Highway cruising now has a new name — the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. One of the much-hyped, long awaited models of Royal Enfield, the Thunderbird 500 was launched amidst much hype and hoopla on 25th of October. Custom made for touring enthusiasts, this powerful 500cc bike, with a power output of 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm of torque is sure to thrill its riders.
On the launch, Dr Venki Padmanabhan CEO Royal Enfield said, “When we launched Thunderbird in 2002, it was a one-of-its kind motorcycle on the Indian roads that redefined the cruiser segment. Over the years, the Thunderbird brand has built its own cult following amongst Royal Enfield customers, as a comfortable touring motorcycle. Today, with the launch of the Thunderbird 500 with its unique 360-degree design language and its higher powered engine that has our signature flat torque curve, Royal Enfield has again upped the ante in leisure motorcycling. With touring enthusiasts forming the core of our customer base, the Thunderbird 500 gives them more power, comfort and style for long-distance riding. To complete the Royal Enfield range of highway cruisers, today we are also launching the all new Thunderbird 350 that rides on the same design principle as that of the Thunderbird 500”, he added.
Dr. Venki further stated, “Royal Enfield has set its sights firmly on delivering traditionally progressive motorcycles around the world. We listened very closely to the needs of highway cruisers in India and designed a motorcycle that is extremely suitable for long distance riding with its range, ergonomics, looks, excellent braking, night riding visibility, luggage carriage capability, even clothing and accessories”
The Thunderbird 500 comes in three distinct shades - Stone Black, Flicker Black, and Twilight.