Hear the Thunder — The Hindu

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Trial Trail
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Trial Trail

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With the new Thunderbird 500, Enfield has stuck to its tried and tough formula. Amit drives the bike with a

Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird started a decade back the launch of the first thoroughbred in 2002. This cruiser became the first model to be by the company’s new Unit Construction (UCE) in 2008. Royal unveiled the latest in the line-up, the 500 at this year’s Indian Expo.

So what’s the latest from the stables of RE like? We the new 500 for a ride on the Bangalore-Ooty highway and are our first impressions.

Royal Enfield has always the Thunderbird sub-breed as more of an playground, so as to not dilute the Bullet and brands. As a result, once this is the motorcycle that a number of new features that test the waters for future The Thunderbird headlight now features a lamp and the rear-view mirrors been redesigned.

The instrument houses chrome-rimmed, rounded pods displaying an analogue and tachometer, and also sporting a odometer, trip meter, gauge and clock. The backlit are legible and stylish. The handlebar feel decent and the well-weighted and front brake levers a solid and meaty feel to

The switchgear now also includes a warning switch, another for the Enfield.

With its capacity to 20 litres, the fuel tank now massive but well-proportioned, and the fuel lid is now offset to the top of the tank. Another design element is the engine and case being black in now. The saddle is also and you now have the option of removing the seat to make room for which can be tied down to anchors.

The 500 also gets a grab rail, revised redesigned LED tail-lamp and, RE logos on its foot pegs. fit and finish has improved in small but still isn’t good for a premium bike like the

The latest Thunderbird borrows its single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-… from the Classic 500, with twin spark and Keihin fuel injection. The comes to life with a push of the starter button, out the trademark Royal Enfield There’s ample low and mid-range but the motor’s outputs of 27.2bhp at and 4.17kgm at 4000rpm simply enough for an engine of this

That’s just 7.4bhp than a 350cc Twinspark and that much horsepower can days be had from engines than half this Although the bike can reach a top of 130kph, it feels best between 80-100kph, the engine stressed at anything over The five-speed gearbox uses a four-up shift pattern.

Get in the comfy rider’s saddle and you notice that the rider have been moved to suit longer riding Corresponding changes have been made to the handlebar, reach and ergonomics. The front forks are now 41mm in diameter, up 35mm on the earlier model, and gas-charged rear shock are deployed. Ride quality be better on the new 500, feeling too for a cruiser motorcycle.

Heavy has always been a Royal bugbear, and has been addressed on the new

The Thunderbird 500 employs a single frame, with an oval-section used at the rear. The wheelbase has reduced by 20mm to make the new easier to handle in traffic and on steep turns. There’s a 240mm disc brake at the which works with a single front disc to stopping power.

On the highway, the new 500 returned 29.9kpl, combines with a larger tank to increase the new motorcycle’s

However, Royal Enfield to address the long waiting there is for just about all its According to Royal Enfield the company plans to commence at its second plant by March after which this should ease up.

With the new 500, Royal Enfield has to its tried and tested tough, formula. But where they’ve really well is in making to this cruiser that it stay abreast the changes in the evolving Indian motorcycle However, at a time when is more widespread access to international products, the manufacturer have done well to the upgrades more significant.

Also, with the Rs. 1.66 price tag (ex-showroom Mumbai), one expect more bang for

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