One of the upcoming 650 cc bikes from Royal Enfield could be named Thunderbird X 650
Royal Enfield is testing a handful of 650s for launch in the Indian market and Thunderbird X 650 could be 1 among them. The Chennai-based bike maker accidentally revealed this name on its official service booking page.
While selecting their bikes for service from the website’s dedicated dropdown, users have noticed the presence of a new name, Thunderbird X 650, appearing for a short period of time before the company pulled it down.
In the past, Royal Enfield has used the ‘X’ tag for its regular offerings that sported an updated neo retro design language. The now-discontinued Thunderbird 350 and 500 had X variants with a black theme, funky colours, and short handlebar.
They not only looked fresh and appealing but also had a modern bits like alloy wheels. When Meteor 350 came into picture, its base Fireball variant took care of the design elements of the original Thunderbird 350 and 500 X variants.
So, if Royal Enfield revives the ‘X’ tag again, it could be nothing short of something very modern. A slim seat, flat handlebar with bar-end mirrors, spoke-alloy wheels, slim mud guards with a rear tail tidy, and a list of modern equipment would be enough to seal the deal.
This aside, Royal Enfield is gearing up to launch its entry-level Hunter 350 on 4th August. The roadster shares many parts with the Meteor 350 including the double cradle chassis, y-shaped alloy wheels, headlight, levers, handgrips, and engine.
The company is also readying the much-awaited Himalayan 450 for launch in Indian market soon. It’s the first Royal Enfield bike to sport a proper liquid-cooled engine and is expected to offer class-leading performance.