Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X vs UM Renegade Sports S - spec comparo
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X is targeted at young urban riders. It rivals the UM Renegade Sports S, which is UM’s least expensive liquid-cooled cruiser.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X looks more contemporary than the regular variant, and gets alloy wheels wrapped with tubeless tyres for the first time. The seat is also a single-piece ‘Gunslinger’ unit, and along with the flatter handlebars, the riding position is slightly sporty. The UM Renegade Sports S has a design that is reminiscent of the Harley-Davidson Street 750, particularly its café-racer inspired headlight cowl. UM targets urban tourers with the bike. The Sports S also comes with LED light strips below the tank and a USB charging port.
|Specifications||Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X||UM Renegade Sports S|
|Engine||346 cc single cylinder with air cooling and carburettor||279.5 cc single cylinder with liquid cooling and fuel injection|
|Maximum Power||19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm||25.15 PS @8500 RPM|
|Peak Torque||28 Nm at 4,000 rpm||23 NM @7000 RPM|
|Front Suspension||41 mm telescopic fork||41 mm telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Twin gas-charged shock absorbers||Twin hydraulic springs|
|Front Brake||280 mm disc||280 mm disc|
|Rear Brake||240 mm disc||130 mm drum|
|Front Tyre||90 / 90 - 19" - 52 P TL||110/90-16|
|Rear Tyre||120 / 80 - 18" - 62 P TL||140/90-15|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||20 litres||18 litres|
|Kerb Weight||195 kg||179 kg|
|Ground Clearance||135 mm||200 mm|
|Price||INR 1,56,849, ex-showroom Delhi||INR 1,59,652, ex-showroom Delhi|
While the price difference between the two motorcycles is only INR 2,803, the Sports S enjoys a much more sophisticated engine, and has a 5.35 PS power advantage over the 350X. It is also lighter than the 350X by 16 kg. However, the Thunderbird 350X gives out 5 Nm more than the Sports S. The 6-speed transmission will help the Sports S achieve better cruising speed than the Thunderbird.
The Thunderbird, on the other hand, features disc brakes on both ends and has a larger fuel tank capacity as well. The headlamp is a projector unit whereas the Sports S comes with halogen. The brand reach of Royal Enfield is also relatively superior to UM. But UM offers a four-year/ 40,000 km extended warranty, whichever comes first.