This J-series mannequin comes with a 349cc making for a easy experience, courtesy a superior gas effectivity as in contrast to the Classic and Meteor

This J-series mannequin comes with a 349cc making for a easy experience, courtesy a superior gas effectivity as in contrast to the Classic and Meteor

Royal Enfield has lots driving on the again of the Hunter 350, which is to broaden the model’s buyer base and entice a wider viewers. The Hunter 350 has the traditional British roadster design and is accessible in lots of color schemes. It is powered by RE’s easy and torquey 350cc J-series engine and comes at a beginning worth of ₹1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). On paper it seems to be fairly compelling, however solely a full street take a look at will decide simply what the Hunter 350 is all about.

The Hunter 350 is styled to seem like your typical retro roadster and will get a spherical halogen headlamp, teardrop-shaped gas tank, a flat seat, a small facet panel with the Hunter 350 branding and a neat tail part with a spherical tail-lamp. The mannequin we examined was the upper Metro variant within the Dapper Ash color scheme, which we expect fits this motorbike notably nicely. There can be the entry-level Retro variant on provide, which will get easier paint schemes and wire spoke wheels. In phrases of high quality, we discovered the paint end and the switchgear on the Hunter to be particularly good, contemplating the worth level.

An space the place the Hunter falls a bit quick is tools ranges, as one thing like a TVS Ronin is best geared up for the same worth. The Metro variant will get 17-inch alloys, a USB charging port, two journey meters, dual-channel ABS, an optionally available Tripper navigation pod, hazard lights and an LED tail-lamp. The base Retro variant is much more sparsely geared up, that includes a less complicated instrument cluster, single-channel ABS with a rear drum brake, slimmer tyres, a halogen tail-light, rectangular indicators and a tubular seize rail. 

As is the case with trendy Royal Enfields, there’s a complete host of equipment to select from for the Hunter 350. Buyers can customise their Hunter 350 as they please, with the equipment catalogue together with bar-end mirrors, LED indicators, passenger backrests, windscreens, engine guards, baggage, seats and even a tail tidy, which is a primary for the model.

The new Hunter 350 seats pegs are a bit rear set and there’s a slight attain to the handlebar. Overall, it may be described as a cushty driving place with a touch of sportiness. Tall riders will discover it spacious sufficient, however the comparatively low 790mm seat additionally means that it’s going to comfortably match shorter riders. However, it’s not as snug for pillions, because the seat is just not notably massive.

On the transfer, the Hunter 350 feels mild on its toes, which doesn’t come as a shock, on condition that it has misplaced 14kg over the Classic 350 with which it shares its platform. Furthermore, the adjustments RE made to the chassis additionally play a job, on condition that the Hunter nonetheless is just not precisely mild, at 181kg. The 20mm shorter wheelbase in contrast to the Classic, the 17-inch wheels and the extensive handlebar, all help make the Hunter 350 really feel just like the agile machine that it’s. As such, the Hunter 350 feels fully at dwelling in metropolis confines. The Hunter is sort of pleasant round bends too, because it turns in shortly with out a lot effort and has a very good grip. Furthermore, the motorbike is predictable and steady within the corners, which will probably be confidence-inspiring for newer riders on this phase.

However, the experience high quality of the Hunter 350 is a combined bag. Suspension duties on the bikes are dealt with by a 41mm telescopic fork up entrance and preload-adjustable twin shocks on the rear, however it’s not the {hardware} that’s the problem, it’s the set-up. While the entrance finish feels good and absorbent, the rear feels unusually stiff. It can really feel fairly uncomfortable going over a damaged patch of street and uneven growth joints, be it at gradual or excessive speeds.

In phrases of the brakes, the Hunter 350 Metro with the discs at each ends and dual-channel ABS has sufficient stopping energy, nevertheless it may have carried out with a bit extra really feel on the lever. In our take a look at, the Hunter managed to come to a useless cease from 60kph in 16.18m. The Hunter 350’s floor clearance of 150mm additionally appears fairly low however, we didn’t face any points with the stomach scraping on pace bumps. 

Being a J-series mannequin, the Hunter 350 will get the identical 349cc, single-cylinder engine that powers the Classic and Meteor 350s. It places out 20hp and 27Nm, which is sufficient for a motorbike of this dimension, and comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox. RE says it has modified the engine’s mapping to swimsuit the Hunter’s traits higher and thus it does really feel a bit extra responsive than on the opposite two. The engine itself is a easy and torquey unit and has a very good low-end pull, it hardly ever feels careworn and on this Hunter, has a pleasant raspy tone. 

The Hunter 350 does 0-60kph in 4.95sec, which is quicker than the Meteor and the Classic, and it’s faster in gear too, however that isn’t actually what it’s about. The Hunter likes to be ridden in a relaxed method and feels snug cruising at triple-digit speeds. The clutch lever feels too heavy, even heavier than on the Classic and Meteor, and it may possibly get painful whereas commuting in peak hour site visitors. 

In our fuel-efficiency take a look at, the Hunter 350 returned 30.61kpl within the metropolis, which is definitely a bit decrease than what the figures we received from its J-platform siblings. However, the Hunter makes up for that by being superior by way of freeway gas effectivity, which is 39.84kpl and better than each the Classic and Meteor.

Some current RE house owners should favor the bigger and slower Classic and Meteor, however the Hunter 350 is supposed for consumers who need to enter the Royal Enfield fold and are not looking for a motorbike that’s intimidating or cumbersome to experience. 

Priced between ₹1.50 lakh and ₹1.69 lakh, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is priced considerably decrease than the Honda CB350RS and on par with the 225cc, TVS Ronin. RE needed to make a sexy and inexpensive motorbike that will probably be in a position to draw a large viewers to the model, and the Hunter does precisely that.

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