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Royal Enfield Thunderbird Bikes
346 cc, Petrol,Rs 1,25,335*
499 cc, Petrol,Rs 1,59,666*
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Royal Enfield, the world's oldest bike manufacturer has been a very well known name in India since the days of British Raj. But, it was year 1956 when The Enfield Manufacturing Co., a British motorcycle manufacturer's subsidiary unit Royal Enfield started assembling Bullet motorcylces under license from UK components. By 1962, the company was completely manufacturing the RE bikes in India. In the year 1995, the Enfield India bought the rights to sell its bike under the name Royal Enfield. Coming 2000, Royal Enfield was going through a bad patch and it was none more than a sinking ship with producing only 2,000 motorcylces per annum with an installed capacity of producing as much as 6,0000 bikes per year. It was the time when the company was left with three options, first sell out the sinking ship before it gets too late, second shut the business for cutting down the losses, or third - mustering all the guts for improving the fortunes of the company. It was a 26 year old student Shorthand Lal who took up the challenge in his hands brought the dying horse back to life again. He did so by launching the very first breed of Royal Enfield Thunderbird way back in 2001, which completely changed the fortunes of Royal Enfield and rose the company from ashes to the skies of fame. In the year 2001, Royal Enfield Thunderbird which marked the road to recovery for Royal Enfield was powered by an engine with a 350cc displacement. This engine was developed by the renowned Austria engineering design firm AVL and the engine got the name - AVL engine. AVL retained the pre-unit construction layout with the motor and separate clutch and gearbox, but with a more powerful and improved roller bearings, oil pump, and an alloy barrel which signified a massive leap of faith. This year at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, Royal Enfield undraped its latest experimental and most advanced technologically sound Thunderbird 500.This all new Thunderbirds now powered by a powerful 500 cc engine is set for setting new definition to Highway cruising. The distinctive black styling of the bike is poised to enhance distinct statement on the roads.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Designing
Royal Enfield bikes have always been known for their great combination of macho looks with style. Both the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and Thunderbird 500 show enthralling design features. Both the twin spark motor bikes look very similar to each other and the designing of these bikes take your senses far beyond your expectations. At first look it will be very difficult to tell about the difference between the Twin spark and any other Thunderbird except the contemporary looking engine, which has an incorporated crankcase and gearbox. One can easily say that the current Thunderbird is the only bike from the Royal Enfield arsenal, which breaks the traditional design and proportions that are an essential part of other models. Royal Enfield Thunderbird Appearance: The chromed instrument cluster, exhaust pipe, suspension springs, headlight shrouds, indicators and tail-light bring out the flashy character of the bike very brilliantly. The visual appeal is blessed with an all black paint on the engine and transmission casing, but it is the contrasting silver edges of the fins on the engine which give a pleasant look. The fuel tank is now much bigger than the previous Thunderbird and along with the engine, it adds to the macho looks and makes this bike more muscular. Previously, the AVL engine in Thunderbird 350 looked quite odd and didn't go well with the bike's aesthetic appeal. However, the new Twinspark ECU mill introduced in 2008 makes this motorcycle stunning and gives it a different aura. the superbly designed and perfectly positioned seats go uniformally with the design of the bike. In case you are going on a long solo ride then the pillion seat can be removed for making an additional luggage space. The twins have been given a lot of attention and details in their instrument console. The blue-black lighting, LCD digital display brings a whole lot of modern styling. Both of the twin pods are given a chrome borders. The left pod includes a digital odometer, speedometer, and twin trip meters, but the speed is indicated in both kilometers per hour and limed per hour also. While, the right pod houses the tachometer. The LCD panel in displays average fuel-efficiency, service reminder, and a hazard light indicator. All of these features are included in a Royal Enfield bike for the very first time, but reading them in broad daylight gets a little bit difficult and a little bit of improvement is required for clear visibility. A Twinspark embraces the bike beneath the seat and reflectors have been added below the fuel tank for avoiding any kind of disaster while turning on to a highway from a side road.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Engine And Performance
The Thunderbird aficionados now have a reason for cheering as Royal Enfield has given them a superb option of choosing either the 350 cc variant or the 500 cc variant. This is where the two bikes reveal a lot of difference despite they both look like twins on the exteriors. Both the 350 cc and the 500 cc variant now have twin-spark plugs, an automatic decompresser and a unit construction, which according to the company resolves the oil leakage problem faced in the older Thunderbird variant. Thunderbird 350 cc version is powered by a single cylinder-air cooled, four stroke, OHV, dual spark ignition engine with a displacement of 346 cc. The engine is perfectly tuned with the improved technology and easily delivers maximum power of 19.8bhp at 5250 rpm and a torque of 28NM at 4000 rpm. The new Thunderbird 500 comes with a 499 cc single cylinder, air cooled, four stroke, and of course dual spark ignition engine. This engine churns out a power output of 27.3bhp and a whooping 41.3Nm of torque. The single cylinder thumps are still felt in both the bikes, but that is what known about the Royal Enfield bikes 'bullet character'. There's no doubt that the 500 cc model produces more power and torque than the 350 cc model, but the latter one is more refined than the former due to its lower idle speed. Royal Enfield Thunderbird Mileage: The Twinspark 350 offers a mileage of 40 kmpl in city and 45 kmpl on highway rides, while it easily nothces the maximum speed mark at 130 kmph. All of the above results show that this bike is more of a performance bike rather than a fuel efficient bike. While the Thunderbird 500 offers a mileage of 25kmpl in city and 32kmpl on highways.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Braking And Handling
Both of the mean machines are blessed with an impressive braking system. Both the front and the rear wheels in Thunderbird 500 are provided with the disc brakes. The gas charged dampers work perfectly well, even the bike is overloaded with lots of luggage. For an extra safety, both the bikes have been upgraded with a set of new brakes- Thunderbird 500 comes with a 240mm single caliper disc brake at rear and a 280mm double pot caliper disc at front. While, Thunderbird 350 is blessed with a hydraulic 280 mm disc brake and a drum brake on the rear. The Thunderbird employs kicked out forks and an extended single downtube frame. Thanks to Royal Enfield for putting up a marvelous braking system, the bike comes to a sudden halt whenever it is required. The handling of both the 350cc and the 500 cc variants is complementary due to the 90/90 MRF Zapper FM tyre on the front and a 120/80 Zapper C at the rear. Both of these tyres have got fine grip and they work perfectly well even on wet and slippery surfaces to avoid any kind of skidding off the track. The handles in Thunderbird 500 are more nimble than the classic version and are planted at the right position for easily handling the bike on the high speed turns. The stability of the bike is rather better than any of the other Royal Enfield cruisers. The two reasons working behind this wonderful stability control are the brilliant change in the dynamics to adjust with the new fatter 41mm forks at the front and the new box section swingarm. Together these two factors have carved out an awesome package which complements the owners with a super cool handling mechanism. The seating posture for the rider is perfect and changed handlebar setup along with forwarded foot pegs let the rider control the bike easily on lean turn angles.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Safety Features
Riding the Thunderbird Twinspark, both the 350 and 500 models on variable tracks is not only safe but also very smooth due to the sounds braking mechanism and the presence of telescopic suspension system. However, the suspension system is quite stiff and not ideal for bumpy roads, but once the bike gets old the suspension works extremely brilliant and offers jolt free ride to both the rider and the pillion. Thunderbird 300 and Thunderbird 500, both offer a telescopic, hydraulic damping suspension mechanism on the the front and a revolutionary swing arm with adjustable gas filled shock absorber beneath the seat on the rear end. Thus the result is a plush and comfortable ride and doesn't throw the rider or the pillion or the luggage around over bumpy tracks. The best part which gets noticed while riding these cruisers is the brilliantly placed rear view mirrors on the handlebar. Royal Enfield paid special attention while designing this new set of rear view mirrors for both the variants, keeping in mind that the rider's shoulders don't get into the mirror and the rear view is clearly visible during both daytime and night time. Another impeccable feature about these two twins is a large headlamp which unlike other Royal Enfield bikes houses a halo shaped lamp. This feature has given Royal Enfield an edge over its competitors while the butters are loving the stylish and brilliant head lamp.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Pros
Good handling and stability control, modern yet classic royal design, Twinspark technology along with a better new engine.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Cons
Turns out to be expensive, heavy weight makes it hard to ride in heavy traffic areas.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird Review
Its high time that Royal Enfield utilised the new double down tube frame of the Continental Cafe racer for the Thunderbird and make the same more stable especially on cornering as most of our roads are not made with a banking and so stability is all the more required which is the very job the double down tube frame provides, Do sincerely hope the engineering dept, folks are listening
Purchased this last month.If you want to enjoy ride on TB 350. Go to gear 4 make speed constant at 40 and keep driving smoothly.
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