Royal Enfield retails a host of its motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand, and has now introduced the Thunderbird 350 in the continent. Interestingly though, the Thunderbird 350 has been rebadged as the Royal Enfield Rumbler 350 in Australia. The bike is priced at 6790 Australian Dollars (around ₹ 3.41 lakh) on-road. The cruiser joins the likes of the Himalayan, Classic range and the Continental GT in the bike maker's line-up. The new Rumbler 350 is also LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme) compliant, which makes it accessible to young learners apart from those who want a relaxed, simple, old-school cruiser.
The Royal Enfield Rumbler 350 for Australia is the identical to the Indian model barring a few subtle tweaks. The Australian spec model gets the new moniker on the side boxes, while the telescopic forks up front feature reflector strips on both sides. The fuel tank design and the laid back handlebars remain the same, while the engine is finished in black and adds to the good looks of the motorcycle. The Australian-spec bike is built and exported from the manufacturer's plant in Chennai.
The Royal Enfield Rumbler 350 also uses the same 346 cc twin-spark, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that also powers the Thunderbird 350 and a range of motorcycles in the company's stable. The motor is tuned to churn out 19.8 bhp at 5250 rpm, and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm, while paired with a 5-speed gearbox.
Other components also remain the same including the gas charged shock absorbers at the rear, 19-inch spoked wheel at the front an 18-inch unit at the rear. The fuel tank offers a capacity of 20 litres, while the headlamp cluster includes the projector lens with the LED DRL halo ring. The cruiser uses disc brakes at either end, but ABS has been given a miss like the Indian version. The Royal Enfield Rumbler 350 tips the scales at 192 kg (kerb).
The Rumbler 350 is available in three colour options - black, dark green and blue. The Australian market does not get the Thunderbird X Series though that was recently launched in India. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and 500 X gets vibrant new colours, new gunslinger seat, alloy wheels and a host of modern-day upgrades.