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  • [Ownership Thread]: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

    RE Thunderbird 500



    ENGINE


    Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Air cooled
    Displacement 499cc
    Bore x stroke 84mm x 90mm
    Compression Ratio 8.5:1
    Maximum Power 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
    Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
    Ignition System Digital Electronic Ignition
    Clutch Wet, multi-plate
    Gearbox 5 Speed Constant Mesh
    Lubrication Wet sump
    Engine Oil 15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
    Fuel Supply Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
    Air Cleaner Paper Element
    Engine Start Electric/Kick


    CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

    Type Single downtube, using engine as stressed member
    Front suspension Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel
    Rear suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
    BRAKES AND TYRES
    Tyres Fr. 90/90-19, 52P MRF Zapper FM
    Tyres Rr. 120/80-18, 62P MRF Zapper C
    Brakes Front 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
    Brakes Rear 240mm Disc, Single piston caliper


    ELECTRICAL

    Electrical System 12 volt - DC
    Battery 12 volt, 14 Ah
    Head Lamp Projection type headlamp, H7 55 / 55 W
    Tail Lamp LED lamp with position light guides
    Turn Signal Lamp Hazard Light featured for the first time on an Indian motorcycle

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 1350mm
    Ground Clearance 140 mm
    Length 2060mm
    Width 790mm ( Without Mirrors)
    Height 1205mm ( Without Mirrors)
    Seat Height 775mm
    Kerb Weight 195 Kgs
    Fuel Capacity 20 Ltrs










    Finally i got my brand new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 on November 25th after a wait of slightly more than a month. I must thank Mr. Rishi Babbar of ASCO Motors, Patparganj, Delhi for putting up with my persistent queries during this waiting period. The dealership experience during bike delivery was binice and staff was helpful and courteous. Took delivery of my bike at 6:30 PM and rode home. Have ridden 78 KMS so far. Here are initial impressions:

    1. Very good pickup ... though have not gone beyond 60 KMPH due to running in period of first 500 KMS
    2. Very stable and comfortable ride.
    3. A head turner on the road. A lot of people driving their cars start to look out of their windows. At time i have a few bikes following my TBTS 500 just to figure out which motorcycle it is.
    4. Braking is a big improvement due to disc brakes both front and rear
    5. Very strong head light in both high and low beam due to projector head lamp
    6. LED lamps in the rear look really stunning during the night
    7. Very nice instrument panel providing a lot of information...hazard light is a nice touch

    Issues faced so far:
    1. Starting using kick has been an issue. Have been told by ASC that this problem will be addressed after first service.
    2. Had a faulty front brake light switch which was promptly saved by ASCO motors.

    These are just initial impressions. Will come back with a detailed review and pictures soon.
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    Last edited by sunilg; 12-03-2012, 06:23 PM.

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    Motorcycle Ownership Thread Approved

    Do post pics of your ride.
    Advice is a form of nostalgia.
    Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

    Antz Travelz!! | South India Exploration Ride | Leh Triplog (Work in progress)

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    • #3
      Congratulations Umesh...
      Ride Hard !!! Ride Safe!!! Enjoy every moment on your machine !!! Cheers....

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      • #4
        Congrats, ride safe. Saw the bike in an auto magazine, I think finally Enfield has hit the bullseye. The bike looks good especially the twin analogue meter which are getting extinct on modern bikes. Waiting to read updates.

        None of Us is as Smart as All of Us

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        • #5
          Congratulations and wishing you many happy miles on the beast!!!

          I have a rather silly question - which battery (make) is installed on your bike?

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          • #6
            Thanks a lot. Will be back with pics over the weekend.

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            • #7
              Hi Umesh,

              I have recently booked a TB 500. Is there anything you would suggest that I have to keep in mind before/ while taking the delivery of the bike?

              Would be great if you can also share your experience with the bike. I know its kinda early to ask as you have only received it 10 days back. But would be great if you can provide any inputs. As, I am completely new to Royal Enfield.

              Thanks,
              Mandeep

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              • #8
                Looking to see some more snaps of your TB500.
                Are you an Royal Enfiled Fan then join this forum Royal Enfield Forum

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                • #9
                  what kind of milage are you getting?

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                  • #10
                    waiting for review....you should be enjoying the looks you get from people...
                    I'm a responsible rider.It doesn't matter what you ride,but what matters is how you ride.

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                    • #11
                      how about some pics and a review till date. I went to book the bike but dealer declined saying they wont be getting supply anytime soon.

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                      • #12
                        Please share the review?

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                        • #13
                          Hello there!! no updates!! please give a detailed write up about the ownership experience

                          None of Us is as Smart as All of Us

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                          • #14
                            I got my bird 3 days back.. have crossed 200 kms..
                            Pros:
                            Pickup is awesome
                            Console looks great
                            Have installed HID, projectors are great
                            Good grip on the road due to broad tyres
                            Excellent Braking

                            Cons:
                            Gear Shift a bit hard (will be addressed in 1st service)
                            Noise coming from chain (will be taken care during 1st service)
                            Bike is heating up quickly
                            Backrest should have been a bit higher like the old thunderbird

                            Enjoying my 1st time ownership experience with the bull.
                            Ride Hard !!! Ride Safe!!! Enjoy every moment on your machine !!! Cheers....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by daredemon View Post
                              I got my bird 3 days back.. have crossed 200 kms..
                              Pros:
                              Pickup is awesome
                              Console looks great
                              Have installed HID, projectors are great
                              Good grip on the road due to broad tyres
                              Excellent Braking

                              Cons:
                              Gear Shift a bit hard (will be addressed in 1st service)
                              Noise coming from chain (will be taken care during 1st service)
                              Bike is heating up quickly
                              Backrest should have been a bit higher like the old thunderbird

                              Enjoying my 1st time ownership experience with the bull.
                              Thanks for the write up. I have been watching this space and the thread starter is nowhere to be seen.
                              At least somebody else is doing his job. Keep posted and drive safe.

                              None of Us is as Smart as All of Us

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