Photos of Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and 500 Trials, scrambler-like variants of the Electra, have emerged without any camouflage. The new variants were earlier spotted testing with camouflage and were originally believed to be derivatives of 650 twins.
The Royal Enfield Bullet Trials is already available in the international markets as an accessorized version of the regular Bullet Electra model. The kitted up version transforms the retro classic roadster into a sporty scrambler. The name Trials is a shout out to the original Trials motorcycle that garnered several motorsports accolades in 50’s and 60’s.
The aesthetics of the new Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and 500 Trials are inspired by the original model. The striking features include colored frame (finished red in 350 variant and green in 500), single seat, luggage carrier in place of a pillion seat, an upward swept exhaust canister, chrome fenders, dual-purpose tyres, rubber fork gaiters, and chrome finished rear view mirror housings. The Trials 500 differentiates itself from the 350 variant by means of dual-tone finish on the fuel tank with chrome accent.
We expect the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and 500 Trials to stay mechanically identical to their respective Electra counterparts. The base model would be powered by a 346 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which dishes out 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The range topper would employ the 499 cc air-cooled single-cylinder unit which has 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm of torque on offer. Both variants come with a 5-speed transmission.
We expect the Bullet 350 and 500 Trials scramblers to be equipped with front and rear disc brakes, complete with dual-channel ABS. Royal Enfield could retail the Trials models as limited edition versions but we will know more sooner than later. The launch is expected in the first half of 2019.
The recently launched RE 650 twins have received largely positive reviews but the Chennai-based motorcycle maker is not resting on its laurels. The company is working on an all new J Platform which will will underpin the next generation range of 300-400 cc models.