Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 modified to bobber
The old Royal Enfield platform is still one of the most versatile platforms we have ever seen. Most customizers use the frame of a Royal Enfield to build their custom motorcycle. Even some start-ups are using a chassis from a Royal Enfield to work on their new motorcycle. Here we have a Thunderbird 350 which has been modified to look like a bobber. Changes are made by Neev Motorcycles.
The modification makes the motorcycle unique. At first glance, you won’t even be able to tell it’s a Thunderbird 350. The store used three colors for the modified motorcycle. It gets a gray body, lots of chrome parts, and a blacked out engine.
The teardrop-shaped fuel tank is finished in the two-tone color of gray and glossy black. It uses an old-fashioned fuel tank cap. The front and rear fenders are finished in gray. The motor housing, kickstarter and motor headers are chrome while the rest of the motor is finished in black. Other elements like the exhaust, shocks, exhaust, handlebars, headlight and backrest are finished in chrome.
After the tank there is a custom seat finished in black leather. Being a bobber, he only gets one seat. Then there is the rear seatback which is only there for cosmetic purposes. There is a round LED tail light and turn signals. The bike uses chrome spoked rims with tires sourced from Timsun.
On the side there is an upward exhaust and the airbox looks like a tin can. The handlebars are a custom tall, wide unit. The front suspension is covered in chrome. Because the fenders have been shortened, the license plate is now placed on the left side just behind the shock absorber.
Mechanically the same
There are no mechanical changes to the engine. Thus, he obtains the 346 cm3 UCE engine which produces 20 PS of maximum power and a maximum torque of 28 Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Braking functions are provided by a 280mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear.
Royal Enfield Meteor replaced Thunderbird
Royal Enfield discontinued the Thunderbird when BS6 emission standards came into effect. Thunderbird has been replaced by the Meteor 350 which launched last year. The design of the Meteor is very similar to that of the Thunderbird. Meteor debuted with a brand new frame and a brand new engine.
It gets a new, stiffer and better down tube dual spine chassis than the old Thunderbird chassis. Due to the new chassis there is a huge improvement in the way the bike rides and handles now. It gets a brand new J-series engine which is still a 349cc unit, but it’s now air-oil cooled. The engine produces 20 hp of maximum power and 27 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox with speed change.
The numbers may look similar on paper, but there’s a huge difference in how the new engine feels. There is no vibration even when you run the engine at full speed. The bike feels a lot greener and the engine is still torquey. The gearbox is also now much smoother and doesn’t get false neutrals.