The Thunderbird 500X is now available with dual channel ABS system and it is the most expensive single cylinder RE currently on sale in India
Royal Enfield officially announced earlier this year that they would bring ABS system to the entire portfolio soon and the latest product to get this safety feature is the Thunderbird 500X. The Thunderbird 500X ABS is priced at Rs. 2.13 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) and it is Rs. 14,000 more expensive than the regular model.
The Thunderbird X ABS also became the most the expensive Royal Enfield single cylinder model in the country. Like other models, the Thunderbird X also get the same dual channel ABS system and the only difference will be the ABS sticker apart from this the model remains the same. The ABS system can’t be turned off like in some other bikes.
The bike is powered by the same 499 cc single cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection producing 27.2 bhp of power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 5 speed gearbox and the company has given 20.5 litres of a fuel tank with 3.5 lite as a reserve as the cruiser offers decent mileage also.
The braking duties are handled by 280 mm disc at front and the rear get 240 mm single disc. Royal Enfield has given 41 mm forks at front with 130 mm travel and the rear gets twin gas charged shock absorbers. The engineers have tuned the suspension for ride quality.
The bike gets 19-inch wheels at the front and 18-inch at the rear with 90/90 section tyre at the front and 120/80 section tyre at the rear. The Thunderbird X is also one of the first Royal Enfield bikes to come with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres as standard. The cruiser is available in two bright colour options – Getaway Orange and Drifter Blue.
Even though the basic design has been carried over from regular Thunderbird but the X model gets a new seat, which is designed to make it more comfortable and the new model doesn’t get pillion seat. Royal Enfield Thunderbird X compete against Bajaj Dominar 400, KTM Duke 250 and TVS Apache RR 310.