The all new Royal Enfield Thunderbird now with a powerful 500 cc engine, a 20 litre tank, digital meter console, LED tail lamps and in three striking shades of black gives a new definition to Highway cruising.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated models from the Royal Enfield stable, Thunderbird 500 is poised to enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling amongst the touring enthusiasts. Coming soon from Royal Enfield this motorcycle with its distinctive "black" styling, this motorcycle is all set to make a distinct statement on the roads.

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Unique ‘Black’ styling and the 3D motifs



A head lamp console with the projector and LED light guide Halo ring


The futuristic instrument console with the digital LCD display with the 2 independent trip meters

Back rest

Split seats with a removable rear seat that can be used as a luggage carrier

Rear Brake

A rear disc brake & retractable foot pegs

Brake light

LED lamp with light guides


4 stroke, air cooled, all black 500cc engine.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 first ride, review

 Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird 500 has received a raft of notable touches to bring it up to date. A ride reveals more. Royal Enfield first launched its Thunderbird cruiser in 2002. And the latest variant of the Thunderbird 500 was first seen at this year’s Indian Auto Expo. We’ve recently ridden the latest T’bird on the Bangalore-Ooty highway to bring you this first impression.


An immediately visible change is a new headlight featuring a projector lamp. Stylish new instruments display an analogue speedometer and tachometer, with a digital display including a clock also in place. The new grips feel decent and both control levers have a solid, meaty feel to them. A hazard warning switch is standard, making for a Royal Enfield first.


The fuel tank is larger, well-proportioned with its filler lid offset at the top. And you now have the option of removing the pillion seat to increase luggage room. The 500 also gets a revised exhaust, LED tail-lamp and RE logos for its foot pegs.


Hindustan times
Type :
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled
Displacement :
Bore x stroke :
84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio :
Maximum Power :
27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque :
41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition System :
Digital Electronic Ignition
Clutch :
Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox :
5 Speed Constant Mesh
Lubrication :
Wet sump
Engine Oil :
15 W 50 API, SL Grade & above, JASO MA
Fuel Supply :
Electronic Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner :
Paper Element
Engine Start :

Type :
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled
Front suspension :
Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspension :
Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm

Wheelbase :
Ground Clearance :
140 mm
Length :
Width :
790mm ( Without Mirrors)
Height :
1205mm ( Without Mirrors)
Kerb Weight (with 90% Fuel ) :
195 Kgs
Fuel Capacity :
20 Ltrs

Tyres Fr. :
90/90-19, 52P MRF Zapper FM
Tyres Rr. :
120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C
Brakes Front :
280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear :
240mm Disc, Single piston caliper

Electrical System :
12 volt - DC
Battery :
12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp :
Projection type headlamp, H7 55 / 55 W
Tail lamp :
LED lamp with position light guides