Royal Enfield has been exploring new segments for a long time now. Royal Enfield already offers adventure bike in the form of the Himalayan, cruiser bike in the form of Interceptor, cafe racer in the form of Continental GT 650 and so on. The next segment from the two-wheeler giant is the scrambler segment and Royal Enfield will soon launch the new bike based on the Royal Enfield Classic range in the market.
The scrambler iteration of the Royal Enfield will be called Royal Enfield Trials and it is currently being tested by Automotive Research Authority of India (ARAI) and is expected to be launched in th e first quarter of this year. The Royal Enfield Trials has been seen testing on the Indian roads but a set of new pictures show the production version of the bike will look like.
The Royal Enfield 350 Trails and 500 Trails would be touring-friendly bikes and would offer a lot of features that will make touring hassle-free. Starting with the high mounted exhaust to the luggage rack in the rear, the Royal Enfield Trails is built for the long-distance touring. To help the bikes on slippery terrains, Royal Enfield has also added a big block, knobby tyres on the spoked rims. The front and rear suspension are likely to be long travel but the feature could not be confirmed. However, it also gets raised rear mudguard that will ensure that the rear wheel does not touch the mudguard on bad terrains. It only gets a single seat, which ensures that there is maximum space to keep all the luggage you want while travelling long distance.
Royal Enfield will keep the engines identical to the Classic range. The Royal Enfield 350 Trails 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 get the 5-speed transmission. It is not known if Royal Enfield has tweaked the gearing but it is highly unlikely. The Royal Enfield 350 Trials is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs. 1.6 lakhs while the 500 Trails would be priced close to Rs. 2 lakhs in the market. Both the bikes would get mandatory ABS system.
Royal Enfield recently launched the Interceptor and Continental GT 650 in the Indian market. The Interceptor has become the most affordable parallel-twin engine powered bike in the Indian market. In the future, Royal Enfield is expected to utilise the all-new engine in various bikes including the Himalayan and the Classic range. However, it may take some time before they become a reality.