Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

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After the launch of Thunderbird 300X Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird 500X with the safety net of dual-channel ABS. Priced at Rs Rs 2.13 lakh. It commands a premium of around Rs 15,000 over the non-ABS variant. The Thunderbird 500X is a modern take on Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird cruiser.

 

 

The bike stands out from the current pack thanks to blacked out parts and contrasting bright paintwork. Royal Enfield saw a need in the market for an urban cruiser, and this is the result: the Thunderbird 500X. It gets a driveline similar to the regular Thunderbird 500, but there are a few changes.

 

 

Design & Features

The new RE Thunderbird 500X has come up with some great features. Like, it is available in bright, single-tone colors in the same vein as the Classic Redditch series. The 500X is available in light blue or bright orange. The handlebar is a flatter, wider one, which helps with maneuverability in the city. It gets all-black treatment, which extends to the alloy wheels.

The Thunderbird 500X also comes with a new handlebar, a black casing for the projector headlamp and LED taillamp and a new single seat instead of the split seats from the standard Thunderbird. Chrome has been given a miss and what you get instead are blacked out components like the engine, exhaust, front forks, rear shock absorbers, handlebar, headlamp cover, meter bezels, mirrors, side panels, tailpiece, and the rear grab rail. The fuel tank meanwhile gets a shade of bright yellow and blue options with matching rim tapes on the new alloy wheels that replace the spoked units.

 

Engine

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X retains the same 499cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder motor of the Thunderbird 500. It produces 27.5PS at 5250rpm and 41.3Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic front forks and twin gas-charged shocks at the rear.

Anchoring the bike are disc brakes at both ends. The engine makes 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.


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