Royal Enfield, the British two-wheeler maker, has got immense fame for manufacturing muscular bikes since its inception. It has also made some war inspired models and Classic Desert is one of them. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is a cruiser bike built to attract the highway riders. The special feature of the bike is its fusion in terms if modern technology and retro look.
This bike is mated to a twin spark, 4 stroke engine with a displacement of 346cc. This air-cooled and mono-cylinder engine cranks off a maximum power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm whereas a peak torque generated by this engine is 28Nm at 4000rpm. All the power and torque is sent to the back wheel through a 5 speed constant mesh gearbox. This gearbox comes with one gear down and 4 gears up shift pattern. It comes with a clutch which is a wet, multi plate. The ignition system is TCI transistorized coil. This bike uses wet sump lubrication, and the engine oil is 15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA. It supplies fuel with the help of UCAL and BS29. Its air cleaner is made of a paper element. In terms of fuel-consumption, this two-wheeler delivers 25kmkpl on the traffic packed roads of a city while on long and smooth tracks of highways, it delivers a mileage of 28 to 32kmpl. It comes with a fuel- tank capacity of 20litres.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350's front suspension is powered by telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel and at the rear it has twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5 step adjustable preload, 80mm travel. The braking system of the bike features a 280mm disc with 2 piston caliper at the front and at the back, it has a 240mm disc with single piston caliper.
Its electric parts consist of an electrical system of 12 V- DC. The battery is of 12 volt, 14 Ah. Its headlamp is a projection type with H7 55/55 W. The tail lamp of the motorcycle features LED lamps with position light guides, however, the turn single lamp comes with hazard light featured for the very first time on an Indian bike. This motorcycle is available in both electric and kick start options.
Design wise, this two-wheeler has kept the original design of Thunderbird. It comes with some changes in terms of projector lamp in its headlight, which has no visor and front cowl, and that adds a fresh appeal to it. Overall, this motorcycle feels premium and feature rich in comparison with the outgoing model, however, it is costlier than before and to some buyers it does not seem justified despite its newly added features.
The price could have been kept a little competitive keeping the price conscious buyers of the nation. There are bikes like Harley Davidson Street Bob, Suzuki Intruder and India's very own Bajaj Avenger to compete with this.