Royal Enfield, the popular South India-based bike manufacturer, will soon launch a new bodystyle of the Thunderbird cruiser motorcycle. To be called as the Thunderbird 500X, the new motorcycle will offer a new look courtesy of several updates to its styling. The motorcycle will, however, retain its 499cc single-cylinder BS4-compliant heart, which, in all probability, will continue to output a maximum power of 27 bhp along with a peak torque of 41.3 Nm. A new report goes on to state that the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X launch is likely to happen ahead of the fast-approaching Auto Expo 2018. Also, there are really good chances that the new model would go on sale at an ex-showroom price of approx. Rs 2.1 lakh.
While the company is yet to divulge official details on the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 launch date, we do feel it makes enough sense for the manufacturer to launch the new model ahead of the motor show. Some of you might remember that RE launched the Himalayan just days before the last Expo was opened to the public. Even this year, the company plans to give the motor show a miss. Hence, it’s likely to hold a high voltage event around the same time to catch the attention of media and stay in news even without participating in the upcoming Auto Expo.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Images
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Specification
|Maximum Power||27.2 BHP @ 5,250 RPM|
|Peak Torque||41.3 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Suspension||Telescopic Forks (Front), Twin Shock Absorbers (Rear)|
|Brakes||280mm Disc, 2-Piston calliper Disc (Front), 240mm Disc, Single piston calliper Disc (Rear)|
The specifications are likely to be same as those of the regular model. Powering the motorcycle will be a BS-IV compliant, fuel injected, 499 cc single cylinder motor that comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine puts out a maximum power of 27 bhp at 5,250 rpm and a peak torque of 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The suspension and the braking systems remain the same. The Thunderbird 500 X gets telescopic forks at the front and gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 2-piston calliper and a 280 mm disc brake at the front and a 240 mm, single-piston calliper setup at the rear.
As there is no change in the specs, even the mileage would be pretty much the same. Expect the motorcycle to offer up to 20 KMPL on the highway. In city, however, it offer a mileage of roughly 26 KMPL.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Design & Colours
The new Thunderbird 500 X looks fresher and arguably more stylish than the regular cruiser motorcycle from Royal Enfield. The new bike is available in as many as four new colours – Red, Yellow, Blue, and White. The 500X gets a dual-tone colour treatment. The new multi-spoke alloy wheels and all the cycle parts come painted in matte-black. The twin-seat arrangement has been replaced with a single seat. The side fenders get the new ‘500X’ badges. The tall handlebars of the regular T’bird 500 have been replaced with a flatter unit. Overall, the new bike impresses due to the several styling updates it carries.
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