Royal Enfield is consistently improving its lineup with different products. Right from the Himalayan, to the new 650 twins, the new products targetting different segments provide the customer with a healthy set of motorcycles to choose from. The newest one to be added in the Royal Enfield Lineup has been launched today. Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 350 and 500.
What sets the Trials lineup different from the regular Bullet is the design which is inspired from old Trials of 1950. And yes the Trials do look different and unique from the regular Bullets. The word Trial is used for a competition held on harsh terrain. Royal Enfield has participated in many international Trials events, and therefore to pay homage to the RE Trials bikes of the previous era, the new Trials 350 and 500 were born.
Coming to the design, Trials 350 and 500 get an upswept exhaust, which should make it easier to wade through deep water, the tyres are also offroad specific dual-purpose Ceat Progrip tyres, the fenders have become shorter and narrower. The rear seat is replaced with a luggage rack, headlamp gets a grille for protection and the handlebar is taller than the standard bullet. Suspensions are the same but the front forks get a metal brace for more strength. Royal Enfield also offers a bash plate to protect the engine case from those big rocks you might encounter offroad.
The paint scheme is what differentiates the Trials 350 and 500 apart. The Bullet Trials 350 frame gets a red paint scheme and a smaller RE logo on the tank, while the 500 gets a green colour frame and the RE logo on the tank is bigger and surrounded with chrome.
Now let’s talk about what is shared from other Royal Enfield. The Taillamps setup is borrowed from the Interceptor 650 along with the indicators. The tank and side panels are similar to the normal Bullet.
The engine is also the same as the Bullet. The Bullet Trials 350 gets the 346cc single cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, a twin-spark motor which makes around 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. While the Bullet Trials 500 gets the 499cc Single cylinder, 4 strokes, air-cooled engine with fuel injection which makes 27.2 bhp of power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Royal Enfield offers dual-channel ABS as standard. Both the Trials 350 and 500 rides on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear tyres.
The price for Royal Enfield Trials starts at Rs 1.62 lakh for the 350 variant, and Rs 2.07 lakh for the 500 variant. That’s a bit premium over the regular variants but it is justified for what Royal Enfield Trials offer.