Royal Enfield has launched its two siblings 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X & Thunderbird 500X in India yesterday. Both the bikes are based on their regular versions but features number of cosmetic updates. Here is what you need to know about the new 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X cruiser bike.
2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X – Price
The 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is priced at Rs. 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the 2018 Royal Enfield 350X comes at a price of Rs. 1.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is targeted at younger generation and the Thunderbird 350X is aimed at mature buyers.
2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X – Specifications
The engine and other mechanicals remains the same as the older bike. It comes with 499cc, single cylinder fuel injected engine that churns out 27.2 Bhp power and 41.3 Nm peak torque. The engine is mated with 5-speed manual gearbox. On the mileage front also it remains the same 25-27 kmpl as the older model.
2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X – Other Features
The new cruiser bike comes with 280 mm disc brakes at the front wheel and 240 mm disc brakes at the rear. The company has given a miss to ABS. The front suspension gets 41mm telescopic fork suspension while the rear features five step adjustable gas-charged suspension.
Other new features include blacked out headlamp with LED day time running lights (DRLs), blacked-out twin-pod digital-analogue instrument cluster and chrome garnish around the dials, 9-spoke alloy wheels, shorter handlebars, new single seat, matte exhaust and suspension unit.
The new bike comes in four colors-Drifter Blue, Gateway Orange, Roving Red and Whimsical White. The new color combination gives the bike a sporty look as apart from the fuel tank; all other parts are painted black.
Should You Buy?
The Royal Enfield bikes stand class apart and are one of the much sought after bikes in India. Though the 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X bike remains the same mechanically from its older version, the new features are bound to attract more buyers. And the extra money one has to cough up is not very big, just around Rs. 8,000 more. So, what do you think of the new bike?
If you are a Royal Enfield fan, it’s a certain buy for you.