The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 X
is a factory-made custom version of the Thunderbird cruiser featuring several styling elements that help it differentiate itself from the standard Thunderbird. The most prominent among them is the paint scheme, bright-coloured tank, colour-coordinated rim stickers and 9-spoke alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres.
The new safety norms that come in effect from April 2019 state that all bikes above 125cc have to be fitted with an anti-brake lock system (ABS).
However, the Thunderbird 500X gets no other changes apart from ABS. It retains the same 499cc single-cylinder that produces 27.5 PS of power and 41.3 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Braking duties are handled by a 280 mm disc at front and a 240 mm disc in the rear.
Royal Enfield has launched the much-anticipated Thunderbird 500 X ABS at Rs 2.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
This represents a price hike of a little over Rs 14,000 as compared to the non-ABS version of the motorcycle. The cruiser sports a black-themed bodywork that contrasts well with the two offered colour options (Getaway Orange & Drifter Blue), something that’s more appealing to the younger audience that Royal Enfield seems to be targeting with this bike.
By launching the ABS variant of the Thunderbird 500 X, Royal Enfield has taken head on to the Perak, Jawa’s own bobber variant. Perak, the 334cc liquid cooled single cylinder motor is larger than the Jawa and Jawa Forty Two’s 293cc motor. It also makes more power and torque than the other two bikes: 30PS and 31Nm. It gets a six-speed gearbox. The Perak will be launched later next year and will retail for Rs 1.89 lakh (ex-Delhi).
More importantly, Royal Enfield is now one step closer towards equipping its entire range of motorcycles with ABS as the Classic, the Himalayan and the normal Thunderbird series of motorcycles have already received the life-saving feature. The Bullet is now the only model from Royal Enfield yet to receive ABS.