There certainly isn’t any motorcycle manufacturer in India whose launch is highly anticipated like Royal Enfield. The brand has always been at the forefront of the enthusiast motorcycling culture in India. Now, with the evolved time and pace, RE manages to take its legacy forward with its new generation motorcycle. And their latest entrant with an endeavour to rule the mass-market roadster segment is the all-new Hunter 350, which has been launched with a price tag of Rs 1.50 lakhs (ex-showroom). Here’s everything you need to know.
2022 Royal Enfield Hunter: Design
RE Hunter’s design language is something unique that we haven’t seen on any other Royal Enfield before. It hasn’t got a contemporary stance of its own, and the amalgamation of modern-retro elements would please the targeted audience. Royal Enfield claims that the Hunter was conceived and developed by the talented designers and engineers at Royal Enfield’s two state-of-the-art technology centres in India and the UK, and renowned chassis experts, Harris Performance.
The Hunter comes in two variants- Retro and Metro. The Retro variant gets the two classical single colour schemes and a basic instrument cluster. Apart from that, Retro Hunters come equipped with 17-inch spoked wheels with a slimmer tyre profile. On the other hand, the Metro variant gets alloy wheels with wider section 17-inch tyres. There are six different colour options to choose from in the Metro variant, with a funky graphic in the Metro Rebel variant. All-in-all, Hunter is a simple yet charming bike with uncluttered handlebar controls, centre-set footpegs and the retro-looking indicator and headlamp setup. The Hunter 350 also gets an 800mm seat height and 150mm ground clearance. The rake angle is changed to 25 degrees, and the wheelbase is shortened to 1370mm, making it the most compact RE built on a J-series platform.
2022 Royal Enfield Hunter: Engine
The Hunter is the third model after Meteor and Classic 350 to be built on the latest J-series platform that makes 20.2bhp at 6100rpm and 27Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is tuned to make it more city-friendly. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. There is also a balancer shaft to keep vibrations in check.
2022 Royal Enfield Hunter: Suspension and Braking
The Hunter 350 gets Telescopic 41mm forks at the front and twin tube Emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload at the rear. The front suspension setup offers 130mm of wheel travel, whereas the rear suspension gets 102mm of wheel travel. The suspension setup remains standard across both variants.
The Retro Variant gets a 300mm disc at the front and an 6-inch drum at the rear with an option of single channel ABS. In comparison, the top-end Metro variant gets a 300mm disc at the front and a 270mm disc at the rear with a dual-channel ABS setup.
2022 Royal Enfield Hunter: Prices
The price for the Retro variant starts at Rs 1.50 lakhs, whereas the Metro variant begins at Rs 1.64lakhs and goes up to Rs 1.69 lakhs. Hunter also gets a lot of customisation options on Royal Enfield’s user-friendly App and MiY (Make It Yours) personalisation platform. Hunter 350 is one of the most affordable bikes in the RE portfolio in India. Is the Hunter worthy enough to be in our garage? Stay subscribed to our TG website as our review drops on 10th August.
|Royal Enfield Hunter Retro Factory Series||Rs 1.5 lakhs|
|Royal Enfield Hunter Metro Dapper Series||Rs 1.64 lakhs|
|Royal Enfield Hunter Metro Rebel Series||Rs 1.69 lakhs|