While road presence remains the primary objective of Royal Enfield Motorcycles, the business is aiming to provide clients with a far sportier option. A good example is 650 twins, which have double the power yet are dimensionally comparable to 350cc bikes like the Classic 350. Another recent example is the Scram 411, a road-biased variant of the horsey Himalayan. If you want to buy a Royal Enfield Classic 350 or Meteor 350, you should wait a few more days since the Chennai-based firm is preparing to debut the much-anticipated Hunter next month.
The bike features RE’s distinctive retro aesthetic, including a round headlight and taillight, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, rounded rearview mirrors, and alloy wheels. The Hunter 350 also sports a Triumph Street Twin-like appearance. The Hunter, which is based on RE’s J-Series platform, will be powered by the same 349cc engine as the Meteor 350 and Classic 350. It may alternatively produce the same 20.4PS and 20.7Nm and be paired to a five-speed transmission.
The Hunter 350 has a gaited front fork, dual shock absorbers in the rear, and disc brakes on both ends with dual-channel ABS. It will most likely ride on smaller 17-inch alloy wheels, as opposed to the Meteor’s 19-/17-inch or Classic’s 19-/18-inch combination. In addition, the bike has mid-set footpegs and a flat handlebar.
In terms of amenities, the Hunter 350 will probably copy the Meteor’s console, with the Tripper Navigation pod available as an option. The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is likely to hit the market in the second half of June, with a price tag of roughly Rs 1.70 lakh (ex-showroom), making it the cheapest J-Series offering. It will compete against the Yezdi Roadster, Jawa Forty-Two 2.1, Honda CB350RS, and potentially the future Triumph-Bajaj 350 motorcycle.
Source – Motorbeam