Think early June, 2020, if you can. We know, there was a lot going on, but do you remember the then CEO of Royal Enfield, Vinod Dasari, talking about Enfield’s bold plans for the foreseeable future? At the time, Dasari said Enfield wanted to bring out a new bike every quarter for the next three to four years. That’s about 12 to 16 bikes, give or take.
Since then, Enfield has certainly been busy with its new bikes. The Meteor 350, Classic 350, and Scram 411 have already made their debut. Each of them had a long and rumored lead up to their introduction. Each of those models, so far, has proven to be very close to what the rumors predicted, once they were officially launched. Will this pattern hold true for the Hunter 350, which we are about to discuss? Let’s hope.
The Hunter 350 seems to be the next in line for an introduction and Indian launch Bikers says it has got hold of leaked design information and additional details about Enfield’s new bike. As you might guess from its name, it is powered by the same air-and-oil-cooled, 349cc single-cylinder engine found in both the Classic 350 and Meteor 350. Power is expected to remain the same at a claimed 20.2 horsepower. at 6,100 rpm and 19.9 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The five-speed gearbox is also expected to remain the same.
Where the Meteor 350 was definitely a cruiser, and the Classic 350 was definitely a laid-back retro bike, the Hunter 350 offers the Enfield’s sportier stripped-down styling. It’s also sleeker and more streamlined than either of its 350 predecessors, leaning more toward an old-fashioned roadster appeal. This styling makes sense, as it means lighter weight and generally more accessible than the current 350 in the Enfield lineup.
Full details, of course, are not yet available. If the rumors are true, however, the Hunter 350 should be lighter, have a nicer, lower seat height, and be the least expensive of the three 350s when it’s released. Current estimates, J of BikeWale If the information is correct, the price starts between Rs 1.3 and 1.4 lakh—or roughly $1,667 to $1,795 if converted on June 14, 2022.
Considering that this bike is aimed at riders looking to upgrade from smaller-displacement bikes (think 125s and 150s), it all makes a lot of sense. Although no one outside Enfield has ridden the Hunter 350 yet, both the engine and frame are expected to be the same as those found in the previous 350. When I rode it, I found the Classic 350 to be great for low-speed maneuvers, stop-and-go traffic and congestion, and general tight-space maneuvering.
The 350 mph of torque is very responsive from fairly low down in the rev range, which is right where you need it on the go. Add to that the fact that if you accidentally pull away from a stop in second gear instead of first, and the Hunter 350 we envisioned in our minds is ready for new riders looking to build confidence and skill. Seems done, rather break the bank.
If the rumors are true, the Hunter 350 is expected to be launched in India sometime in July, 2022, and possibly roll out to other markets sometime after that. We’ll always take rumors with a grain of salt, but we look forward to seeing the full details of the Hunter 350 once it’s officially available.