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Royal Enfield will launch the much awaited Thunderbird 500 on the 11th of October in India. The 500cc version of the Thunderbird was first unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo. It has been a long time coming but due to production constraints, the Chennai based motorcycle maker had to postpone the launch. The Thunderbird 500 will be the flagship motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s range and is expected to be pricier than every other Royal Enfield motorcycle in India.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 sports front and rear disc brakes. The front has 280 mm disc and the rear has 240 mm disc. The Thunderbird 500 also receives much needed projector head lights with LED. The head light is a 55 watt unit. As far as engine goes, it has the Classic 500′s 499cc, twin-spark, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which belts out 27.2 BHP of peak power at 5250 RPM and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM.
Royal Enfield has also given the Thunderbird 500 an all new instrument cluster with a digital readout for odometer, trip meter and fuel meter. The Thunderbird 500 will be available in three shades of black – midnight black, artic winter black and matte black metallic. Although prices are yet to be announced, one can safely expect the Thunderbird 500 to be the costliest vehicle in the company’s line-up, with our estimates pointing to a Rs. 1.75 lakh price tag. Dealers are now accepting bookings for the higher capacity Thunderbird.
The Thunderbird 500 features:
* Projector headlamps
* Oval section swing arm
* Rear wheel disc brake
* Twin trip meters
* Bungee mounts
* High capacity fuel tank for touring
* LED tail lamp
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Specifications:
EngineSingle Cylinder, 4 Stroke, OHV, SI Engine, Air cooled, and Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Bore x Stroke84 mm x 90 mm
Maximum Power27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission5 Speed constant mesh
IgnitionDigital Electronic Ignition
Ground Clearance135 mm
Wheel Base1350 mm
Seat Height/ Saddle HeightInformation not available
Front90/90 - 19
Rear120/80 - 18
Electrical System12 Volts - DC
Head lampProjection type headlamp, H7 bulb 55 / 55 W
Instrument clusterDigital cluster with LCD
Tail LampLED lamp with position light guides
E-Start Starter Motor0.9 KW, DENSO
Front280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Rear240mm Disc, single Piston caliper
FrontTelescopic 41mm forks, Stroke 130 mm
RearTwin gas charged shock absorbers , 80mm stroke
Fuel Tank Capacity20 ltr
Compression Ratio8.5 : 1
Air CleanerPaper Element
Engine Oil Grade / Qty15W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Weight(Kerb)195 Kg (with 90% fuel &oil )
The Thunderbird 500 has been perhaps one of the most anticipated offering from the Royal Enfield stable considering that the Thunderbird 350 has been doing yeoman service for the last ten years. The Thunderbird has built for itself a reputation of being a comfortable touring motorcycle and is often the first choice amongst the Royal Enfield models for touring enthusiasts. The Thunderbird has earned itself the reputation of a capable highway tourer and established itself firmly in the cruiser market. The Thunderbird broke away from the mould of Royal Enfield’s traditional motorcycles and redefined a new lineup. In that direction, the new Thunderbird has come as fresh motorcycle.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Styling:
The ‘black’ engine is one of the first styling elements that catch your attention the moment you see the motorcycle. The seat has been completely redesigned to suit the new foot pegs position. The handle bar too has received changes for better reach and ergonomics.The high rise handlebars, forward placed foot-pegs and a low seat height enable a rider to cover distances comfortably for longer periods of time. Other small styling elements that a keen enthusiast will notice are the Royal Enfield logo on the all new foot-pegs, new design mirrors.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Seats :
The seat now opens using a lock mechanism, accessible through the side panel. True to its design concept as a more touring friendly motorcycle, the separately mounted pillion seat can be removed to accommodate luggage. The pillion grab rail is an all new pressure die cast component and lends to the modern design of the motorcycle. Bungee hooks provide the much needed bungee points to tie luggage.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Instrument cluster :
The new front end lends itself nicely to the muscular stance of the bike. The instrumentation also includes two digital trip meters, allowing riders to keep a track of total trip mileage as well as intermediate mileage between tankfuls. The speed and engine rpm are shown via tastefully designed analogue clocks, housed in all new twin pods at the front. The main ignition lock also functions as a central steering lock. The inclusion of hazard lamps in the switch gear is a first for a motorcycle manufactured in India. The tank cap is placed asymmetrically on the top right hand side of the tank, instead of the conventional central mounting;a distinctive styling element of the Thunderbird 500.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Engine :
It now comes loaded with a 500cc Unit Construction Engine (UCE) and additional power makes covering distance an easier task. The seamless torque delivery will keep the rider entertained through the twisty sections. A flick of the right wrist is all it takes now to overtake a slower moving vehicle or climb up a twisty section. When it was time to build a Thunderbird 500, Royal Enfield decided that it had to offer more than what customers were used to seeing from the Thunderbird in its current guise. Apart from the larger engine, the bike now features 41mm thick forks in front and an oval section swingarm at the rear to allow the rider to handle the additional power. The inclusion of a rear disc brake will now allow the rider to confidently explore the upper limits of the motorcycle’s performance capabilities.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Fuel tank :
Since Royal Enfield's are mainly associated with tour and leisure purpose and to tackle this issue Thunderbird 500 comes equipped with a massive 20-litre fuel tank for an enhanced range.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Ergonomics :
The designs are now oriented to the cruiser character of the motorcycle. The seat has been completely redesigned to suit the new foot pegs position. The handle bar too has received changes for better reach and ergonomics. The seat now opens using a lock mechanism, accessible through the side panel. True to its design concept as a more touring friendly motorcycle, the separately mounted pillion seat can be removed to accommodate luggage. The pillion grab rail is an all new pressure die cast component and lends to the modern design of the motorcycle. Bungee hooks provide the much needed bungee points to tie luggage.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Headlight and Tail light :
Night time visibility has been the biggest challenge faced by most motorcyclists while cruising on the highway hence the new headlight with a 55w projector lamp for its low beam and a 55W halogen bulb for the high beam addresses that issue. The lighting is at its brightest with the high beam on, working in combination with the projector lamp giving ample spread and penetration on the road. Tail lamp comes with LED lamp with position light guides which is new for Royal enfield family.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Brakes:
The bike comes loaded with front 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper brakes. Stopping power has been aided with the addition of a disc brake at the rear. The braking system is supplied by Bybre, a fully owned subsidiary of Brembo. It is mounted on the new improved oval section swing arm. These changes will enhance the riding experience of the motorcycle on the highway.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price :
The price of the Thunderbird 500cc is expected to be ten thousand higher than the Classic Chrome which makes the bike the flagship motorcycle of Royal Enfield’s portfolio.