The Thunderbird 500 introduced to us first at the Auto Expo 2012 Delhi comes with a 500cc Unit Construction Engine (UCE) and a speculated power output of 27.2 Bhp and a massive 41.3 Nm of torque. Probably the first thing that strikes your eye is the ‘black’ engine with the silver lines that definitely give the TB500 an upmarket feel.
The seat is redesigned and now opens using a lock mechanism, accessible through the side panel. Probably the next thing that meets your eyes is the redesigned meter console, the speedometer and the tachometer are now backlight bright blue and have a digital meter with two trip meters, mileage indicator and a distance since last stop counter.
The main ignition lock on the TB500 now also functions as the steering lock. The bike also comes with hazard lamps, first for a motorcycle manufactured in India. The front forks are now thicker at 41 mm, while the rear swingarm is now an oval type that hosts the new Bybre rear disc. The asymmetrically placed tank cap moves away from the conventional centre setup and provides the TB500 with its own unique blend of style. The pillion seat can now be removed to accommodate for luggage and mounting points for panniers while the tail lamp gets the LED treatment. The Thunderbird 500 also gets a 55w projector lamp for its low beam and a 55W halogen bulb for the high beam which can work together resulting in a beautiful spread and throw for the headlight. Another welcome addition is the new huge 20L tank.
The folks are RE are still tight lipped on a probable launch date for the TB500 and even more on clues to how much the TB500 would cost. Expect the pricing close to the 1.8L bracket and from what we could dig up the launch is still a good two months away.