The new Thunderbird 500cc bike launched in the 2012 auto expo Delhi. On the occasion of launching the Thunderbird 500, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Ltd Mr Siddhartha Lal, said that “When we launched Thunderbird in 2002, it was a one-of-its kind model on the Indian roads that redefined the cruiser segment. Today, with the launch of the Thunderbird 500, fitted with the UCE and a host of design enhancements, Royal Enfield has again upped the ante in leisure motorcycling which we have been pioneering for over half a century in India. With touring enthusiasts forming the core of our customer base, the Thunderbird 500 gives them more power, comfort and style for long-distance riding.”
The new Thunderbird has redesigned seat, new lock mechanism accessible through the side panel and true to its touring-friendly nature, it gets a separately mounted pillion seat that can be removed to accommodate luggage. The handle bar also modified to improve the bikes ergonomics, the pillion grab rail is also new and the bike also gets bungee points to tie luggage. All the new foot pegs, new design mirrors and the LED tail lamp now have the Royal Enfield logo embossed on them.
The Thunderbird 500 also comes with two digital trip meters which shows track of total trip mileage and intermediate mileage. Fuel tank capacity of this new Thunderbird is 20-litre. It got hazard lamps in the switch gear, which is a first of its kind for a motorcycle manufactured in India. Rear disk brakes mounted on the new oval section swing arm, supplied by Bybre, add to the stopping power of the bike.
The price of the Thunderbird 500cc is not revealed. This new Thunderbird will hit Indian road in the last quarter of 2012.