Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price, Specification, Features And Top Speed

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.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Review

Earlier we reported about Royal Enfield launching the 2017 model year of the Thunderbird 350. Well, the iconic bike manufacturer has also come up with the 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500, which, akin to other 2017 motorcycles, comes with a BS-IV compliant engine and Always-On Headlamps. The latest model of the Thunderbird 500 is priced at Rs 1,82,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Read on for all you need to know about the 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price, Specifications, Mileage, Features, etc.

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2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price in India

Price (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) Rs 1.82 Lakh

The new model 2017 RE Thunderbird 500 in on sale for a price of Rs 1.82 lakh in New Delhi. Thanks to the new norms from the Government of India, the T’bird 500 now comes with a BSIV compliant engine and Always-On Headlamps. It may be noted here that it has new become mandatory for all Indian two-wheelers to have these a BSIV engine and Always-on Headlamp.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Mileage

Highway 30 KMPL
City 26 KMPL

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The 2017 model Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 offers up to 20 KMPL on the highway. In the city, however, it offers a mileage of roughly 26 KMPL.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Top Speed

True Top Speed 131 KMPH

As all the technical specifications of the bike are same as earlier. even the top speed is the same. Akin to the earlier model, the new 2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 has a true top speed of 131 KMPH.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Dimensions & Colours

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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 500 has a pretty high fuel carrying capacity of 20-litres, which makes it a good choice for many tourers.

      • Stone Black Matt
      • Marine Blue
      • Lightning
      • Flicker Black

Currently, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is available in the above colour options.

Design and Style

The original design of Thunderbird remains the same. Royal Enfield has made minor changes in this bike which are hard to notice at first glance. The bike lacks visor and cowl and with its upraised handlebar, it looks like a true cruiser bike when seen from the front.

It has a circular LED projector type headlight which has never been seen before in any Enfield bike. Tiny round shaped side indicators are placed on both sides of this headlight. Its hand levers and naked instrument dials are chrome finished. This new variant has beefy front forks which along with its short front fender makes it look macho and aggressive.

Move to the side of this bike and you will notice the familiar long and heavy chrome silencer. Its huge fuel tank sports a 3D logo and classic black styling on it. This new variant features split seat and backrest for the rear passenger. The side panel of this bike features its name while the toolbox is chrome finished which is placed just next to the rear suspension.

Thunderbird 500 became the first Enfield bike to get rear disk brake and LED tail light. The chain drive is placed on the right side while the disc brake is placed on the left side which is a unique characteristic of this bike. Its rear fender is compact and wide and sports hazard light and big side indicators on it.

Engine and Gearbox

The bike shares its engine with the recently launched Classic 500. It’s a single-cylinder, 4-stroke 500cc engine. This Twin spark, air-cooled engine churns out a power output of 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm. The torque output arrives at 4000 rpm which is 41.3 Nm. The five-speed manual gearbox Classic 500 makes its way to this bike and works on one gear down and four gears up-shift pattern.

Acceleration and Performance

Undoubtedly, this is the most powerful variant of Thunderbird. The bike feels far impressive than ever before. With this engine, we feel the cruising abilities of this bike have taken a big leap forward. It’s a very responsive bike, especially at slow speeds. The heavy amount of torque helps it to move easily in city traffic.

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The gear ratios are well matched with this bike and you need fewer gearshifts than before. It constantly urges you to take it on highways as it feels best when you push it hard. The high-speed cruising comes without any vibrations and harshness. The refinement level of this engine is commendable.

Overtaking is also very easy with this bike and it can easily cross the speed mark of 130km/hr. The only complaint we have is its heavy weight. In city traffic and with a pillion rider, sometime you will feel the actual weight of this bike. Otherwise, there are no major concerns related to its performance.

Mileage

The bike isn’t impressive when it comes to fuel economy. Expect it to return a mileage of around 30km/ltr on highways while these figures get reduced in city traffic.

Comfort while Driving

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 has a highly cushioned seat which even offers nice under-thigh support. The split seat and rear backrest for pillion rider make it the most comfortable bike for two people.

Thunderbird is equipped with a vibration-free wide and angled handlebar. It gives the most important, cruising feels to the rider. You also get a firm palm grip with the high quality of plastic buttons and engine kill switch on its handlebar. Its front-set foot pegs add to the comfortability of this bike. The knees always stay free and relaxed.

Storage Space and Safety Features

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There is almost no storage space apart from its toolbox. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 comes fitted with front leg guard, pass button and powerful halogen headlight for your safety.

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Features

  • Electric Start
  • Engine Kill Switch
  • Gas-charged Rear Shock Absorbers
  • Projector Headlamp
  • Rear Backrest
  • Pass Beam Switch
  • Maintenance Free Battery
  • Front Disc Brake
  • Rear Disc Brake
  • Spoke Wheels
  • DC Electricals

2017 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 – Other Details

BRAKES
Front Brake
Rear Brake
SUSPENSION
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
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 14Ah
Voltage 12V

source: carblogindia, autos.maxabout, Wikipedia.org.

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