Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is nearing its launch beckoning enfield lovers raring for highway rides. The bike, which was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo ,is a highly anticipated new comer to enfield family. The seat on the new version of the Thunderbird has been completely redesigned to suit the new foot pegs position. Very much like the Bajaj Pulsar series, the seat can now be opened using a lock mechanism, accessible through the side panel. Also, like on the RE Classic, the rear seat can be removed to accommodate luggage. The bike also gets a new handlebar for better ergonomics and the pillion grab rail is now an all new pressure die cast unit. The new variant of Thunderbird gets newly designed mirrors and keeping with the trend these days, the 500 Thunderbird also gets a LED tail lamp. The redesigned front end is seen with 41mm thick forks and the instrument panel gets two digital trip meters. One of the distinct features on the new Thunderbird is the inclusion of hazard lamps in the switch gear.
The bike comes with a powerful 55W projector lamp for its low beam and a 55W halogen bulb for the high beam and the tourer buyer should be impressed by the large 20L fuel tank capacity that the bike offers. The tank cap is placed asymmetrically on the top right hand side of the tank, instead of the conventional central mounting. The instrument binnacle is also new.
The anchoring duties are courtesy disc brakes at both front and rear and the braking system is supplied by Bybre, a fully owned subsidiary of Brembo. The all new thunder bird is likely to be the Indian version of Harley Davison.
Last Updated: 11th Jul 2012, 7:27 pm