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Best budget bike for long distance rides?

In India, there are a lot of bikes which are available in the market for riders who enjoy going on long distance rides. Long distance rides mostly includes on road and off road riding as well and for this reason, it is really important to get the right bike which will suit all your needs when you go for your adventure. As said earlier, there are a lot f bikes which are available in the market such as the Honda CBR 250R ABS, KTM Duke 390, Bajaj Avenger 220 DTS-I, Royal Enfield Classic 500cc, Mahindra Mojo 300 and many, many more but, there is one bike which tops all of them when it comes to the performance- The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500cc.

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500cc is a modern-era cruiser but with the classic look of round headlamps and spoke wheels. This bike is considered to be one of the best bikes for long distance rides as it makes your ride more comfortable with the pillion backrest and comfortable seats which enables you to keep going comfortably throughout your journey. There are a lot of features and upgrades which this bike produced by a Chennai-based manufacturer has to offer and we will be discussing the same in this article.

This bike consists of front disc brake which is 280mm in size and a rear disc brake which is 240mm is size thus, giving you complete control over your bike. The front suspensions are telescopic with 41mm forks and 130mm travel. The rear suspension has a twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5 step adjustments, making even the bumpiest of roads or surfaces quite comfortable to ride on. The chassis type of the bike is a single downtube which uses the engine as stressed member. The ground clearance of the bike is 140 mm making it really comfortable and controllable to ride on.

Coming to the engine and the transmission of the bike- it has a single cylinder with an air cooled cooling system and Keihin electronic fuel injector. The bike consists of a manual gearbox with 5 gears. The bike has a transmission type of Chain Drive and consists of 2 valves per cylinder. All this enables the bike to give a maximum power and torque of 27.2 bph @5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm @4,000 rpm respectively. The bike can reach to a speed of 60 kmph from 0 in just 4.65 seconds and gives a fuel efficiency range of about 600 km with a tank capacity of 20 litres and a reserve fuel capacity of 3.5 litres.

The bike is truly a Thunderbird which can face the most difficult of extreme weather and terrain. This bike is the classic Royal Enfield with some crazy upgrades and modifications made perfectly for the adventurer in you. All this being said, let us come to the price of the bike. The standard ex-showroom price of the bike is Rs. 190,672 which makes it a bit more expensive than most bikes available in the market but if you compare the features of this bike with its competitors, you will find out that this bike is worth every paisa you have or planning to spend on it.

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is also available in 5 different colours to suit the adventurer in you. These are- Lightning, Marine, Flicker, Stone and Asphalt. Choose the colour which matches your taste and voila! You are ready to go on your adventure comfortably, without any problem either on a smooth and well built road or on uneven surface of a dusty terrain, it can cover it all in no time and without any problem.