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Royal Enfield's Thunderbird 500 is here

Last updated on: October 12, 2012 19:45 IST

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Faisal Ali Khan

The much-awaited 500cc version of Thunderbird was launched in Mumbai amidst much fanfare.

Royal Enfield has finally launched the Thunderbird 500 in the Indian market. The Thunderbird 500 is powered by a 499cc single-cylinder petrol engine which produces 27.2 BHP of power and 41.3 Nm of torque.

This engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.


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The Thunderbird 500 has many features unseen on a Royal Enfield. The bike carries a twin-pod instrument cluster with a digital display.

Stopping power is provided by disc brakes on the front as well as rear.




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The Thunderbird 500 also gets LED tail lamps, LED headlight with projector and 41mm forks.




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The Thunderbird 500 is available off the shelf currently but if demand is high, there could be waiting period. Currnetly Royal Enfield has a capacity to produce just 10,000 units a month from its old plant.




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The Thunderbird 500 is priced at Rs 1.83 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). It is available in three colours -- matte black, twilight black and all black.



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