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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

`1.3 lac*
*Ex-Showroom Price Delhi
  • Kmpl
    40
  • Engine cc
    346
  • Bhp
    19.8
  • Max. Speed
    107
  • Gear Box
    5

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

Review

Royal Enfield is well known for its class apart innovation and design machines that satisfy the adrenaline rushing in the veins of the rider. The company offers four kinds of bikes - Cafe racer, Retro street, Standard street and Cruiser. The cruiser range comprises of two models viz. Thunderbird 350 and its elder sibling 500. Both the machines share the same looks but differentiate on the basis of engine displacement and fuel supply system. Moreover, the color scheme of both the models are same, which includes Flicker, Lightning, Marine and Stone.

The motorcycle is loaded with a 346cc, air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke, twin spark engine that churns out a maximum power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm with a peak torque of 28Nm at 4000rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, which is further linked with a wet, multiplate type clutch. The bike rolls on 90/90 - 19, 52P front and 120/80 - 18, 62P rear tyres that are equipped with spoke wheels. The stopping power is provided by a reliable 280mm disc, two piston caliper brake at front and a 240mm disc, single piston caliper brake at the rear. The suspension system consists of telescopic forks at the front end and twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is one of the most popular cruisers in India because of its powerful engine and dynamic designing. The bike features a unique projector lamp, a well designed instrument cluster, electric start, LED tail lights and a backrest for pillion rider. Its body dimensions are 2060mm x 790mm x1205mm (LxWxH) with a wheelbase and minimum ground clearance of 1350mm and 140mm respectively. It has a 20 liter of fuel tank capacity for long distance riding.

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Design

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is a new age motorcycle that bridges the gap between the classic and modern design. The company has crafted this motorcycle to cater new generation riders that prefer technology of their time yet feel attracted to the cult of Royal Enfield. Starting from the front, the bullet shaped side indicators are fitted around round headlight unit with a projector lamp and unique position light guide. The instrument console consists of digital and analogue gauges that display fuel level indicator, dual trip meter and other tell tales. A teardrop shaped fuel tank with excellent paint job adds class to the motorcycle. High handlebars and forward set foot controls are comfortable for long journeys.

The bike comes with a double saddle seat with a backrest for pillion that looks both comfortable and attractive. Stylish petite LED tail light with rear indicators are placed on the rear fender that also carries a light reflector and a number plate. The motorcycle is 2060mm long with a wheelbase of 1350mm. The width and height of the bike is 790mm and 1205mm respectively. The kerb weight of 192kg is easy to manage and also enhances stability of the ride. It has the minimum ground clearance of 140mm, which feels fine on the Indian terrains.

Engine & Performance

The bike houses a 346cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, twinspark, air-cooled engine that is linked to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, which works with a wet, multiplate clutch. The engine generates a maximum power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm and a maximum torque of 28Nm at 4000rpm. The bike has a mileage of 53.4kmpl that is assisted by a 20 liter fuel storage capacity, which makes the machine a better tourer. The bike can reach to a maximum speed of 130kmph. However, the top speed and stability of the bike could have been increased with presence of 6-speed transmission system.

Braking & Handling

Telescopic forks at the front and twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preloads at rear offers a comfortable and stress free ride. It is fitted with 90/90 - 19, 52P front and 120/80 - 18, 62P rear tyres, which are not tubeless. The spoke wheels come with a 280mm disc brake with 2-piston caliper at front and 240mm disc brake with single piston caliper at rear end that feels responsive. 

Safety Features

The projector lamp provides a clear view at night. A hazard function makes the side indicators glow simultaneously, which keeps the motorcycle visible while riding on highways. 

Pros

Powerful engine
Vast service network
Value for money

Cons

Absence of 6-speed gearbox
Braking can be improved

News Update

21st August, 2015: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is a classy cruiser that is designed to attract the young minds of the country. The machine is bestowed with digital plus analogue instrument console, projector headlamp, LED tail lamp, etc that makes it more alluring. Besides strong aesthetics, Thunderbird 350 houses a 346cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, twinspark, air-cooled engine that performs efficiently. The bike has a fuel tank capacity of 20 litres and returns a decent mileage of around 40-45kmpl. The bike is available in four different shades - Marine, Lightning, Stone and Flicker with a price tag of Rs. 1,28,000 (ex-showroom).

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