Oct 12, 2012

0 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Launched

Royal Enfield launches the new Thunderbird 500: Price, Photos, Official Video, Specifications..

Q. "Is it a "Cruiser" or is it a "Roadster"?"

A. "It's a Highway Cruiser. A bike that is designed to be ridden on Indian roads. Even if sometimes there is no such thing as a road.

The above lines have been taken from the official video of the Thunderbird 500 posted below. From the lines it's clear that Royal Enfield is well aware that the new Thunderbird 500 in its updated form is not a "Classic Cruiser" like the traditional Harley Davidson models nor is it a honest "Roadster" like the Sporster range of models from Harley Davidson.

The new Thunderbird 500 according to Royal Enfield is a bike designed to be ridden on Indian Highways/Roads. But then the question still remains: "What kind of motorcycle is the Thunderbird 500?" I can't wait to check it out myself. The one thing which has got me excited is the low "775 mm" seat height of the TBird 500. I think shorter riders can rejoice..!!

Meanwhile check out the official video and details of the Thunderbird 500 posted below:

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Details

Price: Rs 1.82 lakh on-road Mumbai
Colors: Three shades of Black: [1] Flicker - Traditional Black Color, [2] Twilight - A Two Tone Black Color which has a bluish tone when looked from different angles/light conditions and [3] Stone - Matt Black color


Type: Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Twinspark, OHV, Air cooled
Displacement: 499 cc
More x Stroke: 84 mm x 90 mm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Max. Power: 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Max. Torque: 41,3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition system: Digital Electronic Ignition
Gearbox: 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Fuel Supply: Electronic Fuel Injection

Front: 41 mm forks, 130 mm stroke
Rear: Gas charged absorbers, 80 mm stroke

Front Tyre: 90/90-19
Rear tyre: 120/90-18
Front Brake: 280 mm Disc, two piston caliper
Rear Brake: 240 mm Disc, single piston caliper

Electrical system: 12V DC
Headlamp: 55W/55W, projector type low beam
Tail lamp: LED
Instrument cluster: LCD (Digital Display)

Wheelbase: 1350 mm
Length x Breadth x Height: (2060 x 790 x 1205)mm
Seat Height: 775 mm
Kerb Weight: 195 Kgs
Fuel Capacity: 20 Ltrs

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Hi-Res Photos


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