Royal Enfield recently unveiled the 2019 Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 and 500 in Pune, India. The brand was inspired by its legacy at the International Six Days Trials and is now paying tribute to “Trials Wizard” Johnny Brittain and his 1949 Bullet Trials. The new motorcycles turn the Bullet into rugged retros ready for adventure.
The 2019 Royal Enfield Bullet Trials is set for global release later this year, and both 350 and 500 versions will be available (348cc and 498cc). The replicas feature dual-purpose tires for better off-road grip, reinforced handlebars with cross braces, raised exhausts, and ABS. Both motorcycles also come with trimmed mudguards, luggage carriers, and solo saddles.
The 2019 Royal Enfield Bullet Trials captures the rugged, early ‘50s look while offering some modern features. The models are compatible with more than 30 genuine Royal Enfield accessories, with five specifically designed for the Bullet Trials: an engine guard, headlight grill, number board, aluminum sump guard, and handlebar brace pad.
Motorcycle trials emerged in the 1920s as competitions that test the reliability, tractability, endurance, and maneuverability of participating machines. Royal Enfield came onto the scene in 1932 and quickly racked up trials trophies and wins in the following years. The brand’s tried-and-tested motorcycles built up the bulletproof reputation of Royal Enfield, attracting the Indian army to order around 800 Bullets in 1952 for navigating the harsh regions of Kashmir and Rajasthan. This actually led to the establishment of Enfield India in 1955.
“Royal Enfield has had a long and proud history of building resilient and enduring motorcycles, the Bullet has been the most enduring of them all. The Bullet Trials motorcycle ridden by Johnny Brttain is unforgettable and a reminder of the machine’s prowess over challenging terrains and its trials pedigree,” said Mark Wells, Global Head of Product Strategy and Industrial Design at Royal Enfield. “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. I am confident that this motorcycle will be received well amongst Royal Enfield enthusiasts in India.”
In India, Royal Enfield is selling the Bullet Trials 350 for ₹162,345 while the Bullet Trials 500 costs ₹207,104. Availability and pricing in the Philippines have yet to be announced, but the brand has stated that the replicas will make their way to key global markets throughout the year.