Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

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

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 2,06,747

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is now discontinued in India.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Summary

Thunderbird 500 key highlights

Displacement 499 cc
Top Speed 130 Kmph
Kerb Weight 195 kg
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About Thunderbird 500

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 Price

Thunderbird 500 Standard 1,90,701 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels
Thunderbird 500 ABS 2,06,747 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

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


  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 27.2 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

    Max Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 499 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 84 mm

    Stroke 90 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 8.5 : 1

    Ignition Digital Electronic Ignition

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 3.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 560 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 28 kmpl

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 280 mm

    Rear Brake Type Disc

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

    Rear Tyre Size 120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type 2-Piston caliper

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Radial Tyres No

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Suspension Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel

    Rear Suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjus

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 195 kg

    Overall Length 2,060 mm

    Overall Width 790 mm

    Wheelbase 1,350 mm

    Ground Clearance 140 mm

    Seat Height 775 mm

    Overall Height 1,205 mm

    Chassis Type Single downtube, using engine as stressed member

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Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestYes

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation --

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

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

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

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 User Reviews

4.3 (108 ratings) 57 reviews
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  •  5King on the road 2 months ago by Vinod Nair, Indore

    Buying experience was good , the team at the showroom helped me in getting my bike ready. When you ride this bike you will feel you are the kings moving on the road.You will feel more comfortable ride long distance. The thunderbird 500 looks very beautiful with 20 litre

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  4Bike for daily commute and touring too 6 months ago by Ajay, New Delhi

    I bought the bike in 2014 since then i have done around 11000 km both in city mainly commuting to office market and also have done short and long tours my bike has a shiny black colour with some chrome thrown in the bike has a great pickup and also lot of low end and mi

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    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      24 kmpl

  •  1Inferior spare parts 8 months ago by Jayesh, Bangalore

    I brought this in 2014 july month. There was no issues till i rode and done 2nd service. First complaint was with petrol gauge sensor's. It wasn't working and they had replaced. But it got failed repeatedly. 2nd issue was with the self start. Almost all the parts with r

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

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