Royal Enfield, just like the other manufacturers in India, is quickly looking to adapt to the BS-VI norms. Not only this, the Chennai-based manufacturer is also looking at replacing most of its age-old offerings worldwide. This means almost all the models will receive some or the other kind of updates There have been multiple instances of the new Classic rang being spotted testing. It now seems they aren’t alone. RE is also looking to update the Thunderbird range. An instance of the 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X was spotted testing recently.
Is the Thunderbird X relatively new?
Yes, it is. However, customers seem to have given feedback about the model’s styling and other bits. The spied 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X model for instance, has a circular tail light with a chrome ring round it. This one isn’t an LED unit though. The seats are split now and have a tasteful stitching to them while the grabrails continue to be split units. RE has also changed the position of the blinkers.
While there is only a rear image of the motorcycle that has been spotted, we expect other changes too. The switchgear too will be revised and customer will get adjustable clutch and gear levers too. Moreover, the high-low beam switch will have a toggle kind of lever. RE may also get in more powerful headlights since the current ones aren’t as bright. Braking duties will be handled by discs at the front and rear, with dual channel ABS linking them.
The most obvious change is that the engine while retaining its capacity will use a DOHC layout and fuel injection to be BS-VI compliant. This might drop the power numbers a bit and efficiency too might take a hit. The thing that will increase will be the price and perhaps the weight of the motorcycle. The 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X will be costlier by at least 10,000 than the older model.
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