[UPDATE: Royal Enfield has launched the Hunter 350. Full details in our launch story]
Specifications of the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 have been revealed ahead of its launch, and here’s everything that the most compact Royal Enfield Bike gets.
It is powered by the same 349cc, single-cylinder, air-oil-cooled engine as the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and the Classic 350. Even the power and torque outputs are the same at 20.2PS and 27Nm respectively, and the engine is paired to a five-speed gearbox. However, the motor will get revised ignition timing and other small tweaks for the power delivery to be a bit sportier. RE also claims a top speed of 114kmph for the Hunter 350.
Making it the lightest ever Royal Enfield bike is its kerb weight of 181kg, which is 14kg lighter than the Classic 350. Apart from that, it is also the most compact bike in the bikemaker’s portfolio. When compared with the Classic 350, the roadster gets a 20mm shorter wheelbase and lower ground clearance, as well as a 5mm lower seat.
The new Hunter 350 gets a 13-litre fuel tank capacity, the same as its sibling. Its lower wet weight could theoretically result in it boasting better agility and manoeuvrability when compared to its siblings, making it more convenient for city use.
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Adding to its agility are sharper rake and trail angles, which would result in very low inertia and a quicker steering. Aiding it are 17-inch spoke or alloy wheels at both ends wrapped in either tubeless or tube tyres, depending on the variant of choice. For perspective, the Classic 350 has one degree higher rake angle and rolls on a 19/18 wheel setup.
The suspension setup is the same as its siblings, featuring a telescopic fork and dual shock absorbers. For braking, the roadster gets a 300mm disc with a dual-piston floating caliper up front and a 270mm single piston floating caliper at the rear. The braking setup too is borrowed from its siblings, and comes with the safety net of dual channel ABS.
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is all set to be introduced on August 7 with an expected price tag of Rs 1.7 lakh (ex-showroom), making it the most affordable J-series platform bike. It will rival the Honda CB350RS, Jawa 42 2.1 and the upcoming Triumph-Bajaj motorcycle.