Royal Enfield has launched it Bullet Trials in India. The Trial 350 is priced at Rs.1.62 lakhs while Trials 500 comes in with a price tag of Rs.2.07 lakhs (ex-sh, Delhi). The bikes claim to be the most affordable scramblers on sale in the country.
And while Royal Enfield has squeezed in the Trials 350 and 500 launch at the fag end of the FY, there’s the question why. There’s the deeply ingrained heritage idea but is that enough to warrant a re-entry in 2019 on the back of an existing platform, specially designed accessories, and a paintjob, especially when the company has shown great foresight regarding bigger cc engines/bikes.
Speaking about accessories, these are presented with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. They are available at all company dealerships. These accessories include a handle brace pad priced at Rs.600, number boards at Rs.1,850 and knuckle guards at Rs.2,200. It also includes an aluminum sump guard priced at Rs.2,650 and compact stainless steel engine guard at Rs.2,700. Other accessories that will come equipped with the Trials include headlamp guard, single seat, luggage rack and an attractive 3D logo.
Each of these accessories add a certain touch of character to the Royal Enfield Trials. It is recommended by RE dealer that the rider does not use a headlamp guard on highways as it adversely affects throw and spread of light.
The new Royal Enfield Trials 350 and 500 receive raised rear fenders for longer suspension travel, upswept exhaust, 19” front and 18” rear spoked wheels fitted with dual purpose Ceat Progrip tyres. Both bikes get telescopic forks in the front and twin shocks at the rear while braking is via 280mm front and 240mm rear disc, with dual channel ABS as standard.
Royal Enfield Trials 350 and 500 get their power from 350cc and 500cc engines. The 350cc engine offers 20.7 PS power at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. The 500cc engine is capable of 27.5 PS power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. Both engines get mated to a 5 speed transmission.