There’s a good reason why you haven’t heard of the Hunter. Firstly, it’s an entry-level commuter that has just been launched in Nigeria. Second, we’ve already got our own version of it in the form of the HF Deluxe or HF 100. FYI, there’s also a Hunter 125 sold in Uganda. We’ll save that one for another day.
This one, however, comes with a 97.2cc, air-cooled engine that churns out 7.4 bhp and 7.95 Nm of peak torque. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s the same engine used in the HF Deluxe and ubiquitous Splendor. However, the state of tune slightly different, with the Indian-spec producing a little more power and torque.
Jokes apart, the Hunter sits in a double-cradle frame with telescopic front forks and a five-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber at the back. There are no discs here, just two 130mm drum brakes to get the job done. Which shouldn’t be much of an issue since the bike only weighs 109 kilograms. By the way, the Hunter comes with a four-speed transmission, and yes, they’re all down.
Other than all that, the Hunter comes with a 10.5-litre fuel tank, 820mm seat height and 18-inch wheels at both ends. There are also handy additions in the form of a USB charger on the right-hand side of the handlebar and a rear carrier for any extra luggage. For greater comfort, there’s an ‘extra’ long seat, too. As expected, the Hunter comes with an analogue speedometer and a round halogen headlamp.
As far as the design is concerned, the Hunter bears a starking similarity to the now discontinued HF Dawn. The Hunter can be had in three colours – Candy Blazing Red, Vibrant Blue and Black. Last but not least, Hero is offering the Hunter with one year of free engine oil!