2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X Caught Testing With Significant Updates


The upcoming 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X will feature a more refined and powerful BS-VI compliant engine

After adding the compulsory ABS update to their motorcycle range Royal Enfield has now turned their attention towards updating their existing line of bikes with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms. The BS-VI emission norms will come into effect from April 1st, 2020. Recently Powerdrift has caught the 2020 Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle while it was being tested on the roads of Chennai.

However, it seems like the Classic 350 was not the only motorcycle which was caught testing that day. Powerdrift has released another set of fresh images of the 2020 Thunderbird X as well recently. The biggest change that the Classic and the Thunderbird range of cruisers will receive comes in the form of a new engine.

Few reports online state that the current UCE engine will not be able to meet the strict BS-VI emission norms. Thus, you can expect a completely new single-cylinder BS-VI compliant engine to power the upcoming Classic and Thunderbird range of motorcycles. Expect the new BS-VI compliant engine to also be much more refined than the current unit.


You can also expect RE to address the vibration issues that the motorcycles had in their updated range of motorcycles. Besides just the engine, the Thunderbird X cruiser’s rear disc brake has also switched sides and now is positioned towards the right side of the rear wheel. Whereas, the complete chain-drive setup is positioned towards the left side which is completely opposite setup than the current motorcycles.

Besides the new position of the disc brake, the cruiser also features a new exhaust which appears slimmer than the current unit. Take a closer look and you will also notice that the Thunderbird X also gets a revised seat which looks different than the current motorcycle and also different rear fender as well that is quite clear from the positioning of the number plate.

RE will most probably also make some changes to the chassis of the cruiser to make it lighter than before. This will not only give the Thunderbird X better fuel efficiency figures but will also help it to be quicker at the same time.