Royal Enfield had to come up with something that serves as an interesting follow up to the success garnered by the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 and they have. The manufacturer will be unveiling the new Royal Enfield Trials on 26 March. The Trials will be a scrambler with 350cc and 500cc engine options based on the Classic series. The Trials 350 and Trials 500 will be launched in India on 27th March at prices about Rs 10,000 more than the Classic.
Royal Enfield used to retail a Trials series motorcycle in international markets. While the Trials will share the chassis with the Classic, it will feature a raised handlebar, upswept exhaust, and slightly knobby tyres.
The Trials treatment may also be extended to the Bullet series of motorcycles since the Trials series on sale in international markets also included the Bullet 350 and 500. The Trials launching in India this month will share most of the part with the Classic. While the standard Classic bikes had their exhaust canisters hanging low, the Trials with its upswept unit will make water-crossings much simpler.
Engine options will include a 350cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that puts out 20 bhp and 28 Nm of torque, and a 500cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that makes 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm of peak torque. It is not known yet whether Royal Enfield has updated the engine tuning for the Trials, but it will most likely remain the same as it favours low-down torque.
The Trials will come equipped with get conventional telescopic forks up front and dual shocks at the rear. It’ll get disc brakes at both ends along with a dual-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system). Considering that Royal Enfield Himalayan does not offer a switchable ABS, the Trials may not either.
Even with a price hike of about Rs 10,000, Royal Enfield Trials 350 and Trials 500 will be the most affordable motorcycles in the segment.
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