Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Breaks Cover; The BEST 350cc Royal Enfield Yet?
Weighs 14kg less than the Classic 350 and promises a more fun riding experienceby Punya Sharma, on
Putting all rumors and speculations to rest, Royal Enfield has taken the wraps off the Hunter 350. The motorcycle takes heavy inspiration from the Classic and Meteor 350 but aims to be a go-to city commuter for the masses rather than a cruiser like its 350cc siblings. Even with the heavy inspiration, though, the Hunter 350 does a couple of things differently which make it better than any other 350cc Royal Enfield. Let’s dive in.
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Is A Handsome Motorcycle
The Hunter 350 has a roadster-like design with a bit of neo-retro vibe to it. Up top, the motorcycle features a round halogen headlight along with fork gaiters to keep things retro while the blacked-out mechanicals and dual-tone graphics add a pinch of freshness to it. Besides this, other notable design elements like the scrambler-like seat and the short, stubby exhaust further amplify the attractiveness of the package.
Like all RE bikes, the Hunter 350 sticks with just the necessary features. The list includes ABS, a semi-digital instrument cluster, single disc brakes at both ends, a USB charging port, and an LED tail lamp. While there’s no smartphone connectivity as standard, the bikemaker offers the Tripper navigation pod as an optional accessory.
The Hunter 350 Is The Lightest Royal Enfield Yet
Where the Hunter 350 truly impresses, though, is in terms of performance. No, we haven’t ridden it yet, but the motorcycle employs the same 349cc, single-cylinder engine as the Classic 350 and pumps out the exact same 20.2 horsepower. Couple this with the Hunter’s curb weight of 181kg (14kg less than the Classic 350) and it has the power-to-weight ratio in RE’s 350cc lineup.
Not only this, Royal Enfield claims the engine bears a few small tweaks and a revised ignition timing to make it sportier, which should make the Hunter ever-so-suitable for powering through the streets.
That’s not all, though. The engine isn’t the only sportier thing here, and the Hunter features 17-inch alloy wheels (spoke wheels also offered) with a one-degree sharper rake angle for swifter riding dynamics. Plus, the 300mm front disc and 270mm rear disc should also perform better, thanks to the lower weight. We’ll have to test this out for a concrete claim, though.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 - Price & Launch Expectation
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Royal Enfield will launch the Hunter 350 on August 7, 2022 in India. Once launched there, we can expect the Hunter’s US launch in the next couple of months, priced at around $4,200.
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