Royal Enfield is one of the renowned two-wheeler manufacturers in the country and now that industry is switching from BS4 to BS6, some manufacturers are launching the upgraded versions of existing models, while discontinuing some of the models. Royal Enfield has decided to discontinue the Bullet Trials, which was launched less than a year ago.
Royal Enfield has discontinued the Bullet Trials 350 and Bullet Trials 500, in India. The Bullet Trials 350 and Bullet Trials 500 were launched in March 2019 and didn’t really do well in large numbers as the company and its dealers were expecting. As most of the remaining lineup gets updated to BS6 standards, Royal Enfield dealers have confirmed that the two adventure models have been discontinued due to poor sales performance.
Slightly modified versions of standard Bullet models, the Trials versions featured larger wheels, dual-purpose tyres, raised fenders and an upswept exhaust. A luggage rack was thrown in to increase practicality, and the accessories list included a sump guard and crash protection too.
At Rs 1.62 lakh for the 350 and Rs 2.07 lakh for the 500, the Trials weren’t exactly cheap, and the lack of a pillion seat meant that the majority of customers who were seeking a practical motorcycle looked the other way.
Unfortunately, the potential that Royal Enfield saw for these adventure models never materialized, and sales numbers have been rather disappointing. Though the Trials models may not have made it through to BS6, the Classic 350, Himalayan and 650 Twins already meet the stricter emission norms, and the Bullet 350 is expected to follow suit soon as well.