Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Cruise Missile
The instrument cluster has also gone through a heavy redraw. Don’t worry, the speedometer and rpm meter stay the same. Add to that, a digital multi-info display that shows time, average speed, average fuel consumption, two trip meters and a digital fuel gauge. You also get a hazard light switch, a first on an Indian bike, but it’s inconveniently placed between the two circular dials rather than on the switchgear. My only complaint with the T500’s design is that, seen from dead front, the bulk is completely lost, not helped at all by the thin front tyre (90/90 section).
Seat design and seating position are pretty much like the older bike’s except for two things. First, saddle height has been raised by 5mm, with the addition of extra foam to keep the rider as comfortable and fatigue-free as possible over long distances. Second, unlike the older bike’s single-piece seat, the new T500 comes with a split seat, something all Thunderbird owners will appreciate. You get a bit of storage space below the pillion seat, but more than that, if you decide to ride alone, the rear seat can be removed to make space for saddlebags or a carrier.