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.