The 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird is likely to have typical cruiser elements.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is the British brand’s long distance touring motorcycle and the next generation model has been on test since a few months now. It was recently caught again but this time, it looks significantly different than the model currently on sale. The big change is to the seating position as the rider on the test mule is sitting in a typical cruiser style, with front set footpegs.
Other noticeable changes on the 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird include a revised exhaust which is shorter, new fuel tank with a hinge likely, shorter rear fender and no kick start. Royal Enfield has also moved the position of the disc to the other side and as a result, the chain sprocket is now on the opposite side.
Since the test motorcycle has alloy wheels, we believe it is the 350X/500X with the standard model expected to use spoke wheels. While little to no details of the engine are available, the 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird is bound to comply with BS6 emission norms and is likely to produce more output than the current model. A launch is expected later this year.
2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird
– Will comply with BS6 emission norms
– Is expected to be more refined and powerful
– Riding position will be more cruiser oriented