We know that Royal Enfield has been testing its updated product line-up for quite some time now. These new motorcycles would suffice to the more stringent BS 6 norms that are going to be enforced from 1st April 2020. This means that RE will be launching the updated bikes before that deadline.
Just like the other bikes, the next-gen Thunderbird is also being tested. However, this time the test mule that was caught on camera had some touring accessories mounted.
We can see a large transparent windshield mounted to protect the rider from tiring wind blasts when doing high speeds, especially on long-distance touring. We also see a blacked-out crash/engine guard and a chrome saddle stay on each side of the bike. The stay would double up as a saree guard, we think, and perhaps would be used to mount panniers as well.
We are also expecting Royal Enfield to provide wider and larger footpegs for touring purposes. These pegs would get rubber cushioning to keep the vibrations away and prove to be good accessories for long rides.
Royal Enfield would release the list of official accessories for its BS 6 models once the bikes get launched. Since the major change in these bikes will be the engine, most of the current accessories would be carried over.