Here is a new brochure scan of the Thunderbird 350X/500X, new cruiser motorcycles that will be launched in India on the 28th of February, 2018. The new scan reveals what the orange colour version of the Thunderbird 500X will look like. Both motorcycles are likely to be slightly pricier than the respective versions of the current Thunderbird 350 and 500. Royal Enfield dealers are unofficially taking bookings for the new motorcycles in many parts of India. However, official bookings and sales will start only from the day of launch.
Both motorcycles get an identical bunch of feature and design changes. The engines are carried over from the older Thunderbird range. What this means is, the 350X will have a 346cc four stroke UCE powering it, with 19.8 Bhp of peak power and 28 Nm of peak torque.
The 500cc motor will be a lot more powerful, with 27.2 Bhp and 41.3 Nm outputs. Both engines get 5 speed manual gearboxes, and rubber mounts on the frame to minimize vibrations. Disc brakes are offered on both wheels, which are now alloy units. Royal Enfield could also offer tubeless tyres on the Thunderbird X range.
Stylistic changes on the motorcycles include 5 new colour schemes – Blue, Orange, Red, White and Yellow, blacked out engine and wheels, a new tail section, flatter handlebars, kicked out footpegs and satin finish for the meter console and headlamp housing.
The motorcycle will carry over the telescopic front forks and gas charged rear shock absorbers from the older Thunderbirds. ABS will not be offered, although it will be added later. Both motorcycles are meant to attract city motorcycle buyers who want an affordable cruiser with lots of torque and style.
While some may argue that the Thunderbird X’s design seems to have many bits lifted from the Harley Davidson Street X, most will be happy that they’re getting a Harley-like motorcycle for much cheaper. Of course, they will miss the extra cylinder and resultant torque too.