Royal Enfield launches the Thunderbird 350X and 500X ABS before the safety norms kick in April 2019
Earlier this year, Royal Enfield had launched the Thunderbird 350X in the Indian market. Upon its launch, the Thunderbird 350X wasn’t equipped with an ABS unit, but now Royal Enfield has added this safety feature. This has come into consideration with the Indian Government making ABS essential for motorcycles above 125cc from the month of April 2019.
Across the nation, in most of the Royal Enfield showrooms, the Thunderbird 350X ABS models have started to arrive. The Thunderbird 350X (Standard) is been offered at a price tag of Rs 1.57 lakh (Ex-Showroom). With the additional ABS unit, the Thunderbird 350X ABS is offered with a price tag of Rs 1.63 lakh (Ex-Showroom). Accordingly, we see an increase of Rs 7,000 in comparison with the standard non-ABS model. Thunderbird 350X ABS is offered with a price tag of Rs 2.07 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
Aesthetically, just like the non-ABS counterpart, the 350X gets a bolder design with sporty features that target the young riders. It comes with vibrant paint schemes such as Getaway Orange and Drifter Blue. The Thunderbird 350X gets 19-inch tyre at the front and 18-inch tyre at the rear with nine-spoke alloy wheels.
For aggressive riding position, RE has equipped the 350X with flat handlebar with gunslinger style seating stance. In addition to this, the Thunderbird 350X also gets projector headlight unit, informative instrument cluster and dual disc brakes.
Powering the Thunderbird 350X ABS is the same engine that was available on the standard model. Apart from the addition of ABS, the engine specifications remain the same. This power unit is a 346cc, single cylinder, petrol engine which is mated to a five-speed transmission. The powertrain is capable of churning out 19.8 bhp of power at 5250 rpm and 28Nm of twist at 4000 rpm.
The motorcycle is capable of reaching a top speed of 110kmph. It delivers a mileage od 30 kms on a litre of fuel in city, whereas on the highways the mileage can go upto 40 kms on a litre of fuel.