Royal Enfield has launched the Classic 350 Trails and Classic 500 Trials in the market. The Classic 350 Trails is priced at Rs. 1.62 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi while the Classic 500 Trails costs Rs. 2.07 lakhs. As their names suggest, the Trials motorcycles are based on the Royal Enfield Classic series and gets quite a few changes that make them quite different from the Classic. The Royal Enfield Trials are the most affordable scramblers that once can buy in the Indian market.
The Trials are more capable versions of the Classic and utilize the same chassis and engine set-up. The bikes have been designed to tackle the rough roads and use for long-distance tours. There are quite a few changes in the bikes and it is not merely a sticker or paint job. To start with, both the bikes get red highlights on the body and the chassis. The second most interesting change in the Trials is the high-mounted exhaust tip. 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 in the high passes of the Himalayas.
The Indian version of the Trials also gets high-raised handlebars that ensure that the rider gets into a comfortable riding position for long distance journeys. As stock, both 350 Trails and 500 Trails get a single spring-loaded seat in the front and an iron carrier in the place of the pillion seat. The rack can be used to tie the luggage easily, which indicates that Royal Enfield will target the long-distance riders with this bike. The Classic series is quite commonly used in the Ladakh region when thousands of bikers from around the world flock to the Ladakh region after the roads open every year.
Royal Enfield has started taking bookings officially for the bikes at Rs 5,000 and the deliveries are expected to begin soon. It should be noted that Royal Enfield already offers a similar Trials variant in the UK market with an upswept exhaust but the Indian version looks quite different from the version on sale in the UK market.
Both the Trials 350 and Trials 500 get the same engine set-up that power the Classic range. The Trials 350 gets powered by a 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that develops a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp and a peak torque of 28 Nm. The bigger Trails 500 get powered by a 499cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that churns out 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.
Royal Enfield has not mentioned if the parts of the Trials will be available for the Royal Enfield Classic customers as official accessories. Currently, the brand is also out testing the updated Unit Construction Engine (UCE) that is likely to get BS-VI emission compliance.