Launched in 2005 in the 350cc avatar, it got the 500cc engine in 2013 and shares this mill with the standard 500 and the Classic 500. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is the 500cc variant of Royal Enfield’s best selling cruiser motorcycle Thunderbird.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Overview : The Thunderbird 500 carries forward the same design and looks of its younger sibling – classic cruiser with tall handlebar and tear drop shaped large fuel tank. Compared to earlier Thunderbirds, the new ones get a meatier exhaust pipe, modern switchgear, and new twin-pod instrument console, with a large analog tachometer and analog speedometer with a LCD display for fuel gauge, odometer and trip meter. Overall fit and finish has shown a lot of improvement over the first generation Thunderbird. Like its younger sibling the Thunderbird 500 too has a classic, wide upraised handlebar, forward set footpegs and large wide seat giving it a comfortable riding posture.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Specifications : The bike shares its engine with the recently launched Classic 500. It’s a single-cylinder, 4-stroke 500cc engine. This Twin spark, air cooled engine churns out a power output of 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm. The torque output arrives at 4000 rpm which is of 41.3 Nm. The five-speed manual gearbox of Classic 500 makes its way to this bike and works on a one gear down and four gears up-shift pattern.