The buying experience was a bliss.As it's no surprise that at this price range,an indian consumer has a default mindset...To go for a royal enfield.Same was the case with me.But me being a bike enthusiast was always and still am sceptical about the brand solely because
The buying experience was a bliss.As it's no surprise that at this price range,an indian consumer has a default mindset...To go for a royal enfield.Same was the case with me.But me being a bike enthusiast was always and still am sceptical about the brand solely because of the fact that they do not want to add features to the bike.I agree...People buy a royal enfield for the cult following it has and the sheer road presence,still....Adding a little more value would make the bike even a better value proposition.
Coming to the bike itself...I chose the thunderbird because the classic was too much of a cliché...Add to the fact that for a little premium over the classic 350...The end user will get a rear disc, projector headlamp,bigger tank and a fuel gauge(which is useless to be true...Never gives the exact reading).The thunderbird is also preferable for people of a relatively low height because the saddle height is relatively lower when compared to other royal enfield without compensating much on the ground clearance.
The service experience till now has been average to be precise but it was anything but bad.The people at the showroom and the service center are very cooperative and work like professionals.
1.Torque...Lots of it....-Now because the bike has a larger bore,there is ample amount of torque available on the bike.This helps a lot because it does not require frequent gear changes.A lot of people might disagree with me on this but that's what i have experienced as of yet
2.Looks -....The bike looks like a proper cruiser and grabs eyeballs wherever i go...It has more chrome than google :p.....It's been almost 3 years now that i've owned this bike.But the bike still has got its charm and road presence
3.Suits every rider despite height variation- now this is a very big advantage of owning a thunderbird.Because of the low saddle height and the adjustable handlebars....The bike can accommodate rider of varying heights.It also makes the bike a proper cruiser and is helpful in long rides
1.Royal enfield skimping on features-adding little features especially abs is a must nowadays.For a bike which costs over a lakh and weighs close to 200 kgs ....A proper dual channel abs system must be provided.Royal enfield have introduced abs in the bikes they sell abroad...I hope they bring it here asap
2 because of the weight and the large handlebars,it's very tough to maneuver the bike in traffic and through gaps
3.Quality issues- royal enfields sure do come up with their own set of glitches.The decompressor which is now inside the uc engine still makes the typical irritating sound which is common in all royal enfields.It can be fixed by just fixing up the spring coil inside the engine but apparently the service guys don't know about it or they have been told not to open up the engine unless it's very important.The fuel gauge is just for the show.Doenst work.And proper brake pads are required