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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Royal Enfield- Thnderbird 500- Redifens Higway Cruising

Highway cruising has got a new meaning with the launch of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. perhaps one of the most anticipated models from the Royal Enfield stable. It enhances the pleasure of leisure motorcycling among touring enthusiasts.
The Thunderbird 500 - a one of its kind motorcycle that provides more power, comfort and style for long distance riding. Thunderbird 500 has its unique 360 degree design language and high powerd engine. Royal Enfield has again upped the ante in leisure motorcycling.
Royal Enfield -Thunderbird 500

Thunderbird 500 comes in three shades -  Stone, which has an understated Matte finish and rugged texture that captures the effortless strength of the legend;
Flicker, a fitting tribute to the rider's spirit and Twilight, an inspired blue-black finish that stands for the rider who stays steady under the changing skies.

The special LED ring with a headlamp and LED tail lamps are other significant aspects of the bike.With an equally powered low and high beam, the lights address the biggest challenge of night-time visibility faced by most motorcyclists, while cruising on the highway.

 In addition there is large 20 liters fuel tank that gives the bike its muscular look and does away with the need to stop frequently for fuel.

The design of the thnderbird 500 is simultaneous to its function. For instance, the seat has been designed to suit the new foot pegs position. It also opens using a lock mechanism, accessible through the side panel. True to its concept as a more 'touring friendly ' motorcycle, the seperately-mounted pillion seat can be removed to accommodate luggage. The high rise handlebars have been designed for optimal reach and ergonomics.

Since the ultimate highway cruising experience cannot be devoid of safety, the Thunderbird 500 is equipped with innovative features that ensure the protection of both the rider and the bike. The main ignition lock on the Thunderbird 500 also functions as a central steering lock. 
The inclusion of hazard lamps in the switch gear is a first for a motorcycle manufactured in India. To complete the package stopping power has been added with the addition of a disc brake at the rear, mounted on the new improved oval section swing arm.

Technical Specification of Thunderbird 500 :
 

engine

TypeSingle Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled
Displacement499cc
Bore x stroke84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio8.5:1
Maximum Power27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition SystemDigital Electronic Ignition
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox5 Speed Constant Mesh
LubricationWet sump
Engine Oil15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel SupplyKeihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air CleanerPaper Element
Engine StartElectric/Kick     

 

chassis & suspension

TypeSingle downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspensionTelescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspensionTwin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm trave


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