Previous to the launch of the Royal Enfield Trials 350 and 500 – scheduled for tomorrow – choose sellers have begun accepting bookings for the brand new bikes. Impressed by the Bullet bikes that introduced the model fame throughout off-road races within the 1950s, the Trials bikes borrow from present fashions within the Royal Enfield line-up.
We consider that the Trials 350 and 500 are powered by the identical engines seen on their Bullet counterparts. Output figures for the 346cc motor on the Bullet 350 are 19.8hp and 28Nm of torque, whereas the Bullet 500 has a 499cc motor that produces 27.5hp and 41.3Nm of torque. Each engines are mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The one occasion the place we’ve got seen the Trials in action, is in a recently released teaser. The bike within the video is seen wading by way of water, by way of which minor particulars might be gleaned. The bike is seen with a high-swept exhaust, accentuating the off-road nature of the bike. Within the video, the bike additionally has the body, swingarm, subframe, fender-stays and even the primary stand in a shiny crimson color. Earlier leaked pictures additionally revealed a motorcycle with an olive inexperienced color on the aforementioned elements, and this could possibly be a distinguishing issue between the 350 and 500. We consider that the bike with the crimson elements is the Trials 350, whereas the olive inexperienced variant is the Trials 500.
Pictures of the Trials bike present that each have the identical tank and aspect panels because the Bullet/Traditional fashions. On nearer inspection, one may also see that the entrance and rear fenders are shorter and narrower, which is extra in-tune with the bike’s off-road intentions. It’s additionally doubtless that the bikes will probably be geared up with 18-inch wheels shod with dual-sport tyres. The model appears to be targetting solo riders because the Trials bikes will probably be supplied with a single seat. Changing the rear seat on this Royal Enfield is a baggage rack as commonplace; there won’t be an choice for a second seat. That is confirmed by the design of the upswept exhaust, which makes it unattainable to mount pillion foot pegs.
We anticipate Royal Enfield to cost a premium of about Rs 10,000 over the usual Bullet fashions, owing to the extra package on provide with the Trials. The Trials 350 is anticipated to be priced at round Rs 1.54 lakh; a Rs 21,000 improve (Rs 11,000 for the dual-channel ABS and Rs 10,000 for the Trial package) over the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES, which prices Rs 1.33 lakh. The Trials 500, in the meantime, is anticipated to value round Rs 1.97 lakh as the usual ABS-equipped Bullet 500 is priced at Rs 1.87 lakh.
(All costs are ex-showroom, Delhi)