Here is a closer look at the Royal Enfield Hunter 350
Royal Enfield has revealed the much-awaited Hunter 350 in the flesh. Built on an all-new twin downtube spine frame, the Hunter measures 1,370mm of wheelbase and weighs 181kg (wet). The motorcycle is the lightest and the most compact Royal Enfield in existence. We at Turbocharged will get to ride the Hunter on the streets of Bangkok tonight so stay tuned for our first thoughts!
The Hunter will be offered in two variants: the Hunter Retro and the Hunter Metro. The variant showcased at the event was the top-of-the-line Metro. Adding to the personalisation bit, the motorcycles will come with urban and suburban themes under which a contrasting balance is made with the accessory package that includes bar end mirrors, touring mirrors, backrest options, blacked out and silver finish for the sump guard, flyscreen, luggage options and a few more styling bits. The instrument pod gets tripper navigation and we believe it’ll be found only as an optional extra owing to the semiconductor shortage witnessed recently.
The major distinguishing features between the Metro and the Retro variants are the choice of wheels, colour schemes and the type of brakes offered. The Retro carries a wire-spoked rim set up with a rear drum brake whereas the Metro gets alloy wheels and disc brakes at both ends. Wheel sizes are 17-inch at the front and the rear for both variants.
Powered by the same J-series engine that first featured on the Meteor and then the Classic, the displacement sits at 349cc for the air and oil-cooled engine and it produces 20.48PS and 27Nm. The Hunter misses out on the full-length heel shifter and carries only the toe-end style denoting a sportier riding manner.
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 will rival the likes of the Yezdi Roadster, and Jawa 42 and seems to be a strong competitor to the Honda CB350 RS.