Royal Enfield launched Thunderbird 350 and Thunderbird 500 in Nepal on 2nd of June. Himalayas are potential market for Royal Enfield and Nepal has become another export market of the company. Royal Enfield sold 718 units of its motorcycles in in Nepal in 2012. The encouraging sales have prompted Royal Enfield to launch the Thunderbird 350 and 500, motorcycles which were first introduced in India during October 2012. Royal Enfield has priced the Thunderbird 350 at 5,60,000 Nepali rupees and Thunderbird 500 at 5,95,000 Nepali rupees. The high price tag for both the bikes in Nepal due to the motorcycles being imported into Nepal through the CBU route.
The Thunderbird range recently got a makeover with lots of new features that are a clear indication of Royal Enfield wanting to modernize. The Thunderbird 500 comes with 499cc, four stroke air-cooled engine that produces 27.2 bhp and maximum torque of 41 Nm. The 500 cc mill is mated with 5 speed gearbox. Royal Enfield claims a top speed of 130kmph. Thunderbird 500 is the flaghip motorcycle in the Royal Enfield family with new features like projector headlamp, LED tail lamp, digital fuel gauge.
Fatter telescopic forks at front, gas charged shock absorbers at rear and a low riding position add to the appeal of the motorcycle. Stopping duties on this beast are handled by a 240mm disc at front and a smaller disc brake unit at the rear. The Thunderbird 350 retains the looks of Thunderbird 500 with change in heart, in the form of a 346cc air cooled engine that is tuned to produce 19.8 bhp with 28Nm torque. Both the Thunderbird 350 and 500 are aimed at the touring market. With big plans of RE to become class leader under 800cc market, the two new motorcycles are expected to bring big volumes
Tour de bhutan, Tour of Nepal and Himalayan Odyssey are promotional events that Royal Enfield organizes to boost interest in touring. Meanwhile, Royal Enfield India will launch the Continental GT535 in India soon. Production ready models of the GT 535 have already been photographed while testing in Bangalore. The fuel injected 535 motor could put out 35 Bhp, making the GT535 the fastest motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s current range. The Cafe racer looks of Continental GT 535 have been hotly anticipated by Royal Enfield enthusiasts in India ever since bike got showcased in 2012 Auto expo.
Source : HimalayanTimes