Power is significantly upped compared to the older Thunderbird courtesy the 500cc fuel-injected UCE motor.
Its 27.2 bhp of power and 4.2 kgm of torque are delivered in the all-too-familiar Royal Enfield manner.
Like the Classic, the gearbox isn't perfect and the travel is at times a bit much but hey, it"s these little characterful things that make a Royal Enfield, no?
It's best to keep the motor in its mid-range, riding the thick band of mid-range torque and going through the gears quickly. 100 kph all day, everyday is no problem.
But go beyond that and that"s where the niggles start to raise their ugly heads in the form of vibrations through the bars and the pegs.
Keep her steady at 3500 revs on the highway and she'll do 100-105 kph all day long without a fuss.
That's where the Thunderbird feels best - out on the open road, eating up the white lines with the intake sound as the lead singer and sadly, the classic thump only providing backing vocals.
I realised that if you manage to take your mind off the vibes - sing, think, enjoy the scenery, it's not that difficult, really - you can even hold 110-115 kph consistently if the road is up to it.