Royal Enfield’s most inexpensive 350cc bike is put via the every day grind as quickly because it enters the fleet.
Name it pure coincidence if you’ll, however over the previous 12 months, each time Royal Enfield has despatched us a brand new long-term bike, I’ve had the possibility to go and choose it up. It was the same story when the time got here to gather the brand-new Hunter 350. Evidently, I used to be fairly enthusiastic about our new long-term bike. Extra so, as a result of the Hunter 350 is so uncharacteristically Royal Enfield.
Royal Enfield’s clean, torquey J-platform 350 engine is a deal with.
Admittedly, I used to be a little bit stunned to see how err… little this Royal Enfield appears, parked subsequent to their different bikes within the showroom. And, even after spending shut to 3 weeks with it, I’m nonetheless coming to phrases with the Hunter’s compact dimension. There are occasions after I suppose it’s too small to be known as a Royal Enfield, after which there are occasions after I’m okay about it, contemplating the corporate needed to make a extra accessible Royal Enfield. That apart, I believe it appears actually good, particularly on this Ash Gray color. Though, it seemingly has a couple of visible similarities to the Triumph Road Twin.
Small mirrors make it tough to view all of the site visitors behind.
As for the preliminary trip expertise, I discovered it to be fairly fascinating. Within the a number of workplace commutes, the mix of a torquey engine and agile chassis translated into a simple trip. I’ve additionally begun to love its raspy exhaust notice, bouncing off the constructing partitions within the concrete jungle I name house.
Rider’s seat is nicely padded for a snug commute.
Then there’s its excellent manoeuvrability and tight turning radius, making gentle work of negotiating Mumbai’s horrendous site visitors. The one downside to date, in relation to the trip, has been the stiff suspension set-up on the rear, particularly on Mumbai’s pothole-ridden roads. I bear in mind Rishaad flagging this as a possible subject, after using the bike in Thailand. However I’m going to have the remainder of the group take turns using the bike over such roads and see what they really feel concerning the Hunter’s trip high quality. A future report could have a extra conclusive opinion about the identical.
The opposite subject I’ve seen is that the left rear indicator has stopped working, which is stunning for a motorcycle with double figures on the odometer at the moment.
Left rear indicator conked off inside a day of receiving the bike.
Plans with the bike? Properly, I’ve bought a couple of in thoughts. Other than munching miles within the metropolis, there are a couple of inter/intra state highway journeys within the pipeline. On the aesthetic entrance, I’m itching to swap the rear fender and put the tail-tidy from the official Royal Enfield elements catalogue. In all, the upcoming months with the Hunter 350 want to be fairly thrilling.