Hi, I am Pradeep from Chennai. A true bike lover. I am person who, instead of riding a bike to reach a place, I ll go to a place just because I want to ride a bike. From a very young age I loved bullet (before even knowing it is a bullet) because of the tatataaa music from the bike.

When I was studying 5th std my P.T. master bought the Royal Enfield Thunderbird (old model with dual color combo). I learned bike riding from my dad’s splendor. When I was doing my 2nd yr my parents planned to buy me a new bike. Being a boy from a middle class family, my parent’s initial budget was only 70k-75k. But, after a three month struggle my parents finally booked a Royal Enfield bike.

The Purchase

  • I booked the Electra Twinspark initially, but, changed my decision to Thunderbird Twinspark.
  • After a tiring three and a half month waiting period I got him (Thunderbird).

The Design

No body could give a false comment about the design or any classification of the Thunderbird Twinspark. It is one of the bikes which stand out of the crowd in terms of design. From the design itself one could say it is a cruise bike. Now there are only two cruisers in India, The Bajaj Avenger which is cheaper in terms of quality and price and tbts a class above all. The design has been the same from the beginning.

The Engine

The engine is one among the things which attracted me the most. The bike roars when the he is started and the roars gets louder as soon as I rev it a bit more harder. The bike gets the UCE ( Unit Construction Engine) the first bike in India to get that. The bike produces a 19.8 bhp power and 346cc, which is well proved on the highways, hardly any vibrations oly that tataaa sound oly (if u ride ur bike below 100kph).

The city ride is no exception but feels a bit heavy while maneuvering in traffic. Contrary to the belief, this RE does pretty well in terms of straight line acceleration. It does a 70 Kmph in no time. The RE engineers reduced my bike’s topspeed to 100kph for mileage but the bike can notch a 120kph in the speedo.

The Riding And Comfort

All Royal Enfield motorcycle is known for their comfort ride, the thunderbird is no exception. Even the pillion is comforted by a backrest to sit comfortably, the rider gets a ‘U’ shaped seat to sit without any tension. My bum din cry for attention even after 4hrs continuous drive. The bike is very smooth on high speeds and it really feels like you really are cruising. Over all, the bike is surely an exception in comfort and riding when compared to other Japanese motorbikes.

Mileage And Braking

There are many rumors that all high powered motorbikes does not return a good mileage. But, it is proved to be complete rumor in all enfield bikes. The thunderbird gives 40kmpl in the city and a stunning 45+ on the highways. Braking is simply awesome in thunderbird. The front 280mm disks and the large drum brake at the rear produces superior braking even at top speeds.

Verdict

I bought the bike before 6mts. The bike has been the best companion for me till now. It has not failed to satisfy me whenever I ride him. He maintains a good relationship with me. Whoever wanna buy a Yamaha R15 or any bike at that rate pls pls test drive the tbts. You will not a second option in your mind. Buy it! Enjoy It! Ride safe. Happy touring guys.

Regards,
Pradeep

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      • UCE is not a new technology. All india bikes except ( old enfield ) are UCE.
        means engine, gear , clutch are at one place ( in one casing).

        Older bullet have separate engine , separe gearbox, and seaparate clutch casing.
        you can easily remove the gearbox with out dismantling engine.

        uce engines are compact and complicated more powerfull ,less power loss.

    • The earlier ones were having a cast iron engine. due to problems of rusting and to increase power RE is using its new Twinspark engines on all bikes. This is termed as UCE- Unit Construction Engine.
      Its fuel efficiency has also increased.

  1. @Pradeep – Where did u buy in Chennai? only 3 months waiting period? i am waiting now for more than 4 months now… did u face any problems in bike like oil leak etc.,?

    • Ya i did buy the bike in chennai….. the waitin period depends upon no. of bikes booked…. u will be getting it soon…. there would be some minor problems before 1st service… but everything would be completly alright after servicing…. no oil leaks will be der till 1st service… all bullet’s oil will leak… but it would be fixed

  2. Gadyang: It does give that much mileage…. every bike gives good mileage…. it depends upon how u maintain it….. ride it… It depends upon the traffic

    Omer: See i know that bikes should be called she/her. But i call mine he/him due to his manly and commanding looks…….

    Shaji: Being, a 20yr old I felt that electra din suit me………. And morever i liked the looks of thunderbird more than electra

    Ahmed: Top Speed is 120kmph max

  3. Today i got the chance to look at CBR 250 at honda showroom.i was even lucky to get a short test drive as the showroom guy was good friend of mine. Bike in one word just superb in handling,pick up. Simply blows away every other bike on road.

  4. hey guys its really nice read all comments on my favorite bike and brand.
    always RE stands apart from any machines because RE is an
    icon……………. vicky

  5. RE’s have tough macho looks with supirior build quality.
    Engine is also great.. Really nice bike.
    And nice review too.. 🙂

  6. Great review. One small suggestion, a bike (or any vehicle) is always a “She”. But I like you usage of the masculine for the bullet. suits it well…..

    Safe Riding!!

  7. Thanks Bike Advice for TBTS review.It is the only site where I found more than three reviews of TBTS.

    And finally I booked the same on Saturday, 2-4-2011 in Pune, thanks to BikeAdvie. As per the dealer, the bike cost was 1,18,000 till March 30 and from April 1st, all RE costs rise from 2K to 3K so now the RE Thunderbird will cost me around 1,20,000 without accessories. Also the waiting period in Pune is around 6 months.Also there is only one RE dealer here in Pune and one in PCMC.

    The sales person also provide me a happening information that the RE’s second plant will be starting from May 2011 which ultimately reduce the waiting period, not sure about this but if it is true than I will get my RE TBTS in next 4 months instead of 6.

    We are three friends booked Classic 500, Classic 350 and Thunderbird Twinsprak on same date.

    • Hi Abhijeet,

      When did u finally get your bullet? I am planning to book Classic 350 @ Dhone Automobiles, Pune this month.
      They have told me that the waiting period is 10-12 months…its going to kill me as i am already running out of patience…

  8. Congratulation Pradeep…I am also in love with TBTS and I have it in red color..can say Red Bull.
    for TBTS below lines say everything….
    “Ride a BULL & feel like a MAN”

  9. guys even i have TBTS got deivered around 4 months ago but i faced sme petrol n oil leakage problem but it’s fixed now fortunately i have responsible RE service center in hyd….yeah its an awesome bike but never expect it to run like other japanese bikes it has it own way of driving style and for sure it gives gud mileage, but they should cme up with few new very attractive colors i feel we got very limited choice and red doesn,t suit at all….

    • After all, King is King and others are just his followers and followers are always makes noise….

      As per Forbs, Bill Gates is the second richest man in the word and queen of England, Elizabeth II is nowhere in the list.This means Bill Gates is a rich person than the Elizabeth but he is not a ROYAL.

      ROYAL ENFIELD founded in 1893 and nn 1912, the Royal Enfield Model 180 sidecar combination was introduced with a 770 cc V-twin JAP engine which was raced successfully in the Isle of Man TT and at Brooklands. BULLET is now the oldest motorcycle brand in the world.

      In 1962 Suzuki were manufacturing 50cc bikes, Honda introduced Honda Super Cub bike which was 50cc in 1964 and In 1960 Kawasaki completed construction of a factory dedicated exclusively to motorcycle production and bought Meguro Motorcycles.

      Here’s caution for the Bullet maker, never led the technology to dominate the biking. Few sports bikes maker tried this and bite the dust in the recent past. Never ever use the technology for technology’s sake. When you develop new technologies, its aim must be only to enhance the man-machine relationship. Instead improve the quality of the material used and earn more hearts.

  10. Hi guyzzzzzz…. nice review pradeep….
    My entire family has been an Royal family…..
    we hav Machismo 350, one red TBTS, one black TBTS…
    I felt more awesome while riding my TBTS from vellore to chennai at 100kmph…
    i dnt feel i ride at a high speed…. the braking systems are gud which makes me to control
    even at tat speed…. i feel as if im d king of the road with my TBTS….
    really great………..

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