It's a fairly straightforward deal here - it's faster, it's quicker, it handles much better, it's much better equipped, more suited for touring duties and it makes pancakes on Sunday mornings as well.
Okay, scratch the last one but if all goes well, for a considerable percentage of our buying population, they wouldn't want anything else.
The earlier Thunderbird wasn't a seller for nothing.
As for the pricing, well, considering the goodies, the Rs 1.82 lakh on-road, Mumbai for the 500 is on the pricier side of things.
The similarly specced 350's price tag reads Rs 1.43 lakh, on-road, Mumbai and it's certainly a more enticing price tag.
The carbureted 350's value is hard to beat and you really will have to cough up a lot of dosh for the 500's added horsepower; so, unless you really want a thirstier, much torqueier motor, save yourself the 40 grand.
Like it or not, it's the best (and only) proper touring-oriented motorcycle we have in production today and save for the vibes on top and a few other niggles, it's got things right in a lot of places.
For a good chunk of buyers, this is going to be a very tempting buy.
Finally, the motorcycle lives up to its name.