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RE Fires Another “Bullet ” – HUNTER 350

The propositions of Hunter were quite clear, targeting city dwellers of 125- 250 cc riders, first-time riders who were otherwise bewildered by the heaviness of a classic Royal Enfield

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Well, Hold on. I am not biased when I say – the Hunter is the best-looking motorcycle in its segment, especially in the Rebel blue colour scheme. Moreover, RE has done an exceptional job with the graphics and paint scheme. Hunter is something unlike that we haven’t seen from Royal Enfield before. It’s an attitude. The modern-retro styling grows on you with its unique clues such as round-shaped headlamp and taillight unit along with round-shaped turn indicators. Hunter has two variants   – Retro and Metro. The Retro is the base variant with 17-inch spoked wheels with slimmer tyres, a disc-drum brake setup with a single channel ABS, and a basic digital-analogue cluster. In comparison, its top-end Metro variant gets all bells and whistles with a 17-inch tubeless tyre setup with comparatively wider tyres. A disc brake setup with a 300mm disc at the front and 270mm disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS. It also gets a premium instrument cluster with a navigation pot on the Metro Rebel variant. On top of that, you get various colour liveries to choose from in the Metro variant. That sums up as a Metro variant to be the most viable version to get into your garage. Here’s a big miss, there are no chrome inserts that we Indians are obsessed with. However, the all-blacked out with contrasting colour shades look quite attractive. The weight of the Hunter is down to 181kg, which is 14kgs lighter than Classic 350 and 10kgs lighter than Meteor, making it one of the most lightweight bikes built on a J-series platform. All thanks to newly designed alloy wheels and the use of plastic mudguards. The tank capacity remained unchanged at 13 litres. The seat height of 800mm is comfortable enough for the average Indian commuter. The seat layout is also slightly different in both variants, with the tubular grab rails in the Retro and split grab rails in the Metro variant. It’s unmistakably a good-looking motorcycle, which can turn heads around.



TopGear Magazine February 2024