The roadster will be available in two variants
[UPDATE: Royal Enfield has launched the Hunter 350. Full details in our launch story]
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 has been spied at a dealership, giving us the first clear look of the bike ahead of its August launch. The roadster is unlike any other bike to have graced RE’s portfolio, and as we had reported earlier in our exclusive story, it will be available in two variants.
With proper retro-roadster styling, the Hunter 350 gets a teardrop-shaped fuel tank with knee recesses. Following the signature RE design language, the roadster gets a circular headlight, taillight and indicators, along with minimal body panels. But it also gets a well-cushioned single-piece seat, and a short exhaust end can, all of which are quite different from the general RE bikes.
At the front, the roadster features a long, high-rise handlebar with an offset semi-digital instrument cluster, indicating that the Tripper navigation assist will be available as an accessory. The bike is seen in a dual-tone paintscheme, rolling on black alloys with a high-mounted rear mudguard. The other variant (likely the base model) gets a single-tone silver colour scheme, with RE stickering on the tank and it rolls on wire-spoked wheels.
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According to a leaked type approval document, the Hunter 350 produces 20.2PS from its 349.34cc single-cylinder engine, the same as the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Meteor 350. We also know that it will be the most compact Royal Enfield bike, and will weigh around 180kg, making it the lightest as well.
The roadster’s suspension setup comprises a telescopic fork and dual shock absorbers. For braking, it gets discs at both ends on the higher variant, while the base trim will have to make do with a single disc up front, for at the rear, stopping power comes from a drum brake unit. Both variants of the bike get road-biased CEAT tyres, however, the higher variant is likely to get tubeless ones, while the base variant could get tube tyres.
With its launch being so close, the anticipation is real. Expect Royal Enfield to price the Hunter 350 from around Rs 1.7 lakh (ex-showroom), making it the most affordable bike by RE until the 2023 Bullet arrives. The Hunter will go up against the likes of the Honda CB350RS, Yezdi Roadster, TVS Ronin, Jawa Forty Two and the upcoming Triumph-Bajaj motorcycle.