Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X and 350X launching on February 22

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X will be launched in India on February 22, 2018, reports in media suggest. Essentially, a more stylized version of the standard models, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X feature alloy wheels and will get funkier paint options along with matching rim stickers. Among the several changes, one of the most prominent is the new seat that is now offered as a single unit. The cushioned backrest at the rear has also been replaced with grab rails and the tweaked handlebar now offers a sportier riding position. Also, the rear-view mirrors have been left out for Royal Enfield’s circular units.

On the mechanical front, the Thunderbird models are likely to retain the previous units. That said, the Thunderbird 350 gets a 346cc, single cylinder unit with 19.8bhp of maximum power at 5,250rpm and 28Nm torque at 4,000rpm. On the other hand, the Thunderbird 500 sources power from a larger, 499cc, single cylinder engine which puts out 27.2bhp at 5,250rpm against 41.3Nm torque at 4,000rpm. Both the engines come paired with a 5-speed manual unit.

Expect the motorcycle to carry over the same engine that powers the existing Thunderbird 500. Either engine comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. The projector headlamp with LED DRLs and LED tail lamp are similar to the existing Thunderbird. Royal Enfield has done away with the tiny backrest in order to tidy up the rear. Also, note the new grab rail that’s also finished in black. Overall the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X looks sporty and is definitely meant at the younger customers. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X will also incorporate the same design changes.

The suspension set-up is also likely to be retained with telescopic forks at the front and twin rear gas-charged shock absorbers combo at the rear. Reports are rife that an anti-lock-braking system (ABS) may be offered as an optional provision. While stopping power will come from the 280mm units at the front and 240mm disc brakes at the rear.

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