Editorial Review of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark bike

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird has been one of the most viable cruiser options in the market in its price bracket, since its inception in the Indian market. The limited presence of competitors, a superb option in a very niche segment and the 'Royal Enfield' tag has earned a huge fan following and large sales volumes for Royal Enfield. It is this model which changed the perceptions of people towards Royal Enfield and began to consider them as a modern player. The Thunderbird 350 in its latest guise is an even more desirable option to have as well.

Let's start with the styling. The Thunderbird 350 continues to carry the same silhoutte as before, which is not a bad thing at all, considering the older one was a delight to look for. Where the Royal Enfield has played with are the various bits and components, which enhance its modern appeal. For instance, the headlamp now incorporates a projector headlamp with an LED ring surrounding it. The round chrome finished mirrors make out the way for larger blackened mirrors. The round tail lamp has been replaced by a small elliptical LED tail light which looks nice. The other components which are new as well are the meatier exhaust pipe, present generation switchgear and an all new instrument console, which is a two pod unit and is the most informative unit found in a Royal Enfield ever. The left pod showcases an analog speedometer and the right one displays an analog tachometer, incorporating a small rectangular LCD display showing fuel gauge, odometer and trip meter. Overall fit and finish has improved drastically over previous Thunderbird, but still has a small room for improvement even now.
The engine, more or less, is the same unit found in Classic 350 and the older Thunderbird, which is able to make out 20 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque. The Thunderbird has always been renowned as a torque monster, and this one taking the legacy even further. The engine has the same characteristic exhaust note as any other Royal Enfield, though sounds much more refined than earlier, and seems smooth in lower rev range , where the torque is present in abundance and is the Thunderbird's forte. It's only at around the redline where it begins to give its breath and be out of its comfort zone. The five speed gearbox is a clunky unit, but the ratios exploit the availability of torque very well.
Being a cruiser, the Thunderbird 350's top most priority is to be an able handler and comfortable machine, and it delivers on this aspect by a huge margin. The upraised handlebar and forward set foot pegs give it a typical cruiser feel, and a cushy seat rounds off a comfortable seating position. The suspension setup of front telescopic forks and rear gas charged coil springs work just the way you want to, and even on long stretches, it proves to be a non-tiring mile muncher. The brakes are all new units with discs at both ends, and though a bit rubbery, work much better than the old drum units. Unlike the earlier skinny tyres, the new ones are much meatier and provide good levels of grip.
That said, the Thunderbird 350 has always been regarded as a perfect cruiser, and given the Royal Enfield branding, it can be easily bought without any second thought, given the amount of heritage it carries behind. It is a perfect tool for weekend rides and long highway touring, as no motorcycle comes close to it, for the time being.

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by Posted on Mar,09,2012 at 13:47 PM

Pros great looking bike

Cons less comfortable

very good looking ,,styleshed bike in economical range

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Royal Enfield Bullet thunderbird twinspark review / road test
by enfielder Posted on Aug,22,2010 at 12:35 PM

Pros great crusuiser bike, good fuel economy, efi engine,

Cons missing the vintage feel and thump

for complete review visit www.royalenfieldmotorcycles.blogspot.com HAI THUNDER HEART DUDES, OWNERS OF THIS METAL BIRD. AM ONE OF PROUD OWNER OF THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK. IT IS ONE OF MY LIFE ESSENTIAL DAILY NEED SOURCE JUST LIKE AIR. WATER ,FOOD. WITHOUT THAT EVEN FOR A DAY AM IN HELL (WHILE IN SERVICE). ABOUT ME AM KARTHIK BHAT FROM MANGALORE. SINCE FROM CHILDHOOD AM A GREAT FAN OF ENFILED BIKE THUMPS. AFTER ALL MARKET SURVEY I LIKED TO BUY THUNDER BIRD TWIN SPARK RATHER THAT SPORTY BIKES. INITIALY I FELL TBTS THUMP LITTLE LIGHT I PLANNED TO CHANGE ORINAL SILENCER WITH ROCKET. BUT ORIGINAL SILENCER SEXINESS WILL NOT BE THERE ,THEREFORE DROPPED THAT PLAN. DUDES I HAVE COVERED 12000KM IN 10MONTHS WITH MANY CRUISINGS. I TRAIL RIDED ALL MARKET BIKES LIKE UNICORN/P180/P200/FZ/KARIZMA...........ETC ALL INTIAL PICK UP SPORTY VEHICLES, BUT THEY ALL FIT FOR CITY RIDE NOT FOR LONG CRUISINGS. P200 & FZ CRUSHED MY NUT WHILE IN CRUISING EVENTHOUGH I RIDED FOR 10KM. NO OTHER BIKE IN INDIAN MARKET GIVES COMFORT NESS LIKE TBTS IN LONG CRUISINGS. MY ONE OF BEST CRUISE WHICH I HAVE COVERED IS MANGALORE TO GOA ALMOST 1100KM.I THIS CRUISING I HAVE RIDED MY BIRD IN 100-120KM SPEED WITH MAXIMUM TORQUE. DUDES IN THIS SPEED ALSO BIKES DO NOT LOOSE ROAD GRIP. LOOK WISE IT JUST LIKE HARLEY IF YOU PUT MAG WHEEL. THE CHROME OF THE BIKE SHINES SUPERB IF WASHED & POLISHED WITH WAX. MILEAGE IS SUPERB GUYS. I NORMALY GET 50 KM/LTRS WITH ECONOMICAL SPEED.( IF DRIVING LITTLE HARSH ABOVE 60KM/HR 45-47KM/LTS ,THIS MILEAGE WITH UNSATURATED ENGINE.) IN LONG RIDE IF SPEED 70 OR 120 BIKE GIVES YOU 50KM/LTS (WITHOUT MUCH GEAR CHANGING). I GOT 50KM/LTRS IN ALL MY CRUISINGS. I PREFER NORMAL PETROL FOR LOCAL RIDING & POWER PETROL FOR LONG CRUISING (AS IT GIVES SMOOTHNESS TO ENGINE AT HIGHER RPM). MAINTENANCE WISE GUYS ITS NOT MAINTENANCE FREE LIKE ANY OTHER BIKE. SPARE 2-3 HRS FOR WASHING VEHICLE IN WEEK FOR GOOD CHROME CONDITION. LUBRICATE IF NECCESORY AS PRESCRIBED IN MANUAL. TIMELY ENGINE OIL CHANGE IS MUST. (PLS CHECK YOUR SERVICE AGENT REPLACING ENGINE OIL WITH RIGHT GRADE). COMPANY RECOMMENDS FOR EVERY 6000KM BUT BETTER TO CHANGE WITH EVERY 3000KM IF YOU ARE CRUISING. I USE TO DO SAME. for complete review visit www.royalenfieldmotorcycles.blogspot.com

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Comments

By Jacqueline Thomson Posted on Oct,27,2013 at 06:46 AM

I want to buy a RE Indian registered as I want to ride from Nepal down into India. Left sided 5 speed gear change. What
year and mileage does this bike have. I am currently in Kathmandu and will be in Nepal for a few weeks. Cheeers, Jacqui.


By nihanth Posted on Jul,30,2013 at 12:58 PM

more details about Royal Enfield Thunderbird


By gerland dias Posted on Mar,12,2013 at 18:36 PM

bike


By palayi dileep Posted on Dec,26,2012 at 04:49 AM

i like know about the new release of thunderbird


By rakesh Posted on Dec,22,2012 at 14:10 PM

May i know the on-road price of thunderbird 350cc for hyderabad plzz?


By Suresh Posted on Sep,19,2012 at 17:53 PM

Dear Surjit, I Did booked the thunderbird 350cc. How many month will take the bike delivery to me?


By omkar Posted on Jul,24,2012 at 11:31 AM

hi dosto........ can anyone tell me how is the drool of royal enfield thunderbird twinspark? i mean(dhag-dhag
sound?)which bike of RE has the hardest drool? my email id is opotdar12@gmail.com pls do tell me! thnx


By surjit Posted on Jun,08,2012 at 20:12 PM

hi jatin, greetings of the day. first of all congratulations on buying thunderbird. since, these bikes are not like any
other racing bike you first need to understand few things. RPM is the most important part that comes while talking about
shifting of ge


By jitin Posted on Apr,02,2012 at 08:51 AM

hi everybody..nw even i am an owner of TBTS.I would like to get some assistance on how to carry the bike during the
run-up period to first service.And even would like to know the -"gear shift corresponding to rpm relation"


By Ravindra Posted on Feb,19,2012 at 12:21 PM

Good Royal enfield this is a bast bike of india