Royal Enfield launches Thunderbird X, prices start at Rs 1.56 lakh

28 February 2018 - 11:16

Royal Enfield launches Thunderbird X, prices start at Rs 1.56 lakh


Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird X in India, which is a variation of its Thunderbird cruiser and has been tweaked to be more suited to the city. The Thunderbird 350X is now on sale for Rs 1.56 lakh, while the Thunderbird 500X costs Rs 1.98 lakh. The changes over the standard Thunderbird are mostly visual, but it does get a few ergonomic changes to make it more convenient in the city.

The Thunderbird X shares its chassis and engine with the standard Thunderbird. However, the Thunderbird X gets an all-black paint scheme for bits like the engine, transmission casing, the exhaust, wheels, front forks, seat cover, headlamp cover and indicators. Even the instrument cluster has been blacked out. There’s also the tank, rim tape and stitching in a bright, contrasting colour. The Thunderbird X is available in four of these high-contrast colours: the 500 X comes in Getaway Orange and Drifter Blue, while the 350 X can be had in Whimsical White and Roving Red.

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The other changes include a new handlebar that isn’t as swept back, and a single-piece seat that replaces the split seat on the Thunderbird. It also gets 9-spoke alloy wheels that are shod in tubeless tyres – a first for Royal Enfield. The grabrail and backrest from the standard Thunderbird have been replaced by a smart-looking blacked out rail. Even the rear fender has been chopped to give the bike a slightly different stance.

In terms of output, the Thunderbird X is identical to the standard Thunderbird. The 500X is powered by a 499cc single-cylinder engine that puts out 27.2bhp and 41.3Nm of torque, while the 350X gets a 346cc engine makes 19.8bhp and 28Nm. This factory custom is available at all Royal Enfield outlets, and will be sold alongside the standard bike.

Aatish Mishra

TAGS // 500, royal enfield, thunderbird, 350, x



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