Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 in India
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 General Features
Engine Displacement(cc)346 cc
Starting TypeSelf Start , Kick Start
Front :-19 inch,
Rear :-18 inch
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Standard Features
Fuel Capacity20 Ltrs
Maximum Power19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Engine TypeSingle Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Overview
For once, Royal Enfield, the brand, was left with no other option than to taking a leap and improve, huge. And it went for it, brought some improvements, and then a few more; and how! The new era for the brand started with Royal Enfield Thunderbird series of bikes, which includes bikes of 500 and 350 cc engines. Thunderbird riders would b more inclined towards cruising long distances. Thunderbird, specially built for Indian roads, was first introduced in 2002, more of a cruiser, 5 speed gearbox and AVL lean burn engine. With Thunderbird, bikers have now started seeing highway riding in a new light; what once was considered to be tedious had now become a leisure. Gradually, AVL engine got replaced by UCE. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is no less than a beauty queen, beauty along with mettle makes it a coveted possession. A sure-shot head-turner.
T'bird 350 is probably one of the most loved among all RE bikes, a model that has the “it” thing in it, enough to pump make enthusiasts go jubilant and raucous. For sure the model is a heritage, but also hugely reliable, which is exactly what makes it win amidst all other similar power bikes in India. The recently revamped version has quite much of the T'bird 500 feel, with most its features and looks being similar. Thunderbird 350 draws power from a 346 cc UCE, twinspark engine, which produces 19.8 BHP of energy at 5250 RPM, with 28 Nm torque at 4000 RPM. There is an air-cooled engine, mated with 5 speed manual gearbox, and also uses a carburetor, just like T'bird 500 has. The remake version of T'bird 350 brings a self-start, stiff swing arm, new digital console, rear disc brake, LED head and 5 bar tail lamps, 41 mm front forks. Other than this, it offers the best-in-class power and fuel efficiency combination.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Designing
First look, and one might see “confusion”. Quite literally. But as you look on, the chrome might just lure you. And it is not confusion, it is “macho”, with a new touch to it. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 has not lost the original touch, but does not look old-age. There are quite a lot of highly needed technical and aesthetic changes everywhere on the bike, which leads to a slight confusion. The grandmom-era AVL engine, a sore in the eye, has now been swapped by twinspark. Part of history is the aluminium looks of T'bird. Now it's chrome with lots of matte black, resulting in a super hot looking strong bike, much like a Harley. The now-enlarged fuel tank lends it a muscular look, the main reason behind “macho”, as mentioned earlier. Other things, which we consider to be little and ignore, like split seat, rubber footpegs, projector well-settled inside the main headlight, blue-backlit LCD display instrument cluster, small and cute indicators, new exhaust pipe, etc.
Standing 1205 mm tall, 790 mm broad, and 2060 mm long, the bike sure is huge. Wheelbase measures 1350 mm, ground clearance is 140 mm, kerb weight stands 195 kg, with the seat resting at 775 mm. Around 20 liters of fuel can be put-in in a go. Available colors for this bike are basic black, Flicker and Twilight.
Colors of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Engine & Performance
Looks, super hot. But a Royal Enfield is not just about those looks, and specially so when it comes to Thunderbird. When you call it Thunderbird, it has to create a thunder around! Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 as thunder it on, the bike is smooth and quick to to reach 60 kmph with the same gusto that T'bird 500 shows to reach 90 kmph. Rather than taking it on the highway, I would prefer running it in the cities, where this RE piece is the best suited to. A bit more of torquing, and it would is a swift move reach the top speed of 120 kmph. All this speed at what cost? An impressive 40 kmpl of mileage! This, even though the torque and power digits might look a bit too low. Maximum power it churns out is 19.8 BHP at 5250 RPM, while torque digits reach 28 Nm at 4000 RPM.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Braking & Handling
As for handling, even in the cities, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 runs assured and grounded at higher speeds. Lot has been improved on T'birds. For an improved ride quality, there are now box section swing arm, short wheelbase, thick front forks, all of which give a smooth turn in. Though, it might be a bit of trouble for tall riders, but for an average heighted rider, foot pegs have been placed at the most comfortable position, which is enhanced all the more by the new handlebars. With the many improvements in the revamped version of T'bird 350, the bike has now become one of the best-in-class for cruising purposes, though the elder one, T'bird 500, is still better. 280 mm, 2-piston caliper disc brakes upfront and 240 mm, single-piston caliper at the rear, improvement, though, needed yet more. It is not exactly bad, but not exactly good as well. The feel of braking is the problem, can call it vague; it can be furthermore improved.
Pretty agile though it is, it puts in some efforts to lunge forward, and it can be easily felt, ignorable though. Well grounded, it is planted even while on turns. The thick 41 mm telescopic fork suspension at the front helps a great deal in improving stability at the front. Rear suspension takes twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Safety Features
Much like the elder one, T'bird 500, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 can be easily called a safe and comfortable ride both in cities and on highways. With some scope to improve, though, which has been pointed out earlier in the review and would be clarified once again. But first, the things that make it win over other. Rear view mirrors. Absolute winners. The placement of the rear view mirrors is such that the evergreen problem of oh-so-visible-shoulders in the mirrors is history now. The tiger-eye projection type head lamps, which are much large in size, shine real bright. Ok now, though 280 mm disc brakes up front and 240 mm discs brakes make a great improvement from the earlier versions, there still more to work upon. Brakes feel shaky, and the bike takes it own sweet time to come to a halt from the highest of speed, though, when on lower speeds, it is pretty ok. To provide maximum safety, rear and front discs collaborate well with the 41 mm telescopic front forks and twin gas charged shock absorbers. The initial few rides might be a bit jerky while on roads with pot-holes, which would soon evanesce as the bike gets older.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Pros
1. Drool factor.
4. Disc brakes: something that is improved from the previous versions, but still improvement, so we place the brakes in both pros and cons.
5. Cruiser: basically a cruiser, but is sails butter smooth in both, cities and highways.
6. Meter automation.
7. Bright tiger-eyed, projection head lamps.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Cons
1. Turning radius: needs to be increased.
2. Front suspension should have been more inclined.
3. Silencer should have been placed a bit higher, at its current height, it hits speed breakers.
4. Disc brakes: though improved, there is some scope of improvement yet.
5. Back rest: pillion might get uncomfortable.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Updates
The brand has reached a new level of profit and fame with the launch of refurbished Thunderbird twins, while the consumers have reached a new height of adventure! Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 was launched in December, 2012. The company is now gearing up for Cafe Racer, which is supposed to claim a huge market profit. Stay tuned!
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 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.