The Thunderbird is one of the most successful motorcycles in the Royal Enfield stable. Launched originally in 2000, the Thunderbird takes pride as being the first motorcycle to bring RE massive success in the 21st century followed by the Classic range. Designed more as a cruiser than a standard, the Thunderbird is meant for relaxed highway riding with a laid-back riding stance. The 350cc UCE engine is shared across all the 350cc motorcycle range. It produces 19.8 BHP of power and 28 NM of torque. It's got 41mm telescopic forks up front, a 20 litres fuel tank and disc brake at both ends.
20 litres fuel tank capacity.
Disc brake at both ends.
Projector light for low beam.
The Thunderbird is a cruiser-like motorcycle from Royal Enfield with a laid-back demeanour for relaxed highway riding. The design is dominated by a high and pull-back handlebar which is closer to the rider and a massive 20 litres fuel tank. It is designed keeping long distance riding in mind given the fuel tank capacity, a projector headlight for low beam, a comfortable riding position and front, a small backrest and rear disc brakes for better braking. The build quality is one of the best among RE motorcycles.
The rider sits upright but in a relaxed manner thanks to the high and pull-back handlebar that are closer to the rider. The foot-pegs are noticeably set forward as well for a more cruiser-ish riding stance than a standard. However, the pillion seat leaves a lot of room for improvement. The upgraded suspension front and back also does a fine job of handling the road irregularities.
The engine is the same Unit Construction Engine 350cc like on other 350cc Royal Enfields. It produces 19.8 BHP of power at 5,250 RPM and 28 NM of torque at 4,000 RPM. It is mostly suited for city riding even though the Thunderbird is originally meant for long rides. The power and torque figures combined with the low-revving nature of the engine makes it ideal for city usage.
The Thunderbird comes with a 5-speed transmission. The lever action is mostly positive, although, clearly not anywhere near the best in business. The clutch pull is also light contributing to the overall decent quality of the gearbox.
The Thunderbird comes with one of the best braking packages in the RE lineup. It comes standard with a 280mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc delivering satisfying braking power in almost all conditions. However, none of the Royal Enfield motorcycles come with tubeless tyres so they are prone to instant deflation in case of a puncture.
The Thunderbird comes with a large 20 litres fuel tank leading to an exceptional range in one full tank.
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