Royal Enfield by its name reflects royalty and grandeur. The age old bike is still a desirable dream for many bike lovers as it gives a quality riding experience. The bike is available in the market at dealers and also at second hand rate. The cruiser has been a craze since the time it has been launched in India and has been customised and redesigned by the owners in different styles. Sometimes the quality is compromised while using various spare parts which hamper the performance of the bike. Therefore one should always be careful in customising their Royal Enfield Bikes. In 2012 the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 was released and since then it has been an apple of eye for the consumers. This bike comes with many enhancive upgrades to entice the potential buyers. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 price is around two lakhs. If maintained properly it gives a power-packed performance.
The cruiser gears up to the maximum speed of 130 Kph. The four stroke powerful engine of 499cc gives a maximum power of 27.2 Bhp at 5250 rpm and torque of 41.3nm at 4000rpm. The broad wheelbase of 1350mm gives good grip on the Indian roads. Other upgraded specifications are LED tail lamps, convenient step up seat, jet black engine giving it a robust look and a modern projector headlamp. With digital fuel gauge and trip meter it has an analogue tachometer; one can view the indications clearly. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 features are quite impressive and the overall performance and adequate fuel efficiency of 30km per litre on highways makes this cruiser in the hit list of its buyers.Speaking about the comfortability, the wheeler is nicely embedded with cushioned seats and the high rise seats gives rest to the thighs as well. The backrest for the pillion rider is quite comfy. Driving this bike gives an ultimate experience and keeps you at ease.
The foot rest are adequately placed which keeps the rider at ease. However looking at the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 pictures it looks same as the earlier versions but there are some upgrades in the new variant Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. Let’s talk about the maintenance of this two wheeler, once you book your dream bike always do a PDI i.e. Pre Delivery Inspection to avoid any dents, scratches or any unpainted area on your cruiser. It should be given proper run in time period with accurate speed for the first 2000 to 2500 kms as it increases the durability of its performance. One should warm up the bike before heading to ride it. Be careful with the electrical bindings as most of the times after customising the bike you tend to end up with fake spare parts like the high intensity discharge lights which are available fake in the grey market.
The best option for durability is to keep the stock HID lights which are quite reliable. One can get the bike accessorized with crash bar to protect it from nicks and pricks. The crash bar can be wrapped with nylon wrapping which prevents rust. While customisation many prefer to change the silencer, however, the wise option is to use the stock silencer for better and high performance and change it only after its run in the time period. The spokes are advised to be replaced with a steel plated one to avoid rusting. Always be careful about the pressure on the tyres which should be maintained properly i.e. For solo it should be 20-22 PSI and 30-32 PSI for pillion.