Royal Enfield has launched the Hunter 350 in India. This is the third motorcycle to be based on RE’s J-platform and is being offered in two variants – Metro and Retro. Prices start at INR 1.50 lakh for the base Retro variant, while the higher Metro variant is priced between INR 1.64 lakh and 1.69 lakh depending on the colour option. This makes it the most affordable of the J-platform motorcycles.
Bookings for the same are now open while the test rides and deliveries will commence on August 10.
The new Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is offered in two variants – Retro & Metro, which have been spread across three trim levels. Moreover, it will be offered in eight colour schemes. They are – Rebel Black, Rebel Red, Rebel Blue, Dapper Ash, Dapper White, and Dapper Grey for the Hunter Metro. The Hunter 350’s Retro variant will be available in Factory Silver and Factory Black shades.
The biggest visual differentiator is the wire-spoke wheels on the Retro vs the alloy units on the Metro. The Retro rolls on 110/80-17 and 120/80-17 tube tyres while the Metro has the chunkier tubeless tyres with a combination of 110/70-17 and 140/70-17.
Another big difference between the two variants is in the braking department, where the Metro gets a 270mm rear disc brake and dual-channel ABS, while the Retro gets a lower spec, with a rear drum brake and single-channel ABS. The two bikes also receive slightly different instrument clusters, with the Retro getting the more basic one, and the final few differences are an LED tail-lamp on the Metro vs a conventional halogen bulb on the Retro, and more sleek, stylised rear grab rails on the Metro vs more rudimentary tubular grab rails on the Retro.
The Hunter is noticeably more compact than RE’s other 350cc models with a wheelbase of 1370mm. At 178kg for the Retro variant (181kg for the Metro), it’s a good deal lighter too, The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 has a seat height of 800 mm and the ground clearance stands at 150.5 mm.
Powering the Hunter is a 349cc J-platform engine, producing 20.2hp at 6,100rpm and 27Nm at 4,000rpm. Suspension duties are handled by 41 mm telescopic front forks and twin-sided rear shock absorbers with preload adjustability.
RE Hunter has been launched with a sizeable range of genuine accessories, and the bits on offer include LED indicators, flyscreens, touring seats, mirrors, crash protection, a sump guard and a side-box.