it likes to stick with the retro appeal, there’s no doubt that the younger audience gives more preference to a retro-modern look. This is exactly where the new Thunderbird X comes in. Available in a range of candy colours – white, red, orange, and blue – the new motorcycle is an instant eye-magnet. The bold colours play a huge role in imparting a youthful appearance to the motorcycles.
2. Comfortable (finally a real cruiser) due to new handle and footpeg geometry
The Thunderbird 350X and 500X are definitely for all those who have found the regular T’bird to be a bit too laid back and hence, dull. The new motorcycles are not only as comfortable as the donor model but also have better ergonomics that support high-speed cruising. The upgrades include a new and flat handlebar and re-positioned footsteps. This change allows a slightly more aggressive riding position without sacrificing the comfort that the original T’bird has on offer. Furthermore, the new Gunslinger single-seat not only looks better but also offers a higher level of comfort.
3. Safer due to tubeless tyres
Both the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and the Thunderbird 500X feature alloy wheels, which is something that hasn’t really been a regular feature on any of the REs in recent past. For the sake of records, the last RE to feature mag wheels was the DX175 in the 1980s. Thanks to the advent of alloy wheels, the new models come with tubeless tyres, which, in turn, make them safer. It is widely known that tubeless tyres don’t puncture easily, offer a smoother high-speed ride, and are less prone to tyre-bursts. Hence, the new range of T’bird motorcycles is a lot safer than the regular motorcycles.
4. Fresh and attractive (old TBs look quite dated now)
Of course, the aforementioned bold colours play a huge role in imparting a youthful appearance to the motorcycles. Furthermore, the blacked-out cycle parts increase the visual appeal of this motorcycle. Even the alloy wheels play a huge role in lending a modern touch to the motorcycle. The company says many of the Thunderbird-owners are known for their interest in customizing the motorcycle. The Thunderbird X range targets this audience with its youthful, custom look. In comparison, the regular T’bird is getting a bit long in the tooth now and has started looking a bit dated.
5. Well priced
The new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and Thunderbird 500X have been priced at Rs 1.56 lakh and Rs 1.98 lakh respectively. Hence, in comparison with the regular Thunderbird models, the new motorcycles are roughly Rs 8,000 costlier. However, in spite of the small premium you pay, the new X-range of RE T’bird motorcycles come across as better value for money. We say this as the new motorcycles offer a lot more at only a marginially higher price. Other than getting bits like alloy wheels and tubeless tires, the new motorcycles look a lot fresher. All this means that the new 350X and 500X come across as pretty well-priced offerings.