Royal Enfield has launched Hunter 350 in India. The base Retro variant starts at ₹1.50 lakh, while the higher Metro variant is priced between ₹1.64 lakh and ₹1.69 lakh depending on the color option. This makes it the most affordable of the J-platform motorcycles, with its siblings the Classic 350 and Meteor 350 starting at ₹1.90 lakh and ₹2.01 lakh respectively.
Compared to the Bullet 350 (priced between Rs 1.48 lakh and Rs 1.63 lakh), the Hunter is marginally more expensive, but the Bullet is all set to get an update of its own soon, along with a price hike. will be (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Hunter is envisioned as a more accessible motorcycle than its siblings. It is more compact than RE’s other 350cc models – 1,370mm wheelbase on the Classic versus 1,390mm and 1,400mm on the Meteor. And at 178 kg for the retro variant (181 kg for the Metro), it’s also a good deal lighter, despite carrying a comparable amount of fuel; The Meteor tips the scales at 191kg, while the Classic is a 195kg motorcycle.
Seat height on the Hunter is also manageable at 800mm, and overall, it should make for a more beginner-friendly bike. Despite being built on the same J-platform as its sibling, the Hunter has many new components not shared with any other existing RE. These include the wheels, suspension, handlebars and exhaust system. RE says that very little has been shared on the chassis front. All of these new bespoke components have contributed to weight savings on the Hunter.
The difference in weight between the two variants is due to several key differences between the two bikes. The biggest visual differentiator is the wire-spoke wheels on the Retro versus the alloy units on the Metro. The contrasting wheels are also wrapped in different rubber (they differ in model, size and the presence of a tube), and it’s the Metro that has the chunkier tires, a tubeless combination of 110/70-17 and 140/70- with 17 Seat Zoom XL Hoops. The Retro rolls on 110/80-17 and 120/80-17 tires.
Another major 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 just a drum brake and single-channel ABS. The two bikes also get slightly different instrument clusters, with the Retro getting a more basic one. The last few differences are an LED tail-lamp on the Metro vs a traditional halogen bulb on the Retro, and more sleek, stylized rear grab rails on the Metro vs the rudimentary tubular grab rails on the Retro.
Coming to the similarities between the Hunter and its siblings, the biggest common segment is the 349cc J-platform engine, which remains mechanically unchanged. However, RE says it has tweaked the ignition and fuel map to better suit the bike’s character, and makes the throttle response feel sharper and punchier. Output however remains exactly the same — 20.2hp at 6,100rpm and 27Nm at 4,000rpm.
The look of the Hunter is also a bit of a departure from traditional RE designs, with a more youthful, modern looking motorcycle here. There’s a lot in common with the Triumph Street Twin, but the Hunter packs enough unique elements to create its own identity, and comes across as a handsome neo-retro roadster. The Metro gets six color options, the lower of which is priced at ₹1,63,900, while the more expensive version retails for ₹1,68,900.
As with most recent REs, the Hunter has been launched with a large range of original equipment, and the bits on offer include LED indicators, flyscreens, touring seats, mirrors, crash protection, a sump guard and a side- Box included. .
The Hunter’s most direct competition comes from other neo-retro roadsters at this price point, including the Honda CB350RS (₹2.03 lakh to ₹2.04 lakh), the Java Forty Two (₹1.67 lakh to ₹1.81 lakh), and the Yezdi Roadster. (₹2.01 lakh to ₹2.09 lakh).