Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X vs Bajaj Dominar 400 - Spec comparison

01/03/2018 - 16:05 | ,  ,  ,   | Praveen M

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is the latest entrant in the cruiser market, and is set to woo the urban youth. The 2018 Bajaj Dominar 400 goes head-to-head with the new bike.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Orange right side India launch
The 500X has breathed a new lease of life into the ageing sub-brand.

The Bajaj Dominar 400 has a distinctive power cruiser design which is reminiscent of the Ducati Diavel. It is also packed with technology like full-LED lighting, digital console, modern powertrain and ABS. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X on the other hand, features a traditional cruiser design, but with urban youth-centric elements like Gunslinger seat, matte black styling with a brightly coloured tank. The bike also features alloy wheels with tubeless tyres for the first time. This makes the new 500X handle punctures much better than the regular variant.

Specifications Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Bajaj Dominar 400
Engine 499 cc single cylinder with air cooling 373.3 cc single cylinder DTS-I with liquid cooling and fuel injection
Peak Power 27.2 PS at 5,250 rpm 35 PS at 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm 35 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Transmission 5-speed 6-speed with slipper clutch
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork 43 mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Twin gas-charged shock absorbers Nitrox monoshock
Front Brake 280 mm disc, no ABS 320 mm disc with optional ABS
Rear Brake 240 mm disc, no ABS 230 mm disc with optional ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres 13 litres
Kerb Weight 197 kg 182 kg
Front Tyre 90 / 90 - 19" - 52 P Tubeless 110/70-17 Radial tubeless
Rear Tyre 120 / 80 - 18" - 62 P Tubeless 150/60-17 Radial tubeless
Wheelbase 1,350 mm 1,453 mm
Price, ex-showroom, Delhi INR 1,98,878 Non-ABS variant - INR 1,42,108

Twin-channel ABS variant -INR 1,56,270

While the Thunderbird trumps the Dominar with brute torque, the Dominar’s much more advanced engine allows for superior pickup. The Dominar is also 15 kg lighter, and thus translates into easier maneuverability. However, when it comes to riding range, the Dominar will require more stops because of its 7-litre smaller fuel tank.

2018 Bajaj Dominar 400 unveiled red front left quarter closeup
The 2018 iteration comes with gold-finished alloy wheels, and new colours.

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Coming to the braking performance, the Dominar is superior as it gets bigger discs and also twin-channel ABS as an option. All the modern equipment comes in at a very competitive pricing, making it a whopping INR 42,608 less expensive. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X on the other hand gives you custom-motorcycle-inspired design, with refreshing colours and the practicality of tubeless tires. The new design, backed with Royal Enfield’s cult image will appeal the brand’s enthusiasts looking for a stylish urban cruiser.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X - Image Gallery

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