- Royal Enfield Thunderbird X caught on test
- The design seems to be more retro
- Is likely to be launched in early 2020
Royal Enfield has been caught testing the next-gen Thunderbird X in the country with spy images revealing the rear end of the motorcycle.
The current Thunderbird X gets a tail lamp setup similar to the standard Thunderbird. However, Royal Enfield has made an effort to distinguish the upcoming models from each other. Its most noticeable change is the circular tail lamp that is protruding out from the short rear fender.The tail lamp comes with a chrome bezel that further adds to its retro feel. However, it continues to sport the same turn signals as the current Thunderbird X which gets black-finished mounts.
The upcoming Thunderbird X is also likely to sport the same redesigned seats and grab rails as the standard Thunderbird which was also spotted testing in the country a while ago. And going by the changes on that motorcycle, we can expect the new Thunderbird X to sport a redesigned exhaust and air-filter box to mildly change the look of the motorcycle.
Royal Enfield has also worked on revising the mechanicals on the bike by shifting the final drive to the left side whereas the disc brake is now on the right. The Thunderbird is likely to continue with the 346cc and 499cc displacements on the current model. However, it's engines would be BS-VI compliant. We expect Royal Enfield to launch the next-gen Thunderbird sometime next year along with the BS-VI compliant Thunderbird and Classic. Given the updates, it is likely to cost a slight premium over the current model.