Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Mileage, Top Speed And Price

About Royal Enfield:

Royal Enfield was a brand name under which The Enfield Cycle Company Limited Redditch,  Worcestershire sold motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines which they had manufactured. Enfield Cycle Company also used the brand name Enfield without Royal.

The first Royal Enfield motorcycle was built in 1901. The Enfield Cycle Company is responsible for the design and original production of the Royal Enfield Bullet, the longest-lived motorcycle design in history. Enfield’s remaining motorcycle business became part of Norton  Villiers in  1967 and that business closed in 1978. A former subsidiary continues to manufacture Royal Enfield motorcycles in India.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

It’s not just the 2017 Bullet 350 and the 2017 Classic 350, 500 models that Royal Enfield has just come up with. Also new in the iconic bike maker’s arsenal is the 2017 edition of the Thunderbird 350. Akin to the 2017 Classic 350, the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 gets a BS-IV compliant engine and Always-On Headlamps.

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The new model has priced at Rs 1.61 Lakh (on-road, New Delhi). Here’s all you need to know about the 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Price, Specifications, Mileage, Features, etc.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Overview

Thunderbird is one of the oldest bike series sold by Royal Enfield; it has been around for more than 15 years.  RE uses the same 346cc unit construction engine which powers all the 350cc bikes in its portfolio.

Cosmetically, the bike has undergone a visible change as it gets a teardrop fuel tank, digital instrument cluster, LED tail light etc.  Power on offer by the 4 stroke, Twinspark single cylinder engine is decent enough.

 

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Price in India

Price (On Road, New Delhi) Rs 1.61 Lakh

The new 2017 model RE Thunderbird 350 has an on-road price of Rs 1.61 lakh in New Delhi. The updated Thunderbird 350 gets a BS-IV compliant engine and Always-On Headlamps. It’s worth a mention here that it will be soon made mandatory for all two-wheelers on sale in India to have these two new features.

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2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Mileage

Highway 35 KMPL
City 30 KMPL

The 2017 model RE Thunderbird 350 can offer as much as 35 KMPL on the highway. In the city, however, it delivers roughly 30 KMPL.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Top Speed

True Top Speed 120 KMPH

As the tech specs of the 2017 RE Thunderbird 350 remain same as earlier, there’s no change in the top speed. Akin to the outgoing model, the 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 has a true top speed of 120 KMPH.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Specifications

Engine 346cc, single-cylinder
Maximum Power 19.8 BHP @ 5,250 RPM
Peak Torque 28 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Transmission 5-speed Manual
Suspension Telescopic Forks (Front), Twin Shock Absorbers (Rear)
Brakes Disc (Front), Disc (Rear)

Powering the 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is the same 346cc single-cylinder engine that powered the outgoing bike. For the 2017 model, however, this engine meets BS-IV emission norms. This engine has a max. power-torque of 19.8 BHP-28 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Looks

Treatment given to the bike is in typical RE fashion, there is no unnecessary styling, unlike the new entrants that don an intricate framework. Features that bring prominence to the design are the large fuel tank, upright seating position, and wide seat.

Chrome is used amply, although it doesn’t look overboard. In fact, RE has used chrome smartly on the body skewing focus on the easily visible parts. The traditional multi-spoke wheels are fixed in front and rear, this is something that is associated with the classic RE design. The seat design is a put-off, but where RE manages to score is the fit, finish, and quality.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Engine Specifications and Transmission

Power is generated by a 346cc, air-cooled, single cylinder engine yielding 19.80bhp at 5,250 RPM. There is enough torque for this bulky motorcycle which develops 28 Nm at 4000 RPM. Weighing 195 kg, Thunderbird 350 has a relatively low power to weight ratio which affects the performance.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Features

Glaring the rider in the eye is the twin-pod instrument cluster that features an analog speedometer, odometer, trip meter and it also shows low average economy. Other features aboard are fuel warning indicator, fuel gauge, low oil indicator, low battery indicator, engine kill switch and a grab rail for the pillion. Up front, a projection type head light is fitted and rear is ornate with LED tail lamp.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Performance and Mileage

Performance isn’t as fascinating as one would expect from a bike belonging to RE clan. Unfortunately, the 350cc engine lacks punch and the hefty weight plays against it restricting bike’s ride quality.

Thunderbird 350 shows signs of discomfort when cruised above 90 kmph. As per Royal Enfield’s word, Thunderbird 350 can deliver 23 kmpl of fuel economy which is way too less as compared to competitors in the segment.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Braking and Handling

Power is retarded by 280mm disc brakes in front and 240mm disc brakes at rear. The bike gets a telescopic, 41 mm forks, 110mm travel suspension in front and twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel suspension at the rear.

The uncomfortable seat adds to the woes of the rider and suspension set up isn’t retentive which results in poor ride quality. Handling is also not impressive as the bike feels lethargic while on the go.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Wheels and Tyres

19 inch, multiple spoke alloy rims are shod with 90/90-19 MRF Zapper FM front tires and 120/80-18 MRF Zapper C rear tires.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Dimensions & Colours

Length 2,060 mm
Width 790 mm
Height 1,205 mm
Wheelbase 1,350 mm
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 20-litres
    The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 gets a high fuel tank capacity of 20-liters, which is one of the many factors that make this bike a good tourer.
  • Lightning
  • Stone Black Matt
  • Marine Blue
  • Flicker Black
  • Asphalt

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 – Other Details

BRAKES
Front Brake 280mm Disc, 2-Piston Caliper
Rear Brake 240mm Disc, Single piston caliper
SUSPENSION
Front Suspension Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear Suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
WHEELS & TYRES
Front Tyre                             90/90-19, 52P MRF Zapper FM
Rear Tyre                             120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C
Wheel Type                             Spoke
Tubeless Tyres                             No
Alloy Wheels                             No
BATTERY
Battery Type                             Maintenance Free
Capacity                             12V
Voltage                             8 Ah

Source: carblogindia, auto.ndtv, wikipedia.org.

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