I am planning to buy Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 sometime this November at the time of Diwali but I do not have any idea about the bike as I could not get a chance to ride a bullet ever. I love the looks but don’t know anything else about Enfield bullet 350 cc, 500 cc, 535 cc, or Electra. Please help me decide with your reviews the positives and negatives of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. Friends please answer. Thanks in advance.
Front Photograph of Thunderbird 500 by Royal Enfield
David: Till now I haven’t seen most of the new Enfield’s having that thump in them, though they are very attractive to look and light weight too, but if you want to go for Enfield, then standard bullet is the best choice, maintaining their old way of brakes on the left side. After all there has to be something different about Enfield from other bikes, although brakes are just an example. Thunderbird is like any other biker can ease through. Rest is your choice dude!
Side Photograph of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Amit: You can’t actually compare these two. Enfield Thunderbird is for really serious riders for whom bike is a passion rather than just a means of commuting. It looks great to me but from what I have heard is that it is not really a performance bike (at least the new ones) and maintenance is a big issue with them. I will still prefer it over Pulsar but my dad is against it so I will have to settle for Pulsar. Here the old saying fits in “grapes are sore” for me at least. New Pulsar 180 cc has some really good design changes like digital speedometer and LED tail lamp (designed also for Bajaj Pulsar 220 cc that was launched a few years back). Bullet has 18 bhp (except lightening 535 has 22 bhp) Pulsar, 16.5 bhp but the power-to-weight ratio is better in case of pulsar, as it is the pickup and braking (heard Thunderbird has some serious issues with front disc brakes), but in the end, I will still say that Enfield Bullet rocks.
Seating of New Thunderbird 500 Royal Enfield
Abhi: Buddy, it is all your choice but I would like to tell one thing here. I have Bullet for last more than 8 years and I don’t think it has any problem with maintenance. It is a wonderful bike, which needs minimum maintenance and gives out best performance, but if you are looking for a bike giving more mileage, is lightweight, and an easy bike, then Pulsur, Thunderbird, CBZ, etc. are good for you. You can choose either of them, they are all same. But if you really want to have a feel of driving a “bike with attitude” then Bullet is the right choice. In a very positive manner, I would like to add here before buying bullet, you must try driving because you have to see if you are strong enough to handle it. Thunderbird comes in family of bullet but it is way away from it. It just has the essence to give a flavor of bullet. At last, I would say it is better to buy a bike of your own choice.