Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500




Make Model

Royal Enfield Thunderbird




Air Cooled, four Stroke, single Cylinder,  OHV,


Bore x Stroke 84 x 90 mm
Compression Ratio 8.5 : 1


Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Electrical 12V System; Headlamp 60/55W; Tail lamp 21/5W

Ignition  /  Starting

Electronic Ignition   /  Electric and Kick Start

Max Power

27.2 hp @ 5250 rpm

Max Torque

41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed (left foot gear shift)   /  chain

Front Suspension

Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel

Rear Suspension

Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel

Front Brakes

Single 280mm disc 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 240mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

90/90 -19

Rear Tyre

120/80 -18
Wheel base 1350mm

Wet Weight

195 Kg

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres

The 2012 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is a larger displacement version of the 346cc Thunderbird which Royal Enfield first unveiled in 2000. The original Thunderbird 350 was Royal Enfield’s first model to use a unit construction engine. The new T-Bird 500 uses the larger 499cc UCE engine found on Royal Enfield’s Classic 500, which claims an output of 26hp and 30.5 ft-lb.

The suspension uses new 41mm forks replacing the 350 version’s 35mm forks, while the swingarm uses a new oval section design. The Thunderbird 500 also swaps the 350′s rear drum brake with a disc brake.

Other highlights include a new 55W projector headlight and LED tail lamp and indicators, a new twin pod instrument panel, blackened engine, bungee cord hooks (with cords included) and updated passenger seat with removable back pad.

Siddhartha Lal, chief executive officer of Royal Enfield’s parent company Eicher Motors MD says the company will continue to produce the 350cc Thunderbird which accounts for 1000 units in sales per month, out of 7,000 units Royal Enfield sells each month in India.

“We don’t plan to discontinue the 350cc model. The new variant is just an extension of the Thunderbird range,” Lal tells Indian daily The Hindu.

The 2012 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 will arrive in Indian showrooms later this year. There is no word yet on availability in other markets however.