RE Thunderbird 350X vs Thunderbird 350 – What’s changed?
Royal Enfield is all set to launch two new Thunderbird variants next month. The bikes titled- Thunderbird 350X and Thunderbird 500X were spotted without any camouflage at a dealership recently.
We’ve talked about the TB 500X in detail in this post: RE Thunderbird 500X
Like the Thunderbird 350 and Thunderbird 500, their ‘X’ versions also look similar. When compared to the former, however, they get cosmetic upgrades as well as flashy new colour schemes.
Here’s a comparison of the standard TB 350 with the new TB 350X:
RE Thunderbird 350X vs Thunderbird 350- Design & specs
The Thunderbird has long been seen as the mature one in Royal Enfield’s line-up but its X versions take up a sportier, youth-focussed direction. They look good (better even) than the existing models and would now be able to please a wider audience.
The Thunderbird 350X ditches the traditionally bland colour schemes for flashy (red, white and more) colours on its fuel tank. They are complimented by gloss and matte black almost everywhere else on its body. This gives it a very youthful appearance and is, arguably, the bike’s main attraction.
Black colours are seen on the 350X’s forks, headlight, exhaust cannister, handlebar and engine. The brushed silver colour that was present on these areas of the Thunderbird 350 is non-existent.
Another interesting change of the TB350X is the new single, stepped seat. A straight handlebar is provided instead of ape-hanger type handlebar that is present on the TB350. Though this looks good, it could slightly reduce comfort in longer rides. Also, in a first for Royal Enfield, alloy wheels are provided. They get body-coloured highlights and comes shod in tubeless tires.
The Thunderbird 350 and 350X are almost identical in specs and come powered by a 346 cc single-cylinder engine producing 19.8 bhp of power and 28 Nm of torque. Braking, suspension and wheel dimensions are all similar.
RE Thunderbird 350X vs Thunderbird 350 price
The Thunderbird 350 is priced starting from Rs. 1.45 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi) and the 350X command a premium of nearly Rs. 10,000/-.
|Thunderbird 350 price||Rs. 1.45 lakhs|
|Thunderbird 350X price||Rs. 1.55 lakhs|
The Thunderbird range has always trailed the ‘Classic’ in terms of sales and the manufacturer will be hoping to reduce this number with their new bikes. Seeing as to how popular Royal Enfield is in this segment, they might just achieve this as well.