Besides just the addition of the dual channel ABS, there are no visual or mechanical changes made to the Thunderbird 350 cruiser
After the Classic series, Royal Enfield has installed a dual channel ABS safety feature on the Thunderbird 350 as well. Royal Enfield is perhaps one of the first Indian two-wheeler manufacturers who is planning to equip their entire range with this life-saving feature ahead of the April 2019 deadline.
The ABS equipped variant of the motorcycle is priced at around Rs 1.54 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai) which is Rs 5,000 more than the non-ABS variant. Apart from the addition of the dual channel ABS system and the new ABS stickers on the front forks, there are no other cosmetic or mechanical changes made to the cruiser.
After the introduction of the new ABS setup on both the Classic as well as the Thunderbird range, both these models now complies with the Indian Government safety regulations which mandate all the two-wheelers above 150 cc to be equipped with the new safety features by April 2019.
While the smaller displacement motorcycles should be fitted with a combi braking system. RE has introduced ABS on the Thunderbird 350X as well as the 500X already and you can expect the Thunderbird 500 variant to also get the life saving feature soon.
Both the Thunderbird 350 as well as the Thunderbird X variants relies on a 280 mm front disc brakes with 2 piston calipers and a 240 mm rear unit with a single piston caliper for stopping.
Like we already mentioned above apart from the inclusion of a new ABS system there has been no mechanical or cosmetic changes made to the motorcycle. It is still powered by the same 346 cc twin-spark, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which produces around 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox.
Royal Enfield has already started working on the next generation Classic and Thunderbird models. The next generation models will not only get new BSVI compliant engines but they will also feature a refreshed design and additional features as well. You can expect the next generation Classic and Thunderbird models to hit the showrooms within the next 2 years.