Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Test Ride Review

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Ride Review

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Enfield Thunderbird 500 Review

tested: 2012 Royal Thunderbird 500

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs.

Royal Enfield hardly a foot wrong these If at all, the company can only be for not anticipating the demand for its models and the production accordingly. Much to the of competing brands, Royal has struck jackpot with new launch and each model in the carries waiting lists from a few days to as long as 5 So, when it was first unveiled at the Auto Expo, the Thunderbird 500 was to carry the legacy forward.

Now it is launched in the market, let’s out if it matches our expectations.

Styling When the Thunderbird was first in 2002, it marked a departure the usual design trend of Enfield. The Thunderbird was the first, and date, the only motorcycle the company that shed the ‘retro’ design and tried to modern. Competing in the cruiser helped, as the Thunderbird came design and proportions that different from the other in the line-up.

Rest, as they is history. Since then, has been a big success for Royal and its sales never waned the production was stopped a few months to make way for the new model.

Why fix something when it isn’t That is exactly what Enfield thought too, as the 500 is more of an evolution of the original an altogether new design.

The basic is carried over and the new model is recognizable as a Thunderbird. What the Thunderbird 500 apart though are the touches that has been into the mix. The headlight, for is an instant attraction that many an eyeballs.

The projector housed inside a rather LED ring looks good and great too. The profile has kept largely unchanged for the shape of the seats and the badges are now three-dimensional. The taillight steals the at the rear with 5 streaks of Emitting Diodes weaving magic.

We would have a better-shaped and slightly bigger for the LEDs though.

There is no of bling factor with the cluster, suspension springs, pipe and shrouds for headlight, and indicators, all finished in chrome. The and transmission casing is now painted in and adds to the visual appeal. The of the fins that aids in cooling are finished in a contrasting which is pleasing to look at.

The tank of the Thunderbird 500 is huge and with an offset filling cap looks a bit odd. The individual and the backrest are shaped superbly and with the design of the bike. The seat can even be removed in you need additional luggage on one of those long solo

Attention to detail is great and the new comes with ‘RE’ even in the foot pegs. quality has improved significantly and the new is definitely the best-built Royal motorcycle that we have till date. Long-term is still suspect though, with the new Thunderbird boasting of electrical and electronic features might start giving over continuous usage.

Cluster and Switch Gear At first glance, you will be to associate this instrument with a Royal Enfield, with its permanent blue and LCD digital display. Beneath modern touches are the familiar circular pods finished in While the left pod houses the digital odometer and twin meters, the right pod houses the and other tell-tale lights.

for an Indian bike, speed is not only in kilometers per hour, but in miles per hour.

The LCD panel in the also incorporates provisions for data like average service due warning and hazard indicator, all of which are featuring in a Enfield motorcycle for the first The only grouse that we had was the to decipher data in bright which might prove to be a big on the move.There is a vast improvement in the of switches used in the new Thunderbird and is quite apparent in the engine switch, which is chunky to and is finished in bright red. is still room for improvement like, for instance, the buttons for lights, mode selection and which look and feel

Performance and Gearbox — The new Enfield Thunderbird comes in 350cc and 500cc variants, the of which is all-new and was sent to us for This engine is the same single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-…, unit that powers the 500. While the power of 27.2 bhp and a peak torque of kgm might not look impressive for a motorcycle, the Thunderbird doesn’t let you on the road.

Turn the ignition on and the thumps fill the air. Rev the hard and the exhaust note ballistic as you near the redline.

we last experienced this in the Classic 500 Desert Storm, we its excellent low and mid-range. The Thunderbird 500 is no Abundant power and torque is at a flick of the throttle in all gears makes the Thunderbird 500 extremely to drive both in stop-start traffic and on an open highway.

almost to a standstill once due to a who decided to cross the road all of a we were able to continue in third gear with any knock. Now, how many motorcycles possess that Though the indicated top speed is 130 which we didn’t get to test, the 500 feels comfortable in speeds 80 to 90 km/h, when all the moving seem to be in perfect harmony each other.

The 5-speed gearbox shifts in a 1 4 up pattern. While the gear are well placed, the gears with a clunky noise Royal Enfields are famous Though the clutch isn’t it requires some effort to the gears into place and neutrals kept engaging shifting down.

The average efficiency during our 120-odd km ride was 26 km/l, but expect figure to go up significantly if you don’t the bike in higher revs we did for most part of our test. a tank capacity of 20 liters, the has a superb range, making it for long distances.

Riding — The new Royal Enfield comes with split for the driver and the pillion rider. the former gets a nicely-shaped wide enough to accommodate bigger frames with the latter compensates the lack of with a perfectly-placed backrest offers support at the right But, there were a few about the front seats not comfortable from certain

The Thunderbird 500 comes with forks up front and dual shock absorbers at the rear. The as a result, is plush and the Thunderbird throw you around over roads. The footrests are ergonomically which makes riding the new a pleasure. Having said you don’t really end up stress-free a ride as the vibrations from the make their presence on your body after a distance.

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But, it has to be said that the are a whole lot better than the 500.

Just like the Thunderbird, straight line is excellent and the Thunderbird 500 stays to the road even in speeds in of 100 km/h. With a kerb of 195 kg, we didn’t expect the Thunderbird 500 to us with its cornering capabilities. But to its the Thunderbird 500 maintained its composure on better than expected.

the earlier model, handling is much predictable and you don’t jittery taking the corners at a pace. Inside the city, the new does feel heavy to but again, it surprised us with its Do not expect it to beat a Yamaha R15 or CBR in handling though.

This to a different league and needs to be that way.

Despite disc brakes in both braking leaves a lot to be desired. The lack bite and the bike seem to lose speed Moreover, the test bike strange noises from the every time the brakes applied.

This is one particular where Royal Enfield has a lot of to do.

Verdict — The Thunderbird 500 is, in ways than one, a come true for Royal aficionados. With good plush ride and superb on the highways, they have embraced the Thunderbird. With refresh, Royal Enfield has in some much-needed modern and a host of other features an all-new 500cc engine, the Thunderbird one of the best cruisers in the market.

But, with an price of INR 182,571 (on-road for the 500cc variant, the Thunderbird is now most expensive’ motorcycle by Royal Enfield, thus its ‘value-for-money’ proposition. And that it vulnerable to the competition. Do not worry, you have the Thunderbird 350 at INR 143,000 Mumbai) which comes all that is available in the 500 sans the

What’s Cool

* Modern yet design

* Long list of

* Superb straight-line stability

Not So Cool

* Pricing (500cc

* Sub-par braking capability

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