Royal Enfield has come up with two new motorcycle offerings in India under its ‘Bullet’ lineup. Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 and Bullet Trials Works Replica 500, have been launched at a starting price of Rs 1.62 lakh while the latter version costs Rs 2.07 lakh.
Deriving their name from the vintage Royal Enfield motorcycles of the 1950s which used to be a part of off races, the Trials Works Replicas have been designed specifically for traversing over bad or no roads. The bikes have been based on the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and the Bullet 500 respectively and are similarly sported with a retro-scrambler design. For those planning to have more of it, a host of accessories has been made available by Royal Enfield for the same.
While the chassis of both the bikes is the same, there are a few changes within the versions, including different forms of chrome and silver paint on their frames. As for the design, the bikes come with an upswept exhaust on the side of a single spring-mounted seat and a luggage rack. With the exhaust angling upwards, there is no possibility of a pillion seat and it can easily be seen that Royal Enfield has gone for an old-school scrambler look with these bikes.
Both the versions come with a 280 mm disc up front and a 240 mm disc at the rear along with dual-channel ABS. In addition, they get telescopic forks up front, wearing fork gaiters as well as twin shock absorbers at the rear. For off roading, the bikes come with short fenders as well as tube tyres complete with wire-spoked rims.
As for the performance, the Trials 350 is powered by the same 346 cc single-cylinder engine as the Bullet 350, delivering a 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm and paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Similarly, the Trials 500 goes for the Bullet 500’s 499 cc single-cylinder carbureted engine churning 26.1 bhp and 40.9 Nm of peak torque and coupled to a 5-speed gearbox as well.
It will be interesting to see how the sales of the bikes pan out as they do not have any competition in their segment within this price range. The bikes will cater to those looking for an additional off-roading capability than the Bullet 350 and 500 at around the same price range.