Royal Enfield has launched its Trials 350 and 500 motorcycles at Rs 1.62 lakh and Rs 2.07 lakh respectively, making them about Rs 20,000 more expensive than the Bullet range. Official bookings are now open at dealerships and online as well for Rs 10,000.
Inspiration for Trials 350 and 500 comes from RE racing bikes of the 1950s whereas powertrain and other hardware have been borrowed from present day Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles. Positioned as off-road scramblers, Trials motorcycles share some design features with Royal Enfield 650 twins as well.
Engine used for Trials 350 and 500 is the same as that of Bullet 350 and 500. There are no changes in power output and engine performance. The 346 cc engine powering Bullet 350 delivers 19.8 hp power and 28 Nm of torque whereas the 499 cc unit on Bullet 500 makes 27.5 hp and 41.3 Nm. Both engines come with 5-speed gearbox.
A key feature of Royal Enfield Trials 350 and 500 is the upswept exhaust, which looks radical and highlights the bike’s off-roading capabilities. Front and rear fenders of Trials are shorter and narrower in comparison to Bullet, which also makes it more suitable for off-roading. Another distinguishing feature is that Trials do not have a pillion seat, which has been replaced with a luggage rack. This clearly indicates that Trials bikes are targeted at customers who have solo rides on their minds. Watch the story behind the Trials in the video below.
Things that are unique to Trials bikes include raised handlebar, halogen bulb for headlight, glossy chrome panels, Royal Enfield 3D badging on fork gaiters and tank, 18-inch wheels and dual-purpose tyres. Halogen headlight bulb can also be seen on 650 bikes and till now there haven’t been any visibility issues or any other problems associated with it.
Trials motorcycles come with disc brakes on front and rear wheels, dual-channel ABS, standard telescopic front forks and dual gas charged shock absorbers at the rear. As expected, switchable ABS is not being offered with the Trials bikes. Take a look at the details photos, specs and official media release below.