Royal Enfield has launched the ABS version of Thunderbird 500X in the country. The Urban-Centric motorcycle is now available in two variants, the STD and ABS.Royal Enfield demands a premium of Rs.15000 for ABS equipped version over the regular model. The price for the STD variant stands at 1.99 lakhs and ABS variant stands at 2.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Mechanically, the bike remains the same. The bike is powered by the same 499 cc air-cooled unit which produces 27.2 hp of power and 41.3 nm of torque.
Thanks to backed out parts and bright paint job, the Thunderbird 500X does stand out in the crowd and turns people heads. The new handle bars provides a more focused riding position and front setup is so that it tells the rider of what front end is doing, which was missing on the previous iterations of thunderbird. Despite of changed lean angle due to handle bars, footpads still are on a relaxed position which will make the rider uncomfortable on longer rides, but as this thunderbird is focused on urban generation this may not be a problem to them. Pillion rider comfort is taken care of in 500X as there is back rest which is much cushioned and a grab rail which is missing on 350X.
Curb weight of this bike stands at 197 Kg, but the pull you will feel of 41 nm torque is quite enough to take up to speeds in triple digits in no time. The vibrations are there and on long routes it will take a toll on the rider but Royal Enfield has still got that charm and trust of the riders because of which it has positioned itself as a tourer especially on leh-ladakh route.
In the near future, RE will face a tough competition from Jawa but we are going to still witness to the prayer flags on RE motorcycles along the routes of Delhi to Leh.