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Royal Enfield rolls out Trials

THE ASIAN AGE. | MICHAEL GONSALVES
Published : Mar 28, 2019, 2:15 am IST
Updated : Mar 28, 2019, 2:15 am IST

The Bullet Trials 350cc gets a red painted chassis while the Bullet 500cc receives a green painted frame.

Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, has finally launched the Trials badged Bullets in a 350 and a 500 variant priced at Rs 1.62 lakh and Rs 2.07 lakh respectively.
 Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, has finally launched the Trials badged Bullets in a 350 and a 500 variant priced at Rs 1.62 lakh and Rs 2.07 lakh respectively.

Pune: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, has finally launched the Trials badged Bullets in a 350 and a 500 variant priced at Rs 1.62 lakh and Rs 2.07 lakh respectively.

In terms of appearance, the bikes are fairly similar to the standard Bullet.

The Bullet Trials borrows the tank and the side panels directly off of the standard bike. And in order to make the bike more off-road friendly, changes have been made.

The front and rear fenders have been shortened and the handlebar is now slightly taller and features a cross-brace.

The suspension too has been made taller adding a little more travel to account for bumps and dips that come while off-roading. The exhaust is upswept now for better water wading capability and the tyres have proper knobbies to help with traction. The rear seat too has been swapped out for a luggage carrier.

The differentiator in the Trials from each other and especially from the Classic bike series is the painted chassis and centre stand.

The Bullet Trials 350cc gets a red painted chassis while the Bullet 500cc receives a green painted frame.

"The Bullet Trials 2019 motorcycle is inspired by Johnny Brittain's trials motorcycle that won more than 50 championships between 1948 - 1965 and it is also a fitting tribute to our seminal design and engineering expertise that introduced the swingarm for the first time in 1949 with the Bullet," Mark Wells, Global Head, Product Strategy and Industrial Design at Royal Enfield, said.

He said it was in fact the proven success of the Bullet Trials motorcycle over challenging terrains that caught the eye of the Indian Army.

"It was around 1952 when the Indian Army placed an order of 800 Bullet motorcycles to patrol the harsh border regions of Kashmir and Rajasthan directly leading to the creation of Enfield India in 1955," Wells said.

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