Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 350 And Trials 500 India Launch Tomorrow
The two motorcycles are off-road-friendly variants of the RE Classic family
- Features gaitered telescopic forks up front and spoke wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres.
- Gets an upswept exhaust, and the pillion seat is replaced with a luggage carrier.
- Expect the engine to remain unchanged, though.
Royal Enfield is all set to launch the Bullet Trials 350 and the Bullet Trials 500 tomorrow. The cult bikemaker released a teaser video recently, and the clip gave us quite some insights as to what this upcoming motorcycle is all about. For starters, the frame is painted in red and the fuel tank features a 3D badging. Even the side panels get new stickers. Though the headlight appears to be the same round unit as the Classic’s, it comes with a chrome nacelle, complemented by chrome on the lower arms of the gaitered forks. The indicators and the tail lamp seem to be lifted off the Royal Enfield Continental GT 535’s parts bin.
At the rear, the fender is raised (longer rear suspension maybe?), and the folks at Royal Enfield have chucked the pillion seat in favour of a luggage rack. For better water-wading capabilities, the motorcycle comes with an upswept exhaust as well. However, the sheer length of the silencer doesn’t exactly feel coherent with the design. The front end appears to roll on bigger 19-inch spoke wheels while the rear is likely an 18-inch unit. For better grip off the road, the wheels are shod with dual-purpose tyres. Expect the braking hardware to be the same 280mm front and 240mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS as standard.
It’s likely that Royal Enfield might use the Classic range’s 346cc and 499cc engines in their new bikes as well. The former churns out 20PS and 28Nm while the latter produces 27.5PS and 41.3Nm, and both the motors come paired with a 5-speed transmission. That said, it’d be interesting if Royal Enfield alters the gearing for light off-roading, which the Trials range is intended for.
It is likely that the Bullet Trials range will command a premium of about Rs 10,000 over the respective Classic models. The Classic 350 costs Rs 1.53 lakh while the Classic 500 is priced at Rs 2.01 lakh, both ex-showroom Delhi. Once launched, the Bullet Trials range will be the only ‘scramblers’ in the country in that segment.