Royal Enfield Hunter 350 India evaluation, street take a look at, worth, efficiency, gas financial system

We put Royal Enfield’s newest J-platform mannequin by means of an actual world street take a look at on Indian roads.

The brand new Hunter 350 has a giant job on its arms, which is to broaden Royal Enfield’s buyer base and appeal to a wider viewers to the model. And at first look, it looks like the Hunter 350 is simply the suitable instrument for the job. It’s acquired the traditional British roadster design and is accessible in lots of color schemes, it’s powered by RE’s easy and torquey 350cc J-series engine and it has a really engaging beginning worth of Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). On paper then, it seems to be slightly compelling however solely a full street take a look at out in the true world will decide simply what the Hunter 350 is all about. Learn on to seek out out.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350: design and options

The Hunter 350 is styled to appear to be your typical retro roadster, and it does look fairly good. It will get a spherical halogen headlamp, teardrop-shaped gas tank, a flat seat, a small aspect panel with the Hunter 350 branding and a neat tail part with a spherical tail-lamp. Many will recognize the Hunter for its simplistic styling. The mannequin we’ve examined is the upper Metro variant within the Dapper Ash color scheme, which we expect fits this motorbike significantly nicely. There’s additionally the entry-level Retro variant on provide, which will get easier paint schemes and wire spoke wheels. When it comes to high quality, we discovered the paint end and the switchgear on the Hunter to be good, particularly contemplating the worth level.

Hunter Metro’s instrument cluster will get a gear indicator and clock; Tripper pod is non-compulsory.

Nevertheless, an space the place the Hunter does fall a bit quick is gear ranges, as one thing like a TVS Ronin is healthier outfitted at the same worth. The Metro variant will get 17-inch alloys, a USB charging port, two journey meters, dual-channel ABS, an non-compulsory Tripper navigation pod, hazard lights and an LED tail-lamp. The bottom Retro variant is much more sparsely outfitted, that includes an easier instrument cluster, single-channel ABS with a rear drum brake, slimmer tyres, a halogen tail-light, rectangular indicators and a tubular seize rail. 

However as is the case with trendy Royal Enfields, there’s a complete host of equipment to select from for the Hunter 350. Patrons have the chance to customize their Hunter 350 as they please, with the equipment catalogue together with bar-end mirrors, LED indicators, passenger backrests, windscreens, engine guards, baggage, seats and even a tail tidy, which is a primary for the model.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350: trip and dealing with

The brand new Hunter 350 seats you want no different J-platform mannequin, because the pegs are a bit rear set and there’s a slight attain to the handlebar. However general, it may be described as a snug using place with a touch of sportiness. Tall riders will discover it spacious sufficient, however the comparatively low 790mm seat additionally means that it’s going to comfortably match shorter riders. Nevertheless, it’s fairly a compact bike by RE requirements, and it isn’t as snug for pillions, because the seat isn’t significantly massive, and the seize handles are positioned awkwardly.

On the transfer, the Hunter 350 feels mild on its toes, which doesn’t come as a shock, provided that it’s misplaced 14kg over the Traditional 350 with which it shares its platform. Moreover, the adjustments RE made to the chassis additionally play a task, provided that the Hunter nonetheless isn’t precisely mild, at 181kg. The 20mm shorter wheelbase than the Traditional, the 17-inch wheels and the broad handlebar, all assist in making the Hunter 350 really feel just like the agile machine that it’s. As such, the Hunter 350 feels utterly at dwelling in metropolis confines. The Hunter is sort of satisfying round bends too, because it turns in shortly with out a lot effort and has a superb grip. Moreover, the motorbike is predictable and steady within the corners, which can be confidence-inspiring for newer riders on this phase that RE is courting.

The Hunter feels agile and light-weight on its toes.

Nevertheless, the trip high quality of the Hunter 350 is a blended bag. Suspension duties on the bikes are dealt with by a 41mm telescopic fork up entrance and preload-adjustable twin shocks on the rear, nevertheless it isn’t the {hardware} that’s the difficulty, it’s the set-up. Whereas the entrance finish feels good and absorbent, the rear feels unusually stiff. It will possibly really feel fairly uncomfortable going over a damaged patch of street and uneven enlargement joints, be it at gradual or excessive speeds.

When it comes to the brakes, the Hunter 350 Metro with the discs at each ends and dual-channel ABS has enough stopping energy, nevertheless it might have performed with a bit extra really feel on the lever. In our take a look at, the Hunter managed to return to a useless cease from 60kph in 16.18m. The Hunter 350’s floor clearance of 150mm additionally appears slightly low however, we didn’t face any points with the stomach scraping on pace bumps. 

Royal Enfield Hunter 350: efficiency and gas financial system

Being a J-series mannequin, the Hunter 350 will get the identical 349cc, single-cylinder engine that powers the Traditional and Meteor 350s. It places out 20hp and 27Nm, which is enough for a motorcycle of this measurement, and comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox. RE says it has modified the engine’s mapping to go well with the Hunter’s traits higher and thus it does really feel a bit extra responsive than on the opposite two. The engine itself is a easy and torquey unit that we’ve actually grown to love. It has good low-end pull, it not often feels harassed and on this Hunter, has a pleasant raspy tone. 

Hunter’s J-series engine is easy and has good low finish grunt.

The Hunter 350 does 0-60kph in 4.95sec, which is quicker than the Meteor and the Traditional, and it’s faster in gear too, however that isn’t actually what it’s about. The Hunter likes to be ridden in a relaxed method and feels snug cruising at triple-digit speeds. Nevertheless, the clutch lever feels too heavy, even heavier than on the Traditional and Meteor, and it may get painful whereas commuting in peak hour visitors. 

In our fuel-efficiency take a look at, the Hunter 350 returned 30.61kpl within the metropolis, which is definitely a bit decrease than what the figures we acquired from its J-platform siblings. Nevertheless, the Hunter makes up for that by being superior when it comes to freeway gas effectivity, which is 39.84kpl and better than each the Traditional and Meteor.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350: verdict

Some current RE house owners should still desire the bigger and slower Traditional and Meteor, however I don’t suppose the Hunter 350 was designed for them anyway. The Hunter is supposed for consumers who need to enter the Royal Enfield fold and don’t need a motorbike that’s intimidating or cumbersome to trip. 

The RE Hunter 350 affords nice worth for cash.

Priced from Rs 1.50 lakh-1.69 lakh, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 affords nice bang on your buck. It’s priced considerably decrease than the Honda CB350RS and on par with the 225cc, TVS Ronin. RE needed to make a beautiful and inexpensive motorbike that’ll be capable to draw a large viewers to the model, and the Hunter does precisely that. 

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