Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X & 500X India launch on February 22 – Report
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The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X will be launched in the country on February 22, as per Express Drives’ source.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X are trendier versions of their respective base bikes. Instead of spoke wheels, they use alloys. The two bikes also feature funkier paint jobs with matching rim stickers. The seat is now a single piece unit. The rear gets split grab rails instead of the cushioned back rest. Instead of the wide rear-view mirrors, this Royal Enfield uses circular units. The handlebar is different too, for a slightly sportier riding position.
Expect the powertrain to remain the same as the regular Thunderbird. The Thunderbird 350 gets a 346 cc single cylinder mill that makes 19.8 bhp of power at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Thunderbird 500 employs a bigger 499 cc single cylinder engine that is good for 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Gearbox for both the bikes is a 5-speed unit.
The suspension bits are also the same, with telescopic front fork and twin rear gas-charged shock absorbers combo. The media house reports that the bike may get ABS as an option. Brakes include 280 mm front and 240 mm rear disc.
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[Source: Express Drives]
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