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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X

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Key specs
  • Displacement346 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported35 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight195 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 1,63,842

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X is now discontinued in India.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X Summary

Thunderbird 350X key highlights

Engine Capacity 346 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 35 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 195 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres
Max Power 19.8 bhp

About Thunderbird 350X

Royal Enfield saw a need in the market for an urban cruiser, and this is the result: the Thunderbird 350X. It gets a similar driveline as the regular Thunderbird 350, but there are a few changes. One, it is available in bright, single-tone colours in the same vein as the Classic Redditch series. The 350X is available in red or white. The handlebar is a flatter, wider one, which should help with manoeuverability in the city. It gets all-black treatment, which extends to the alloy wheels. This is the first time a Royal Enfield has been shipped with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres from the factory. It gets the same 346cc carburetted single-cylinder air-cooled engine from the Thunderbird 350. It generates 19.8bhp and 28Nm and transmits it via a five-speed gearbox. The wheels are a 19-inch front and an 18-inch rear. There are disc brakes at both ends, with a 280mm front disc and a 240mm rear one. ABS is now an option that makes the 350X Rs 6000 dearer. The seat of the Thunderbird 350X has been changed – it is a more modern-looking one. The rider’s seat is wider, and the pillion seat is smaller.

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X competes with the likes of the Bajaj Dominar 400 directly. Bikes like the Yamaha Fazer 25 also cater to a similar audience, although it is a different format of motorcycle.
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Stands apart in a crowd
    • Offers a well cushioned seat
    • Gets tubeless tyres 
  • Could be Better

    • Vibe-y in nature
    • Stiff suspension setup
    • Parts could be of better quality

BikeWale's Take

The Thunderbird 350X is for people looking for a custom bike from Royal Enfield. With its blacked-out components, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres the 350X is a modern step-up from the standard Thunderbird 350. 

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X Review

Royal Enfield, after decades of offering motorcycles with a classic appeal, has finally changed its own game with the Thunderbird 350X. Based on the standard Thunderbird, the 350X takes inspiration from custom motorcycles aforementioned for a completely different appeal altogether. Also, comparing the success of the Classic 350, the Thunderbird does not rake in much numbers for the manufacturer. Royal Enfield will hope to change that too, with the Thunderbird 350X.

Introduction

Pros/Cons

+ Custom bike appeal, well cushioned seat

- Vibe-y from the word go, stiff suspension setup.

Until recently, the idea of a 'macho' bike usually involved an unnecessarily heavy, iron laden motorcycle. That moniker, today, primarily speaks to cruisers with blacked-out components and flashy paint jobs. Even Harley-Davidson has taken that route. 

Now, Royal Enfield, after decades of offering motorcycles with a classic appeal, has finally changed its own game with the Thunderbird 350X. Based on the standard Thunderbird, the 350X takes inspiration from custom motorcycles aforementioned for a completely different appeal altogether. Also, comparing the success of the Classic 350, the Thunderbird does not rake in much numbers for the manufacturer. Royal Enfield will hope to change that too, with the Thunderbird 350X.

Quality

To get straight to the point, the quality of components on the Thunderbird 350X is surely above average if not the best. The handlebar grips on the bike feel better than the ones on the standard model. And while for the most part, the finish of the bike is up to the mark, one cannot ignore the inferior feel of the new plastic mirrors. I found myself re-adjusting them every 10 minutes as they droop down thanks to the vibrations and wind. While this is bothersome, it also poses a safety risk.

As with all Royal Enfield motorcycles, the paint on the 350X is top notch. The attention to minute detail is applaudable; the triple bolts that hold the headlamp are finished in anodized silver for a custom look. The LED projector headlamp with the LED DRL gets a slightly smoked reflector that also boosts its overall look. The new one-piece seat gets an Alacantra-like material with white stitching at the center of the seat that has a nice, premium feel to it.

Comfort

With a kerb weight of 195kgs, the Thunderbird 350X is anything but light. However, once astride, the bike feels considerably nimble. Most of this feel comes from the short handlebars which offer a relaxed yet slightly upright riding posture. It also makes filtering through traffic easier, adding brownie points to the Thunderbird 350X’s city cruiser characteristics. The one-piece seat is bliss to the backside. The rider’s seat consists of the right amount of contours and cushioning, while the pillion gets a wide area too. Although the absence of a backrest (like on the standard Thunderbird) could be a disadvantage to some, you can always swap the side grab rails for one at the dealership.

The bike rides well over smooth roads and minor undulations are taken care of without much fuss. But as you travel over bumpy roads, the suspension setup acts like the friend who is not there when you need them the most (sigh). Royal Enfield and vibrations are synonymous to each other since the beginning of time and the 350X is no different. The bike is vibe-y from the very moment you press the ignition switch with vibes felt at the handlebar and foot pegs.

While I thought I wouldn’t be able to take my mind off the vibrations and enjoy the ride, the Thunderbird 350X felt relaxed once on the highway. Shift to the highest gear and it feels at home cruising at the 80-100kmph mark. Mind you, this is at 3500-4000rpm and the bike redlines at around 5000rpm and that is where the vibrations kick in again.

Performance

The 350X is powered by a 349cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine. Although its 19.8bhp, 28Nm output might not seem like a lot, it is more than enough to pull you out of a traffic signal first. It also allows starting off even on the 3rd gear with barely any effort. The five-speed gearbox is clunky and false neutrals are a part of the experience.

Being a cruiser, speed is not the Thunderbird 350’s forte. It manages to do a top-speed of 120kmph in its own time. As I mentioned earlier, this bike is a breeze in traffic. However, lean into the corner and you can feel the weight of the burly engine. It is not very confidence inspiring, but again, scraping foot pegs is not what the Thunderbird 350X is meant to do.

Royal Enfield has equipped the bike with a rear disc brake, the biggest boon given I could hardly feel the bite of the front brakes. On the other hand, I came to love the exhaust note of the bike. Unlike the muted thump of the Classic 350, the Thunderbird 350X gets a gurgle in its tone, indicative of the bike’s nature.

Technology

Well, the 350X is equipped with everything you could get for an equal or even lesser priced motorcycle. Besides that, it does get features that are missing out on other Royal Enfield products. For one, the bike sports tubeless tyres; a first for the manufacturer. After all you would not want to be stranded with a flat tyre and a 195kg motorcycle anywhere. These tyres are wrapped on 9-spoke alloy wheels, also a first on any Royal Enfield motorcycle as standard. 

It continues to get the twin-pod instrument cluster with chrome bezels from the standard Thunderbird. The unit is well lit and the digital display is readable even in direct sunlight. The 350X misses out on the parking light which features on the standard bike.

Fuel Efficiency

The 350X returned just under 30kmpl, 29.3kmpl to be exact. The figure is low but it doesn't come as a surprise. The bike does weigh nearly 200kg, after all. But, add to it a fuel tank capacity of 20 litres, and it has a theoretical range of almost 600km. And that's not bad at all.

Fitness of Purpose

The Thunderbird 350X is aimed at the youth who want a bit of modernity in their Royal Enfield. The bike ticks the right boxes with its all-black components, alloy wheels, loud colour options and matching rim tapes that lend it the look of a custom bike. Even the shorter handlebar proved to be more than just an aesthetic element as it eased handling of the bike in tight traffic conditions.

Our Take

The Thunderbird 350X does look the part and attract attention; in our case, from Harley owners who thought it looked like one of theirs. However, the bike lags behind in terms of overall build quality. Better brakes, a more forgiving suspension setup and a vibe-free ride would make it a fun motorcycle on the highway as well as in the city.

 

Photography by Kapil Angane

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As reported by Thunderbird 350X owners, the real mileage of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X is 35 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 19.8 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

    Max Torque 28 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 346 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 70 mm

    Stroke 90 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 8.5 : 1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Carburetor

    Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 700 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 35 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 280 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 120 / 80 - 18" - 62 P TL

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres No

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 2 Piston Floating, Rear- Single Piston

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Front Tyre Size 90 / 90 - 19" - 52 P TL

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 41mm forks, 130mm travel

    Rear Suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 197 kg

    Overall Length 2,040 mm

    Overall Width 830 mm

    Wheelbase 1,350 mm

    Ground Clearance 135 mm

    Seat Height --

    Overall Height 1,140 mm

    Chassis Type Single down tube

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) No

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12 volt - DC

Battery12 volt, 14 Ah

Headlight TypeProjection type headlamp,

Headlight Bulb TypeH7 55 / 55 W

Brake/Tail LightLED lamp with position light guides

Turn SignalHazard Light featured for the first time on an Ind

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X User Reviews

4.5 706 ratings 251 reviews
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  •  5Worth buying thunderbird 350x 3 weeks ago by Mr Azhar, Belgaum

    It is worth buying thunderbird 350x. Bike is having a comfortable ride in city as well as highways. You won't have any backache issues while riding thunderbird 350x. It is capable of riding long distances. Its always pleasure and privilege to own RE but you have to main

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    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      31 kmpl

  •  5I own a rover red beast. 2 months ago by Sagar, Almora

    Tbx350 is the best bike in it's segment. I rode it around 20000 km in Himalayas region only. Till now no problems. No maintenance except routine service. Ride quality is awesome. Very comfortable for long rides. Fuel economy is also good. Looks very impressive and aggre

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    • Got mileage of

      35 kmpl

  •  4Pheonix rider 4 months ago by Vishesh Shukla, New Delhi

    I bought this bike around 2 years back comes with all in one package Royal Enfield. Attractive look comfortable posture. Also rode this bike for continuous 8 hours with just one 10 min halt. Felt no pain at all. Tested high speed went up to 120+ km/h. Note: taking it to

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  •  5Awesome Thunderbird 350x 5 months ago by Uday

    It is the best bike ever I got. I love this bike because of pick up and pull of the bike . Where you wont get same torque in any 350 segment It has made a legacy of 20 years. Then everyone who says it is not then they wont no the value of it . I like this bike because o

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  •  1Royal enfield thunderbird 350x worst bike 7 months ago by Rahul, New Delhi

    Worst re model, 350x thunderbird. Numerous of problems like never fill full fuel tank, it will start missing ignition upto fuel went less.Metre and disc cable finishing is worst.Handle bolt loosens every 15 to 20 kms. Metrer support clip breaks regularly.Front mud guard

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      34 kmpl

  •  1Failed model of re - thunderbird 350x 9 months ago by Sreenu, Chennai

    It is absolutely failed model of re in respect of quality of components. Fuel tank was already replaced once, and failed again; has to replace. Silencer fully corroded within 6 months, that too in summer season in chennai area; same was replaced. Digital meters, speedom

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