The BS-VI compliant Royal Enfield Thunderbird has been spied by a Rushlane reader. This time around, the upcoming motorcycle was seen fully loaded with optional accessories.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird test unit bears a tall windscreen, leg guard and new bar-end weights. Besides that, the bike is fitted with chrome saddlebag mounts and chrome handlebar. Also, the presence of alloy wheels in the Royal Enfield Thunderbird confirms that this one is the Royal Enfield Thunderbird Thunderbird X.
Apart from the optional accessories, the 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X features a new seat and shorter mudguard. The motorcycle is also fitted with a new circular headlamp which retains the retro charm. The dual pod instrumentation console has been replaced with a new single pod unit. This one too gets a mix of analogue and digital readouts. Besides that, both the front and rear discs are now fitted on the right side.
The new Royal Enfield Thunderbird will be suspended over conventional telescopic fork up front and twin springs in the rear. The current model is offered with two engine options, a 350 cc unit and a 500 cc unit. The 346 cc air-cooled mill produces 20 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque. The bigger 499 cc engine features fuel injection and produces 27.6 PS of power and 41.3 Nm of torque. Both the engines are linked to a 5-speed gearbox and have an archaic push-rod setup.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird' BS-VI compliant engines may carry the existing push-rods setup. However, we would love to see a newer overhead cam (OHC) layout. Royal Enfield has used an OHC setup in both its new engines (Himalayan and 650 Twins).
The current Royal Enfield Thunderbird and the current Royal Enfield Thunderbird X are priced from INR 1.56 lakh and INR 1.64 lakh respectively (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
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