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Thunderbird 500

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4.16

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The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 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.

The Thunderbird 500 is poised to enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling amongst touring enthusiasts. With its distinctive "black" styling, this motorcycle makes 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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Sep 28, 2017
Shiv

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Shiv's review after using this product for 15999 KM. He uses his bike for Touring

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Sep 8, 2017
Nijo

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Its been 3 months and i have crossed 5000kms with it. Great comfort with smooth handling both in tar road and off-road. The power is absolutely great. No problems till now. I am getting an avg of 35km/ltr in highway and 30 km/ltr in city. Mostly i use it for rides and long distance tours. One negative side which i felt was that still having 20ltr tank we can only fuel 13-1... Read More

Nijo's review after using this product for 5120 KM. He uses his bike for Touring

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17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Sep 2, 2017
Devesh

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Gear indicator, ABS, rider's back rest, side bag, tubeless tyres, alloy rims not present. Tachometers not competent as like Bajaj! It should have given a little chopper look.

Devesh's review after using this product for 670 KM. He uses his bike for Touring

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14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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Aug 13, 2017
Ayush

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Very poor quality parts used. Within 9000 km my bike has developed so much problems that i regret to own this bike. Would suggest no one to buy it. Fuel pump of bike is of such poor quality that it could last for only 2 yrs and 9000 kms and its cost if around Rs 18000. This is not only my problm but i have come to know of the same problem from many other people. Could not... Read More

Ayush 's review after using this product for 9000 KM. He uses his bike for Commuting

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52 of 62 people found this review helpful
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Jul 6, 2017
Neelabh

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A perfect cruiser, powerful yet relaxed. Massive torque, hence power when you need it. A head turner, a beautiful machine. Royal in every sense. Oh yes, it is butter smooth, very less vibration, smooth gears shifting. Two requests to RE: 1. Get rid of halogen and bring in LEDs 2. Leg guards.

Neelabh's review after using this product for 600 KM. He uses his bike for Touring

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Thunderbird 500

engine

TypeSingle Cylinder, 4 stroke, Spark ignition, Aircooled, Fuel injection
Displacement499cc
Bore x stroke84mm X 90 mm
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 & above, JASO MA 2
Fuel SupplyElectronic 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

Wheelbase1350 mm
Ground Clearance135 mm
Length2060 mm
Width790 mm (Without Mirrors)
Height1205 mm (Without Mirrors)
Seat Height
Kerb Weight197 Kgs (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity20 Ltr

brakes & tyres

Tyres Fr.90/90 - 19
Tyres Rr.120/80 - 18
Brakes Front280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear240mm Disc, Single piston caliper

electricals

Electrical System12 volt - DC
Battery12 volt, 14Ah
Head LampProjection type headlamp, H7 55 / 55 W
Tail LampLED lamp with position light guides
Turn Signal Lamp12V, R10W X4nos Hazard Light featured for the first time on an Indian motorcycle