Royal Enfield will bring back the Trials name on the Bullet 350 and Bullet 500, and use it on the respective scrambler variants
Royal Enfield will be expanding the entry-level 350 and 500 range in 2019 as a response to the renewed rivalry against Jawa Motorcycles. We all know that the Chennai-based manufacturer is preparing a Scrambler for debut with upswept exhaust system, single seat with a luggage mounting rack, knobby tyres with vintage spoked wheels and raised rear mudguard for more wheel travel.
In an exclusive report, we can divulge that the Scrambler will not only be made available in the 500 cc variant but also in the 350 version as well and they have been dubbed 350 Trials and 500 Trials. As found from the test mules recently, one will be based on the 500 cc platform with the addition of Royal Enfield Insignia, frame painted in green, chrome paint scheme, rubber gaiters protecting telescopic front forks, etc.
RE already sells the Classic 500 based Scrambler as a customisable kit in markets like Europe and it will be carried forward with most of the features as mentioned above. The 350 cc Trials is based on the Bullet and it will get Interceptor 650 inspired fuel tank and Royal Enfield badge along with chromed out tank, red painted frame and a rather classic seat.
Both the Bullet 500 Trials and Bullet 350 Trials will be introduced as single seaters only and will come equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard fitment and have Interceptor 650 inspired tail lamps. Expect the prices to be around Rs. 1.7 lakh and Rs. 2.15 lakh for the 350 and 500 Trials respectively. No mechanical changes are likely on the cards though as they will have similar performance as the standard variants.
The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Trials takes power from a 346 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, twin-spark engine producing 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Bullet 500 Trials, on the other hand, uses a 499 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine making 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Both the powertrains are mated to five-speed constant mesh transmission.
Just as its limited edition models, Royal Enfield will likely try to provoke nostalgia with the Trials duo as, after all, the name was previously used to meet the requirement of Trials rider in the late ’50s with low compression pistons, heavier flywheels and small bore carbs along with upward positioned exhaust.