With Increasing competition in the market, Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Royal Enfield is trying out something new with their bikes. Last year, they launched their twin-cylinder motorcycles Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 with an attractive price tag and has gained popularity among the biking community. Another bike they are working at the moment is a scrambler motorcycle based on Classic 350 and Classic 500 models.
As per Gaadiwaadi, Royal Enfield is all set to launch their scrambler motorcycles in the market. The launch is expected to happen on March 12, 2019. Royal Enfield is likely to call these scrambler by the name Bullet 350 Trials and Bullet 500 Trials.
Last year, Royal Enfield was spotted testing the scrambler or Trial motorcycle in Chennai and from the images it seemed like there are changes made to the bike to give it that scrambler stance. From the spy images released last year, it seems like the rear mudguard is positioned high, exhaust canister is upswept and the tyres seem to be knobby, on-off road units.
The front suspension features fork gaiters and a brace, which is also lifted from the GT 650. At the front, the Scrambler gets a taller, wider handlebar. Disc brakes are present at both ends of the bike, similar to the Classic 500 and is likely to offer a dual-channel ABS like other motorcycles. It is likely to be a single seater with a luggage rack at the back instead of a seat for pillion rider.
Apart from these above mentioned changes the bike is likely to remain same as the classic series bikes. Mechanically also the engines are likely to remain same. The Royal Enfield 350 Trials would be powered by a 346cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque.
The Royal Enfield 500 Trials would get 499cc, single-cylinder engine that generates a maximum of 27.2 Bhp and a peak torque of 41.3 Nm. Both the engines will get a 5-speed transmission. The RE Scrambler 350 and Scrambler 500 is expected to cost around Rs 1.85 lakh and 2.25 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Notably, Royal Enfield already sells the ‘Trails’ version of the Classic 500 in markets abroad. So, it’s simply a question of homologating the motorcycle for Indian use if Royal Enfield plans to bring in the same model to the market here. The test mules have indicated that the India-spec Royal Enfield Scrambler 350 and 500 will be similar to the version sold abroad. However, we can’t still rule out a totally different approach for the Indian market from Royal Enfield. Whatever is the case, we’ll soon learn about it in the coming weeks.