Royal Enfield Thunderbird X is a Refreshed Urban Cruiser

The latest addition to Royal Enfield’s fleet in India gets alloy wheels and dual-side disc brakes. 

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Thunderbird X is the latest addition to Royal Enfield’s family of cruiser bikes. 
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While everybody waits for the Royal Enfield 650 Twins to make their official debut, the popular cruiser-maker has come out with a new addition to its Thunderbird lineup.

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird X will be launched alongside the standard Thunderbird variant, with a price tag starting from Rs 1.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 350 variant. There’s also a 500cc option of the Thunderbird X that’ll cost you Rs 1.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Both these bikes can be booked at Royal Enfield stores across major cities, as confirmed by the company. What’s new about these two Thunderbirds?

As you can see below, the Thunderbird X is a step-up from the standard variant, with a different design as well as riding profile. The seating is slightly lower now, and it has been combined to form a unified part, which could work in favour of the pillion rider.

Thunderbird X comes in 350cc and 500cc variants. 
Thunderbird X comes in 350cc and 500cc variants. 
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The wide handlebar definitely gets our attention, which helps the Thunderbird to transform from a hunk to an urban, nimble cruiser. Both Thunderbird X 350 and 500 get similar design changes, with round headlamp, alloy wheels and an extended silencer that does look appealing.

Twenty-litre sculpted fuel tank on both the variants of Thunderbird X. 
Twenty-litre sculpted fuel tank on both the variants of Thunderbird X. 
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What also works for us is the blacked-out theme of both the X bikes, and for a change, there’s very little chrome to notice on a Royal Enfield cruiser bike.

Blacked-out theme of the Thunderbird X is a looker. 
Blacked-out theme of the Thunderbird X is a looker. 
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Plush leather seating will please riders. 
Plush leather seating will please riders. 
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The choice of colours for this bike – blue, orange, white and red among others – are not the set of hues you’d associate with RE, but they feel urban consumers want it, so they’re getting it.

The tail lamp becomes prominent at the back. 
The tail lamp becomes prominent at the back. 
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The design changes add a different dimension to the tail lamp, which is more revealing than before.

Round-shaped headlamp on the Thunderbird X. 
Round-shaped headlamp on the Thunderbird X. 
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Coming to the power under the hood, Thunderbird X 350 and 500 pack 19.8 bhp and 27.2 bhp of power respectively. Torque ratio on both these bikes has been tuned at 28Nm and 41.3Nm. You get both the variants mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

Same 350 and 500cc engines from the standard Thunderbird for these two. 
Same 350 and 500cc engines from the standard Thunderbird for these two. 
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Royal Enfield believes that urban buyers would like the addition of alloy wheels with tubeless tyres on the Thunderbird X, which also comes with standard disc brakes on both tyres, 280mm on the front and 240mm at the back.

Tubeless tyres and disc brakes on both sides for the Thunderbird X.
Tubeless tyres and disc brakes on both sides for the Thunderbird X.
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The bikes get a 20-litre fuel tank, more than adept to handle long-distance riding. It’s got a ground clearance of 135-mm, and weight is similar to that of the standard Thunderbird.

New-look Thunderbird gets a moderate price bump. 
New-look Thunderbird gets a moderate price bump. 
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Now, the big question is, how different are they from the standard variant? Stay tuned for that with The Quint.

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