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4.22

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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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  • Tank
    Tank

    Unique ‘Black’ styling and the 3D motifs

  • Headlight
    Headlight

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

  • Speedometer
    Speedometer

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

  • Back rest
    Back rest

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

  • Rear Brake
    Rear Brake

    A rear disc brake & retractable foot pegs

  • Brake light
    Brake light

    LED lamp with light guides

  • Engine
    Engine

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

The Ultimate Highway Cruiser
Man’s World rides the Royal Enfield Thunderbird and comes up with its take on the motorcycle.
Posted On: Wed, June 26, 2013Source: Wheels
Days of Thunder – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Motoroids test the latest award winner performance motorcycle from Royal Enfield; The Thunderbird 500.
Posted On: Tue, March 19, 2013Source: Motoroids
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500: Road Test
It’s always a very exciting prospect when Royal Enfield launches a new flagship. The smallish Chennai based company has been churning out a steady stream of motorcycles almost since the days of the Raj and if anyone was to look at the kind of bike
Posted On: Mon, December 10, 2012Source: Zigwheels
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 s
Posted On: Mon, December 3, 2012Source: Hindustan times
Ride the Thunderbird, leave your worries behind
Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of the Eicher group which owns Royal Enfield, has every reason to be pleased. The iconic manufacturer of the Bullet is now going flat out with monthly numbers of 10,000 motorcycles. By mid-2013, the company will a
Posted On: Mon, December 3, 2012Source: The Hindu Business Line
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Feb 1, 2016
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A beautiful machine which comes second to none. Amazing performance, a genuine tourer and a head turner when cruising anywhere at 100+

Abhijith's review after using this product for 9104 KM. He uses his bike for Touring

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Dec 25, 2015
Raghava

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nice bike

Raghava's review after using this product for 10 KM. He uses his bike for Commuting

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Nov 9, 2015
Alok

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Admired Bullet since childhood, TB 500 is my third bike, to be very honest RE needs lot of technical R&D to improve its speed, engine sound and vibrations. Earlier in 80s when Bullet used to start it was compared with the heart beat, now bones, veins, crackling all sort of sounds screw that experience, the speedometer looks cheap chrome plastic the watch never will take yo... Read More

Alok's review after using this product for 892 KM. He uses his bike for Commuting

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Nov 1, 2015
Nilay

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This monster is the king of road. the higest speed i reached is 125kpm after 100 its vibrate little but good

Nilay's review after using this product for 150 KM. He uses his bike for Commuting

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Oct 31, 2015
Rahul

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I own it since 18 months , Other than the service centres messing up one or the other thing during every service and getting it serviced and leaving it there for days(Battery replacement took 12~13 days under warranty), This is a great bike for touring because of the factors like Great performance, Good looks, Reliable handling and descent mileage. The bikes ability under... Read More

Rahul's review after using this product for 15000 KM. He uses his bike for Touring

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Thunderbird 500

engine

TypeSingle Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled
Displacement499cc
Bore x stroke84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio8.5:1
Maximum Power27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition SystemDigital Electronic Ignition
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox5 Speed Constant Mesh
LubricationWet sump
Engine Oil15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel SupplyKeihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air CleanerPaper Element
Engine StartElectric/Kick

chassis & suspension

TypeSingle downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspensionTelescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspensionTwin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel

dimensions

Wheelbase1350mm
Ground Clearance140 mm
Length2060mm
Width790mm ( Without Mirrors)
Height1205mm ( Without Mirrors)
Seat Height775mm
Kerb Weight195 Kgs
Fuel Capacity20 Ltrs

brakes & tyres

Tyres Fr.90/90-19, 52P MRF Zapper FM
Tyres Rr.120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C
Brakes Front280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear240mm Disc, Single piston caliper

electricals

Electrical System12 volt - DC
Battery12 volt, 14 Ah
Head LampProjection type headlamp, H7 55 / 55 W
Tail LampLED lamp with position light guides
Turn Signal LampHazard Light featured for the first time on an Indian motorcycle