Royal Enfield, the Chennai based cruiser bikes manufacturer which was going to roll out the all-new Thunderbird X series- Thunderbird 500X and 350X variants on February 22nd, will now launch the motorcycles on the 28th February, a day before the festival of colours, Holi. A Pune based dealer- Brahma Motors confirmed the information.
The upcoming Thunderbird X models are different from the standard Thunderbird at cosmetic front. As the bikes come painted in an exciting bright range of colours-Red, White, Yellow and Blue in contrast with the blacked out cycle parts. Moreover, the concepts that are altered on the bikes are a new handlebar, single-piece seat, black alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. The tiny pillion backrest on the earlier model has been eliminated.
The wheel size on the X series Thunderbird has also been modified from 18-inch to 17-inch, for the first time in any Royal Enfield. It will enhance the handling of the motorcycle.
Furthermore, the other elements like the projector headlamp, twin-pod semi-digital instrument console and borrowed from the standard Thunderbird model.
Beneath the fuel tank, the 500X trim is fitted with a 499cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that makes out the maximum power of 27.5PS at 5250 rpm and the peak torque of 41.3Nm at 4000rpm. Whereas, the 300X variant is laden with a 346cc air-cooled unit that spawns out 20.07PS at 5250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The transmission duties on both the models are managed by the five-speed gearbox.
The mechanical counterparts such as 41mm telescopic front forks, twin gas-charged shock absorber at the rear and the 20-litre fuel tank are brought down as it is from the standard Thunderbird model. While, the braking components, a 280mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc remain unchanged. The advanced safety bit of ABS is not sure to be provided with Thunderbird X motorcycles.
In terms of pricing, both the Thunderbird 500X and Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 models are expected to see a slight hike on the price sticker of INR 1.9 lakh and INR 1.47 lakh respectively. The new Thunderbirds have already reached to the selected dealerships and deliveries are expected soon around March 2018.