Oct 14, 2012

4 Royal Enfield updates the Thunderbird 350

The Thunderbird 350 gets updated along with the newly launched Thunderbird 500..

Along with the new Thunderbird 500, Royal Enfield has also updated the Thunderbird 350. Visually the Thunderbird 350 looks identical to the newly launched Thunderbird 500. Royal Enfield is obviously taking advantage of the newly developed platform for the Thunderbird 500 and thus saving on production costs here by giving the Thunderbird 350 gets similar looks and features as it's bigger sibling.

Difference between the Thunder 500 and new Thunderbird 350

The difference with the Thunder 500 and the Thunderbird 350 is that the 350 gets a smaller bore 350 cc engine and carburetor instead of fuel injection. Accordingly there is also a difference in the pricing. The new Thunderbird 350 is priced at Rs. 1.43 lakh on-the-road, Mumbai. Thus making it about Rs. 40K cheaper than the bigger 500 cc variant.

The Thunderbird 350 will be available only in Flicker Black and Twilight Black Colors. Thus keeping the Stone (Matt) Black Color exclusive for the Thunderbird 500.

The other visual differentiation between the two variants is the 500/350 branding (accordingly) on the side covers on the bikes. The bike also seems to be 3 Kgs lighter in Kerb weight compared to the Thunderbird 500.

Considering the price difference of around Rs. 40K, the new Thunderbird 350 looks like good value.



Thunderbird 350: Technical Specifications

ENGINE
Type: Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Twinspark, OHV, Air cooled
Displacement: 346 cc
More x Stroke: 70 mm x 90 mm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Max. Power: 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Max. Torque: 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition system: Transistorized Coil Ignition (TCI)
Gearbox: 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Fuel Supply: Carburetor (UCAL, BS29)
Air Cleaner: Paper Element

SUSPENSION
Front: 41 mm forks, 130 mm travel
Rear: Gas charged absorbers, 80 mm travel

TYRES & BRAKES
Front Tyre: 90/90-19
Rear tyre: 120/90-18
Front Brake: 280 mm Disc, two piston caliper
Rear Brake: 240 mm Disc, single piston caliper

ELECTRICALS
Electrical system: 12V DC
Headlamp: 55W/55W, projector type low beam
Tail lamp: LED
Instrument cluster: LCD (Digital Display)

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 1350 mm
Length x Breadth x Height: (2060 x 790 x 1205)mm

Ground Clearance: 140 mm
Kerb Weight: 192 Kgs
Fuel Capacity: 20 Ltrs





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4 Comments:

Anonymous said...

u have any opinion on the new silencer adopted in these two REs? i mean visually its boring but i wanna know if there is a technical/functional significance to it. if not, i might have to ask for a change of silencer.

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

@above,

yeah the design of the exhaust could have been better, but then its still much better visually than the earlier design which used to protrude beyond the rear wheels

Anonymous said...

@above,

thats true, now it fits well within the body. but personally i liked the previous one better because the new one looks so usual. looks like a common silencer we've seen in bikes before and the sound is a lot different too. the previous one was unique to thunderbird. anyways, but there's not much technical significance to this one right? like the midship in yamaha, that sort of significance.

Melroy Alphonso said...

Nice brief review.Do Royal Enfield have any other colors lined up for this model?

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