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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

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Key specs
  • Displacement499 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported33 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight197 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 2,14,241

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is now discontinued in India.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Summary

Thunderbird 500X key highlights

Engine Capacity 499 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 33 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 197 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres
Max Power 27.2 bhp

About Thunderbird 500X

Royal Enfield saw a need in the market for an urban cruiser, and this is the result: the Thunderbird 500X. It gets a driveline similar to the regular Thunderbird 500, 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 500X is available in light blue or bright orange. The handlebar is a flatter, wider one, which helps 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 499cc fuel-injected single-cylinder air-cooled engine from the Thunderbird 500. It generates 27.2bhp and 41Nm 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 a Rs 14,000 option. The seat of the Thunderbird 500X has been changed – it is a more modern-looking one. The rider’s seat is wider, and the pillion seat is smaller. The pillion backrest has also been left out.

The pricing of the Tbird 500X makes it the most expensive single-cylinder Royal Enfield on sale today. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X competes with the likes of the Bajaj Dominar 400 ABS and UM Renegade Sports S directly. Bikes like the KTM 250 Duke and TVS Apache RR310 are priced similarly, although their target audience is a very different one.
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Great motorcycle for city commuting
    • 500cc engine offers plenty of torque
    • Gets cool-looking colours
  • Could be Better

    • Quality of parts isn't upto the mark
    • Engine has vibrations
    • Costs a bit too much

BikeWale's Take

The Thunderbird 500X is a retro urban version of Thunderbird touring bikes. The 500cc engine offers great torque that results into fantastic rideability. The comfort level is pretty good. But Royal Enfield should work on improving the quality of the parts.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Review

This is new Royal Enfield Thunderbird. It has the same engine, the same chassis, the same brakes, and the same performance as the older Thunderbird. Which, by the way, is still on sale. 

What is it?

Why would I buy the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 X?

Is 'the' hooligan bullet, makes filtering through traffic a breeze, draws eyeballs.

Why would I avoid the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 X? 

Vibey nature, poor brakes, needs better suspension setup.

This is new Royal Enfield Thunderbird. It has the same engine, the same chassis, the same brakes, and the same performance as the older Thunderbird. Which, by the way, is still on sale.  

But, the new bike gets an extra moniker, a brighter fuel tank, no rear back rest, and a new handlebar. Nevertheless, the thing I appreciate the most is the inclusion of alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. 

Sure, spoke wheels look great. But given the life of convenience we lead these days, tubeless tyres are just easier to live with than tubed versions. Who in their right mind would want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a puncture just so one can polish a set of chrome wheels on any given Sunday?

How is it to ride?

The new Thunderbird X is almost identical to ride as the regular Thunderbird, which isn't a surprise given that it's the same mechanically. 

So, it still has a light throttle, the gear shifts are reasonably precise, and it still feels happiest when ridden between 2,000-3,500rpm. At these engine speeds, the vibrations are well contained and there's enough grunt to haul the bike around without it feeling lazy or sluggish. What’s more, whacking open the throttle produces a nice intake roar instead of unwanted flat spots. 

But, rev it past that, and things turn bad quite fast. The vibrations, which can be felt via the seat, footpegs and handlebar, become unbearable past 4,000rpm. Plus, the rate of acceleration drops significantly post this, leaving you with no motivation to rev the bike anymore. The redline is around 5,000rpm and it cuts in quite rudely.

 

In fact, the Thunderbird 500X is best ridden between 80-90kmph in fifth gear. This also allows you to work around the wooden feel of the brakes. The front ones, in particular, offers very little feel, and I found myself using the rear brake quite often to compensate for an unexpected locked front wheel. And yes, there's no ABS on the 500X to save you from that. 

The ride again is a mixed bag. The bike handles minor road undulations and bumps and potholes without troubling the rider much. But, in the face of something more severe, the rear bucks around like a bull. The latter isn't very good for your back.

 

Considering that its suspension, chassis, the wheel and even tyre sizes are the same as the regular Thunderbird, there's very little difference in machine handling between the two bikes. But, the X gets a flatter handlebar. And that means it has a slightly more forward-bias seating ergo.  As a result, the motorcycle's response to steering input is surer and more connected than the ape-handled older version.  

And yes, the new one piece seat is certainly more comfortable than the split unit on the older bike.

Anything else I should know?

For starters you can have the 500 X in any colour you like as long as it's black. But yes, you can have the cherry in either blue or orange. 

Also, this approach of putting on a bright fuel tank and giving the resultant bike a new name isn't new for Royal Enfield. It did the same with the Classic Redditch editions. And, the interest there must have been huge for RE to give it a go on its not-so-successful Thunderbird range.

 

If this clicks, it will get even more difficult for the likes of fashionably late entrants to this space like Honda, TVS and Triumph, to catch up with RE.

 

And did we mention just the handlebar change has made it a hooligan? Well, it has! You can go play with on dirt, wheelie it or just filter through traffic like it were standing still!

Should I buy one?

If you were in the market for the Thunderbird, but didn’t get around to buying it for obvious reasons - like an uncomfortable seat, tube type tyres and the dowdy styling - the 500 X might just change your mind. It's definitely more attractive now. I also like the new one-piece seat more. And, when it comes to riding, the new flatter handlebar does give the X a racier, more connected feel than the older Thunderbird. 

Where does it fit in?

The new 500 X competes against the UM Renegade range and the Mahindra Mojo in terms of price and product description. But, it's also an alternative to the likes of the RE Classic and the Himalayan. And if you are feeling adventurous, you could also test the X against the Apache RR 310; that's of course if you still haven't completely bought into the supersport dream.

Gear Check

1- Shoei X-Fourteen Helmet : Rs 50,000

Meant essentially for track use, it does have good ventilation. Comfort levels though, aren't very high. 

2- Helstons Sonny Mesh Jacket : Rs 15,990

A little heavy for mesh jackets, the Sonny with its CE Level 2 protection does score high for safety, style and quality. 

3- Helstons Wind Mesh Gloves : Rs 5,990

A blend of leather and mesh and light in weight, these fit well and have enough ventilation to keep hands cool even on the hottest days.   

4- Helstons Corden Stone Riding Jeans : Rs 17,990

These armoured denims come with CE Level 2 protection and offer daily wearability and high resistance to impact and abrasion.

5- Daytona AC Pro Boots : Rs 19,990

Short riding boots for everyday wear, these use a mix of authentic leather and of the perforated PU variety. Titanium toe sliders are standard. 

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X mileage

As reported by Thunderbird 500X owners, the real mileage of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is 33 kmpl.

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Thunderbird 500X

Specifications

  • 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

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System 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 660 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 33 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-Dual Piston, 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 win gas charged shock absorbers

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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) --

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

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

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

Additional features--

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X User Reviews

4.8 103 ratings 27 reviews
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  • 4

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  •  4Multi purpose bike 11 months ago by Venkatanaathan

    It is as smooth as car. Not so stylish but very good looking bike. It performs upto your expectations. Maintenance and servicing cost will be high. It is a multi purpose bike, you can use it as daily commuter, off road, long tourer. Its exhaust is controlled, no big noi

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      29 kmpl

  •  5Go royal 1 year ago by Rakesh Kumar Sahu, Bargarh

    This is not just a bike this is my life saver i love it .........I have the best experience after riding this bike, best for the long drive, has a very powerful and massive engine power. Overall it is the best bike one should have.Best for long trips. Who wants to go a

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      45 kmpl

  •  4Tbx 500 conqueror 1 year ago by Khanip Barman, Dibrugarh

    About buying this 500cc beast is quite great the moment i entered the showroom i can feel the presence of an attractive looking bike like its appealing me i am yours just take me with you and that's how i decided to take this bike with me. I made a cash payment which in

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      28 kmpl

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  •  5A best monster 1 year ago by Rajkot Rajkot Rajkot, Rajkot

    It was a pleasure to buy a thunderbird 500x. It have an amazing style, looks and features. I had never experienced this much comfort in any of the bike. I had never felt tiredness while riding this bike. This bike is a prefect all-rounder, because it is best for occasio

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

  •  5Only for the devils------- thunderbird x 1 year ago by Prashant, Tehri Garhwal

    This bike is awesome when you first time start the bike then you will feel the heart touching sound with vibration. Good torque and good power output allover bike is very very good.First time me and my friend ride the bike i was feeling that how perfect is this bike. I

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

  •  5Best bike ever 1 year ago by Shoeb, Mumbai

    The best bike i ever ride this is bike i feel that i am riding a bike best bike ever best colour best edition not much expensive like other bike models they are giving 390 more than 2.5 lakh and we are get the almost same cc bike in the lowest range so i prefer and i su

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    • Used it for

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    • Owned for

      Never owned

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