Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Review

2012 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 from India

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha RX135


The roads beckon...


Broken clutch cable at 3000 KM.

Faulty ignition at 3800 KM.

Faulty oil seal at 11900 KM.

General Comments:

Amazing comfortable tourer. Temperamental, and needs TLC to be in top form, but if in top condition, look out for this bike on the highway. An excellent highway performer whose performance is not compromised on city streets.

Weekends are happily spent in polishing and shining the chrome and planning getaways. Nice comfortable seats, which makes touring a breeze. Heavy bike, which makes it stable in touring, but will act as a major pain if it gets stalled on the highway.

The most fun I've had with clothes on, and brings that smile on every time I start it... :)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2014

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review