The much-awaited 350cc motorcycle from Royal Enfield opens new doors for the Indian brand, as the Hunter has been positioned to appeal to the youth with its design and mix of colors.
- There are two variants: Retro, priced at Rs 1.50 lakh, and Metro, priced at Rs 1.64 lakh.
- Powered by the same 349-cc engine that powers the Classic 350.
- Metro variants are divided into the Dapper and Rebel series.
Royal Enfield has launched the much-awaited Hunter 350 in India, with prices starting at Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). There are two variants on offer: the Retro and the Metro; the latter is further split into the Dapper Series and the Rebel Series.
The neo-retro motorcycle is based on a new twin-downtube spine frame chassis and is aimed at youth with its design while retaining the classical elements of a Royal Enfield. There are different designs in the two variants, along with different color schemes, that add up to 23 different combinations. The Metro has LED taillamps and circular turn indicators, while the Retro gets a halogen taillamp and rectangular turn indicators. The Retro gets a traditional tubular grab rail, while the Metro has a split grab rail. Most of the elements are blacked out, and chrome has not been used as generously as in other Royal Enfield models.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Variant and Pricing (ex-showroom)
- Hunter 350 Retro Factory Series: Rs 1.50 lakh
- Hunter 350 Metro Dapper Series: Rs. 1.64 lakh
- Hunter 350 Metro Rebel Series: Rs 1.69 lakh
The 349cc single-cylinder J-Series motor is a familiar one. It puts out 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed transmission. This engine redlines at 7,000 rpm, and Royal Enfield claims that the Hunter 350 can do 114 kmph.
Features wise, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 gets a circular, partial digital instrumentation, with the Metro getting a larger display. The Metro gets a tripper navigation pod as an optional accessory. Dual-disc brakes are offered on the Metro along with dual-channel ABS, while the Retro makes do with a drum brake at the rear and single-channel ABS. The wheels too are different between the two, with the Metro getting blacked-out alloys and the Retro getting wire-spoked ones.
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 goes up against the Jawa 42 and the Honda CB 350 RS.
The custom-built Royal Enfield Hunter 350 showcased
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is powered by a 349cc air/oil-cooled engine that pumps out 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque.
The ongoing EICMA 2023 has been an exhibition of some very interesting two-wheelers. Besides concepts and pre-production models, the event has been a display of some very unique custom models. Royal Enfield, one of the many regular participants, has showcased a couple of custom-built Hunter 350s.
Ever since its launch, this is the first major modification job carried out on the Hunter 350. While the Hunter stands out as the sportiest model in RE’s 350cc lineup, the 2023 EICMA has taken its sportiness to new heights with the introduction of these special edition variants.
Custom-built Royal Enfield Hunter 350 highlights
Designed in collaboration with a UK-based aftermarket workshop named King Nerd, Royal Enfield has introduced two new versions of the Hunter 350. The first is a cafe racer theme with a quarter fairing and an integrated front windscreen. This version amplifies the neo-retro theme of the bike. It is wrapped in a very unique pink and white dual-tone theme.
It gets a new seat with a ribbed pattern for the rider and flat contouring for the pillion. The floating tail section is shorter thanks to the rear fender being chopped short. Another noticeable change is a new aftermarket exhaust muffler that should let out a throatier note.