– Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X receives subtle design updates over the standard model.
– The cruiser uses the same 499cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine.
With funky colour schemes and design updates, the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird X will attract young buyers.
Royal Enfield introduced two new variants of its popular Thunderbird motorcycle – 350X and 500X – early this year. While the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 300X comes with a price tag of Rs 1.56 lakh, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is priced Rs 1.98 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi). Now, buyers can personalize their Thunderbird X models with the new genuine accessories that cost between Rs 900 – Rs 9,500.
With new Thunderbird X range, Royal Enfield aims to boost sales of the Thunderbird cruiser which is facing stiff competition from the likes of Bajaj Dominar 400, UM Renegade and others in its league. Both the models come with several new features and paint schemes along with a few cosmetic changes. Similar to the regular model, the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X makes use of the 27.2bhp, 499cc engine.
– Blacked-out headlamp with LED DRLs
– New 9-spoke alloy wheels
– Shorter handlebars
– New single seat
– Matte black exhaust
– Matte black suspension unit
– Blacked-out digi-analogue twin-pod instrument cluster
– Chrome garnish around the dials
– Vibrant colours Read – Upcoming Royal Enfield Bikes In India
The new RE Thunderbird 500X comes with added features, revised styling and new colour schemes. These attributes make it slightly more expensive than the regular model that costs Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new X model has been priced at Rs 1.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – All You Need To Know
In terms of design and styling, the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X gets subtle cosmetic upgrades giving it a refreshing look. The cycle parts and engine casing are finished in black paint instead of the silver finish. The footpegs are now moved forward that should improve the ride quality, while the new handlebar is flatter than the regular model. The motorcycle is claimed to have improved riding stance. Besides this, the motorcycle also gets new exhaust muffler.
Instead of twin seats, the RE Thunderbird 500X features a longer and single unit. However, it misses out on pillion backrest. The motorcycle also gets a slightly revised rear mudguard, and the wing mirrors and turn indicators enclosure are finished in matte black. The motorcycle rides on newly designed 9-spoked alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres. Black treatment is also offered on the instrument console and headlamp enclosure. The headlamp design with LED daytime running lights remains unchanged, while it gets LED taillight at the rear. It continues to feature electric start and disc brakes. Though, it’s still devoid of anti-lock braking system. Read – Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Is Coming Soon To India
At the heart of the new Thunderbird X model is the same 499cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that powers the standard model. This motor delivers a maximum power output of 27.20bhp at 5,250rpm and a peak torque of 41.30Nm at 4,000rpm. Transmitting power to the rear wheel is a 5-speed gearbox.
Featuring the same engine, the new Thunderbird 500x cruiser motorcycle returns same fuel efficiency that is rated at 20-25kmpl. Read – Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Launch Details Revealed
All the technical details of the new model are similar to the existing model. Akin to the regular Thunderbird 500, the new 500X offers a top speed of 130kmph. Check Out – India’s 5 Best Modified Royal Enfield Bullets
Built on the same single downtube chassis, the Thunderbird 500X features 41mm telescopic front fork and five-step adjustable gas charged suspension unit at the rear. For braking, the bike gets 280mm front disc and 240mm rear disc. The motorcycle rides on newly developed 9-spoke blackened 19-inch front and 18-inch rear alloys with tubeless tyres.
One of the most noticeable changes comes in the form of new vibrant colours. The RE Thunderbird 500X is available in two shades – Getaway Orange and Drifter Blue. On the other hand, the 350X comes in choices of Whimsical White and Roving Red paint schemes.
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