Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 user reviews

Overall rating:4.5 / 561 ratings
4

A decent cruiser

3 years ago by Rajeev12,822 views

Style

the styling is pretty good. Has a distinct road presence. Projector light and led tail light enhances the over all look.

Engine performance, fuel economy and gearbox

performance of the engine is pretty good. It has good low down torque and an all day cruising speed of 80-100kmph. Considering the bigger 500cc engine, it still gives a decent fuel economy of 31kmpl on highway and 26kmpl in city driving condition which i feel is pretty good. Being fuel injected i never faced starting problem in my last 10,000km drive. Gearbox seems to be a bit knotchy. Flase neutral is more frequent from 2nd to 3rd. Although the bike can reach a speed of 130+, it seems to be more comfortable at 80-90kmph. At that speed the vehicle just glides like butter in a hot pan.

Ride quality & handling

ride quality is good but there is still space for impovement. The rider seat is bigger and somewhat comfortable for long drives as compared to the rear seat which is very small with less cusion. As far as handling is concerned it will surprise you with its outstanding cornering speed. The only problem i see is the noise the front fork makes while going through every road bumbs.

Final words

over all royal enfield has improved the quality of the bike and thunderbird is very different from the other models...Its comfortable, comes with front and rear disk brake, comfortable foot peg angles, digital guages, bigger tank, efi engine. In my 10,000km ride, i havent faced broken clutch cable, or throttle cable or problems related to cold starting.. So in a way royal enfield has come a long way.

Areas of improvement

"quality" --- this is what royal enfield has to improve. The paint quality, nuts n bolts, rubber pipes, tubes, rubber mountings are still of inferior quality and needs constant attention. The digital guage looks good but is inaccurate and has a history of malfucntion. The engine still leaks oil from rocker head. Partial chain cover would have been a better addition. The manual mentions a maintenance free battery ( 12v 14ah mf) but the bike came with an ordinary battery (even dealers has no explanation). Hope royal enfield looks into it and make the necessary corrections. Service quality also needs to be improved.

Pros

style, digital dial, huge petrol tank, torque, decent average

cons

paint finish keeps peeling, dial guage malfunction, inferior quality of rubber parts

  • 4

    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

    Comfort

Was this review helpful?

Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

More reviews on Thunderbird 500

  •  5Thunderbird the heart of India ! 1 day ago by Mario Christopher Braganz
    The heart of India ! a complete riding machine,takes the rough with the smooth,provides power, style and value for money.Although it may seem she is a big block bike you have a mileage that is enviable.The ride is beautiful considering the road conditions, and allows y...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

  •  5A friend indeed... 1 week ago by Amar Jyoti Bairagi
    Buying the bike was a story in itself. I had to wait for 7 months to receive the bike against the booking. The registration went on smooth and within a few days, i was hitting the asphalt and travelling places. Got a very decent registration number also.Riding the bike ...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

  •  4Only con maintenance costs 1 week ago by Kunal
    Considering the growing popularity of royal enfield in india, decided to go for this bike. There was 1 month of wait time for 500cc and even more for 350cc model. Ride quality is really superb, it handles very well. Being 500cc motor its very thumpy, there's a lot of po...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

  •  5Best tourer 2 weeks ago by Rohith
    Bike is very good at its performance .Where has it has got lots of power and the seating is very comfortable and spacious. Creates mouthwatering appearance . It is capable for doing long rides also. Has very good horse power . I finally conclude that this bike is best ...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  •  3My bite on the bullet 2 weeks ago by Ranjeet
    Well the on the buying experience the wait time is the only issue as you do not get the bike as you book i had to wait for over 60 days in my was i was in luck but i have friends who have waited for more than that time. Riding experience is one of a kind the corners are...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

  •  5Thunder 3 weeks ago by Abhinesh K
    I got my new thunderbird it is such a amazing bike. I have never seen a bike like this. It is worth for money. When i was 18 that time i bought my thunderbird bike i was so nervous about that ..Today i am very happy l..Really love this .Its look is very cool i did some...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

  •  5A fantastic ride with... 1 month ago by Harish Purve
    Hi friend first of all this bike looks mind blowing i have never seen this type of bike it's really awesome It have good personality Good mileage Excellent handling Reliable Awesome riding Affordable maintenance No need of monthly service Good for tours,family,racing an...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

  •  5Best budget off-roader 2 months ago by Vaibhav
    It's the best budget off roading bike after driving 800 km non-stop without any problems and without any discomfort. And the bikewale app helps me to check the better price the thunderbird's built for highway cruising. Its set-in, laid-back riding stance has you going f...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

  •  5For biker 2 months ago by Parthkumar Prajapati
    Riding experience on this bike..Look is damn sexy + awesome performance Just do service time to time and care it like a baby...If you are thinking for buying it...Don't think too much.... Go and buy...Really a awesome bike...Car moves a body.... But bike moves a soul......
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

  • Pros:-(1) excellent riding experience due to bucket seats for driver.(2) mileage good but in long rides, not in city rides.(3) keep the engine (the soul) tuned & time serviced, it will never let you back in long rides.Cons:-(1) main problem is with headlight during nigh...
    Was this review helpful?

    Inappropriate review? Report Abuse

    Read more
    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

Why do you want to report it abuse?

Comment

Report

Rate your bike

Share your experience about this bike

Why do you want to report it abuse?

Comment

Report

Please tell us your city

This allows us to provide relevant content for you.

Please enter your city
Confirm city