New rendering of the next retro cruiser motorcycle
The world leader in mid-displacement bikes – Royal Enfield – is working on an all-new platform that will support a range of new retro motorcycles, including the Classic, Thunderbird and Bullet ranges. The new range of mid-capacity Royal Enfield motorcycles are expected to debut in early 2020, and the Thunderbird twins are expected to be among the new launches. Here is a speculative render of the all-new 3rd Generation Thunderbird Retro Cruiser Motorcycle from IAB. The render shows the new frame, new engine and a host of new design details on the bike, which should be a big step up from the current Thunderbird 350 and 500 models. The next-generation Thunderbird has also been seen testing several times on Indian roads.
While the 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird will likely retain the overall design, which includes the look and feel of the cruiser, the engine could undergo a major overhaul to increase horsepower and torque, and also meet upcoming Bharat Stage emission standards. 6. The chain will be moved to the left side of the engine, which means it will require a complete engine overhaul. The current 500cc engine already has fuel injection, which should make it easier for Royal Enfield to bring the engine up to BS6 standards. As for the 346cc unit-built four-stroke engine, it is likely to achieve an increase in displacement up to nearly 400cc, as well as fuel injection. The extra displacement is likely to make the Thunderbird more powerful and faster. Air cooling is likely to be standard on both engines and we may still be a generation away from having liquid cooled engines on mid-capacity Royal Enfields.
Other changes already seen on the Thunderbird test mules include a repositioned rear disc brake on the left side of the bike. revised gearshift, new rear brake lever, new suspension and revised bodywork. The changes to the powertrain, frame and suspension are also expected to be applied to the Classic and Bullet models. The new range of Royal Enfields is intended to drive growth now that the company faces headwinds due to the severe downturn in the Indian auto industry. It will also make the range of relatively affordable Royal Enfield motorcycles much cooler, making them attractive to buyers looking for bikes suitable for both city conditions and highway driving. The 2020 Auto Expo could be the big place where the new Royal Enfields are either unveiled or launched. New bikes are likely to get more expensive.