The Thunderbird is a cruiser style motorcycle. This was the bike that brought practicality and focused more on the cruiser appeal of the motorcycle. It was introduced with an AVL engine in the year 2002. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is known as the Royal Enfield Rumbler in international markets. There was a change with the engine later. The bike was renamed Thunderbird Twinspark owing to the twin sparkplugs in the UCE. Other parts have seen only minimal changes from the original Thunderbird. The final drive chain is moved to the right side and it is the most obvious change from the old model apart from the new engine. The 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is a bike that has to comply with the BS6 emission norms and there are a lot of changes that have to made to the engine layout. Read ahead to find out what those are.

2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Launch

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 2017

The first launch of the Thunderbird in 2002 changed the way people looked at Royal Enfields. Royal Enfield will launch this BS6 compliant Thunderbird along with the classic and the Bullet. The classic has already been spotted with a few new essential features. The 2020 model of the Thunderbird will be launched around December or January. The launch of this bike will be a Grand one. Along with this, there will also be the launch of the Thunderbird X  which is the more youth-centric design.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Price
LaunchJanuary 2020

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Price

The current price of the Thunderbird 350 is Rs 1.57 lakhs. With all the changes made to the engine and the console, The new bike will cost around Rs 40,000 more. A lot of money has been spent into research and development of this vehicle and this will surely reflect in the pricing of the new model. The Thunderbird will be priced at around Rs 1.87 lakhs at least after the update. This will make it a big decision for many who are planning to buy a bike that almost costs 2 lakhs and offers much less than the competitors do.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Price
PriceRs 1.80 lakhs

2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Specifications

Engine Type
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air-cooled
Displacement346 cc
Max Power
20.07 PS @ 5250 rpm
Max Torque
28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
No. of Cylinders1
Cooling SystemAir Cooled
Valve Per Cylinder2
Drive TypeChain Drive
Starting
Kick and Self Start
Fuel SupplyFuel Injection
Clutch
Wet, Multi-Plate
Ignition
Transistorized Coil Ignition
TransmissionManual
Gear Box5 Speed

2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Colours

Royal-Enfield-Thunderbird-500-2017-front

There won’t be any new colors in the new Thunderbird. It will continue to have the same colors. It will have a lot of chrome bits.

  • Roving Red
  • Getaway Orange
  • Drifter Blue
  • Flicker
  • Whimsical White
  • Marine
  • Stone

2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 SpyShots

Thunderbird will have a slightly more cruiser-style riding position because its footpegs appear to be positioned about two or three inches further ahead than before. The rest of the bike appears to be identical to the test mule spotted earlier this month. It uses a new double-cradle chassis and features a more compact exhaust.

Royal Enfield Thunder Bird 2020

The platform appears to have undergone change as well, as the previous spy images show a new twin-down-pipe twin-cradle chassis. The engine still remains air-cooled but we expect it to be compliant to the stricter emission (BSVI) norms. As reported earlier in the Royal Enfield Classis spy shots, we believe the displacement of the motorcycle has gone up and the company may not sell similar motorcycles with two different engine sizes on offer. Similar treatment is expected across its portfolio.

2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird Top Speed

The Royal Enfield is a heavy bike. All this weight affects acceleration and bogs downs the Thunderbirds top speed too. The bike achieves a top speed of 107 which comes along with a lot of vibes. This bike can cruise easily at a speed of 60 without any vibration and offer a plush ride.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird Ride and Handling

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 2017 front end

The handling of this bike is like a cruiser motorcycle. The suspension is softly sprung. It’s not the most stable around corners. Secondly, the bike is heavy and steering in traffic is a task. All this won’t change with this update and the bike will this 2020 Thunderbird.

2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird Competition

This vehicle falls in the cruiser category. Currently there is bajaj avenger and the Suzuki intruder. Both these bikes cost lesser and provide more value for money. The reason why the Royal Enfield sells is because of the fans and the name it has in the market. This will continue to be same after the launch of 2020 

Also read: 2020 Royal Enfield Classic BS6 expected early

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