Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

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Launched in India in October 2012.

Of course, a beast at the first glance. The unstoppable and unmatched highway cruiser that typically stands out the legacy and tradition of RE is all about the all new stunning Thunderbird 500. Enjoying its monarchism of being alone in the competition, Royal Enfield products are always intended to be crowd-pullers.

Has the Thunderbird 500 gone premium? May be and perhaps, it might be an ultra-premium stuff for Indian riders who currently enjoy no essential features on their Bullets.

It's the time and the way to cruise with the cult Thunderbird 500.

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Price Rs. 1,88,412 [Ex-showroom, New Delhi]

The given price can change depending on the colour and other features like alloy wheels, disc brakes, accessories etc.

State, City Ex Showroom Price On Road Price
Delhi, New Delhi Rs. 1,88,412 --
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Pros
1. New headlight with a 55w projector lamp for the low beam and a 55W halogen bulb for the high beam.
2. Digital meter.
3. Lock-mechanism for seats.
4. New design
5. LED Tail lamp with position light guides
6. Indicators - Hazard Light featured for the first time on an Indian motorcycle
Cons
1. Overpriced
Special Features
1. Digital meter
2. Seat lock-mechanism
3. Hazard light
4. Projection type headlamp, H7 55/55W
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Colours

Flicker Black, Twilight Black, Matt Black (Stone)

Mileage Under Standard Test Conditions35 km per litre


Technical Specifications
TypeMotorcycle
Engine Displacement499.00 cc
Engine TypeSingle Cylinder, 4-Stroke, Twinspark
Engine StartingElectric Start and Kick Start
IgnitionDigital Electronic Ignition
Cooling SystemAir cooled
Maximum Power27.2 BHP @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission5 Speed constant mesh
Top Speed130 kmph
Electricals
Battery12 volt, 14 Ah
Brakes
Front BrakeSingle disc, 280mm Disc
Rear BrakeSingle disc, 240 mm
Chassis and Suspension
FrameSingle downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front SuspensionTelescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear SuspensionTwin gass charged shock absorbation with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Tyres
Wheel Type
Front Tyre90/90-19, 52P MRF Zapper FM
Rear Tyre120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C
Dimensions
Length x Width x Height2080 x 790 x 1205 mm
Wheelbase1350 mm
Weight195 kg
Ground Clearance140 mm
Petrol Tank Capacity20 litres

First Impression Review

The Royal Enfiled Thunderbird 500 is an adventure cum cruiser motorcycle. It sports a big fuel tank, raised handlebars, upright riding posture, comfortable and cosy seats and a very beautiful and informative digital instrument cluster. The Thunderbird 500 comes with a very ridge and beefy sewing arm and rear disc brakes to make it one of the stable release from the Royal Enfield. The parts of the Thunderbird 500 is the same of its younger sibling, but unlike the Thunderbird 350, the power to weight ratio of the Thunderbird 500 is up to the mark and deliver enough power delivery and torque to make highway cruising a very memorable experience.

Thunderbird 500

At the heart of the Thunderbird 500 is a 499cc Single Cylinder, 4 strokes, Spark ignition, Aircooled, Fuel injection. The big 499cc engine produces a maximum power of 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm and a maximum torque of 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm. The power output on the bike is designed to make highway cruising a very comfortable affair.

Thunderbird 500

The frame of the Thunderbird 500 is the same Single downtube frame that uses the engine as a stressed member, as seen on the Thunderbird 350. The suspension duties of the bike are done with Telescopic, 41mm forks with 130mm travel on the front while the rear suspension duties are done with Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel. The suspension setup of the bike is pretty decent and is tuned to make highway cruising easier, this motorcycle can also do some little off-road also.

Thunderbird 500

The braking system of the bike is a 280mm Disc, 2-Piston calliper at the front while the rear braking system makes use of 240mm Disc, Single piston calliper. the braking of the Thunderbird 500 is pretty decent but not really satisfactory when on wet roads and heavy traffic. One should learn to tame this heavyweight motorcycle at first to enjoy the greatness of this motorcycle.

Final Words

The Thunderbird 500 like any other Royal Enfileds attracts good maintenance, but the experience it gives to the rider on roads is unmatched. The Thunderbird 500 is a very value for money motorcycle one could use for a long journey and also for short commutes alike.
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