Check out Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 review, price list, mileage, specifications, colors available, competitors and other details.
Royal Enfield is a matter of pride for Indians across the world. Not just motorists or motorcycle enthusiasts but every Indian in any corner of the world should be proud of the fact that the world’s oldest production motorcycle company is still in production and thriving right out of our motherland.
Over the last couple of years, Royal Enfield has broken free of its traditional practices and moved to a more modern approach towards its products. The offerings from the company encompass a Retro street, a Cruiser, Standard street, Cafe Racer, and the recently introduced Adventure tourer. Most of the latest models of the company feature modern updates in some capacity or the other and one such offering is the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350. The factor that distinguishes it from its bigger twin is the displacement of the engine and the fuel-injection system it incorporates. So, let’s take a look at what makes this baby Thunderbird a catch after all.
The bike measures at 2060 mm in length, 790 mm in width, 1205 mm in height and the wheelbase stands at 1350 mm. More importantly, however, is the kerb weight of the new machine which weighs at 192 kgs which happen to be very manageable even for the most novice rider. The stability of the ride has also been substantially improved as a result courtesy of a 140mm ground clearance which also improves the bike’s handling characteristic around the corners.
|Model||Prices (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
At the front, one can’t help but notice the classic round headlight cluster which now happens to incorporate an all-new H7 55 / 55 W projector headlamp. The attention to detail can even be admired in the turn indicators which apparently have been designed to be reminiscent of actual bullets.
The user-friendliness and comfort offered by the bike are further enhanced by its instrument cluster which has been now updated to feature both analogue digital gauges. This makes it receiving information substantially easier for the rider, like that of the fuel level indicator, trip meter amongst others. The new cruiser also features a high handlebar and a teardrop shaped fuel tank which is painted in the same updated colour scheme that is incorporated into its big brother. All of this comes together to bestow rider with a very comfortable riding position.
Moving onto the rear of the motorcycle, we see a double saddle seat and an elegantly designed compact LED taillight cluster.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 features a hazard function which makes the side indicators flash intermittently, therefore, making the motorcycle visible on dark streets or while riding on highways.
Engine and Specifications
The new motorcycle features a 346cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, twin spark, air-cooled engine, which can produce 19.8bhp at 5250 rpm and 28Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm. This powerplant comes mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, that comes in sync with a wet, multi-plate clutch.
|Engine Displacement||346 cc|
|Engine Type||Single cylinder, 4-stroke|
|Gearbox||5-speed constant mesh|
|Start Mechanism||Self/ Kick start|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||20 litres|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity||3.5 litres|
|0-100 kmph||17 seconds|
Royal Enfield claims that the bike can deliver a fuel economy of 53.4kmpl and will also be able to achieve a top speed of 130 km/h.
Braking and Handling
Thunderbird 350 comes with 90/90 – 19, 52P front and 120/80 – 18, 62P rear tyres which are more than capable of providing a firm grip on all terrains. The motorcycle comes with a 280mm front disc brake with 2-piston calliper and a 240mm rear- disc brake with a single piston calliper. The suspension components of the Thunderbird 350 incorporate 41mm telescopic forks in the front, which offer 130mm travel and a set of Twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear with a 5-step adjustable preload that comes with 80mm travel and are more than apt for a comfortable cruise.
|Brakes||Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350|
Tyres and Wheels
|Wheels||Front: 19 inches
Rear: 18 inches
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is available in 5 colours viz. Flicker, Marine, Lightning, Stone and Asphalt.
The updated Royal Enfield Thunderbird faces competition from the likes of UM Renegade Commando and the new Bajaj Avenger and Dominar.
- Updated design and features
- Modern colour scheme
- Fuel tank capacity
- Comfortable riding position
- Lack of weight shedding