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User Reviews of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

Overall rating:4.3 / 5113 ratings
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The worst bike ever

1 day ago by Kam1 view

I bought this bike in 2015 and driven is for 2400 kms. So far I've spent more than 1 lakh for repairs and replacements. I've hardly enjoyed driving this bike. This is one of the most horrible high maintenance bike. There are many other owners of this model regret buying this bike. I rather would recommend honda who gives less maintenance bikes.

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  • Owned for

    > 1 yr

  • Ridden for

    > 15000 kms

  • Got mileage of

    30 kmpl

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  •  5Thunderbird the perfect cruiser cum scrambler 1 year ago by Gaurang Zalariya
    Bike is in excellent condition rarely used. Timely services done. It was with me like a baby with full of care. Perfect acceleration perfect comfort made for long routes nice pickup. Hassle free ride. Ride it like a king. The thing I want to say that you have to maintai...
    Bike is in excellent condition rarely used. Timely services done. It was with me like a baby with full of care. Perfect acceleration perfect comfort made for long routes nice pickup. Hassle free ride. Ride it like a king. The thing I want to say that you have to maintain your bike or vehicle as each and every vehicle required. So that the bike mileage will boost up second thing is that everyone suggest you to service your bike timely and by professionals that means in registered company service centers only.
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      Leisure Rides

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      > 1 yr

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      10000-15000 kms

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      24 kmpl

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  •  5King on the road 1 year ago by Vinod Nair
    Buying experience was good , the team at the showroom helped me in getting my bike ready. When you ride this bike you will feel you are the kings moving on the road.You will feel more comfortable ride long distance. The thunderbird 500 looks very beautiful with 20 litre...
    Buying experience was good , the team at the showroom helped me in getting my bike ready. When you ride this bike you will feel you are the kings moving on the road.You will feel more comfortable ride long distance. The thunderbird 500 looks very beautiful with 20 litre tank shape. It looks more beautiful when you put on side stand.
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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

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  • I bought the bike in 2014 since then i have done around 11000 km both in city mainly commuting to office market and also have done short and long tours my bike has a shiny black colour with some chrome thrown in the bike has a great pickup and also lot of low end and mi...
    I bought the bike in 2014 since then i have done around 11000 km both in city mainly commuting to office market and also have done short and long tours my bike has a shiny black colour with some chrome thrown in the bike has a great pickup and also lot of low end and middle end torque the low end torque is especially useful in stop and go city traffic the seating posture is upright so that it is comfortable for touring the shock absorbers are fine and one does not feel any bumps except the potholes the seat is meant for cruising but the shape hurts your back after 2 hours of riding the brakes are ok with abs now in the new model the comfortable cruising speed is between 100 kmph the brake shoes require cleaning as sometime a squeaking sound comes also i had got the tank replaced as it got rusted inside it was only 4 months i had bought the bike it was replaced free of cost as it was under warranty the headlamp has a drl which looks cool all lights are led the clutch cable is prone to getting broken the engine is smooth and revs easily and the pickup is great overall a good bike
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      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

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      24 kmpl

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  •  1Inferior spare parts 2 years ago by Jayesh
    I brought this in 2014 july month. There was no issues till i rode and done 2nd service. First complaint was with petrol gauge sensor's. It wasn't working and they had replaced. But it got failed repeatedly. 2nd issue was with the self start. Almost all the parts with r...
    I brought this in 2014 july month. There was no issues till i rode and done 2nd service. First complaint was with petrol gauge sensor's. It wasn't working and they had replaced. But it got failed repeatedly. 2nd issue was with the self start. Almost all the parts with related to this issue was replaced. At-last from dasarahalli showroom they have changed the wiring which cost me around 5500/- i feel the parts are not upto the mark and inferior in quality. I won't recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

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  •  5Ride for joy 2 years ago by Deepak
    I own this bike for 5 years and it’s amazingly comfortable and reliable i have drive 300 kms in a day with this bike. Service cost is like any royal enfield bike. Has an extreme high speed as powered by 500 cc engine with good mileage of 32 km/ litre. Never gave problem...
    I own this bike for 5 years and it’s amazingly comfortable and reliable i have drive 300 kms in a day with this bike. Service cost is like any royal enfield bike. Has an extreme high speed as powered by 500 cc engine with good mileage of 32 km/ litre. Never gave problem and felt any unnecessary vibration in this bike.
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      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

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  •  3Royal bikes are lovable bikes  2 years ago by Ramabhadrarao
    High maintenance of this bike , and always the petrol pump is the main issue of this bike, it doesn't have a carburetor ,the pump injects the fuel . That is the main and utmost drawback of this bike .Re sale is too less and clutch cables are cutting off , when in heavy ...
    High maintenance of this bike , and always the petrol pump is the main issue of this bike, it doesn't have a carburetor ,the pump injects the fuel . That is the main and utmost drawback of this bike .Re sale is too less and clutch cables are cutting off , when in heavy traffic, they are not reliable.
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  •  5Strong machine on road 2 years ago by Allwyn Jerome
    First i thought it would be only my dream. But soon after purchasing it, no words could explain it. It is my life's best partner on road and every time when i tried to experience my skill of driving, it reacts simply superb. I strongly recommend to road trip lovers. Nev...
    First i thought it would be only my dream. But soon after purchasing it, no words could explain it. It is my life's best partner on road and every time when i tried to experience my skill of driving, it reacts simply superb. I strongly recommend to road trip lovers. Never miss this machine else you loose one important person in lifetime.
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  •  4Living legend 2 years ago by Manish
    One of the best stylish and fascinating bike i have ever seen. I have stealth black model which even shines in dark . Loved the abs model , you have to compromise with average, vibration and speed, that's the demerits of this beautiful bike else overall its best for tho...
    One of the best stylish and fascinating bike i have ever seen. I have stealth black model which even shines in dark . Loved the abs model , you have to compromise with average, vibration and speed, that's the demerits of this beautiful bike else overall its best for those who can afford it. I would suggest gym guys to have this .
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  •  1Looks good works poor !!! 2 years ago by Bhagwatrv
    Owned and using tb500 since march 2016. Average 20kms/day...48000kms approx done. Buying and servicing experiences were good. But the performance of the bike is terrible. Brand new and within 4 months had to replace the fuel pump(costs rs.15000 !!!)...Fortunately it was...
    Owned and using tb500 since march 2016. Average 20kms/day...48000kms approx done. Buying and servicing experiences were good. But the performance of the bike is terrible. Brand new and within 4 months had to replace the fuel pump(costs rs.15000 !!!)...Fortunately it was covered in the 1 year warranty and i was saved. The front mud guard is a joke...Its there only for show, but doesn't do what its supposed to... Bike runs over a small water patch and you have water sprayed on both your feet. Imagine the scene in the rainy season...Your trouser legs as well as shirt front are covered in muddy spray which does not wash off easily....Rear mud-guard also does a good job of spraying the back of the person riding with you... I wonder what kind of donkeys re have in their design department who think only about looks and appeal, but not a thought given to utility and well being of the rider. Also, within 1st year i had to replace ignition assembly as the ignition switch shorted out because of rain water entry !!!...Lots of other bikes around from different companies...They don't get shorted ignition switches. But tb500 does !!!....Replaced fuel gauge (twice !)...Bcoz it just keeps showing wrong level...After 2nd replacement i gave up bcoz it still shows the wrong levels...,and in the next year the chain sprocket assembly, handle fork cone-set, brake pads (twice),...And about 4 months ago, in march 2019 the bike just shut off in mid-ride...Went dead !!!... Rsa technician managed to burn my wiring while checking the fuse box, and there was a battery death due to 2 weeks(!!???!!) bike inactivity when i was out for a holiday in may 2019, and yesterday morning (6 july 2019) the same thing like 4 months ago happened...Bike just went dead in mid-ride. Red ignition switch dead !!!...Self-start or kick start doesn't work...Currently at service center awaiting problem diagnosis from service advisor.I had tvs victor gl for 12years until 2016,...She was a gem...Never troubled me once for first 7 years!!!...Just change oil on time and she was good...Neither my daughter's tvs wego troubled me since 2010. These were cheaper, less powerful, non-premium bikes...But no hassles...And tb500??...2lakhs in 2016 and just look at the headache i brought home !!!I have decided to sell it off asap...Just not sure whether to go for another re model...Bcoz their spares quality doesn't seem to be much, considering the amount of replacements i've had to make. If you're thinking of buying tb500 then think 10times, and be ready to shell out a lot for maintenance, not to mention the headache and irritation !!! stay away !!!
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      > 1 yr

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      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      28 kmpl

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  •  3Beauty with power 2 years ago by Sachin Khadtare
    Buying a royal enfield bike is like taking a step into history of bikes. The name speaks everything. Hi i am sachin. I own a royal enfield thunderbird 500cc marine variant. Got impressed by the first look of the bike and decided to go for it. Being 500cc the average is ...
    Buying a royal enfield bike is like taking a step into history of bikes. The name speaks everything. Hi i am sachin. I own a royal enfield thunderbird 500cc marine variant. Got impressed by the first look of the bike and decided to go for it. Being 500cc the average is below 25kmpl but that doesn't matter as the one who goes for enfield mostly the 500cc once don't look into these details. The bike make its mark in design and looks. Performance is good i must say. The only thing one face is servicing and maintenance that's for sure. Its been 4 years i am riding this beauty but never satisfied with the servicing till date. Tried many service stations but no one solved my issues on the first go. Yes when it comes to beauty you have to compromise in some way, i am talking about cons. The bike is good for long distance. You feel the power while riding. The bike needs attention a lot. Don't miss a single service schedule or else get ready the stitch the hole in your pocket. The few things you have to surely change the next year are fuel gauge, spocket, shock absorbers front and display digital meter for sure.
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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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