Next-gen Royal Enfield Thunderbird caught testing

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A video of the next generation Royal Enfield Thunderbird has surfaced online. It gives us a better look at the changes made to the new bike.

Looking at the video, it seems like the new Thunderbird is likely to switch to a double-cradle frame. The test bike has telescopic fork suspension at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The engine, crankcase and the exhaust are finished in black. Unlike the outgoing Thunderbird, the disc brakes are mounted on the right hand side, while the chain sprocket has been moved to the left. It does not have a kick starter, indicating that the bike might be offered only with an electric starter.

The test bike has a split seat with a split grab handle and a circular tail lamp at the rear. The front foot pegs appear to have been positioned further ahead. The bike appears to have a redesigned headlight, side panels and front and rear mud guards. 

The new Thunderbird is expected to be offered with updated 350cc and 500cc BS-VI compliant engines. Dual-channel ABS is also expected to be offered as standard.

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