Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark Review

by Deepak on January 10, 2009

You might have heard about this bike but if you haven’t had a chance to read about it or test-drive it yet. Here is your chance, let me give you my take on the The Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark.

Thunderbird Twinspark

The Thunderbird TwinSpark is an important launch for Royal Enfield as it signals the future of Royal Enfield bikes. Bullets till now used to feature external clutch and gearbox this meant there were two oils, one for the engine and the other for the gearbox. No wonder the older bullets used to leak oil frequently. All that has changed with the Thunderbird TwinSpark.

Twinspark plugs mean better combustion of fuel, which translates into better fuel economy, more pickup, more power and torque. The All-new aluminum engine is a delight to drive whether in the city or on the highways. It was developed with AVL of Austria. The bike feels better than the old model on all respects, most importantly less vibrations at high speeds and is much smoother. This means that the bullet can now cruise at 90+ km/hr for hours together and you wont be fatigued, say even after a 700 km ride.

The bike has a top speed of 120 km/hr though I never checked it myself as my friend’s bike was brand new and there was no way he would allow me to cross a speed of 80. My friend and me went on a long drive with both driving the bike on turns and we went up to Vijaywada without a hiccup and didn’t even feel the least bit stressed. Comfort for both pillion and driver are superb with great back support.

The bike is a little troublesome to drive in the city roads due to the large turning radius near U turns and wide handlebars and 182 kg weight. This is something all bullet owners will get used to as the dimension of the bike is designed to give maximum comfort for the driver and pillion and is not a cause to complain.

Thunderbird Twinspark Panel

The Thunderbird TwinSpark has fabulous throttle response once the bike crosses 60 the throttle response is almost instantaneous. Due to the heavy weight of the bike the bike feels a little sluggish initially but as the speed picks up she is fabulous and the thump gets more louder. The chassis is the same and the only change is the engine and the overall quality is better than the old model in all respects.

When I spoke to the company officials they said by 2010 all Royal Enfield bikes will have the Unit Construction engine and Enfield may bring in Fuel injection after a few years. You must know that all Enfield’s exported abroad are Fuel Injected but for some reason Fi tech hasn’t been launched in India. Lets hope we get FI sooner as it would only increase the smoothness and efficiency of the Thunderbird.

The engine is 346cc all aluminum with lean burn technology and has 6 plate clutch and 18 watt magneto pole for better charging of the battery. Older models had 4 plate clutch and smaller magneto. The bike has an auto decompressor for easy kick starts.

Thunderbird Twinspark Panel

At Rs.1,00,000+ the bike is not cheap, but it is a legend cloaked in modern wizardry. Enfield claims the Thunderbird TwinSpark is maintenance free though only time will tell, as it is too early to comment on this. The bike is available only in 3 colours for you to choose from red, black and silver.

All in all I was mighty impressed with Thunderbird TwinSpark as it’s a marked improvement over the older T’bird. You could expect a mileage of 30 in city and 38 on highways under normal driving. The new engine is the highlight and is what steals the show.

- Sudarshan, Chennai

Photo via ZigWheels.com

Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark Specifications:

Engine: Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, OHV, Dual Spark Ignition Engine, Air Cooled
Displacement: 346 CC
Maximum Power: 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque: 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 5 Speed (left foot gear shift)
Tyres Front: 3.25 x 19″, 6/4 PR
Tyres Rear: 3.5 x 19″, 6/4 PR
Front Brake: Hydraulic Disc Brake (Disc dia 280mm)
Rear Brake: Internal Expansion (Drum), 6″
Maximum Speed: 120 Kmph
Suspension Front: TeleScopic With Hydraulic Damping. Stroke 130mm.
Rear: Swing arm With Gas Shock Absorbers stroke 80mm

Do you own this bike or ever had a chance to ride on it? What is your idea about Thunderbird?

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Deepak January 10, 2009 at 1:39 am

Excellent Write up Sudarshan, keep it up :)

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daksh January 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

well, i never really did like the royal enfield types bikes..
dunno why..
soo.. im out of the league of this one ..
:)
id prefer buying a pulsar/unicorn or that sort of bike over thunderbird/bullet any day,.
i know, pulsar and unicorn dont even compare to bullet.. but hey, every one has their own choices .. rite?

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Arun December 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

hey Daksh
i do agree with u, pulsur is very good bike but compare to royel enfield..RE is better. you can use this bike upto very hard. but u cant handle pulase very rough. After 5 to 6 years pulsur ll give diff noice on its engine…but RE is awesome you can use upto 25 to 30 year with better performence.

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sudarshan January 10, 2009 at 8:10 am

hi deepak
thanks for the compliment dude, any thing for bikeadvice. i just love writing for bikeadvice. do you want any other pictures for TBTS??

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amandeep singh May 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

hi bro pls help me to choose the right bike for me my hight is 6″2 and i had 4 options to choose
1.RE THUNDER BIRD
2.ELCTRA
3.KARIZMA ZMR AND
4.PULSAR 220
i want to use it atleast for 4-5 yrs and want good re-sale value to..
so pls help me bro..

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Anurag Anand August 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Hi Amandeep

1) Thunder bird is gud but other brands like classic and electra have more waitage than Thunder bird. Look wise Thunder bird is gud and if you want to go for classic and electra it will give you real bullet bikes feeling. but i like thunder.

2) I will not go for karisma as in later stages it gives sound, and when we have better choices than karizma than one should not go for karizma.

3) There is no comparison between pulsar and royal enfields.

shantanu vikram September 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

dude just close your eyes n go for thunderbird…u’ll not get a bike like this….its awesome

kamath October 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm

compare to karizma, Thunderbird twins park millage is also good………. only the thing is maintainence is costly……..

karan November 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

yes.please

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Sreekanth September 3, 2012 at 1:24 am

I am planning to take it in OCT 2012,

as I am working in marketing I need to drive 40-60kms per day to meet my customers, ofcourse I use to go to long drives of 450-600kms once in a month or once in two months, so please let me know whether it is suitable for me or not, I am 5’5″.
Could you let me know the merits and demerits, mileage and on-road price in Hyderabad.

Thanks n waiting for your suggestions.
Presently I have a Pulsar 150cc (2007), I am very happy with her, but I want to ride this BULL..

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jai November 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

HAI
I WANT TO BUY USED RE TWINSPARK ,I LOOKED ONE RE IN COIMBATORE MODLE 2010 MAKE RE TWINSPARK,TOTAL KM RUN7800KM PLESAE SUGGEST ME BEST PRICE

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Indian Car Blog January 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

RE need to have better engine tech. So much engine capactiy but poor horse power, maybe the torque justifies it but why don’t they give it the 500cc engine?

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Deepak January 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Usually they say that a picture speaks a thousand words. But your words speak a thousand pictures. :)

There is really no need for the pictures.

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M.Irfan January 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm

It looks good but I think it would have been better with alloys and a better paint job with some pin stripes and all that stuff..But it is really classy and will make peoples head’s turn for sure.I think they should have had n extra sixth gear..Anyway overall i think it will be a sure hit.

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sankoobaba January 12, 2009 at 5:14 am

hey..its good news that Royal enfield is slowly incorporating modern(is it really modern??) technology into its classic bikes…. their bikes would sell even without these thing….but putting this tech makes them more attractive…like many this bike is one of my dream bikes…but i dont think i will ever buy it…coz its not that practical for city riding…anyway my cousin will take delivery of his standard bullet on 1st feb…and maybe he will let me ride it… i will surely post my experience here…anyway RE have made this bike better…which is always good…

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Ashok kumar January 28, 2009 at 4:34 am

Hi Deepak,

Am residing in Vellore nearby chennai (120Kms Appox.). I wish to buy a new TBTS and your bike advice is fine to gone thro. However some reviews declare that the rear brake is not so favour and good to go for a rear disc brake.

Can u adivce me where (in and around Chennai) to fit a rear disc to TBTS and also state how safe it was….

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N. Siva Rama Krishna December 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Hi this is siva, i want to purchase this , please tell how much mileage per litres

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Somnath January 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm

feel free to check passion and splender…u dnt fit in here ….. we are talking about bullet, buddy….. so buZZ off …!

surya February 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

hi,
nice write up. can u help me on some good designs of colours over the TBTS. it comes only in three colors rt?

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Ashok kumar February 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Surya,
I think silver is best. hopes all colour is black in dark but one should buy some what different from others. Silver is rare seen on roads and u will sure make a head turn if u buy one…and so…

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rojan james February 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

i would like to sell my thunderbird model no 2007 for rs 65000 my contact no 9867909537 or 9702853676 mumbai

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Siva Rama Krishna December 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

This is siva from Hyderabad , Please tell me How much mileage per Liter, plese tell me the exact mileage in city road and highway road, i think you are using may days (TBTS), tell me the experience on your bike , mileage and maintenance , pickup
why are you desided to sell your bike?
if it is any problems , any machanism problems occured please tell me
because my friend booked TBTS new model , i will intemate for the causes
Please replay for me

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AK February 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

Hi Sudarshan,

A great review !!!
It has been more than 6 months since the RE TBTS released. Do you know what is the overall review for the bike, is it +ve or -ve ? Ppl who bought it early, might have ridden the bike for more than 15k kms or more till now … can you enlighten us on it ??

Thanks AK

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Rigin Sam February 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

hi,
nice write up. can u help me on some good designs of colours over the TBTS. it comes only in three colors black with silver i like that colour

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Farheez February 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

Deepak, Nice Blog and site.
Sudarshan, Nice write up and I am contemplating buying the TBTS. I have a Bullet350 Campus model currently. I too have been making enquiries and the mileage is the questionable factor. I have been told that we get about 50km/lt but you mention 30. I have used a Electra 5S and that does give 50km/lt, so should not the TBTS be equal or more?
Regards,
Farheez

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Sudhir Sangwan February 27, 2009 at 9:56 am

hi
Im a bullet fan own a std 92 model now it needs engine improvements
so planing to upgrade to TBTS, your review seems promising enough to buy
however im more interested in the thump what bullets are known for can we modify the sound to produce the legendary thump
Please suggest
Thanks & Regards
Sudhir Sangwan

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gane February 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Pl advice me which is the best bike compare between Thunder bird and Yamaha YZF 15

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Samuel David Dhas Nadar April 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

In this blog the gentle man has clearly told about the Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark.

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NIrrej April 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I am a recent bullet convert. But it was not because of Thunderbird. Recently, I had a chance to test ride Thunderbird TSpark. My initial observations have been too much vibration and a rough engine.
However, I felt it quite easy to ride comparing against the bulky look it projects. Maybe, the low seating also would’ve helped a short person like me.
My observation about Bullet in general is, it is a much hyped bike which fairs very poorly on quality scale.

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anant May 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Hi,

I am confused between three models- TBTS, Electra 350 and FZ-16. Surely FZ feels out of the league when comparing with Bullet but somehow I felt it should still be an option. The test ride of TBTS wasn’t very good. I found weird mechanical noises(not of engine) but of the spring. The showroom guy told me that the particular bike had a problem with its clutch plate. I did try riding the older Electra(right gear shift) which was a bit tough to ride but felt better than TBTS. Now I am stuck between mileage, royalty and the overall maintenance. Like the person above I too felt that Bullet is a bit over-hyped. Need some help..

If possible call me on my cell. 9823846771

Regards,

Anant

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sanket kambli May 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

@Anant
hi .. my cousin just bought Bullet Std 350…
I havent rode it yet… I am not much fan of it..
still about buying bullet… there should never be indecision..coz either you should want only bullet… or not buy it at all… because bullet has its own set of problems…bullet fans may call it behavioral differences… that many like me cant tolerate…. so be careful…coz if u r not sure.. then u may hate buying bullet… if u dont mind living with the usual bullet problems(that bullet owners can tell u about),,, then go for it..
p.s. all bullet bike fans.. this comment does not mean to hurt anyone sentiments…coz i respect the bullet too..its in its own league..

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shashank March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

@Sanket

Dude u hv wrong idea abt bullets bike hving problem…ppls do search 4 oldest bullet to ride on..not just bcoz they hv ny maintainance problem they ready 2 pay 60K+ Rs/- 4 oldest classic bullets..one of my frnd is big fan of bullet..if u go 4 other bikes u will face more maintainance proble dan bullet..n bullet is never meant for rough driving..its 4 royality..if u want to ride rough or want 2 speedin go 4 karizma or pulsar 220 DTS-i..but bullet is bullet..once u ride it u feel it..royal is royal afterall..hehe..i m tellin u bcoz i had karizma..i speeded it over 120 KM/H..but when i had ride my frnd’s classic 350..wow..u feel d bike..n its good for long drive..obviously if u r city rider n always in hurry den bullet is not meant 4 u..but if u want to ppls look at u when u ride..den the bike u must hv is none other dan bullet..whether it is TB or Classic..its thump sounds make ppls turn der heads to see who is riding it..though i m confuse which 1 to buy TB or classic model..

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bulleteer October 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

Shashank
Hi.. :)

i wld suggest you to go for TBTS..believe me..Std model has gt a lot of shit…compared to TBTS..it jst gt good thumps, weight an road grip nothin else….believe me i hv had a Std model fr many years….go and visit the Bull Servicing centre..u ll find more Std models thn Electra/TBTS..!!

go for TBTS..!!

Yogesh May 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

@above
[if u dont mind living with the usual bullet problems(that bullet owners can tell u about)]

yes that is the problem !!! I test driven TBTS in march for an option to replace my good old CBZ n i found it very impressive for bullet standards n i felt it won’t have those typical problems… not this model…

BUT how can i be sure ?? Sanket above said it perfectly right …. then u may hate buying bullet….

My cousin owns Machismo500 i love it..
but I cannot prentend to be suddenly turned “Bullet” fan I wanna have a good bike n gut feeling while test ride was yes i think i got one !!
Pls guys if anyone owns it let me know the experience of ur 10K plus ridings…my no is 9890885100(or hopefully any reply here will be notified to me via e-mail)

U’ll surely be helpful if u call before that ‘one fine day’ i get impulsive n get her home :) cuz i feel thats the only way one should have a bullet !!!
like that chocolate ad “u earn it”

P.S. Turning radius could be really annoying as i’ll be using it in city a quantity time but that won’t be a real prob.

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anant May 25, 2009 at 8:47 am

@above
Hi guys,

Thanks for your replies. Quite helpful, but finally I must realize it myself(indecision part). TBTS surely scores over Electra 5S on mileage and looks. I myself made inquiries with a RE mechanic. He too advised me on the Electra because of the ‘kick’(punch) it provides which he says is missing in TBTS. Now the indecision is between the contemporary looks and ‘owning a piece of history’. Also could someone enlighten me on the difference between ‘Electra’ and ‘Machismo’(350cc). Also I request the owners of respective bikes to help me out.

-Confused guy

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anant June 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Hi,

I finally purchased the TBTS. It took me around 2 hours at the showroom to decide on what to buy. Evidently… as it was my first bike(if hero-puch) is not considered a bike. First impression is amazing. A bit difficult to ride for the first timer. But 30-40km, you get used to it pretty soon. One thing that I didn’t like was the riding-in period. The manufacturers should give the engine in a rided-in condition so that the bike is ready to cover the Himalayas straight from the showroom. Any way, as I am not much used to the “thump” I am not exactly missing it on the TBTS. So the sound that it produces is sweet enough for me. Although I didn’t like the silencer protruding beyond the back-wheel. Some thing that RE must take up immediately. Second problem taht I faced was petrol evaporating and leaking in small quantity from the top of the tank. Will follow up with the RE guys immediately on this before it eats up my paint. Rest is fun.. I am enjoying every bit of it. Three days of ownership and already 350km covered within the city(with 55km speed limit).

-Cheers!
Anant(earlier, the confused guy)

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Abhilash.N October 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hey Ananth,
Now i’m in your position. Please do share the 2yr experience of you with ur TBso that it might help me. Please do let me know all the advantages and disadvantages. :-)

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Abhilash.N October 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hey Ananth,
Now i’m in your position. Please do share the 2yr experience of you with ur TBso that it might help me. Please do let me know all the advantages and disadvantages. :-)

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rafi June 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

hey guys , i am planning to buy thunder bird , is that the bike performs really good , i have heard lots of problems from the people who had been using this bike , they say some oil leakage , producing enormous heat , annoying noise from the engine , vibrations .
Is that these things are true , let me know about it plzz . Is TBTS is better then Electra 5s , which is the best among these two?

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Anbu June 10, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Hi dear,

have u purchased TBTS. How is its performane. Im planning to buy it this nmonth. Pls let me know its draw backs if any and finally what is the mileage ur getting?

Rgds
Anbu
Coimbatore

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Anbu June 10, 2009 at 10:47 pm

anant: Hi,I finally purchased the TBTS. It took me around 2 hours at the showroom to decide on what to buy. Evidently… as it was my first bike(if hero-puch) is not considered a bike. First impression is amazing. A bit difficult to ride for the first timer. But 30-40km, you get used to it pretty soon. One thing that I didn’t like was the riding-in period. The manufacturers should give the engine in a rided-in condition so that the bike is ready to cover the Himalayas straight from the showroom. Any way, as I am not much used to the “thump” I am not exactly missing it on the TBTS. So the sound that it produces is sweet enough for me. Although I didn’t like the silencer protruding beyond the back-wheel. Some thing that RE must take up immediately. Second problem taht I faced was petrol evaporating and leaking in small quantity from the top of the tank. Will follow up with the RE guys immediately on this before it eats up my paint. Rest is fun.. I am enjoying every bit of it. Three days of ownership and already 350km covered within the city(with 55km speed limit). -Cheers!Anant(earlier, the confused guy)

Anant

Pls help me out. I am going to buy TBTS this month. I have only two questions. First is it giving more vibrations and second what is the mileage ur getting in city. coz eacg guy is giving different figures, why too much of variations?

Anbu/9994363757

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Anant June 11, 2009 at 11:18 am

Hey Anbu,

Today I gave my bike for the first servicing. By all conservative means of calculating the fuel efficiency, I got an average of 45kmpl+. This includes city as well as highway. To be noted is that I have ridden the ‘bird max at only 55-60kmph as stated in the manual for the first 500km. The petrol tank leakage as stated above wasn’t a problem. Actually I had not tightened the fuel cap adequately and hence the leakage. As for vibrations, obviously you don’t expect the bull to be as smooth as a honda or a yamaha. Drawbacks: none except it is very expensive.

Do call me up if you need any help.
Anant(9823846771)

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Anbu June 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Anant,

A clear cut reply, Let me meet you all in TBTS club shortly. Have fun.

Thanks for your reply Anant

Rgds
Anbu

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Anant June 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

Just to update you guys. I got my bike well serviced at the service centre. There was a minor adjustment required to the fuel tank and the handle which leaned more on one side of the fuel tank. According to the mechanic, the “stopper” was adjusted. But as a result the handle lock stopped working on one side. Need to get this repaired asap. The gear shift has become much smoother and the engine “revved” even cleaner and smoother. The ‘bird gave an average of 44.6kmpl which also includes the fuel taken up by the service centre guys for tuning up, testing etc. I am pretty much satisfied with the bike. Also got a “teflon” coating done in order to avoid any kind of scratches which was chargeable at Rs. 600 for two coats. Will keep you guys updated. Call me up for any help.

Anant

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Anbu June 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Anant,

Which colour u have chosen. Among the three colours which one is looking good and best. Here in show room only black colour is available. confused about chosing the colour.

Normally i prefer red over black. any draw backs in red as there is no model available in this show room.

Anbu

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Deepak Fernandes June 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Good review. I’ve owned a twinspark since October 2008 and have clocked about 11,000 km so far. My friend and I both bought our bikes at the same time and once we crossed 3000 on Jan 20th, we took the bikes on a trip to Kanyakumari (details on my page on the royal enfield website).

The bike is superb for long distance driving — we reached Kanyakumari from Bombay in 4 days and no pain in the back, legs or wrist.

On May 1 we went Bombay-Pune-Solapur-Bijapur-Hampi-Hubli-Kohlapur-Bombay. On the NH4 section from Hubli to Pune, we really opened the bike — the top speed is over 120 kmph, and it kisses 130. There are no shudders at high speeds like you might find in other bikes. I was also able to keep it cruising at 100+ nearly from Belgaum to Kohlapur and the bike takes it without complaining — in fact, she revels at high speeds.

The sound is beautiful and though the thump isn’t like the older bullets, that makes it far more comfortable on long drives.

I do disagree on your bit about it not being very comfortable in city traffic. I drive it about 40 km a day in Bombay and have no problem. In fact, I find the bike far more easier to control and handle and toss and turn in city traffic — it is a bike that instills confidence in you!

All in all, this is a superb effort from RE and I’m very very pleased with my bike

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Anant June 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Hi Deepak,

Nice to know that I made a great choice at buying TB. As for city riding, I guess it takes time to get used to and also depends upon your stature(I am on the shorter side). Could you give the link to your RE page? Also when did you open your bike(after how many km)? Do you recommend to switch to a retro silencer for more thumpier sound? Also, I noticed that the chrome on the engine looses shine. Is there any way I can preserve the gleaming engine the way it is?

Regards,
Anant

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Lathish June 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Hi Deepak and Anant,

It is nice to hear your experiences on bird.

I have been thinking to buy bird for a long time. I’m having splender for 5 more than 5 years. So I don’t want to get another 100 or 150 cc bikes. But people say, bird is not comfortable like other bikes and also Karishma is better than bird. But I’m think about only bird. Due to these saying im lit bit confused.

Yesterday i went for test drive. Since there was a huge traffic i could not more than half a kilo meter and i did not cross 3 gear. When i started to ride, i was afraid to handle a big cruiser. But after a seconds, I could ride as I was riding this for a long time. But I felt vibration when i rode. When i asked sales representative at showroom, he told that if we go in proper speed with proper gear vibration will not come. He also told that I could because i didn’t cross 40 km/hr and 3 gear.

Still im concerning about the comfortableness. Will i get back pain If i ride this for a long time?

Would it give more maintenance charges like other RE bikes?

I’s daily traveling about 30 KM in the city. Is bird suitable for these conditions?

your suggestions always welcome!!!

Thanks in advance!!!
Lathish
coimbatore

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Deepak Fernandes June 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Hi Anant,

http://www.royalenfield.com/deepfern is my parking space on RE.
I am 6′, so the Tbird is just right for me, perhaps the pegs are too high for the seat — I think it’s the perfect fit for someone 5’10 to 5’11″, but it’s good for me and een for smalelr guys, with a little adjustment to the seat (key point is the seat to foot peg to handle-bar arrangement, it should be like you’re sitting comfortably on a chair).

For the first 500 km I didn’t take it above 40 kmph, for the first 3000 odd, I didn’t go above 70. The bike is like a child, you need to treat it carefully initially. I wouldn’t advise taking it over 70 for the first 3000 and wait until you cross 5000 to 6K before you go over 100 kmph

About the engine losing shine — it doesn’t have any chrome on it: the engine is made of aluminium, but I think the top is chromed. I’ve not had any chrome peeling off, but I cover my bike each day and wash it every second day plus put anti-rust.

Moving to a retro silencer is really dependent on what you like. Since my bike is < 1 year old, I’ve decided not to replace any of the original parts (warranty is for 1 year :)). You can do a lot of stuff with it, get a retro silencer for the sound or a free-flow one to really hit higher speeds, but all of that depends on what you want to do and how much you want to spend.

Hi Lathish,

I’ve driven the Karizma too, and it’s a good bike. Remember that the two are for different markets — driving the Karizma over long distances will be painful on the back — it’s more a city and short (<300 km) distance bike. The bullet is meant for cross-country, inter-state travel like coimbatore to Goa. About the acceleration — a lot of this depends on the driver: I’m quick changing gears, so I can accelerate my tbird nearly as fast as a Karizma, but the Karizma has superior acceleration after 60 kmph. however, the Tbird can keep up the speed for km after km, while the Karizma biker will get tired.

So, both good bikes but meant for different things, you can’t compare them. You can compare the Karizma to the Pulsar 220 or R15, while you compare the Tbrid to maybe the Eliminator.

Anyway, the gear ratios for me I find is <20kmph, 1st gear, 20-30 2nd gear, 30-40/45: third gear, 45-60: fourth gear and above 60/65: fifth. however, the bullet, unlike other bikes, can still pull at 40 in 4th or 5th gear.

The gear vibration you felt is the same I felt when driving for the first time, after you know the right gear changes, it goes away.

howevever, I’ll repeat: THE BULLET IS NOT LIKE HONDAS, HERO HONDAS, ETC. for good and for bad. The maintainence cost is higher, the regular servicing costs at least Rs. 600, much more than a HH and fuel efficiency is not something you talk about — but the Tbird will give you only 35 to 40 and when you are over 100kmph gulps fuel — don’t go for this bike if you want a cheap, commuting bike. If you just want to commute in the city, this is NOT the bike (A splendor is a good commuting bike, but I wouldn’t drive it cross-country). If you want to just speed a short distance, this is NOT the bike (buy the Karizma or FZ16or…).

The bike won’t give you any back pain, compared to other bikes — it has a very comfortable seating position. For your 30 km commute per day, the bike will be more than adequate and you will find it easy to maneuveur etc after you cross 2000 odd km

but remember what I said, you can commute with it, but the bike is really meant for long distance travel: if you don’t go long distance, then you will be wasting the bike and wasting your money (due to higher maintainence and fuel costs for the Tbird). this bike is meant for the road. A lot of people will criticize bullets for their high maintenance cost and that they break down often (which they do! far more than honda bikes which have no trouble), but they miss the point, the bike is not competing and is not to be compared to any other bike in the Indian market, a bullet is a bullet, you can only compare it to another bullet :)

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Deepak Fernandes June 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Anbu: AnantPls help me out. I am going to buy TBTS this month. I have only two questions. First is it giving more vibrations and second what is the mileage ur getting in city. coz eacg guy is giving different figures, why too much of variations?Anbu/9994363757

ok, Anbu, firstly don’t look at fuel economy in a bullet. If you want fuel economy, there are other bikes. However, the Tbird gives decent fuel economy IF YOU TREAT IT WELL (idiots who open the bike up to 100kmph in the first week will spoil the engine adn the fuel economy will be bad for the life of the engine). It will start by givign you 45 to 46 kmpl at a steady cruising speed of 50 to 70 kmph, both in the city and on the highway.

Now, my bike gives me more like 35 kmpl in the city and 40 on the highway. Expect the bullet to give you only 35 kmpl and buy based on that assumption (that’s the lowest unless you completely ruin your engine block). The variations are because the bullet is temperamental and will react differently to different people and different handling.

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mandeep singh June 23, 2009 at 11:42 am

hello people,finally after reading all the reviews for more than a month got the TB on june 8, drove for 1st 500 km around 50-60 kmph gave me an average of around 47+ i drive daily around 60kms. well i have a similiar problem as listed by few of our friends like the petrol slightly coming on to the tank. Apart from that overall feels great to drive. my previous bike was pulsar 150 from last 6 yrs.overall the bike is great to drive on highways also i found it very comfortable in city as well.

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Satheesh June 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Hi All,

I am planning to buy Bullet Eletra and I need feed back for below items.
1) Is it any back pain will come due to heavy high weight.
2) I heared that bumpers strong so we get lot vibrations during driving.

I am not worrying much about Mileage and Maintenance.
Please give me your feedback without hesitation.

Thanks
Satheeshbabu
satheeesh@gmail.com

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rahul June 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm

RE is coming up with 2 new models by the end of this year which are going to be based on the new mechanasim they’ve used for TBTS, is it worth waiting 6-9 months for the new models…. anyone… thoughts ? Has anyone seen pics of the new models ?

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MO July 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

I am planning to buy a Thunderbird Twinspark in Silver Colour. I don’t see any on the road & it looks so much better than its black counterpart. Why don’t people buy the Silver ?
I’m hoping there isn’t an underlying paint job issue with the colour.

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anant bhatia July 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

just a matter of personal choice buddy.

MO: I am planning to buy a Thunderbird Twinspark in Silver Colour. I don’t see any on the road & it looks so much better than its black counterpart. Why don’t people buy the Silver ?
I’m hoping there isn’t an underlying paint job issue with the colour.

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SF July 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Hey guys,
I’m a proud owner of TBTS.Just doen my 3K… :)
i have small issues with my TBTS..hope TBTS owners can help me out
1)Sound from front shock-absorbers on a bumpy track
2)Sound from rear..no idea from where,when the bike jumps on humps n bumps?
do any face the same issue..pls help
SF

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Deepak Fernandes July 14, 2009 at 7:47 pm

MO: I am planning to buy a Thunderbird Twinspark in Silver Colour. I don’t see any on the road & it looks so much better than its black counterpart. Why don’t people buy the Silver ?I’m hoping there isn’t an underlying paint job issue with the colour.

I preferred the black — it looks better, in my opinion, and the black looks better when it grows old — that’s just my personal feeling. I don’t know about the quality of the paint

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Deepak Fernandes July 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm

SF: Hey guys,I’m a proud owner of TBTS.Just doen my 3K… i have small issues with my TBTS..hope TBTS owners can help me out1)Sound from front shock-absorbers on a bumpy track2)Sound from rear..no idea from where,when the bike jumps on humps n bumps?do any face the same issue..pls helpSF

The front shocks? A squeaky sound? or …?From the rear, check the little metal strip under the seat — it could get loose

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anant bhatia July 15, 2009 at 8:27 am

Is the Thunderbird not called a ‘bullet’? Any site where I can get info on how to ride a bike properly(cornering etc.) and how to ride during monsoons? Also any thunderbird specific website that teaches maintenance of the bike etc.? I have seen quite a few on Electras and Stds especially gurunandan’s website. Anything on similar lines for Thunderbird?

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SF July 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Deepak Fernandes:
The front shocks?A squeaky sound?or …?From the rear, check the little metal strip under the seat — it could get loose

Hey Deepak yes its a squeaky sound…buddup…
The metal part under teh seat seems ok…can it be the shock absorbers or the chain??

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Anbu July 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Guys!

After three months of confusions, discussions and analysis finally I booked TBTS black today(16/7/09). Hope will take delivery in 10 to 15 days.

Regards
Anbu

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suresh July 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm

hello guys..i bought thunderbird jst months back…and i think regardless of the stylish bikes like pulsar,karizma,fz16…etc…its win over anyone bike in india..it its very comfortable..for long drives…pick up and speed is grt..u can go beyond ur imagination…dats wot i think….its a very gud bike..

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nakul July 25, 2009 at 9:27 am

i totally agree with you , alloys and paint would be a like iceing on the cake …

M.Irfan: It looks good but I think it would have been better with alloys and a better paint job with some pin stripes and all that stuff..But it is really classy and will make peoples head’s turn for sure.I think they should have had n extra sixth gear..Anyway overall i think it will be a sure hit.

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MO July 26, 2009 at 12:15 am

Anbu: Guys!After three months of confusions, discussions and analysis finally I booked TBTS black today(16/7/09). Hope will take delivery in 10 to 15 days.Regards
Anbu

I booked one last week but till now the Royal Sundaram guys have not turned up to process the loan. How did you get delivery in 15 days? I’ve been told it will take at least 30 days. BTW, I went with a Black TB Twin Spark finally. Was keen on the Machismo 500 for just another Rs. 9,000 but went with TB as the Machismo still has the old Aluminium Engine that has issues.

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senthil July 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Hi…

I’ve booked TBTS in the third week of July… Eventhough I booked, still I am confused about which color to go… Plz advice reg. this…

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Deepak Fernandes August 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm

nakul: i totally agree with you , alloys and paint would be a like iceing on the cake …

Alloys on a bullet is just wrong!

senthil: Hi…

I’ve booked TBTS in the third week of July… Eventhough I booked, still I am confused about which color to go… Plz advice reg. this

The color you choose is based on your preference. I, personally, in my opinion, think that the red fades away after a few years and doesn’t look good (my own opinion). The silver looks cheesy to me, so I went for the black a year ago and am very happy.

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Varun Panicker August 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

AK: Hi Sudarshan,A great review !!!It has been more than 6 months since the RE TBTS released. Do you know what is the overall review for the bike, is it +ve or -ve ? Ppl who bought it early, might have ridden the bike for more than 15k kms or more till now … can you enlighten us on it ??Thanks AK

I have a TBTS bouth it in December 08 and has now Crossed 20K Kms. I know you’d not believe wat Im gonna say Nxt but Trust me it gives me a 52Km/L in City.

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MO August 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

since my TB loan is still pending approval, i have been doing a bit of soul searching whether I should go for a Machismo, maybe 500. TB doesn’t look like a cruiser AKA Harley Davidson style and Machismo looks really neat, especially with the chrome tank & all. So I googled it and found the only bad review on TB twin spark & the author actually recommends a Machismo 500 over the TB.

http://www.bsmotoring.com/storypage.php?autono=898&page=3
Read the last line. I’m going for a test ride for LB500 first thing tomorrow.

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Ashish August 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

Hey guys…. specially deepak and anant… thanks for giving us such wonderful details about TBTS. I was thinking to buy it from last one month but doesnt knw abt its reviews. Finally i got all the helpful reviews n m defi gonna a bookin in this coming week.

Cheers….

ASHISH

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Projit Kundu August 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Dear friends, I have a Hero-honda Acheiver. Now i want to buy a TB, After all these comments posted i am finally thinking to buy it but still i have issues to be solved :
1. I am a short & healthy person( 5feet5 inch) is TB will be ok for me in case of height and other factors.
2. I have never handeled any Bullet. How much is it comfortable for a 1st time user, What about handling the wieght?
3.I stay in Dubai and i come home only for a month in a year.So is it advisable to keep the TB idle for 1 year.

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Ashish August 11, 2009 at 12:44 am

Hello guys.. I took a test ride of TBTS today n i have booked it finally. I will get my bike my within 10 days. But i am bit confused about its silencer. I want to knw which one is the best silencer for the thunderbird…?

Cheers

ASHISH

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Bhabani August 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I have one tbts. it has just covered 4000km without a single problem. i am getting a mileage of 42-45 km/ltr in city ride. i am fully satisfied

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Arul August 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

HELP needed to check if the classic BULLET is good to ride.
I have been driving an enticer from yamaha for the past 4 years. it is a 2003 model. i wanna take my leap to the real league from the look-alike league. I found couple of guys in Chennai who sells models from the forgotten but glorious era of 1960s and 70s. But as am new to the bullet world, I have no way to identify and gauge how good the bike is.
i live in Chennai and am looking for a bike enthusiast who can help me out to make sure that i get a good motorcycle.
anyone out there? Reply to me at 096001 66617

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john August 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

hi guys,,,,im planning to buy a bird…..im a student maintenance will b a small prob….45 mileage is ok……but i jus wanna kno hws the driving exp.?

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Mohit August 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Just go for a test spin at the showroom. It will blow you off dude! Maintenance for the TBTS is not an issue, it should be a lot cheaper than any other RE.

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sen Chennai September 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

After a long wait say 38 days I got my TBTS Silver on 2nd of Sep. I like the Silver very much since I feel the whole volume of the bike seems to be big when compared to Black. I already have Bajaj XCD 125 for 2 yrs. and am going to have that also. The first ride experience was amazing and cant be quoted in words… My father rides a JAWA 1970 model and he insisted to go for the Bullet. I will write my experience in the comming days… Thankyou

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shiv October 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm

HI.. All..

Bullet itself makes the nerves STIFF.. Such a powerful momentum, stylish and Royal feel which leaves you accelerated from rest of hondas and TVS bikes.. I have been raiding TB in pune from last 4 months, prior to this i have rode pulsar 150 and unicorn as well. In between i used to ride pulsar 200 also.
Of all this TB gives you real biking experience. Such a comfortable seating and handling which both Pulsar and Unicorn lacks.
To be very franlky people stare at you at all traffic signals and makes prople to turn around on street. Proudly speaking, Bullet can only does this.
I have been using my friends bike from last 4 months. Bike is well controlled and less prone to vibrations even at higher speeds. I think the bike was well maitained initially very well. A combination of Front discs and rear drum gives a better breaking even as slippery surface and at turns.
Coming to milage it gives aroung 37+ (most of the times a have used in city and used to peek up to 90+).
Speaking about the shocks, TB as best of its tech. Very good dampers and virabtion controllers. The Gas filled rear supensions is the best i can tell you the technology available in market.

Now i have booked one awiaiting to ride my Bird sooooon….

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Kanthi October 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm

R U Sure that u got 40+ mileage in city .. i ma very conserned about mileage .. so as to get thunder bird or any unicorn . so please reply me

Bhabani: I have one tbts. it has just covered 4000km without a single problem. i am getting a mileage of 42-45 km/ltr in city ride. i am fully satisfied

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Anant October 13, 2009 at 12:02 am

Kanthi: R U Sure that u got 40+ mileage in city .. i ma very conserned about mileage .. so as to get thunder bird or any unicorn . so please reply me

@Kanthi
Very sure that it gives 40+ average. I got an average of 42kmpl when I went on a long ride + city ride. I pulled my bike to its first ton too in this ride. Rode quite at times above 80kmph-90kmph. Bullet’s behaviour depends on how you treat it. Treat it with honour and so shall it honour you.

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Natwar October 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

The Twinspark BULL looks awesome and strkingly eye catching in silver colour.
And Dude, if you got a taste for the BULL, you should buy it.
Its not like those bikes which get older with time.
It just grows better and better.
Believe me i am a proud owner of cruiser bikes.
My dad had Yezdi and it was one of the best then
I had a suzuki, then yamaha but nothing campared to my newly acquired TBTS(thunderbird twinspark).
Silver so far looks better than its other variants in black and Red.
i have just three words for anyone, who has a taste for bikes,
“GO for Thunderbird” its worth it!!

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elango c October 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm

My TBTS Brings me the mileage of 55/liter in average speed of 55 to 60/hr. Im enjoying more with my TBTS…its rocking.

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goutham March 17, 2011 at 8:17 am

How dude?? tats really great coz 55 is really a brilliant kinda mileage man..!! Suggest me some tips or the techniq… i too own a tbts red ’10 model

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Tarun October 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I am planning to buy twinspark, childhood dream, and believe me your review has definitely helped me. Though I am a lean guy but even that will not stop me from riding this 182kg monster :)
Excellent Review.

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sha November 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I have one tbts. it has just covered 5000km without a single problem. i am getting a mileage of 45-50 km/ltr in city ride. i am fully satisfied

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kittu November 4, 2009 at 3:10 am

i decided to buy a TBTS, bt m nt sure if its the right time..they hd a model in 2006, then in 2008 .. wl thr be a new version or model available in 2010 first half .. if anyone has any idea .. wd be grateful :D :D

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siddhant karki November 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

guys i bought it on 13 nov and its a very fun filled bike.
but i am little concerned about its mileage the showroom guys told me that it gives a mileage of 45 kms. is it in reality.
i drive it for about 50 kms everyday so mileage is important for me
it is brand new so how much speed i should go for.
my no is 9968647575
do call me
-siddhant

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Adwait November 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

Guys after going through all the reviews posted above my doubts have been cleared about legendary TBTS. The only doubt left is I’hv heard it runs on diesel(?). Is it true or runs on both diesel as well as petrol? Plz let me get clear on this. Guys waiting for ur reply.

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anant November 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm

:) :P
Diesel and Petrol are two different technologies and as per my class 10th studies carry a major difference in their engine structure. I don’t think they can be combined. AFAIK, diesel engine doesn’t even have a sparkplug whereas TBTS has two :) Enfield used to manufacture a “Taurus” model that ran on diesel.

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sivasidhu November 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

TBTS is a great bike compared to any bikes…….
i finished 6500 kms without any prob…still its look like new bike….. im enjoying wit my silver color thunder bird twinspark… its rocking……… great…. silver color attracting every one…

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Anbu December 5, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Hi, My brand new Thunder Bird Twin Spark, Black colour is for immediate sale. 350 kms done. delivery date 27/11/2009. Coimbatore registration. TN 37 BE…., Interested guys pls cal me or give some reference for sale in coimbatore or chennai. Selling for my personal reasons. call: 9994363757. urgent sale. Bike in in show room condition.

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Anant December 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Hi,

Requesting all not to post advertisements at this site. Moderator please remove such comments.

Rgds,
anant

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Yogesh December 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

@ anant ,
r u ref to post by
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Anbu on December 5, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Hi, My brand new Thunder Bird Twin Spark, Black colour is for immediate sale.
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i see it no prob bro , it can be useful info for any of us, well i’m no moderator, neither i wanna respond to the offer as of now, just i thought its not much of a nuisance, on the contrary it seems relevant here..
finally moderator is the best judge ..

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Sen Chennai December 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm

HI… For around 3 months I am riding this amazing thunder. Yes riding thunderbird is totally different. It feels different… It digsout the valor from us. The majestic feel, the pride,robustness… no other ride can fulfill… Ride Thunderbird, and “Taste the Thunder”

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Jerry December 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I agree with Yogesh in the matter of posting Thunderbird related ads. I guess it is quite helpful, rather than a nuisance.
Well, moderator is judge.

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Shomil December 18, 2009 at 10:05 am

I am getting mine by 21st dec. Will update. (well I dont know what more i can add on after all the expert comments)

Just cant wait for TBTS…

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Aman Varma December 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Hey everyone…
after reading all the reviews , I am convinced of one thing that the thunderbird is a great bile and completely worth buying… my only concern is will it be a little difficult to handle for some one who is arnd 5 ft 8inch weighing arnd 63…

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shomil December 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

And finally i got it… the bike is awesome to ride. very smooth and very comfortable riding position. Can take above 50 though :( the bike handles perfectly. i did not feel its heavy, unless you have pull the bike from parking places. Self start sound is just AMAZING.

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Vinod January 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hello All,

I am planning to buy a Thunder Bird. I heard that the Thunderbird which is coming now is 3rd Edition and also heard that there are some problems as the engine is being tuned for mileage. Could any one tell if its true… is it ok to buy 3rd edition TBTS or go for Electra or Classic.

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Elijah February 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Next Month i will buy Thunder Bird…..
Thanks

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Akshay February 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm

HI I am confused whether i should go for fazer of thunder bird please help me out. I will be driving not more than 30-40 kms/per day??????????

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Asif iqbal February 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Hi dear,

have u purchased TBTS. How is its performane. Im planning to buy it this nmonth. Pls let me know its draw backs if any and finally what is the mileage ur getting?

Rgds
Asif
Bangalore

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Lanju February 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm

pls anyone tell me the gear changing pattern in TBTS

is it first down and remaining all Up?

or is it first up and remaining all Down?

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Yogesh February 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

hey can some1pls enlighten me, wat is exact ‘minimum turning radius’ of the bike???

for karizma ZMR its 2.5 mtrs !!

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Yogesh February 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Most probably I’m to book TBTS by this monday,(de say month after that to deliver)this showroom is in other town 1hour to us, so m gonna fit in the accessories once n for all, d say i get delivery.
ANY SUGGESTIONS??
de don’t give sideGuard as standard accs, which no doubt must buy but apart from that i think SareeGuard is very useful to me, does it kill the look?

P.S. classic didn really appeal me personally but showroom guy insists to give a serious thought wen I come on Monday(as350comes in same price n engine)
hope that won’t put me in dillema again.
Any advise in this regard??

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Yogesh March 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

(CC:ThunderBird TwinSpark – A 10,000 Km Report)

just yest I encountered 1000past bike of a distant frn n it has tappet noise its really annoying.(the owner guy is wishing it to sell for just the noise) but more serious prob is there is considerable difference in pick-up for this bike. The bike I test ride 4 months back in showroom, had good initial pick-up.

any1else has similar experience?

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Ashwin April 14, 2010 at 3:51 am

Hello Guys,

Well, what can i say about this site…?? Gives me a lot of confidence in buying the bike as soon as possible..Keep up the good work guys…
@Anant/Deepak/Sudarshan : Great write-up mates…
Soon to be a fellow TBird-ian ;)

Ashwin

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Aravindan April 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Hi,

I am Aravind from Chennai. I would like to know more about TBTS maintainence. I did a test drive in RE showroom in beasant nagar. both TB and classic 500. 500 was far superior in power than TB but TB is more practical bike in terms of milage and weight over stability.
I have planned to book a TB and have got all the money ready, but i went across some article that says bullets needs more maintainence. Like it has rusting problem and services costs 4 times more than other bikes.
Please some experience riders comment on this as i am going to book only after i get an answer.

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s kumar April 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm

wht is the mileage details of tbts ,i have booked it 3 months ago and i will be receiving the bull in 2 weeks can any one help me out ur experience in tbts bull…………….

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varoon May 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

am a proud owner of the 1st generation thubderbird.what i would say rather is the new twin spark thunderbird has got lot of refinments as compare to the 1st generationTB.TBTS egnine feels nice more of speed and less of vibrations.bullet alwayz stands for its masculinity and for its thumbing sound.infact the weight of TBTS has been reduced which again makes it lighter as compae to old bullets.heavier the bullet more the feel comes thats what i believe in.if people they are looking for bike which has to be lighter in weight let them go n buy some bike from bajaj or from hero honda family….the kick of TBTS doesnot have that punch what exactly a typical bullet should have..by adding self start they have again tarnished the value of the brand for what bullet stands for.if a person doesnot feel like kick starting his bullet so its a utter shame for him to call himself a bullet owner…………..

cheers…………..

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Magesh May 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

what fuel is used in thunderbird petrol or diesel

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shanky May 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm

You might not see 100s and 1000s of these on roads, but one on road and it is a head turner.

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dany July 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

hi guys, I am big fan of TBTS and after reading these reviews feeling should experience it. I am average height of 5’4″ so not sure if should fit me.. but I want to experience it. Any of you guys are of average height and had any discomfort issues ?? I am planning to look for a second/used TBTS ! any comments please …

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akshay July 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Hi,

I am planning on buying a TBTS in Chennai. In the original post, Mr. Sudarshan says that fuel injection tech bikes will be launched soon. Does anyone knows whether it has been launched, as I couldn’t find anything online. Is it wise to wait for a while to get this?

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M July 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Only the Classic 500 has a Fuel Injection as of now.

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Yogesh July 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

hi I’ve been following this article from mid-2009, i had booked TBTS but finally I’ve changed my mind. Just last week I got my advance back from RE guys n booked some other bike.

TBTS was really not upto the mark for me, I got enticed to Bullet only cuz my cous’s Machismo500, which is really something u can’t resist. But wen I made my mind up Mach wasn’t available.
After I got sour bout TBTS i tried test riding Classic500 for two different times on two different deliveries but its also much muffled & engeen doesn’t give a much satisfaction apart from looks just like wat TBTS was all about.

Anyway I liked this site & it was pleasure reading sharing comments here :)I’m removing subcription for this particular article, so c ya guys.

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coolguymahendra@gmail.com February 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

wht u knw about royal enfield u dum

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ATHUL4R July 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

@ magesh
There is only petrol model. At present there is no diesel models for bullet engine.

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Ashwini July 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Somebody answer who is 5feet 6inch owned this bike,
had faced any problem … because of its weight and hight.

Ashwini

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ATHUL4R July 11, 2010 at 9:46 am

no problem. If the guy is lean then the wait may be a problem. For that high no problem.

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Arasu July 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

New Thunder bird twin spark, black colour, not yet registered for immediate sale, contact: 9994363757, Chennai

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anand July 14, 2010 at 12:57 am

hai guys…
already i have one old and sexy CBZ… now intially i booked for a bike (another brand)one month before, while in a test ride of TBTS i feel crazy in that bike, something is attracting me in a classical way(little), which the other bike lacks,which make me(bad) to get back the advance booking amt and booked TBTS three days before,(my sleep has gone today) tomorrow i ll be a owner of RE-TBTS , life is once…….. ride it legandly

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Nitin Bhosale October 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

congo man

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amit July 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

hi friends.,plz help me i want to buy new thunderbird. so plz give me some adivese about that. im living in city and i buy it only for city drive 10 to 15km only for day. is it ok?

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ATHUL4R July 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

@amit, if u want to go for only 15kms thats in city.. I think thunder bird is not good for heavy traffic. Thunder is best for relax long drive.

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Ravichandra July 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Hi,

@Deepak: loved ur tips.

My present working conditions demands for a bike. But then when i asked the RE chennai showrooms as to how much time it will take to deliver they said 6 months. Anyone in chennai know any show room wr i can get it a bit fast?
Because i need it kinda urgently.

And when i asked for black color they said 7 months.

Also are all the TB TS owners here getting a mileage of 40+ or is it only exceptional few?

please respond

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Nitin Bhosale October 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

hi deepak,

this looks little odd.the bikes are made in cheenai itself and they are saying you to w8 for 6 months.here in pune i received black TBTS is 45 day i.e. 1 month and 15 days.yaa and about the mileage u get 40 + but it totally depends on u that how u drive and maintain your bike like drive on constant speed of 40 to 45 .change oil and do servicing on regular bases.follow some basic steps and vola u also get good mileage.tell me once you receive your TBTS.happy riding :)

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Ravichandra October 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

In kochi it takes only 2 months itseems.

I found the reason to be that of the demand. The no of orders the chennai folks get is like way too much compared to that of other cities wr u get the vehicle pretty fast.

Though the manuf plant is in chennai the , its the time taken to fulfill the orders that count. The RE plant also has to distribute the bikes to other cities and not just cater to the needs of chennai folks.

Rahul July 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

SIX MONTHS… seriously??? I am actually thinking of buying one in red… I will be buying in Hyderabad… Any Hyderabadis know how long its gonna take here???

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Ravichandra July 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

yeah.. and i asked him casually as to how long will classic 350 will take. He said bookings are closed for classic 350 for another 1 year.. can u beleive that? RE is cruising away…

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Rahul July 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Ravi,
Did you ask about TBTS how long its going to take?
While browsing some other site… someone said like he ordered today and was expecting 2 weeks later for TBTS…

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Ravichandra July 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

u mean in chennai.

And i was talking abt TBTS only.
It takes 5-6 months for black color itseems.
I ordered it like last saturday.

I ordered it in Royal Enfield’s own outlet which is in Adayar. I feel its more reliable there. If they cant arrange in 5-6 months then i am sure the other dealers wont be able to arrange either.

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Werner August 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I just purchased my TBTS in Delhi with Ess Aar motors, waiting time for the black version was just one week. For the bullet 350 and 500 it was indeed 6-7 months waiting in Delhi. I decided on the TBTS b/c it’s got more of a chopper look and I think it’ll be more comfortable for long rides. It’s standing in front of my door right now, rides beautifully with a terrific sound. Getting used to traffic conditions will be something else (am a foreign expat).

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Ravichandra August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

lucky u bro :( i still have 5 months to go before i can lay my hand on mine…

And do let me know how much mileage u r getting after the first service :)

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uttanka August 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

TBTS is a worth owned..but if somebody says it shows around 45-50 kms then sorry..LOL. I am riding it for last 2yrs from the first slot of TBTS production alomst 21k kms, I am getting around 37 kms/lt only :(. After all a bullet is not for mileage.

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Ravichandra August 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Hi all,

I was told by some that Thunderbird doesnt have proper re sale value. I just wanted to know to what extent is this statement true.

could somoen help me with the above please.

Regards
Ravi

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Werner September 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Ravichandra: First maintenance has come and gone, mixed use (highway/city) I get 38 km/l out of it, not driving like a lunatic (after all, I’m still going through the bedding-in phase) but not puffing around at 30 kmph in 4 th gear either. For me that’s perfectly alright.

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Ravichandra September 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

What abt the resale value point. COuld someone help me with that?

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anant September 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Been a long time since I posted. Had certain problems with the machine. The starter bearing broke off.. the bike stopped plump on the middle of the road. The kick stuck. 3k for tht small part plus servicing with oil change. Setback to around 4.5k. :( Some electrical problems during rains. The mechanic says, Bullets have to live with them. :( Battery drained.. Unlike splendors and pulsars, the Bike doesn’t start at all without a battery. :( Fuel being stolen.. no petrol lock :(

The only relief being the fuel efficiency, 38-44kmpl :D at its peak. Depends very much on your riding and the quality of fuel. 44kmpl is not a typo. I remeasured it to be very sure. People struggling with getting a better average, please do not overuse clutch, breaks. When you see the signal getting orange\red from far, don’t accelerate. Let the friction slow down the bike and then use breaks. Really helps..

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anant September 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm

@all, please don’t ask questions on resale value. Not only is it secondary while purchasing a bike but also, you don’t purchase a bike to sell it off.

@Werner: Be patient.. Let 1-2 servicings pass. Then you’ll see improvement. Till then, polish your riding skills.

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SRIDHAR DAS September 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

can i ride/handle the thunderbird ? i am just 60 kg weight considering the weight of the bike

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Werner September 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

@Sridhar: Riding it will absolutely not be an issue, light as a feather once you’re moving and it’s quite nimble. The only problems you may experience is while moving it around while the engine’s not running. Also, I suspect you won’t be able to put it on its center stand.

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Sumeet September 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Hi,
I noticed a strange problem in the first 500 kms. I noticed it at around 150 kms when I filled my tank but the fuel indicator did not moving while it was just showing empty. On the first day itself in the evening the bike would not start up using auto start. It did a kick start though. Next day I noticed that if I push the start button it wont start and also all electricals would fail – no horn, no indicator, no neutral indicator (N) and the bike wont kick start. After two minutes the neutral indicator would show up and the bike would kick start. But in the running condition if I press the start button the bike would stop again.
I suspected that the battery would not have been charged when fitted but then it should have changed by now in 300kms.
Another point to note here is that the bike stops if I press the start button in running condition so I don’t think this is a battery problem.
Any pointers?

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Ashwin September 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

Sumeet..

Its a clear indication of an issue with the electricals .
Since the Bike is brand new, i wud suggest you get a thorough review and check done by the showroom mechanics. Dont try to fiddle with it yourself, as that may cause a problem with the warranty(in case a local mechanic plays around with it). Since your indicators are working fine along with the ES, there seems no issue with the battery. Anyhow, do get it checked with the authorized mechanics.

Cheers!
Have a safe ride..

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Werner September 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Fuel indicator is purely mechanical and unrelated to the other stuff. Sounds like you have a major electricals problem, perhaps faulty wiring or a short. Bring it in for servicing as soon as possible, it’s covered.

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Rahul September 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Guys,
If any of you or your friends bought this bike, can you tell the price, time taken for delivery and the mileage?

Thx!
Rahul.

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Ravichandra September 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hi all,

I am sorry for posing a question abt the resale value.

@ Ananth: The reason I raised is not because i have intentions of selling my bike later. Recently i did a small survey and found out that Standard bullets 1990-2003 models have really good resale value, whatever be the condition and people are ready to buy them too. But the same does not seem to happen for thunderbird. Again i am not sure if the issue hold true with the entry model or the twinspark model. Either ways people have been saying Std bullet and other similar enfield bikes are looked upon as investment but not Thunderbird though both are manufactured by the same RE and also thunderbird is bit more advanced than std bullet.
I am going to buy a thunderbird. SO i just dont want these queries bothering me. I thought id ask.

I think the I should have posed the question as, why do people still prefer Second hand std bullet over second hand Thunderbird?
trust me this is not based on little facts. I ask many regarding the same all over india.

Thanks
Ravi

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Ashwin September 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

@Rahul,

I guess it varies from city to city. If u ask me about B’lore, its approx 5-6 months of waiting period(depends on color as well with black being the favorite and with a tag of min. 6 months of wait).
The price, as of today is 1,16,390 INR (on-road B’lore) and the mileage what the company claims if around 38-40. But as per my experience, its truly dependent on the way you ride in first 1K-2K kms on your bird. But whatever the waiting period is, ITS WORTH THE WAIT..im sure all the guys in this forum agree with me on that ;)

@Ravi,

As you have mentioned that the older bullets have a good resale value till date, thats because they carry around a tag with them – Antique bullets. But if you ask for a TBTS of 2003 onwards, i dont think anyone will pay you more than 75-80K. And trust me, if anyone is selling their TBTS, they are either not a true enfield fan, or he’s done something with the bike, or he might have a personal errand to run. The third case being the luckiest for the buyer.. Anyhow, to answer your last question : The thump you get on a std. bullet is very genuinely a bullet thump..and there are loads of ppl who crave for that and hence opt for the same. Also, the TBTS is more of a cruiser and as u can see, there is a difference between the std bullet and the thunderbird in many aspects.

What i’d ask you to take this doubt off your mind is : take a test ride in the following manner :

1. Old enfield – If u come across anyone who is planning to sell.
2. Enfield Std. 350cc
3. Thunderbird TS

Your test rides should be clear enough to help you to achieve a firm decision on this topic.

Cheers!
Ashwin

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Werner September 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

@Rahul: The price for the bike in Delhi excluding road tax and insurance but including all other taxes was 99200 Rs, I waited just one week between ordering and taking delivery (basically the time for the check to clear). I first wanted the bullet 500 but that had a waiting period of 8 months here, so I settled for the thunderbird and am very happy with my choice so far.Mileage at the moment is 38 km/l but that’s set to improve b/c it was measured just after purchasing it.

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Rahul September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Thx for you replies guys…
@Werner, motivated by your reply :)
1 week for delivery… I’m guessing, urs is a Red one. Black TBTSs are hard to get delivered in weeks… the mileage is also really good… anyway congrats!!!

Anybody from Hyderabad recently bought it?

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Nitin Bhosale October 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

Hi Guys i just purchased NEW Thunderbird.i dont know why people say that it is heavy,yaa of course it heavy but once u travel 200 to 250 km when it is new then u will be use to it & this bike is like a lion.when u sit and ride you will know how it feels.i almost ride 50 cc to 1800 cc two wheeler.we cant compare higher cc with this bike because they have there own class.but this bike is awesome.when i start riding from showroom the feeling of riding was so awesome and u can see in ppls eye that what a bike.i will write more when i cross 1st servicing .
till now i didnt face any tech issue with the bike.only one complain when u buy so high price tag bike obviously it worths.company should give some accessories with it free.like cover and guards.

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Ashwin October 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

@ Bangaloreans :

Greetings to all.. As per the posts seen off late, i’m wondering if all bangaloreans are asked to wait for 6 months for the delivery or is it just the Jaynagar RE showroom?
I’m totally surprised ppl posting a 2-3 weeks delivery date in Kochi and other places. Of course the demand is high in a city like bangalore, but i always thought the waiting period is more or less the same with a few weeks here and there when the city differs.
Confused :(

Happy and a Safe ride!
Ash

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Ankur October 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

@Ashwin
Had booked my tbts at Teknik in Indira Nagar. They had told 3 months waiting period while booking. 6 months over today and am still waiting. :(
It seems the story is same at all showrooms in Bangalore.

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Shubham October 15, 2010 at 2:10 am

i m a student…planning to buy my first bike..i love doing stunts.. i m confuse between tbts nd yamaha r15..can stunts be possible on tbt?? do tell me about the actual mileage nd speed of both..i dnt like the wheels provided in tbt..can i change them?? would there be any effect on mileage or on any other thing on changing wheels..??plzzz help me…

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Ashwin October 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

@Shubham,

First of all, Royal Enfields were never made for stunt biking except for those army shows where they would put over 15 guys on a single bike :) If stunts are what you are looking for, its clearly the R15 and NOT the TBTS.
As for the mileage on the TBTS, its around 35 kmpl in the city, and the R15 would give you close to 30+ in the city. The top speed on the TBTS would be close to 120 kmph and as for the R15, i’ve heard ppl doing a 140+ on that(thnx to the low weight and aerodynamics).
When it comes to tyres, there is a change in the performance of the bikes, if you go in for a larger diameter’d tyre, the mileage would slightly increase. But the best would be to stick on to the manufacturer’s specs on the tyre and not to deviate much on that.
But as per your requirements i would suggest an R15 as you seem to be fond of stunts..

Happy and a safe ride!

Cheers,
Ash

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Shubham October 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

thnx ashwin….u hav mentioned dat the mileage will increase on changing wheel of a larger diameter but i hav heard dat mileage slightly decreases on applying a wider tyre…plz clear it…

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ashwin October 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Shubham,

There is a lot of difference between a tyre of a larger dia and a tyre with a larger wheelbase.. As you have mentioned a wider tyre reduces the mileage of course as the diameter of these tyres will be smaller. Its kind of a mechanical logic..If the diameter of the tyre is larger, the tyre makes more distance for each rotation and hence greater mileage, and vice versa.

Ash

me2 October 18, 2010 at 5:03 am

hi all tb lovers ,,,cheers first of all,, iam a die hard bullet fan ,,and iam in noida
close to delhi ,,,i have seen in last 2 years ,,bullet is ruling the delhi roads ,,but
no thunderbird ,,something diffrent in its own league ,,i have almost rode all bike in
indian market even a hayabusa,,now some good reasons going for a thunder bird..

..the best comfortable journey ,,as aerodynamic tech adds to backpain in long drive(like r15)
and tb is the best ,,,

..looks are as classic as riding a beast
..good fuel economy better than other bullets (45+)
..proper maintained tb can take u more than 130+kmph
..best for long drive specially for inter state drives
..meant for indian roads
..as above mentioned ,,,all eyes on you
..better pick up

****problems****

1 service cost (approx rs 700 in delhi)
PROPER maintenance ,,other wise leads to electricals failure,,battrey problems
oil leakage…vibrations …..even break downs …i mean drive it properly (40-60 kmph) initially for 1st 3000 kms

not for city-city commuting

expensive in comparision to diffrent bikes in market

no thump as the old bullets as RE is famous for its thump

and the new tbts require 1st service in 6000 kms ..cool
can u imagine the engine power

*******
remember bullet is not a bike ,,its motorcycle ,,meant for big bad boys
(iam still 5″4) and remember height and weight never matters for riding any bike
but ur will power ……..

so cheers bro’s

enjoy the new THUNDER BIRD …

LEAVE HOME!!!!!!! lol

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pratap singh rawat November 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

loved ur review,
because i am also riding the tbts since march 2010 and crossed 11000 kms
myself also 5.4″ in height and this beauty suited me prefectly

if possible do give me a ring, i have some issues to discuss regarding TB TS

regards

pratap singh
9871579738

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elango c October 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hi friends… I came with happy good news for ROYAL ENFIELD riders in chennai.
Are you facing any trouble with your ROYAL ENFIELD bikes?
Dnt worry! There is a mechanic in chennai with 15 years well experience in royal enfield bikes. He was working with royal enfield (DIRECT ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC CHENNAI) for past 10 years. He is the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC and trainer for all mechanics in royal enfield service centers and royal enfield franchises service center in all over INDIA. Before launching any new ROYAL ENFIELD bikes, he is the first person gets knowledge and well trained mechanic of the bike in ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY CHENNAI.

My experience with him: He is a massive strength for us(ROYAL ENFIELD RIDERS). He even removes the default ENGINE NOISE and CRANK NOISE from our royal enfield bikes. And he also makes our carburetor to give the mileage above 50 per liter in avareage speed of 60pkm speed in 3000 rpm. I have 3 years experience with him taking my ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK bike. My THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK is always FIT CONDITION.

NOW ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC HAS STARTED OWN SERVICE STATION FOR ROYAL ENFIED BIKES IN CHENNAI on 17 OCTOBER 2010. So now chennai royal enfield riders be happy and dnt worry if any trouble shoots.

Mechanic Name: P. RAGU (SPECIALIST IN ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES)
Mobile: 09941557193
Service Station Address: NO: 3469, LIG – 1, 2nd MAIN ROAD, MATHUR, MMDA, CHENNAI 600068.
When u meet him, tell that ur friend of elango, so he will charge less for service from average.
(Half an hour drive from annanagar via padi railway station, kolathur signal)

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goutham March 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

Hey elango.!! howz lyf?? Em happy to say tat i too own a TBTS 2010 model red :)..i drove it 6000 odd kms nw (2nd of march 2011) finished ma 3rd service a couple of days b4 noticed certainly issues which are mainly
1.The engine noise which i cant bear though the showroom n service ppl they told me its normal for a tbts new age bullet bullet its quite embarrassing :(..
2.The thump????????!!!!! i have not change ma default silencer(bazooka) the long one projecting out as ma frenz tel me to change it.. em planning for a goldstar..!! hw u ever heard abt it ?? ani ideas to b shared.. any pros and cons abt the change of the silencer??
3.For me the fuel indicator is not workin properly coz the petrol was in main n was drivnig it althru witout any indication of the petrol getin dried it was all over (DRY)..then i went all the way to a petrol station pushing ma birdie down the line it was abt 2 kms hardly tat too in a mid-day notably it was a no man road :((tough job somehw managed to take it)
4.wats ur mail ID n phone no?? do u have a account in facebook send me a request in it ma profile name is goutham neelambaran

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Kedar Gawande October 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

First of all, thanks to all for sharing your valuable experiences and knowledge.

I had rented a Thunderbird last year in Ladakh and had an amazing time riding through possible the best terrains for riding in India.

I am a regular on bike trips and rides outside Mumbai (1ce a month, I’d say) plus I also ride 40kms roundtrip for work everyday.

My riding journey thus far (chronologically) has been :

Hero Winner – 2yrs
KB 100 – 1yr
KB Caliber – 3yrs

Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi – 2yrs
and now finally, I get to own a cruiser which I’ve always wanted to !

My confusion has been between the Bajaj Avenger, RE Bullet Electra Twinspark and the RE Thunderbird.

Avenger for the price+cruiser, Electra for it being the original “bullet” and Thunderbird for being a cruiser+RE

After being at war with myself for about a month or 2 and lots of research (friends, web), I decided to go with the Thunderbird !

I booked it on Sat, Oct 23 2010 in Mumbai at the Bandra west RE showroom.

The booking is done but now I wait 3-4 months to lay my hands on this beauty…

Thank you all again and Safe Riding !!!

Kedar

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venkat November 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

@Kedar Gawande –
I had the same confusion. What made to choose TBTS over Avenger?
I have booked my TBTS today… 5 months waiting period in Pondicherry:(

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Kedar Gawande November 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm

> @Kedar Gawande –
> I had the same confusion. What made to choose TBTS over Avenger?

Well, in short, RE is RE and Bajaj is Bajaj.

Everything about the RE TBTS is better than the Avenger apart from the price !

The price was my only concern but I figured that once I buy a bike now, I will be keeping it for the next 5 years at least…

So, paying up 35k extra is a hole in my pocket but its well worth it considering I wont be switching to another bike for a few years now.
( RE TBTS is Rs 1.15L whereas Bajaj Avenger 220DTSi is Rs 81k ex showroom Mumbai)
I have booked my TBTS today… 5 months waiting period in Pondicherry:(

P.S : I still have the dilemma even after booking the RE TBTS.
The reason being that my wife ( 5ft 2inches tall) also loves riding and her feet barely touch down in the TBTS but they rest nicely when shes on an Avenger.
I would really love to see her ride and so am contemplating the switch over to Avenger ,… Paradoxically, I have another 2 months to decide !

– Kd

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anilpk November 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

fine bike . I am using TBTS for the last two years.

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Ravichandra November 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi all,

I am planning on getting a second hand TB 2006 model.
Also i have an option for getting a Machismo 350 which is 2003 model.

What is the worst that can happen in both cases. Which should i go for.?
TB is giving a mileage of 32 kmpl it seems.

Please advise

Regards
Ravi

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pratap singh rawat November 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm

dear ravi
first u have to see the condition of both the bikes?
then the price ?

as per my straight choice i would suggest go for TB

do let me know about the condition first
or u can call me at
09871579738
pratap singh

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Ravichandra November 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm

What exactly should i look for in the used bikes.. could you help me come up with a checklist…

pratap singh November 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

first of all you have to see the condition of bike, look of the bike and check the bike to some mechanic who knew about bullet

Ravichandra November 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

ALso the MAchismo is being used by a 4rth owner now

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appu November 10, 2010 at 5:06 am

what are its real pros and cons…………..??
plz plz plz help me

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Werner November 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

2nd service has come and gone, did some rather long trips on my TBTS (Delhi-Bhanghar (RJ)-Delhi in one day, about 600 km in all, then one week later Delhi-Alwar-Delhi (320 km). Some things I think are worthwhile:

a) Fuel economy is superb, on the trips I mentioned I got 43 km/l and I didn’t just stick to the highway. I used to drive a European bike and was glad with 18 km/l then (but OK, it was a 1300).

b) The seat is comfortable for trips up to 250-300 km (continuous) I’d say. If you want to drive longer stretches your behind will take a beating. This is if you drive alone, if you’re taking a pillion rider he/she will thank you for taking a chai break every 150 km.

c) It seems to me like the ‘sweet spot’ for cruising on the ‘bird is about 75-80 km/h. Slower and everything’s velvety smooth. Passing 80 a vibration becomes noticeable and the engine noise goes up dramatically. Sure, you can ride it at 90 or even 100 (on the counter) for hours on end but you’ll get tired soon. I didn’t try the top speed yet, guessing it’ll be about 110-115 on the counter.

d) Especially at higher speeds braking becomes the limiting factor. If you drive at 90 or above, leave plenty of space between you and the vehicles in front, especially if the tarmac is wet. The TBTS is a lovely bike but a quick stopper it is not. I have to add that back in Europe I rode a BMW K1300R with ABS and high performance brakes, don’t have experience with other Indian bikes.

e) One minus point is that nuts and bolts tend to shake loose if you don’t drive on good roads, so before or after a long trip I’d advise everyone to check the bike and tighten things up. I also had a slight problem with the left mirror which was always pushed in an unusable position by wind pressure, ended up fixing it permanently.

f) Handling is very good despite the size/weight. Obviously in dense city traffic you’re at a disadvantage compared to the guys on the light jap bikes but I don’t think that the typical short distance city commuter will purchase an Enfield.

Conclusion: fabulous bike, loads of fun to drive, adapted to Indian roads. If you like cruising long distances, want good fuel efficiency and a comfy ride, look no further.

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pratap singh rawat November 12, 2010 at 7:48 am

Hello Werner,

I am also a owner of TB TS since march 2010.
Welcome to TBTS Family. Lovely and encouraging review for all friends who want to buy enfiled and have confusion over it.

your reivew give reason’s – WHY YOU HAVE TO OWN A THUNDERBIRD and nothing else…….no bike in India can match this BEAUTY.

Thanks and Regards,

Pratap Singh Rawat,
9871579738
Sarojini Nagar,
New Delhi

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sumanta panda November 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hi

After a two /three month research i have decided to buy TBTS. I am residing in orissa so i booked in Angul which is 150 km from my home town sambalpur. I ahve read all u r review and remain thankful to u for ur review. if possible mail me in sumanta.panda@gmail.com.i was also staying in delhi from 2003-2005 during my M.Tech from IIT Delhi. Thanks

venkat November 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

@Werner – fabulous crisp review. I am gaining more confidence and eagerness to drive my new TBTS

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Ashwin November 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

@Werner : Fabulous review there mate!

Its been 2 months since i’ve booked my TB.. I’ve been asked to wait for 4 more months..This wait seems more than a lifetime especially after reading long drive reviews from you fellow TB fans.. I ride a Yamaha RX 135 currently, so getting used to TB will surely take a while..

@all Bangaloreans : One thing why anyone would love to buy an Enfield is, to go on loooong trips..I’ve heard of some clubs in bangalore, but does anyone here know a good club with frequent long distance trips?

Cheers,
Ash

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kiran November 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm

All,

I had booked my Thunder Bird on June 26th 2010, after a lot of follow up and a constant emails to the area manager MR.Deepak and Jayanagar showroom manager Mr. Kalyan, i got my bike on November 3rd!
The response to the emails are really good and quick.
I had a minor problems though!!
Firstly,
After taking the delivery, by the time i took the bike home, i noticed a defect on my exhaust. There was deep bubble like marks( i don’t exactly know how to describe it), and worst it started to rust.The tank cap was amazingly tight thanks to the fat rubber inside. The showroom guy adjusted with a screw driver but it dint help as it got sealed completely and i was not able to open it at all!
The worst happened 4 days later, my bird got drenched slightly in rain (for about 5 mins) and i couldn’t start at all!!!
i pushed my bike 1 km and parked it at my garage. When i tried the self start, the neutral light went completely invisible, i kicked and i kicked and i kicked but my bike refused to start. I felt really disgusted since this bike with all its legacy,fan following, the price tag, the wait period etc etc, had problems within 4 days of delivery!
I called up the enfield mechanic, and sent a email to customer support immediately. The mechanic promptly sent his assistant to my place the next day morning and he said that the battery had some fungus!! and he cleaned it up and my bike roared again!
He asked me to come by the service station and get my bike checked up throughly, i did take it down there and he replaced my exhaust and a faulty indicator. A slightly smaller rubber was fitted to my tank cap and it worked like a charm.

Even after all the small snags, i really love the bike!! the folks down in the showroom and service are really helpful. Its been 6 days today, and the bike’s doing pretty well. I am keeping at 40-45 at around 2k rpm.

Contrary to what people say, i think its an excellent city commute bike, i work in a software company in Bangalore and the traffic here is mind blowing. I don’t find any difference in handling the traffic in a pulsar(my previous bike) and the bird.

I am waiting for the bike to complete at least a 1000km to take it on a high way.

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Ashwin November 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

@Kiran..

DId you go for a Silver TB or the Black/Red one? I’ve booked mine on the 9th Of sept, and the people there are not clearly mentioning the estimated time of delivery. Its really frustrating to go there each and every month for updates :( have the mobile number of the area Manager or kalyan himself? Can you please share that mate? I’ll give them a call and ask for the updates..

Thanks!
Ash

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Kiran November 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm

@Ashwin
I took the black one mate, since i already had a silver car and also i wanted to replace my black pulsar with a black bike. Black is also good because during bright daylight, the bike actually has a tinge of green all over that shines beautifully…i am not sure about the other colors.Just check out the black color on a new thunder bird in the sun and you’ll know what i am talking about.
I think the waiting period is 8 months now for a thunder bird! thats what the showroom people said when one of my friend was ready to book.
Call Kalyan on 9901605004, he will help you out. Keep contacting him frequently till you get your bike. You never know, because people might drop out since the waiting is audaciously high! Also, i think the Enfield plant is stepping up production by increasing the plant size.

But mate, the wait is worth! ;-)

venkat November 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm

@kiran – passionate write up… I am also waiting for my new TBTS… hope to get soon..

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Kiran November 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm

@ Venkat
Thank you! hoping to hear your side of the story when you get ur Bird!

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venkat November 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

@Kiran..
Yes… As you said black color in TBTS is awesome with the metallic greenish touch… i admired black over red/silver…

I have a doubt, how did u manage this heavy beast to push upto 1 km…
I think u have great stamina ;)

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Kiran November 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

@ Venkat,

Haha! yeah mate! I am a big(fat) guy!! When you have to do push it, u have to push it….stamina or no stamina!! ;-)

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gouthams November 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

hey i own a RE TBTS,..I want the thump which is quiet low in it,so planning to change the silencer
I need your best choice abt it(silencer),i also need some bullet maintanence tips

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Arun November 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hi,
I am planning to buy TB. Please let me know the actual millege of this bike in city(Chennai).

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gouthams November 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

hi arun,..the mileage is about 42 for me in city and in highways its almost around 50km,..the mileage is in the hands of the driver..if u maintain the rpm meter within 2 and apply the clutch in a proper way you will get a proper mileage,..being twinspark its fuel is economical
Cheers..
Royal Ride.. Enjoy thumping

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venkat November 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

@Arun – I have already booked and waiting for my TB. Based on my enquiry/survey/feedback the existing TB owners are getting 38-40kmpl in City.

The existing owners in this thread may throw some more light…

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Prakash November 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Hi All,

@Sudarshan,anant,Deepak Fernandes,Yogesh,Werner: Thank you guys.. Its a great and valuable discussion.

I want to know the price of RE TBTS at Coimbatore.
My driving speed is normally about 80 km/h to 100.. beyond 100 is not a big thing. I rode my Brother’s 180cc Pulser upto 123 km/h.. Its good.
So How good this bike for me… Whats the Max Speed i can go with this bird.
If i choose EMI to buy .. Is there any one have idea like How much and how long Its need to pay(~) through EMI.

Thanks,
Praku.

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ME2 September 13, 2011 at 5:15 am

HI prakash

dont buy an thunderbird for speed ,,as its a cruiser bike not sports

max speed of re thunderbird is close to 130 kmph on a drag road whic u can hit in say 1.5- 2 mins ,,but that isnt it meant for ,,drive between 60-80 kmph ,,non stop till u get tired,,

i am using tbts from 7 months ,,and i love it

regards

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Prakash November 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Hi

I like to know whether the Fuel Injection system is there in new TBTS or not?

Right now I’m interested in TBTS B’Coz of its 350cc and its long drive comfort.
:)

Thanks,
Praku.

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kiran November 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

@prakash,

EFI is not there in TB as of now,only present in 500cc classic. But RE are planning to launch a new 350cc bike with EFI next year. Check their website for more details.

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Prakash November 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

@Kiran, Thanks Dude.

Whats the purpose of EFI.

Thanks,
Praku

Ashwin November 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

EFI : Electronic Fuel Injection – Is the modern day technology that is replacing olden day carburettors. The basic diffrence between the two is :
Fuel injection atomizes the fuel by forcibly pumping it through a small nozzle under high pressure, while a carburetor relies on low pressure created by intake air rushing through it to add the fuel to the airstream. So it pretty much more efficient than the carburrettors and offer much higher fuel efficiency and pick up!

Cheers,
Ash

kiran November 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

@Prakash,
EFI is basically used to enhance mileage. A software would be coded and the right amount of air and fuel mixture is burnt every time, since its electronically controlled, fuel and air mixture would be consistent which therefore enhances the mileage!

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Prakash November 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

@kiran,Ashwin – Wow… Great and Thank You Guys. Its Very Clear enough.

Is there TBTS will going to Come on next yr with EFI as above said. Can u pls confirm.

Thanks
Prakash

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shubham November 22, 2010 at 12:14 am

can anyone tell that in wich month the tbts with efi will launch nxt year??

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Ashwin November 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Guys from the Enfield showroom themselves are’nt sure about the launch of TB with the EFI version. Have to wait for further info, check out magazines like Overdrive/TopGear etc. That is where you get news first I feel.

Cheers!
Ash

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gouthams November 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

For the present UCE the mileage is good..em getting a mileage of about 42+ in city and 48+ in highways mate..so the mileage depends entirely on the way you drive it and the care being taken..
So dont wait for next year n all..Just go for it as soon as possible,after you lay hands on the TBTS i am sure you wont like any other bikes for sure :) its something beyond that makes you go crazy..dont believe me get it you will realize it
Safe Driving,..Royal Ride ;)

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Werner November 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Guys, don’t focus so much on the EFI, for an Enfield the difference will be marginal art best. It will do away with the choke and maybe improve fuel efficiency/exhaust quality a little bit (nowhere near as much as the driving style impacts consumption, though). The major benefits only become noticeable in high-performance multiple cylinder engines and those factors don’t apply to any Enfield. There’s also a downside: with a carb if you know what you’re doing you can maintain, clean and fix it yourself. All of that’s finished with EFI, if it goes bust you’ll have to visit the dealer and more often than not they’ll have to replace the module ($$).

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Prakash November 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

@Werner,
Thanks Werner.
Then Whats that means of downside, U mean EFI will make it more expensive to buy and maintain!!

Thanks
Prakash

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Werner November 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

Yes, I basically mean that it’ll be harder to maintain and certainly more expensive if it breaks (see also Ashwin’s post below). EFI makes sense from an emissions law perspective and as I said on high-performance bikes. But for a brand like Enfield I frankly see no real benefits over a carburetor, rather the contrary. If I had to buy now and could choose between EFI and carb, I’d go for the carb, certainly if the problem with air blockage that Ashwin mentions is correct (should not happen with modern EFI modules, though). I love Enfields but they’re classic bikes. You ride them b/c they’re beauties and are perfect for cruising. If you want to race and get peak performance you should look elsewhere, it’s as simple as that.

Venkat November 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I booked my TBTS 2 months back.
Is there anyway to track our booking status?
or any other way to know the estimated delivery days (apart from dealer)?

Please let me know… Thanks..

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Ashwin November 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Guys,

Just another piece of info i got from the dealer when I went for the C-500 test drive…
Since the C-500 uses an Fuel Injected engine, there are a few things u shud know as well.
1. There should be around 3.5 Ltrs of fuel in the tank at any point of time
2. There is an electronic fuel indicator(in place of the standard mechanical lever for the change of reserve/On. And that is not always accurate as it is redundant on gradients.
3. In case there is shortage of fuel in the tank, and there is an air-block in the engine, the bike will NOT START even if fuel is added to the tank. And the only way ahead will be to call the On-Road assistance from Royal Enfield and the bike has to be towed to the service station where RE technicians will remove the air-block for you.

The only reason I am posting this info is, for people who are waiting for a Fuel Injected TB. These are critical drawbacks of the FI version and if you are capable of maintaining fuel above 3 ltrs, you can go for it. But its always better to go with the traditional carburettor version as per my opinion.

Of course there are many many pro’s for the EFI version as well, the pick up is amazingly quick and the C-500 with an extra-ordinary pickup and punch to an engine returns you around 30-32 kilometers for each litre of gas you pour in!!! Thats is waaaay too gud for such a powerful bike.

Cheers,
Ash

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Prakash November 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

@Ashwin,
Thanks Buddy, Its Great. Now I got some what abt EFI .
Its wonderful reviews. Keep it up guys.

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RAM December 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hay guys i Own one… let me tell u this bike is a god on road… I just trust my bike more than my bike :D u know i do take him to the extreme offroad trips.. he never cheated me till now.. i had 3 accident with him but i nor he had a scratch…. My bike is a legent…. i have a milage of 45-50 pr ltr trust me… i have touched 130 km … that wass oozzzmmm ..
my friend used to hate my bike but last time he came with me for a trip… he had to pray my bike …. and insulting his own apachi

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vijay bhasker December 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

In royal enfield , is any self start bullets,not tbts.

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INDRA December 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Infact my first motorcylcle was a was a used bullet, then I owned a Rajdoot, a 4S Champ, a Pulsar 150 as well.

I finally booked my Thunderbird a few days back though I was considering a karizma ZMR. I need your advice guys wheather there are still issues on overall reliability, oil leakages etc.

Looking forward for your feedback.

Best Regards,

Indra

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Werner December 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

Reliability for me has been good so far. It’s not built as tight as the jap. bikes though, after a long bumpy ride you’d better check if all the nuts and bolts are still attached like they should be and tighten things up a bit. Not a drop of oil leakage so far, I think this is one issue which has been totally solved with the UCE.

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Raviraj December 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I am planning to buy Royal Enfield Thunderbird TwinSpark but I would seriously like to know how much does one spend on the maintenance of the bike and is it a frequent visitor of the workshop? See I dont mind the initial investment that I have to make to buy the TBTS but what I think that it should prove a value for money that I have paid (kind of proposition). It should be trouble free… just like any hero honda Splendor(even though the cheapest..) would be… Is it really worth to buy … a TBTS… Bike Enthusiats… Please do reply and clear the confusion of a guy who is new to the Royal Enfield territory… although I have owned and ridden a Pulsar 180 DTSi for five years but now I am planning to go for something bigger and better… Please do comment…!!!! Thanx.. anywayz….

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anant December 12, 2010 at 12:38 am

Hey Ravi,

Enfields are definitely not ‘Fill it, Shut it, Forget it’ bikes as Hero Hondas. They need grooming and maintenance. And be ready for regular maintenance plus servicing of parts which are not easily available. Initial investment is not enough. :) Value for money comes in the satisfaction of taming the beast and not through the average or maintenance cost for enfields.

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Kalpesh Padhiyar January 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I m using Bajaj pulsar from last 3 and half year now I want change in bike. I m fans of RE TBTS can I go for RE TBTS what will be maintains coast for RE TBTS so please advice for bike RE TBTS

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Ashwin January 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

@Kalpesh : This entire blog is about a RE TB-TS, have a look at all the write ups and comments. That should give you a fair idea about the T-bird. For a person who is driving the Pulsar for more than 3 yrs now, this would be a welcome change. I am saying this cos I was in your position. I rode the P-150 since 2007 and I am a proud owner of TB since yesterday. This bike is a wonder on the road, and I can gladly say that its worth every penny. I was told by my dealer that RE is increasing the price of each bike by approx 3-5K by mid January. When this roadie is worth 115 grand, and yet there are people who are waiting in queue to get their hands on TB, that should speak for itself about the bike. Otherwise, I waited for an entire 6 months for my bike, and i’m glad I got my hands on to it finally. when you want to compare Pulsar with TB, you may not get that sporty feel nor that immediate pick-up on a TB-TS. But let me tell you a fact, if I were to start from 0kmph with a pulsar, it would beat me for the first 5-8 secs, but after that its Thunderbird all the way. The pick up i’ve seen in this bike is extra ordinary. Hope I answer your thoughts to some extent mate!
Its your turn to decide now..

Cheers!
Ash

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senthamil January 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

i have a new royal enfiled thunderbird twinspark bike.when going 100 kph the engine will be heated and witin some time the engine will be stoped suddenly.so help to avoied the problem .

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Kiran January 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

@senthami

Everyday before you start your bike, make sure u warm the bike using the choke for a good 2-3 mins up to 2500 rpm. I had the same problem once and stopped the bike on the main road, switched on the choke gave it a good warm up(even though i was riding the bike for a good 20 mins or so) for about 5 mins and the problem was solved. Unlike the Jap bikes, an enfiled needs a good warm up in the morning for a smooth ride…it only takes couple of mins…try it!

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Werner January 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

@senthamil: If it’s really a brand new bike you shouldn’t be running it at 100 kmph…. Of course it shouldn’t be overheating either. If it really does that (with ‘pinging’ or irregular performance before cutting out) there’s a serious problem as the Enfield engine is very understressed so if it overheats….not good. Anyway, you should have it looked after by a mechanic, perhaps there’s some other problem.

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gouthams January 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

hey guys..! I need some maintenance tips.. i own a TBTS 2010 model :)

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Subbu January 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

All,

Need some tip. I booked TBTS on Nov 26 last year. Any advise how to get the bike quickly. After reading all these reviews cannot wait to get hold of it.

When I booked , the TB (test bike) was having some problem so they offered me Electra 5S for test ride.

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shubham January 18, 2011 at 3:13 am

After a long wait i booked my tbts silver on 14 jan..the guy at showroom told me dat i will be recieving my giant bull in coming 20 days..i.e. On 4 feb..jst 11 days before my b.day…its my first bike..well me and my frnd booked her together..he will be also recieving her in 20 days..i.e. 3 days after his b.day..
First,he was buying r15 but i advised him to buy tbts..actually i was also buying r15 before but after taking her test drive i was so amazed by her performance dat i jst jst…cant express man..
and let me tell you dat my frnd has never riden this bull..even on 14 tbts was not available in the showroom..so he had a test drive of classic 350..and he also liked it very much..
Now we both are jst waiting nd waiting for our giant sexy ladies…

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Himanshu Trivedi January 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Shubham ,

Can you tell me where did you booked your bike?… because here in Pune, there is a waiting of 7-8 months for all Royal enfields.

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shubham January 18, 2011 at 3:19 am

guys do tell me dat should i go for the same wheels wich are provided by d company or should i apply the mec wheels..??
also tbts z having tubeless tyres or not??
Plz replyy..

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gouthams January 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

according to my pov.. i advice you not to change to tubeless tyres coz tis not the element of bull.. i have enquried many mechanic they told me the same..
Royal Riders..!

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shubham January 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

thnx…and wat bout if i change the rim..?? the rims were highlighted in the showroom and they r costing me 6000 /pair..so can i change t rim?? Will they do any effect on the performance of the bike??

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goutham March 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

It wil surely not bother the performance of ur bike :)

Shivam Mishra January 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hi,i wanna buy a royal enfield bike because i liked it very much , but i am very confused between electra & thunderbird please held to differentiate the what is the quality n comfirt comparison between them so that i can easily dicide that which model is good for me.

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pratap singh rawat January 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

dear shivam

if i have to advice u,
you should go for standard bullet
if disk and self is not a matter .

b’cause engine is same. in all avtars. be it electra or thunderbird or classic 350
pratap singh 09871579738
delhi

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Werner January 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

@Shivam: Technically there’s no real difference, except small variations in height and width, not enough to make a difference one way or another imho. But they handle differently, on the TBTS the saddle is lower and more shaped, the handle bars are swept back, this means that overall it has a slightly more relaxed riding posture, the drawback being that it handles marginally less easy in situations with lots of traffic where you have to shift directions quickly. But this is just my opinion, what you should do is try both models, the differences in handling are hard to explain and very much a matter of personal preference.

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shubham January 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

Guys i m planning to aaply teflon sheet on my bike..but i hav heard dat first d bike will shine amazingly but wid tym it will turn the paint dull and bcomes black resulting in loss of all the shine..Is dis true?? And plz do reply about my previous ques…

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Ashwin January 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

@Shubham : Teflon is a thin layer of chemical adhesive that will add more shine and lustre to the metal/plastic parts of the bike. If your thoughts are true, then wouldnt all the bikes in the world with Teflon coating be black by now? Thats a mis-understanding. Teflon coating will not affect the paint coat nor will the bike turn dull. Be brave and go ahead with the teflon coating :)

Also, why would you want to change the rims on the T-Bird? The one that the company gives are pretty good enuf and changing into Tubeless will only cause more dilemmas during a puncture. Its best to stick on to Tube Tyres as the RE manual also provides directions to fix a puncture yourself. Instead you can use the money for other accessories. i.e Side saddle bag. Looks amazing on a T-Bird, especially those leather type…

Cheers!
Ash

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shubham January 24, 2011 at 1:37 am

thnx bdy…nd i will go for the same tube tyres wich r provided but i want to change d rims..i like those rims very much..they add extra beauty to the bird..so only tell me dat will the rims do any effect on performance…
Nd now i will surely go for teflon coating..thnx nd plz reply..

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Arun January 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hi,
I booked my Thunderbird two months back and I’ll get it in next one month. Can any one say the average milleage (in city) of this bike and how to increase the milleage.

Cheers!!
Arun

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shubham January 26, 2011 at 12:05 am

d avg. Mileage would be around 40-45 kmpl in city..nd 50-53 kmpl on highway..the mileage totally depends upon the handling of the bike…if u maintain speed b/w 40-70 bfore 1st service..then it will surely give good mileage but if u will open it on the very first day to its high speed..then the mileage will be disturbed..so it is entirely depend upon the handling..

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praveen January 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

really its GOD’s bike , only the people who has lion heart can ride THUNDERBIRD BIKE

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Sumeet Bhoyte January 26, 2011 at 1:08 am

@Arun: You can fetch between 37 and 40 in city areas. Don’t over accelerate your vehicle for the first 2000kms. Try to keep it below 50, tone up the engine and you are sure you get excellent results later.
Happy Riding

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ELANGO January 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hi friends… I came with happy good news for all the ROYAL ENFIELD riders in chennai.

Are you facing any troubles with your ROYAL ENFIELD bikes?

Don’t worry!

There is a mechanic in chennai with 15 years 0f experience in royal enfield bikes. He was worked with royal enfield (DIRECT ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC CHENNAI) for past 10 years. He is the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC and trainer for all mechanics in royal enfield service centers and for royal enfield franchises service center in all over INDIA. Before launching any new ROYAL ENFIELD bikes, he is the first person gets knowledge and getting trained in the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY CHENNAI.

My experience with him:

He is a massive strength for us (ROYAL ENFIELD RIDERS). He even removes the default ENGINE NOISE and CRANK NOISE from our royal enfield bikes to get SMOOTH RIDE. And if u wishes, he also tunes our carburetor to give more mileage 50 per liter in average speed of 60km/hr speed in 3000 rpm.

I have 3 years of experience with him by taking my ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK for service in regular intervals.

My THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK is always FIT in CONDITION with the help of him.

NOW ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC HAS STARTED OWN SERVICE STATION FOR ROYAL ENFIED BIKES IN CHENNAI on 17 OCTOBER 2010. So now chennai royal enfield riders should be happy and do not worry if your ROYAL ENFIELD BIKE trouble shoots.

Mechanic Name: P. RAGU (SPECIALIST IN ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES)

Mobile: 09941557193

Service Station Address: NO: 3469, LIG – 1, 2nd MAIN ROAD, MATHUR, MMDA, CHENNAI 600068.

(Half an hour drive from annanagar via padi railway station, kolathur signal)

Guys…When u meet him just say referred by me(elango), so u will offered less.

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gouthams January 31, 2011 at 10:32 am

Great and thanks! but em in coimbatore do u kno anybody in coimbatore like this guy??? if so pls let me kno..n hi elango em also owning a TBTS 2010 model so we have a untold bond b/n us.. Did ur bull suffer with any problem like for the past times???.. ma only problem is the engine sound after a long continuous ride lik for 100kms or so and the gear shift problem it gets struck sometimes at the speed breaker like it jus gets hard so that u cant even do anything for which i go for the 1st gear again no sooner it gets ok but this happens very rarely but the issues is it happens!! em waiting for ur reply at earliest mate..
Royal Riders!!

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ks February 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

@gouthams
hi,gou
can you share your tbts ownership review,
selvaraj36@gmail.com
ks

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elango c March 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Hi friend im elango. Sorry for my late reply… U need not to worry anywhere at anytime for your royal enfield… It will be solved and be happy… No problem if you are in coimbatore. What ever heip you want, free to call the most experience senior Mechanic P. RAGU (SPECIALIST IN ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES) Mobile:09941557193 he will help u…

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goutham March 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

thanks for the concern dude..!! ur mail ID pls!!

elango c March 22, 2011 at 12:57 am

Hi goutham how ru…

My mail ID: enewsin@y7mail.com

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goutham March 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Ya fine..!! Em worried abt the noise comin from the engine..!! no thump at all :(

goutham March 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm
nanthan February 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

heyyyy ppl,
i would like to know whether ppl like me who are tall ( my height is 6.4 ft ) will face any backbone problems since the bike is short and cruiser model …..???
ppl who have thunderbird please reply me…..
….. thank you …..

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mayur pawar February 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

Dear all

i have just book thunderbird , but i dont know excatly average of this bike,
please revert me,

mayur

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Ashwin February 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

Read the posts above!
This is a thunderbird forum, and you could spend some time in reading the posts that people have put up and that should answer almost all your queries bout TBTS.

Ash

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mayur pawar February 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

i have chosen black bird, but next month i am visit showrrom at bandra mumbai that time silver bird standing in showroom and its awesome & beutifull.

mayur

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FAHAD MALIK February 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

Hi,

I am from Kanpur. I owned Bajaj Avenger 180CC. Guys Avenger is good if you have 180cc. 200 and 220 is worst ( Dont take it personal ) . I went to manali from kanpur ( Actually going to LEH but cant done as road were closed in June ) . This Avenger give me unbelievable 50+ milage. when petrol rate is around 50Rs. Now i want to Buy TB-TS . Confused about Avenger and TBTS. I love doing long trips. Avenger is Best till now . Now i am planning to go to LEH again as last time i cant achieve this destination. I am very much confused about Avenger or TBTS. I dont like Avenger 220 when compare to my avenger 180.

Now kanpur showroom guys says that they will deliver in 45-60days.

I have two options, either i go for TBTS or buy another Avenger 220 .

I love travelling a lot, my trip are as follows,

1- Kanpur-Nanital-Kanpur
2-Kanpur-Lucknow-Kanpur(i think 100 times)
3- kanpur-Delhi-Kanpur(2 times)
4- Kanpur- Nanital-Almorah-Kasauni-Ranikhet-Badrinath-Hemkhund-kanpur
5- Kanpur – Haridwar – Dehradun- Mussorie – Kanpur
4-Kanpur-Manali-Kanpur

I Love travelling Hilly mountainous Areas.

All these trip is done by Avenger 180CC. clocked about 61000KM.

I am Planning to upgrade my Bike so that i can go to South Cities and cover some Rajasthan Areas too.

I am very much confused. I am 5Feet 6inches in height and wear Big leather Sole Shoe to cover height while driving. Sound some unexpected, but i feel comfortable .

Now if i go to TBTS , i feel, i must drive 1000KM on city and 1000KM on Highways so that i will be comfortable of handling and making sharp turns on Emergency, i must check the Lean In- Lean Out and Lean With ratios while on turns.

I am very mUch comfortable on Avenger and TBTS Will be my First Experience in Enfield Family .

So Guys, Hope you all will help me out Deciding Which Bike to Choose.

I dont like Karizma – Dating, and woooooooowwwwww expression for Girls.

I Like Pulsar Handling Much More better than Karizma but in 150-180CC segment- Again for—-> Good for Cities, Dating, and woooooooowwwwww expression for Girls.

Avenger is far better that Pulsar, Karizma , R15 .

Avenger Ad—>” I feel like GOD” and its true till extent.

So Guys, TBTS is much better Tech, far ahead in cruising experience, Good for those who love travelling More and Love Nature, mountains, Deserts, Rivers , harsh Roads , Snow Peaks .

Avenger 180 is very much outstanding bike, tried and tested , its handeling, pickup, balance, milage , cruising experience, Loving nature and little bit low in price. I dont want to buy Avenger 220 but if i dont have choice, then there is no option left to buy Avenger 220 :-(

I am planning to book my bike till first of march 2011

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mahendra February 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

hey guys i’m confused to buy thunder bird o classic 350cc suggest me guys

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Arun February 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Finally I booked Bullet 5S Electra :P

Goyala romba Santhosam da sami :D

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Werner February 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

Just a small report about a problem I encountered and which almost left me stranded although it’s very easy to resolve, if you know how, that is.

I was driving halfway between Alwar and Deeg (RJ) on a patch of bad road when all of a sudden my engine stalled. The dashboard light indicating neutral also did not work even though I shifted to neutral. All electric systems were dead. First I thought it was a blown fuse but no, the fuses were fine. I started fiddling with the wires and tried my contact again, bingo, the light went on and I was able to kickstart the bike. Stalled twice more on my return to Delhi but every time after a couple of minutes I could start the bike again with the kickstart, not with the electric starter (pushing that meant the lights literally went out again immediately). At this point I was thinking about some bizarre intermittent failure, maybe caused by a naked wire sometimes shorting out on the body of the bike. Couldn’t check it out as I had to leave on business for a week the day after. Upon returning, nothing worked or rather, upon turning the contact everything looked ok but after starting the engine it cut out after 10 seconds or so, I couldn’t even ride to the garage. Called an Enfield mech and he resolved the issue simply by removing the battery and totally cleaning the electrodes using some metal wool. Connected everything again and presto, it worked. Felt a bit stupid for not having thought of this but anyway, I’m posting it here, you never know if it might come in handy to someone having the same problems. In the garage they always smear some petroleum jelly on the electrodes to protect them from oxidation, but combined with some dust and vibration this effectively acts as a very good insulator and apparently can cause what seems like a strange intermittent failure that gets progressively worse.

One thing I really don’t understand: why o why did RE make it impossible to kickstart the bike if you don’t have battery power available??

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Ashwin February 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

@Werner : Thats some fantastic piece of info there, mate!
Of course, sorry bout your trip being broken every now and then. But this basic stuff does not cross our minds at times like those.. RE does have some very wierd electrical wiring that makes us very frustrating at times. The battery oxidation is very very common with cars, but its now an issue that shud be on our minds with the TB as well.

Kudos Mate.. Im pretty sure we are making the best use of this Forum. Thanks to Deepak Raj!

Cheers,
Ash

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pradeep February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

i am planing to book thunderbird bike.
aney draw back thunderbird bikes plz let me know
plz mail me to my id (pradeepsysteminfo@in.com)

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allen February 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

to all those ppl who dont like waiting periods for their thunderbirds,,,i orderd for a thunderbird from ambala and got it in 2 weeks,,,,
cost me 1 20 000 including transportation charges,,,,got a silver one,,,
so try it out ppl

and yah,,,my bike is new now,,,jsut 390 kms in life,,,but i hav problems that sumtimes wen i want to stop the vehicle and want to put it in neutral,,,it jsut dosnt go to it,,,sumtimes it goes into neutral but hte indicator dosnt show it,,,my first servicing is still due,,,,the gear shifts are a little bit stiff as of now,,,,but im guessing after the first servicing it will come out fine,,,,wonderful bike to ride,,,,

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Venkat February 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

@Allen – u r really lucky! jealous on u!!!
I am waiting for past 5 months… No reply from the dealer in Chennai.

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kuppusamyselvaraj March 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

@all the RETBTS seekers
i am also curiously looking for owning up one,for that i been reading all the reviews continuously,today i been through one review which was really hurting the biker in me,as the owner of that RETBTS has completed 24000 kms in 3 years,now he is really hearing out completely a different noice from engine,which is unberable for him,and for having contacted RE Service,he was told that service cost could comes around Rs.18000/-

I have only one question for all of us,for the 1,16,000/-(as we all know,what our parents tell,though its our money,”dey kaasa kari aakadhada”"siru pulla vellama vilayaum,aana veedu vandhu seradhu”(courtsy:my dad)) price tag,should we really want to hear all this type issues?or should we be only having good ride with minor niggles? Should RE not look in to this as particulary UCE engines (i am raising this since this is related to engine and also it directly could kill our heart beating in one way for the price tag) before their FURIES?

Guys,i was really dreaming for the past one month,and silently making ready the amount,even after seeing all the reviews(good and bad),but today after reading this review,i really felt very sad and not able to tolerate disappointment as i have sold my unicorn 2 years back due to shoulder pain,and as per doctor’s(killer of my biker)(doctors do forgive) advice, i been without bike,and using bus.
with some physical improvement,i made up my mind owing a bike/cruiser as i am 30,i have no choice leaving RETBTS,(i should not mention AVVY 220 here) which is having good configurations as to my profile.
Now i have slightly made up my mind for further wait,since its indicating me that RETBTS is competing Bajaj Avenger,in reliabilty terms(bikers do correct me in case if i am wrong,but i have evidences for reliability issues from both the manufacturors)
All we want as a biker is to have good machine,of course with minor niggles,for such hefty investment,that too out of our blood and sweats,for pleasant ride.
I wrtie this since i feel very sad for that owner who had to experince such a bitter,that too from an Indian Manufacturor.
KuppusamySelvaraj

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Kd March 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Dude,

Would you mind translating the following for us :
“dey kaasa kari aakadhada”"siru pulla vellama vilayaum,aana veedu vandhu seradhu”

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ks March 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

“Dont expose your money to fire”,”youth’s effort will go upto the level of YIELD(in agri terms),but it wont come to the forefronts” respectively!

Sumeet Bhoyte March 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

@kuppusamyselvaraj:
I am a proud owner of the TBTS however let me bring you my experience with the quality of the product:
One day one evening when I gave the electronic ignition, the entire electrical system of the bike tripped and the bike would not start. After about 5 min the Neutral indicator came up. After that the bike would only kick start because the same would repeat if you give the ignition. I got the problem rectified in the first service at 500kms but the service center did no tell me clearly what had happened.
That done, after the first service I could see a lot of engine oil coming out from the engine head and after seeing it as a serious problem I took it to the service guys and they replaced a gasket.
Before the second service on the way to Goa I stopped over for a chai and during a routine check I would petrol dropping from the tank weld. So basically there was a leak which only poped up when I did a full tank. So after coming back and loosing a lot of fuel on the way I got the tank changed a month after I requested a change.
Few months later I saw a crack developed in the joint that supports the rear foot rest. Now this was very serious as that joint also supported the silencer. Fortunately the bike is still under warrenty and the RE have provided be with a replacement chasis! which has now arrived and I need to drop the bike at the service station.
In the mean time I had a broken clutch cable so had to replace it.

It is up to you now to decide…another suggestion would be to spend some time at the service station and see what problems people come up with and I am sure you will see a multitude of problems like the way I did.

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Werner March 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

@Sumeet: That sounds like REALLY bad luck and sloppy quality control from RE. For the electrical problem: scroll up a few posts, it sounds a bit like what I had (caused by oxidized battery terminals). That is one thing, same with a clutch cable that breaks, it can happen. But what should not happen is a hole in a fuel tank, let alone a crack in the frame. They should just give you a new bike.

Radhakrishnan March 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I am planning to purchase the RE TB, could anybody suggest me about Engine vibration of TB and if vibration is there, how to solve this?

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KuppusamySelvaraj March 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

@kd
“dont put your money in fire”,”youth’s efforts will go upto the level of YIELD(agri term) but it wont come to the forefronts” respectively!
@Sumeet Bhoyte
Re must address beforehand, all of their genuine customer’s geniune and serious issues to keep up their so called “cult”, as most of the issues of their recent machines are dampening the SAME. I really wonder whther RE has the departments called R&D,and particularly QC in their plants.
I read somewhere its a marriage buying a RE product,but i personally dont agree with that as knowing 90% exactly of the consequences of owning an RE,let me be a bachelor rather,as i do now!
Ride With Pleasure,to ride high
Its all our hard earned money dear at the end of the day,i dont want to expose it to fire(i may be corrected if i am incorrect in my opinions as i am still a bachelor in RE terms!)

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elango March 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hi friends… I came with happy good news for all the ROYAL ENFIELD riders in chennai.

Are you facing more troubles with your ROYAL ENFIELD bike?

Don’t worry!

There is a mechanic in chennai with 15 years of experience in royal enfield bikes. He was worked with royal enfield (DIRECT ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC CHENNAI) for past 10 years. He is the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC and trainer for all mechanics in royal enfield service centers and for royal enfield franchises service center in all over INDIA. Before launching any new ROYAL ENFIELD bikes, he is the first person gets knowledge and getting trained in the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY CHENNAI.

My experience with him:

He is a massive strength for us (ROYAL ENFIELD RIDERS). He even removes the default ENGINE NOISE and CRANK NOISE from our royal enfield bikes to get SMOOTH RIDE. And if u wishes, he also tunes our carburetor to give more mileage 50 per liter in average speed of 60km/hr speed in 3000 rpm.

I have 3 years of experience with him by taking my ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK for service in regular intervals.

My THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK is always FIT and CONDITION with the help of him.

NOW ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC HAS STARTED OWN SERVICE STATION FOR ROYAL ENFIED BIKES IN CHENNAI on 17 OCTOBER 2010. So now chennai royal enfield riders should be happy and do not worry if your ROYAL ENFIELD BIKE trouble shoots.

Mechanic Name: P. RAGU (SPECIALIST IN ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES)

Mobile: 09941557193

Service Station Address: NO: 3469, LIG – 1, 2nd MAIN ROAD, MATHUR, MMDA, CHENNAI 600068.

(Half an hour drive from annanagar via padi railway station, kolathur signal)

Guys…When u meet him just say referred by me(elango), so u will offered less.

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allen March 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

i want to fit a goldstar silencer to my thunderbird…how advisable it is regarding the fact that it is jsut 1200kms old…and wer all do u get these silencers??will it hav any bad effects on my engine or mileage???pls let me knw asap…coz the goldstar silencer and the thump of it has realy made me go crazy to buy it

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Werner March 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

Don’t do it while your bike is still under warranty. If a problem develops the Enfield guys will point to that silencer and read you the warranty conditions that clearly state that any modification invalidates the warranty. Here in Delhi you can get the Goldstars all over the place.

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allen March 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

thanks a lot boss…wat abt in hyderabad…im with the airforce…cant go any further than hydderbad….man..but im realy crazy abt that silencer…but ur point is valid…so il wait…but do let me knw any contacts down south esp hyd..thakns werner boss

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kiran March 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

@Allen
Go ahead buddy…go get a goldstar…its worth every penny u pay…if something goes wrong, u can always change the silencer back to ur normal TB silencer with a help of a local mechanic and then take it to the enfield guys if warranty is a concern…shouldnt be a big deal…
There are two types of Goldies…one gives you a lot of thump and the other gives a lot of sound… the one that gives you thump is a pune goldie and it costs abt 2000 or 2500 bucks here in bangalore… the other one is the local goldie and it costs you a mere 600 bucks!! i got a local one since pune goldie was out of stock, every time i go on road every insect stands back,will take a look and give a jaw dropping expression…the sound u get in a local goldie is something superb!! I got mine installed at 1600kms, i changed the headlights and got fog lamps too…
Just check what you really want, ask the mechanic to show u the sound and thump of both the goldies before you decide what you want!!
Its a bullet only if it roars… so go for it buddy!! It wont affect anything!

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Werner March 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

I think some of the Goldstars are free-flow exhausts (no baffles). This creates the sound BUT it also reduces backpressure, which can make your engine run too lean and overheat. If you get a freeflow Goldstar, check if you don’t need to re-jet your carb. You can’t just fit any type of exhaust to any type of bike. I know one guy who hasn’t had any problems, another one who burned his engine seals and came very close to totaling the engine. Also, if you put them during the warranty there’s a good chance the Enfield techs will make a note on the record they keep in the garage so swapping the exhaust to the original one if there’s a problem won’t fly.

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Lee March 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

Hi all

Yesterday I took the test drive of TB. One word to describe-AWESOME. I decided to book it. Can anyone tell me the duration of the waiting period. The dealer told it is 3 months. I got a feeling by going through this blog that it exceeds 5 months. Can anyone throw some light on this. Also the price he quoted is 1,16,000 excluding accessories. Is this a correct quote..

Tnx a million
Lee

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Venkat March 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

@Lee – waiting period depends on ur location and demand.
In Chennai, demand is so high waiting period goes beyond 6 – 8 months.

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Sumeet Bhoyte March 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

@Lee:
Make sure you know what you are buying. When it come to TB, Enfield has definitely changed its image from a low maintenance life long sturdy bike to a high maintenance unreliable biking. You should go and spend some time at the service center to understand the various problems people come up with. I have driven to the service center to atleast 20 times in 8000km run.
It is really frustrating when you know you have oil leak from the engine head within 1000kms and they had to change the gasket. Faulty fuel tank, chassis replacement, starter problem just to mention a few. After frequent visits to the service center I learned that I am not the only one with so many issues.

Cheers.

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Lee March 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

Tnx @ sumeet and venkat…

The dealer asked me to pay fully to reduce the waiting period to 3 weeks. I was wondering what if he gives a soup. It happened to me while i did a purchase with Eureka (Later sorted out by God’s grace). Sumeet, I thought Tb is more reliable than avenger. Moreover i dont want the kiddish look by driving avenger, hunk or dazzler. My initial ‘go’ was with ‘UNICORN’. But they asked me to wait for 21 months after my booking, which is absolutely ridiculous. I took Electra and dazzler for test drives. Dazzler is over-hyped i guess. At least to say, the piece which i drove is loads of shi*. Coming to electra, i like it much till i drove TB. TB is extremely convenient to drive. Do u own a TB by the way!!!

Lee

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Venkat March 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I currently own a Unicorn(2004) model. Booked TBTS and waiting for past 4 months. the main reason for selecting TBTS is driving comfort for long journeys and as well as for its height over Avenger. But, I agree TBTS is not reliable as other Japanese bikes and needs good maintenance. But, what I heard from every TBTS owner is “Any issue is not stopping my LOVE towards this bike” (except Sumeet Bhoyte)

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Lee March 31, 2011 at 9:26 am

Me too…Mine is a first love mate. precisely love at first sight.. She is awesome….But since Sumeet said it, im afraid of it :) :(

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Venkat March 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

But, before buying make sure u r not in a mindset of “This is not a no problem bike!”
You are going to be challenged… I guess ;)

I am in such a mindset and waiting for my TBTS…

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Venkat March 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm

read the few other reviews in this site…
esp review by Sathish. That is the best review i ever read in internet for TBTS.

Werner April 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Getting a bullet is like dating that gorgeous girl who looks like a million dollars. Only, after going out a couple of times you find out that she only drinks champagne that you’re supposed to buy her, wants you to listen to her all night every night, doesn’t cook and can do some serious nagging. It’s fun for a weekend but hard as a steady diet. Don’t get me wrong, I love my TBTS but if you just want a bike to run, give good fuel economy and not break down….get something else. I understand Sumeet’s disappointment, not everybody wants to spend half a day every month in a RE garage.

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Sumeet Bhoyte April 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

@Venkat:
Nothing is stopping my love for the Bike. I love my TBTS but all that I am trying to say here is that it is not easy to maintain as it looks. My bike gives me 42 in city and around 47 on the highway. I am impressed with the engine built but the body quality is something that will trouble you for sure. I suggest during delivery please check all alignments and fixtures including the lamps because RE has a really poor PDI.
Nevertheless it is a bike with sheer riding pleasure so good luck for your’s.

Regards,
Sumeet.

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yoganand April 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

hey m in a great dilemma wat to choose..
sum say tat the TBs nowadays are not so gud..n sum r like they still ok..
sum say tat the engine gives lotta problems..
sum refer me to classic 350..but i need a pillon seat..is it possible in a 35o classic..
moreover i feeel tat a classic wud not be as cruisin as a TB..correct me if m worng..
can all u experts help me in ..whom i shud trust n whom i shud not..m plannin to book one now..
aftr hearin honest reviews..
pls help..thanks..n i m a first timer to RE..

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Vikram April 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

First let me make you one thing clear, problem and RE are synonyms. So don’t worry much about problems. In my opinion TB is a very good machine but so are classics, but if you want good posture for long rides then TB is a better choice.
Also you can put a pillion seat in a classic, that won’t be an issue, but I still feel TB is more comfortable and more stylish.

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M.E.2 April 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Hi guys ,once again cheers for checking this blog ….
i boojked my re tbts on feb waiting period 3 weeks finally got the beast in mar 6 (noida)
My riding experience

man this bike is amazing ,.,doest feel like to stop the bike for a break ,,the more i drive ,,the more i fall in love withit ,,..

i have done 500+ kms ,,and one thing that no body mentioned in the blog abt the gear system

the thunder bird twin spark make has a special feature ,,
it has a neutral geal after every gear ( leaving first and second)

this feature resembles to the neutral lever in the old re models
so dont get confused that it has some gear prob ,,as it is not mentioned in the manual

at last i am a proud ownwer of RE

Cheers

matt

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Akshay April 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Hey guys i baught a new RF Thunderbird Twin spark and so far i am enjyong it and ya i would like to mentionm here that i am getting a good average of bike that is 40-45/km. Very less vibration. As i read the converstaion above the caprison b/w the Pulsar and RF Thunderbird well i would like to add on that both have there own unique specificationn cant compare them with each other…but 1 think i like the most about the Royal Enfield is its voice thookk thookk thook thook….as if touching heart….but same time i have used pulsar as well n must say the pick of pulsar is too good which is not in Royal enfield so everything is good in there own ways.

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sajal April 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I never drove bikes ( except kinetic honda scooter for 12 years) but am in love for RE TBTS now. I booked in March 11 and waiting eagerly for it. After purchase (on Transit Registration) I have to drive it about 350 km to my destination. This excersie is to overdo the wait period of my place. I know i will be able to drive with one or two days trial run in the vicinity of purchase. but like to hear from experts if distance of 350 km in 8 and 1/2hours(my estimate ) will be too streeful ?

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Vikram April 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Hello Sajal

I think driving for 350 kms at 40km/hr will be absolutely fine. Just make sure you vary the speed in between and if possible give few stops for 5-10 mins, also if there are any hills on our way make sure you slow it down a bit and don’t give high throttle.
Rather than a problem I think it will be good, long rides ( in slow speed ) gives a good idea about how your bike is performing. So don’t fear and ride along.
Happy Thumping !!!

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Lee April 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

Finally got one (on 6 apr11) with waiting period of 72 hrs.. Did u hear what i say..its just 72 hrs… Now crossed 600 kms.. Overtaking, maintenance, driving comfort, body rest, city drive, pitfalls, rain slip, brake efficiency, drive quality, mileage etc- Outstanding.

Gear shifting- now thats one helluva of a problem. RE shud take note of it. Every other gear followed by a fake neutral making tiresome. Especially when u overtake some one accompanied with gear change. Very easily u will reach hell. Have to be really really careful. Gear slip is also there.

PS. Never ever compare RE with craps like pulsar, apache, R15, uni, avenger etc. Remember We (men) are talking about machines and not the kid’s toys..

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eh May 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I came with happy good news for all the ROYAL ENFIELD riders in chennai.

Are you facing more troubles with your ROYAL ENFIELD bike?

Don’t worry!

There is a mechanic in chennai with 15 years of experience in royal enfield bikes. He was worked with royal enfield (DIRECT ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC CHENNAI) for past 10 years. He is the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC and trainer for all mechanics in royal enfield service centers and for royal enfield franchises service center in all over INDIA. Before launching any new ROYAL ENFIELD bikes, he is the first person gets knowledge and getting trained in the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY CHENNAI.

My experience with him:

He is a massive strength for us (ROYAL ENFIELD RIDERS). He even removes the default ENGINE NOISE and CRANK NOISE from our royal enfield bikes to get SMOOTH RIDE. And if u wishes, he also tunes our carburetor to give more mileage 50 per liter in average speed of 60km/hr speed in 3000 rpm.

I have 3 years of experience with him by taking my ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK for service in regular intervals.

My THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK is always FIT and CONDITION with the help of him.

NOW ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC HAS STARTED OWN SERVICE STATION FOR ROYAL ENFIED BIKES IN CHENNAI on 17 OCTOBER 2010. So now chennai royal enfield riders should be happy and do not worry if your ROYAL ENFIELD BIKE trouble shoots.

Mechanic Name: P. RAGU (SPECIALIST IN ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES)

Mobile: 09941557193

Service Station Address: NO: 3469, LIG – 1, 2nd MAIN ROAD, MATHUR, MMDA, CHENNAI 600068.

(Half an hour drive from annanagar via padi railway station, kolathur signal)

Guys…When u meet him just say referred by me(elango), so u will offered less.

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Werner May 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

Gentlemen,

I have a question: how is the headlight powered in the TBTS? I always assumed it just drew current directly from the battery only and that the battery got charged by the magneto. But when you switch on your light and rev the engine, the beam intensity fluctuates a bit so that would mean the magneto is somehow directly supplying power and there must be a bypass somewhere. Anyone know how this works? And can anyone confirm that the magneto in the current TBTS delivers 220 watts? I’m trying to get to the bottom of things as I’m upgrading my lights to get rid of the 35 W candle that comes with the stock bike and want to make sure the magneto and battery will be able to handle things. (Currently installed an Osram extra white 55/60 W so should be ok) Many thanks!

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Karthikeyan VP May 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Guys…Can i get the tbts with upswept silecer which comes with RE Classic versions…pls reply…my contact.9344307770..thanx in advance

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bhupinder singh May 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

i want to know abount royal enfield thunderbird (selfstart). my self bhupinder singh i want to purchase above said bike tell me were is the office of above said bike in chandigarh. i have hotel near chandigarh my contact no is 09814503002 pl help me

regards

b.s.saini

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srikanth May 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

Finalllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy My wait is over ,I hav booked my TBTS BLACK n it is expected to be Delivered in the month of August…Now am eagerly waiting for it.cant wait to ride the BIG BULL.

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ravi May 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

hi guys,

it is great that we hav such bike enthusiasts and such a wonderful website.
i am new to biking(never rode one), but booked a tbts today after reading all your wonderful comments. The experiences abt tbts shared are so infectious that i must admit that i am severely infected.
Just to know is it okay for one to start off biking with a tbts…
please reply…thanks
ravi

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Manish June 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Hi All,

i have booked RE TBTS some 5 months back…it is due for delivery now. The showroom guy was telling about one teflon coating for the bike in order to protect the color.Please advise me weather i should go for it or not.

Manish

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Shubham June 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

guys i m in grt trouble..only getn milag of 25 only..yeah i rode d bike at 60 nd sometimes at 80 too bfor 1st service but dat shudnt make such a difference..plz help me..wat shud i do?? Plz reply..

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Asif June 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

yesterday, 20th June i have booked one silver color bird. Here in Guwahati (Assam) we have only one Royal Enfield showroom its Shahila Expositions and the showroom guys told me to wait for 4 months for the silver one and for the other colors it will be about 3 months. So will be spending some sleepless nights hmmmmm…!

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Nilesh June 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Hi all,
I am planning to purchace the thunderbird twinspark, Can any one tell me the folloing about TBTS.
1. On road price in Pune,maharashtra.
2. Milage
3. How much maintainance per servicing?

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Vaibhav June 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’m 5ft 8 inch of height and weighing around 70kgs..
Will RE b comfortable for me?? will i b able to maintain correct posture or have to strech hands to grab the handlebars?
Please let me know confused between TBTS and avenger…

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Manish July 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Hi All,
Booked MY RE TBTS on 27th December, 2010……Giot it after a long wait today 04-July,2011…………The feeling of riding is awesome………done my 40 kms on first day itself……feel like on cloud no. 9 …..Will keep posting as my experience will grow.
Keep riding….be safe…

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Dev July 17, 2011 at 1:07 am

I m an engg student and a die hard fan of RE bikes.with gr8 difficulty i managed 2 convience my dad 2 buy a tbts.i had told him it gives approx 42-45kmpl.now somebody told him that such heavy bikes do not give above 32-3kmpl.he is adament that i should look 4 more fuel efficient bike.what should i do??
Help!

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Prasenjit July 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Vaibhav, go for TBTS. You will love it. It’s better than what u can even imagine. I am getting a mileage of 42 in the maddening traffic of Kolkata. The balance, power and pick-up of a Thunderbird go without saying. You cant get a better deal on any bike. Personally, I dont like the Avenger because it is too low-slung. Dont want to be the minnow

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Sunny September 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

HI prasenjit..hw much tm de took to deliver in kolkata??and where are the servising centres in or around kolkata as I stay in bandel.

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Antony August 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

It’s been a wonderful review for people like me who are interested in owning this bird. Bulleteers., I came across a 2005 model thunderbird for 50K from a 2nd owner for sale. Though i’m really interested in buying it, Some of my friends say it’s not advisable to go for 2005 model since the engine is not of the type which is available rite now and will consume a lot of fuel and maintaining it is very difficult. Is that so?. Is it really worth going for it?.

Just throw some light since i’ve already started dreaming of riding that.

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Asif (Guwahati) August 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Hi dear, go for the new one coz its worth buying. The new TBTS got the twin spark plug engine n it will not only give u better mileage but also hassle free riding pleasure with low maintenance cost. So just go for the new one. HAPPY THUMPING…..!

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Neel August 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Recently I have given test drive of RE TBTS and it was amazing and still now I can remember the comfort of riding the TBTS. I have been riding on bikes for last 13 years and I am quite comfortable with any bike available in Indian market. I am planning to have a cruise bike and my confusion is between Bajaj Avenger 220 and RE TBTS. The last but not the least thing is that my height is 5’8″ and my weight is 55kg. So, can anybody truly suggest me whether RE TBTS would suit a people like me? I’m not a regular RE rider and I do have less experience regarding riding any RE. So please tell me whether height/ weight is a parameter for riding a RE like TBTS.
…. Keep riding ….

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Anbu August 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Antony,

My personal opinion is pls dont go for a model which is not in the market now, go for UCE the new model engine, the fuel economy is also much better compare to the old one,

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sk imtiyaz hussain August 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

i have owned a thunderbird bullet.it relaxed me but i have disappointed when i accelerate it.It doesn’t exceed 110 kmph.why?Reply me.It’s a very shame moment for me,and you all manufacturers.So,please develope it’s engine in such a technology that it should cross atleast 150 kmph.

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sk imtiyaz hussain August 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

you have named it thunder bird but it is not a realy a thunderbird.you please take it seriously.

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sk imtiyaz hussain August 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

you have brougtdown the name of the bullet.why it’s max speeed is 120 kmph?why not 160 kmph?

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anbu August 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Dear Bros,

For all those who doubt that the 182 Kg TBTS is hard to handle, here is a proof, see the stunt on TBTS and bulls…….worth watch its amaizing and thrilling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7UMOaavDXY

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Manish September 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

helo again all of you,

As i posted earlier …i got my bird on 04-july-11…done with 2000 Kms…….i m telling you all people there is nothing like it….pick up is awesome….very comfortable to ride. In terms of fuel efficiency it is more than my expectations….before first servicing it gave me somewhere near 35-36 km/liter…but after first servicing it gave me awesome mileage of 44-45 km/liter…all in city riding..guys ….only precautions to be taken are .. don’t run it more than 50km/hr….before 2000-3000 kms & just start with kick in morning & keep it like that for a minute or so…….rest till this time no complaint i have faced till date…except before first servicing it gave me some starting trouble….but that is gone once the servicing is done.

rest is coolest experience u can ever have…….if someone is in dilema to purchase is..remove is immediately….guys just go for it…………….

Have a safe riding….

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Yuvi September 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi Friends,

first time entered into this website after i deciding to buy a good bike which can fullfill all my needs ,

Can anyone please suggest me good bike …

i took a test drive in Avenger, Karizma, RE CLassic(old-England Engine), and RE TBTS, Apache, and yet to test Yamaha FZ and Pulsar2XXcc..

Basically i am impressed by RE bikes from childhood ,

I will drive everyday 50KM and in the weekend 250KM in highway, But everyday 50KM is in village roads which is creating back pain for me , So the new bike should give me good comfort in Worst road condition, and in High way i will drive in 80-90KMPH with a constant speed,

Please suggest me a best bike whcih can suitable for my driving conditions plzzzz..
and also please suggest me a good Helmet which should not create any visibility problem in night driving …

Thank you

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elango September 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I came with happy good news for all the ROYAL ENFIELD riders in chennai.

Are you facing more troubles with your ROYAL ENFIELD bike?

Don’t worry!

There is a mechanic in chennai with 15 years of experience in royal enfield bikes. He was worked with royal enfield (DIRECT ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC CHENNAI) for past 10 years. He is the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC and trainer for all mechanics in royal enfield service centers and for royal enfield franchises service center in all over INDIA. Before launching any new ROYAL ENFIELD bikes, he is the first person gets knowledge and getting trained in the ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY CHENNAI.

My experience with him:

He is a massive strength for us (ROYAL ENFIELD RIDERS). He even removes the default ENGINE NOISE and CRANK NOISE from our royal enfield bikes to get SMOOTH RIDE. And if u wishes, he also tunes our carburetor to give more mileage 50 per liter in average speed of 60km/hr speed in 3000 rpm.

I have 3 years of experience with him by taking my ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK for service in regular intervals.

My THUNDERBIRD TWIN SPARK is always FIT and CONDITION with the help of him.

NOW ROYAL ENFIELD FACTORY SENIOR MECHNANIC HAS STARTED OWN SERVICE STATION FOR ROYAL ENFIED BIKES IN CHENNAI on 17 OCTOBER 2010. So now chennai royal enfield riders should be happy and do not worry if your ROYAL ENFIELD BIKE trouble shoots.

Mechanic Name: P. RAGU (SPECIALIST IN ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES)

Mobile: 09941557193

Service Station Address: NO: 3469, LIG – 1, 2nd MAIN ROAD, MATHUR, MMDA, CHENNAI 600068.

(Half an hour drive from annanagar via padi railway station, kolathur signal)

Guys…When u meet him just say referred by me(elango), so u will offered less.

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sashank Gaikwad September 23, 2011 at 12:47 am

hey I Booked my TBTS Toady (22/9/2011) It will take 4 to 5 months to delivery means 4 to 5 months waiting is there so sad Any one suggest me way to get earlier delivery ??

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Archana September 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Awesome bike……………………………………..
rocks

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Chetan September 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

hi Guys.

i want to buy Royal enfield thunderbird twinspark on Easy monthly installments….can someone tell me ….how much minimum Down paiment we have to do for royal enfield thunderbird twinspark.. ?

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Sebi October 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Hi Elango,

Lucky guy…..atleast u have an expert who can checks ur bike…can u upload any tips that is he has suggested for ur RE & that can be of great help for new RE owners like me as I been checking with different RE owners and websites and all r the same.

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Pavan Dg October 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Come Facts of ThunderBirdddddddd

Before u read. Trust my word.

++++ Of Thunderbird

1. 35 to 40 mileage. Provide u ppl dnt change the silencer. Ah u can go for Short silencer not for Goldie or etc
2. Best ever vehicle for riding comforts. Non stop with no prob u can ride 400kms.
3. Engine is too good when you compare to all other indian bikes. Long Lasting
4. Once you touch 70+, you hardly notice the vehicle sound or moving of the bike. Smoooooooottttthhhhhhhh.
5. No kick start.
6. Man, Power 21BHP and 125 top speed.
7. Heavy and dam steady……
8. Public attraction.

List goes onnnnnnnn

_ve Of Thunderbird

1. Major RUSTTTTTTTTT. With in 15days of ur purchase i beat u will see some rust.
2. Waiting period 4 months.
3. Vehicle Vibration leads to parts loosing.
4. Front shock very noisyyyyy. By default. No solution.
5. Never ever apply Disc on turning. No grip due to long Handle.
6. Braking not good.

Although u have so many drawbacks. U hardly re grate for it. Becoz the bike is so good and u will be ready to take all negatives happily.

Guys at last…. Few words…..

Thunderbird is Thunderbird no match for this bike. Rather than talking or reading comments. Have a test drive and fall in love.

I suggest pls go for this bike BLINDLY……

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Pavan Dg October 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Dude Manish,,,
Never ever kick start the new TS bikes of Royal Enfiled. The TS comes with the machinsm of no kick like all other Bikes. Eg Pulsar 220CC. He is not giving the Kick lever. Think Why??

Its the same with TB. Hope next time you wont kick ur bike n lead to some internal Short.

For more info ask ur Service Enginer.

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abhishek November 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

hello guys……..hiiiiiiiiiiiiii i am Abhishek
i love royel enfield bikes.

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madhusudhan November 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

i had booked a thunderbird bike 7 and half months ago in bangalore….
but now i am not buying it.
the registration is still with me .
If anyone interested please contact me 8095840372

note:the bike’s delivery date is within a week i.e. may be 24th Nov 2011.

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madhusudhan November 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

i had booked a thunderbird bike 7 and half months ago in bangalore….
but now i am not buying it.
the registration is still with me .
If anyone interested please contact me 8095840372,
i will transfer the registration to their name.

note:the bike’s delivery date is within a week i.e. may be 24th Nov 2011.

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Arun rana January 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

what is the mileage of this bike ???

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Subramoniam February 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Hello All,

Trust My Word Before buying anything from Royal Enfield.

I bought the Bike after completing reading all the Reviews on Internet. Eventhough there were Negative points mentioned, I just dint believed that and went for it.

I bought the Bike and teh first day itself teh Oil started leaking from Crank Case. it was not just leaking but it was pouring the oil out.

And so I went to teh Service station and showed it to them, they said something inseide the crank has to be tightened and I agreed to it.

I am fighting to get it resolved for the past 4 months and they were never able to.

I am just going to mention all the negative things so taht you can check when you buy.

* Run the ENgine for atleast 5 minutes, raise the Engine and also make sure Oil is there in Engine, most of the time there will be no oil in Engine so that Oil wont leak.
* Check for Break, the Break is so pathetic.
* Check for Rust in all the parts.
* Mileage you will get between 35-40 as per my Ride.
* Check for Petrol leak.
* Whenever you go for oil Change, they will charge for 2.5 litres of Oil, but you cant see the oil above the Low Level. They cheat us to avoid Oil Leakage.
*They do not replace any parts even if is a major problem. FOr me they said they wanted to replace Crank Case for Oil leak and still tehy have not replaced it. Its been almost three months now.
* Painting so bad.
* Chrome so bad.
* Key is pathetic.

This vehicle is good for others but not for Riders / owners.

They give us very bad service.

Still going to Buy? Buy it and you will come and write in this very same Thread and mention that it is a crap!

Also, my friend has a 500 CC Classic, he has reboured the engine and changed the Injection tube, within 1 year. So pathetic Quality.

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Shreyash March 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

Which bike is more preferable?
Royal Enfield thunderbird twinspark 346 cc or Royal Enfield bullet electra twinspark 346 cc?

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chinna June 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

Hello All,

I was in dreams in driving Royalenfield Thunder Bird for 4 years when I was in USA. In 2011 I returned back to India and immediately bought my dream bike and started riding. I enjoyed every moment in driving this bike but now again I am going back to USA. So I am planning to sell my bike. Please contact me if interested. I am located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

+91 9966780001

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Kevin August 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hi All ,

Having read most of the above reviews , I’m almost convinced to buy this bike .
However I’ve certain issues that i’d like to be sorted out . I’d love to hear it from you experienced ThunderBird riders ..

i ) I havenot ridden any RE bike before. Would it be OKAY for me to directly jump to Thunderbird ?

ii ) I am a tall guy with 6 ft 1 inches . I had problem riding Avenger , It created some muscle pull in my legs .. Would there be any such issue ?

iii ) Some of the reviews have mentioned about leaking problems . . can anyone enlighten me more on the maintainance side of the bike ?

Thanks & Regards ,
Kevin

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Arvind August 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Kevin,
Answers:
(1) Its totally fine as RE bikes nowadays are much similar to riding any other bike.
(2) I would say that the bike is well suited for tall guys. I myself being 180cms tall feel great riding it.
(3) I am using the bike for past 15 months and have done 12K kms, i have not faced any major issues with the bike like oil leak or anything. Ride well within the speed limits for the first 3 months, you should do just fine.

Arvind

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Murali August 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What’s the mileage per litre!!!!!!!!

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VinoD August 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

Guys, am having a plan of buying RE Thunderbird. Does anyone know the mileage & performance of the bike. And, am damn sure that my choice is correct. Because RE is having a long lasting engine life.

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james September 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Hello to all. I am James Dcosta. I am planning to buy a bike for the life time. Which is best one? Bajaj avanger 220, or Thunder bird? As for the look i Like Avanger, but Enfield Thunder bird can i change the rear tire fatter one like avanger?

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Nasir September 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Hello Guys, I am Nasir, 191 cms(yes am close to 6.4), i have many bikes to my testimony apart from yamaha’s, honda’s, TVS’, Yezdi and many others with currently owning a Activa and H/H Ambition, I have booked TBTS after reading heaps of reviews on this and on other RE Models…I have also spoken to the very owners of TBTS and all they have to say is “Take Care of your bike and it will take care of you” and i have test ridden all the makes, and i liked TBTS the king and Electra as queen, both are very good in terms of ridding comfort, but electra is a little smoother than TBTS.

Now, I have one little question to the TBTS and Electra owners here, i see there is a marginal difference in the shape and design of the lower engine covering(dont know the exact term for it, this is the one cover under which are the clutch plates, the gears, all the sprockets and drive chain and evrything, sorry for being so lay :=&), can someone please explain why is this design different in only TBTS and not in any other UCE’s that is there in all other RE Models..? does that make any huge impact on the performance compared to its counterparts..?..i am so keen and curious on this part because, the sounds in TBTS are even more harsh and lod than other models..is that because of this casing change..?

I have been given a target date of delivery this november, please if someone can give their honest review and clarify on my doubt and tell me if my decision of going with this model will be wise…i will be really grateful…

Also, if this is not the best choice, can you also make some suggestions..?

logging in daily to see any advances…please

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bibek October 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

hi friends…
i hv got one used bike….modified… thunderbird…with harley stuffs… looks great..
should i go it or buy new bike. its 2003 model but in excellent condition..
plz suggest…
hez telling rs 8000

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