Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

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Key specs
  • Displacement499 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)27.2 bhp
  • Kerb Weight195 kg

Ex-showroom price in Mumbai

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Summary

Thunderbird 500 key highlights
Displacement 499 cc
Kerb Weight 195 kg
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Max Power 27.2 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

About Thunderbird 500

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is a cruiser bike available in 1 variant in india. Its price starts from ₹2,07,307 (ex-showroom). Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 generates 27.2 bhp of power and 41.3 nm of torque from its 499cc engine. Single cylinder engine of Thunderbird 500 has a 5 speed manual gearbox. With both rear and front disk brakes, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 also has an anti-locking braking system. This 195 kg bike is available in 3 colours.

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is the Chennai-based bike maker’s speciality cruiser motorcycle. Launched in 2005 in the 350cc avatar, it got the 500cc engine in 2013 and shares this mill with the standard 500 and the Classic 500.

The Thunderbird 500 is powered by a 499cc single cylinder mill that produces 27.2bhp and 41.3Nm of torque. The engine has been mated to a five-speed gearbox.

The bike is underpinned by a single downtube chassis which uses the engine as a stressed member. In the front, RE has fitted the Thunderbird 500 with 41mm telescopic forks and a 280mm disc brake while the rear gets five-step adjustable gas charged units and a disc brake. ABS is a Rs 14,000 option.

In terms of features, the Thunderbird 500 gets an electric start, full instrument panel with digital trip meter and a host of other sensors like side stand and low oil. The RE Thunderbird 500 is available in four colours. It is priced at Rs 1.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It competes with the Jawa and UM ranges of motorcycles.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Offers a comfortable riding position 
    • Has good amount of torque for highway touring
    • Easy availability of parts
  • Could be Better

    • Has a vibey engine
    • Could get better brakes

BikeWale's Take

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is a good touring motorcycle thanks to the comfortable riding position it offers. It gets sweptback handlebars, a well cushioned seat and neutral set footpegs. However, the Thunderbird 500 could do better with a more refined engine and better braking hardware. 

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 mileage

As reported by Thunderbird 500 owners, the real mileage of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is 28 kmpl.

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Thunderbird 500 Specifications & Features


  • Thunderbird 500 Engine & TransmissionEngine & Transmission

    Displacement499 cc

    Emission StandardBS-IV


    Max Power27.2 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

    Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

    Bore84 mm

    Stroke90 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder2

    Compression Ratio8.5 : 1

    Fuel Delivery SystemKeihin Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel TypePetrol

    IgnitionDigital Electronic Ignition

    Spark Plugs2 Per Cylinder

    Cooling SystemAir Cooled

    Gearbox TypeManual

    No. of Gears5

    Transmission TypeChain Drive

    ClutchWet multiplate

  • Thunderbird 500 Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Front Brake TypeDisc

    Front Brake Size280 mm

    Rear Brake TypeDisc

    Rear Brake Size240 mm

    Calliper Type2-Piston caliper

    Front Wheel Size19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size18 inch

    Front Tyre Size90/90-19, 52P MRF Zapper FM

    Rear Tyre Size120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C

    Tyre TypeTubed

    Radial TyresNo

    Wheel TypeSpoke

    Front SuspensionTelescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel

    Rear SuspensionTwin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjus

  • Thunderbird 500 Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight195 kg

    Overall Length2,060 mm

    Overall Width790 mm

    Overall Height1,205 mm

    Wheelbase1,350 mm

    Ground Clearance140 mm

    Seat Height775 mm

    Chassis TypeSingle downtube, using engine as stressed member

  • Thunderbird 500 Fuel Efficiency & PerformanceFuel Efficiency & Performance

    Fuel Tank Capacity20 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity3.5 litres

    Mileage - ARAI--

    Mileage - Owner Reported28 kmpl

    Fuel Efficiency Range--

    Top Speed--

    0 to 60 kmph--

    60 to 0 kmph--



Braking SystemDual Channel ABS


Fuel GuageYes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start


Stand AlarmYes

Stepped SeatYes

No. of Tripmeters2

Tripmeter TypeDigital

Low Fuel IndicatorYes

Low Oil IndicatorYes

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestYes

Pillion GrabrailYes

Shift LightNo



Electric System12 volt - DC

Battery12V 14Ah

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

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price

Thunderbird 500 ABS 2,07,307 (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 User Reviews

4.4 (105 ratings) 54 reviews
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    Service Experience

  •  5Ride for joy 3 weeks ago by Deepak, Ludhiana

    I own this bike for 5 years and it’s amazingly comfortable and reliable i have drive 300 kms in a day with this bike. Service cost is like any royal enfield bike. Has an extreme high speed as powered by 500 cc engine with good mileage of 32 km/ litre. Never gave problem and felt any unnecessary vibration in this bike.

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      32 kmpl

  •  3Royal bikes are lovable bikes 3 months ago by Ramabhadrarao, Rajahumundry

    High maintenance of this bike , and always the petrol pump is the main issue of this bike, it doesn't have a carburetor ,the pump injects the fuel . That is the main and utmost drawback of this bike .Re sale is too less and clutch cables are cutting off , when in heavy traffic, they are not reliable.

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    • Used it for


    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      17 kmpl

  •  5Strong machine on road 4 months ago by Allwyn Jerome, Nagercoil

    First i thought it would be only my dream. But soon after purchasing it, no words could explain it. It is my life's best partner on road and every time when i tried to experience my skill of driving, it reacts simply superb. I strongly recommend to road trip lovers. Never miss this machine else you loose one important person in lifetime.

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

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