2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird has been recently spotted testing in India. The cruiser is seen with alloy wheels, lack of backrest and a different set of components than the present-gen model. The first change comes in the form of an all-new exhaust system, resulting in BS6-compliant setup for the upcoming emission norms that will be enforced from April 1, 2020. The motorcycle comes with a reversed chain as well as disc brake placement, clearing the fact that Royal Enfield will make considerable changes to the lineup through the new frame and swingarm combination. The exhaust seen here is finished with pure chrome plating and redesigned heat protector.
Royal Enfield will facilitate part sharing to the next level through their 2020 lineup as front and rear suspension, disc brakes, ABS, chassis, and fender design could stay similar on all the bikes. The rear suspension has seen an upgrade on the 2020 variant of the Classic series, showing intentions that the brand will use better than ever components to enhance the decade-old ride experience that almost never changed on the 2019 variants. The alloy wheels may stay exclusive to the Thunderbird series as the launch of Bullet Trials gave riders a chance to go off-road with those two exclusive models. The Bullet lineup now has five different variants in it.
2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird is seen with chrome rear-view mirrors and the test number plates confirm that the brand is eager to switch generation in late 2019 or as early as the first month of 2020. Royal Enfield has already introduced dual channel ABS in the lineup much before the deadline arrives and going by the same trend, would use fuel injection is all variants to make them better in terms of mileage, power delivery, and emissions. The cost will rise significantly for the 350cc models while 500cc variants are already available with the celebrated fuel delivery system.
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