Royal Enfield Thunderbird X will be launched in India today, the X being the sporty range of motorcycles based on the Thunderbird 350 and Thunderbird 500. The Thunderbird X has been seen at dealerships a couple of times already, so we do know what it will look like, a lot more peppy and sporty that is. This will be the first time Royal Enfield motorcycles will sport bright colours. In terms of mechanisms, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X will share the 350cc and 500cc engines with their standard versions. There will, however, be several changes that will set the standard and X versions of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird, including a new handlebar, black alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, and a single-piece seat.
The alloys, in fact, will be featured for the very first time on a Royal Enfield motorcycle since we last saw them on the DX175 in the 1980s. The candy coloured tank will also be a first for Royal Enfield and the rest of the components have been blackened out so the bright colour will stand out even more.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X and 350X will have a different appeal overall as compared to the standard Thunderbird 350 and 500. The Thunderbird X range will be sporty to look at and expect it to have a slightly less relaxed riding stance than the standard versions.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X will be powered by a 346cc single-cylinder engine that makes 20.7 hp and 20 Nm. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X, on the other hand, will be powered by a 499cc, air-cooled, single cylinder engine that produces 26.8 hp and 41.3 Nm. Both the engines will be paired with five-speed gearboxes.
A source close to the development told Express Drives that the Thunderbird 350X will be priced in the country at Rs 1.56 lakh, and the 500X at Rs 1.98 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). These prices put the two new motorcycles at a premium of about Rs 10,000 above the standard Thunderbird motorcycles.