2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird models to be priced higher than the existing range
2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird: The new Thunderbird versions are very likely to split the motor and gearbox using the normal Thunderbird range. But, there are numerous modifications that set it apart in the normal version, like the brand new gazebo and chairs. The bicycles stand with black metal wheels shod with tubeless tyres and the motor receives a matte black finish rather than silver. The suspension and exhaust will also receive a similar matte black appearance. The headlamp and tail-lamp will be the very same units as the normal version, replete with an LED daytime running light along with an LED tail-lamp too.
Given its anticipated ‘younger’ target market, it might be intriguing to see whether the bicycle maker has chosen for a bigger (and uniform; the current Thunderbird runs a 19-inch front/18-inch back) 18-inch front wheel to improve its handling, particularly in the urban context. Disc brakes are regular at front and back although ABS is not likely to be provided — the very first Royal Enfields to attribute ABS is going to function as Interceptor/Continental GT 650 twins.
The 350X sports indistinguishable ergonomic and visual alterations since the 500X. It will get a blacked-out headlight terrace with an LED daytime running lamp and can also be equipped with a brand new, shorter angle (instead of this ape hangers on the standard Thunderbird). The digi-analogue twin-pod tool cluster has the blacked-out treatment using a chrome garnish around the dials. A significant change is that the all-new chair, a single-piece unit — including the broken chair on the standard Thunderbird — that seems contemporary and in-tune with the remainder of the bicycle’s allure. The pillion seat on the X does not have a backrest. The grab rail is also a notable characteristic — it’s neatly integrated beside the pillion seat and finishes at the tail-lamp unit. Additionally finished in matte black will be the exhaust along with the telescopic fork, in addition to the upper and bottom ends of the double shock absorbers.
The Thunderbird 350X is going to be available in white and red (gas tanks just — what is uniform, about the two variations) whereas the 500X will probably be offered in a bright yellow in addition to blue. Keeping with the Royal Enfield convention, more color choices are expected to make their solution into this particular range, more than time. Given the fluctuations on offer, we hope to observe a cost increment of about Rs 5,000 within the present models.