Royal Enfield has launched the Bullet Trials 350 priced at ₹ 1.62 lakh ex-showroom and the Bullet Trials 500 at ₹ 2.07 lakh ex-showroom. Both the bikes are based on the Bullet line of bikes that the Chennai based manufacturer has been selling for years.
Royal Enfield has been keenly observing the customers riding modified Royal Enfields at events like the Himalayan Odyssey and Rider Mania. Bullet Trials 350 and Bullet Trials 500 are primarily factory customs based on the Bullet 350 and Bullet 500. The kind of bikes which can be taken to the mountains straight from the showroom. You can probably ditch the Himalayan and go for Trails if the styling of Himalayan isn’t to your liking.
Bullet Trials 350 and Bullet Trials 500 get cosmetic upgrades to make them stand apart from the regular Bullets. The Bullet Trials 350 gets a frame that is painted in red while the Bullet Trials 500 gets one painted in green. the Trials 350’s tank gets a clean look with only a 3D Royal Enfield emblem while the Trials 500 gets the same emblem but with chrome treatment. The practical additions are the raised fenders to make way for the 19-inch front & 18-inch rear dual purpose tyres. The front is conventional with the forks minus the metal covers which are covered with rubber gaiters to keep the dirt off when they go off-road. The forks come with a metal brace for added rigidity. The exhaust pipe is upswept for those river crossings while exploring rocky terrains. Keeping the offroad bias of the bikes there is an optional sump guard and crash bar to protect the crankcase. Other accessories include a handlebar brace cover and a side mounted number plate cover and a headlamp grill.
The Trails 350 is powered by the same Bullet 350 engine which is a 346cc air-cooled single cylinder. It makes 20PS and 28NM of torque and comes with a 5-speed gearbox. The bigger Bullet Trials 500 sibling shares the 499cc air-cooled single cylinder with the Bullet 500. It makes 27.5PS and 41.3Nm of torque. Other than the engines, both the new bikes share the same frame & suspension set up. Braking duties are handled by 280mm front disc and 240mm rear disc. Both the bikes come with dual-channel ABS.
The Bullet Trials 350 comes with a premium of Rs. 9100 over the standard Bullet 350 while for the Trials 500 you will end up paying Rs. 5700 more than the standard Bullet 500. While the Himalayan seems to be a better equipped to be taken the off the road and feel home at touring but the Trials will more or less do the same while looking a little more cooler at doing that.