Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird 350X ABS version in India, priced at INR 1.63 lakh. The non-ABS variant of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X costs INR 1.56 lakh (both the prices are ex-showroom Delhi).
Unlike most other motorcycles, the Thunderbird 350X features a dual-channel ABS unit. Last week, an IAB reader shared a video of the Thunderbird 350X ABS, which has started arriving at Royal Enfield dealerships across India. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X is targeted towards ‘individualistic, bold, urban riders,’ and is inspired by the custom motorcycle culture in India.
It is the first Royal Enfield motorcycle to come equipped with alloy wheels (19-inch front and 18-inch rear) as standard. The Thunderbird 350X features bright paint schemes with matte black detailing and ‘custom’ parts. For instance, it uses a wide handlebar and a single-piece ‘gunslinger’ seat, while the pillion backrest is replaced by twin grab rails.
The alloy wheels are paired to a 90/90-section front, and 120/80-section rear MRF Nylogrip Zapper tubeless tyres. The telescopic front forks and twin gas-charged rear shock absorbers are borrowed from the standard model. A 280 mm front disc and a 240 mm rear rotor drops anchors to bring the bike to a standstill.
Powering the Thunderbird 350X ABS variant is the same 346 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that powers the Royal Enfield Classic 350. The carburetted motor is tuned to churn out a maximum power output of 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm along with a peak torque of 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm. A five-speed transmission transfers drive to the wheel via a chain drive.
On November 6, we reported about the launch of the rear disc variant of the Royal Enfield Bullet 350. However, the Bullet 350 doesn’t come with ABS even as an option, which will be made mandatory from 1 April 2019. The bike costs INR 1.28 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).