Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Cruise Missile

Speaking of goodies, the T500 gets a 280mm front disc brake and 240mm rear disc, which replaces the older 153mm rear drum brake. This and the grippy MRF tyres stop this near-200kg bike easily. Which then gives you the confidence to push the bike harder into corners, and brake later.

So, is the T500 worth trading in your older 350 for? Yes! The 500 not only looks better, it also offers a whole lot more than the older bike. On refinement and ride ability, the 500 checks all the right boxes. Of course, there’s room for improvement, but here’s the thing – Enfield didn’t earn its army of loyalists by building technologically advanced bikes. It did it by keeping things simple.

(Words: Abhinav Mishra, Photos: Nitin Rose)