Royal Enfield launched the much-awaited scrambler version of their Bullet series yesterday. The bikes have been priced at Rs. 1.62 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Bullet 350 Trails while the Bullet 500 Trails costs Rs. 2.07 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). This makes them the most affordable scrambler themed bikes available in India, the next closest being the FB Mondial HPS 300 which has an ex-showroom price of around Rs. 3.37 lakhs. Now, the company has released a new TVC that highlights the significance and explores the historical connect of these bikes. Take a look at the video below before we discuss further about the bikes.
The new 2019 Trials bike series is inspired by Johnny Brittain’s champion Bullet and the Royal Enfield Factory Team’s tremendous success at the International Six Days’ Trials. According to Royal Enfield, the Bullet Trials Works Replica is a homage to a motorcycling legend. They are built on the Bullet series, which itself is the world’s oldest bike series in continuous production. The TVC carries rare footage at the beginning which shows Johnny Brittain riding on his championship winning bike.
Talking of the Trials replica bikes the company launched recently, this is the first time that Royal Enfield has brought a scrambler styled motorcycle in India. Both the bike get different chassis paint scheme, Red for the Trials 350 and Green for the Trials 500. The bikes have been endowed with lots of chrome which somehow does not match the scrambler theme. The high-mounted exhaust tip is a feature that will be pretty useful in off-road rides. The angled exhaust tip ensures that the exhaust opening stays clear of the water when the bike has to go through water-logged places or cross water streams.
Moreover, the Bullet Trials series also gets high-raised handlebars along with a single spring-loaded seat in the front and an iron carrier in the place of the pillion seat, which can be used to tie the luggage easily. The bikes are targeted towards those who often take their bikes for long trips involving challenging terrain, especially the mountainous region. The Indian version of the bike is different from the international version.
The Royal Enfield Trials 350 gets powered by a 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that develops a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. The more powerful Royal Enfield Trials 500 gets powered by a 499cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces a peak power of 27.1 Bhp and 41 Nm of maximum torque. Both the motorcycles get a 5-speed transmission set-up. Royal Enfield offers dual-channel ABS with the Trials 500 but the Trials 350 get a single-channel ABS set-up but disc brakes on both the wheels.
In its price range, the Royal Enfield Bullet Trials face no direct threat as of now. There are no scrambler motorcycles under Rs. 3 lakh price mark in India. However, they are likely to be challenged by adventure tourer bikes like Royal Enfield’s own Himalayan and the upcoming KTM 390 Duke Adventure. However, the Duke adventure will be quite expensive than the Trials series.