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Hunter 350: RE’s welcome nod to newbies

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This J-series mannequin comes with a 349cc making for a clean trip, courtesy a superior gas effectivity as in comparison with the Basic and Meteor

This J-series mannequin comes with a 349cc making for a clean trip, courtesy a superior gas effectivity as in comparison with the Basic and Meteor

Royal Enfield has quite a bit using on the again of the Hunter 350, which is to broaden the model’s buyer base and appeal to a wider viewers. The Hunter 350 has the traditional British roadster design and is offered in lots of color schemes. It’s powered by RE’s clean and torquey 350cc J-series engine and comes at a beginning worth of ₹1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). On paper it seems to be reasonably compelling, however solely a full street take a look at will decide simply what the Hunter 350 is all about.

The Hunter 350 is styled to appear to be your typical retro roadster and 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. The mannequin we examined was the upper Metro variant within the Dapper Ash color scheme, which we predict fits this motorbike notably properly. There may be additionally the entry-level Retro variant on supply, which will get less complicated paint schemes and wire spoke wheels. By way of high quality, we discovered the paint end and the switchgear on the Hunter to be particularly good, contemplating the value level.

An space the place the Hunter falls a bit brief is tools ranges, as one thing like a TVS Ronin is best outfitted for 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. 

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As is the case with fashionable Royal Enfields, there’s a complete host of equipment to select from for the Hunter 350. Consumers can customise 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.

The brand new Hunter 350 seats pegs are a bit rear set and there’s a slight attain to the handlebar. 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’ll comfortably match shorter riders. Nevertheless, it’s not as comfy for pillions, because the seat just isn’t notably massive.

On the transfer, the Hunter 350 feels gentle on its ft, which doesn’t come as a shock, provided that it has misplaced 14kg over the Basic 350 with which it shares its platform. Moreover, the modifications RE made to the chassis additionally play a task, provided that the Hunter nonetheless just isn’t precisely gentle, at 181kg. The 20mm shorter wheelbase in comparison with the Basic, 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 residence in metropolis confines. The Hunter is kind of gratifying round bends too, because it turns in shortly with out a lot effort and has an excellent grip. Moreover, the motorbike is predictable and secure within the corners, which will likely be confidence-inspiring for newer riders on this section.

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

By way of the brakes, the Hunter 350 Metro with the discs at each ends and dual-channel ABS has satisfactory stopping energy, but it surely may have executed with a bit extra really feel on the lever. In our take a look at, the Hunter managed to come back to a lifeless cease from 60kph in 16.18m. The Hunter 350’s floor clearance of 150mm additionally appears reasonably low however, we didn’t face any points with the stomach scraping on velocity bumps. 

Being a J-series mannequin, the Hunter 350 will get the identical 349cc, single-cylinder engine that powers the Basic and Meteor 350s. It places out 20hp and 27Nm, which is satisfactory for a motorbike 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 clean and torquey unit and has an excellent low-end pull, it not often feels careworn and on this Hunter, has a pleasant raspy tone. 

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The Hunter 350 does 0-60kph in 4.95sec, which is quicker than the Meteor and the Basic, 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 comfy cruising at triple-digit speeds. The clutch lever feels too heavy, even heavier than on the Basic and Meteor, and it could possibly 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 Basic and Meteor.

Some present RE homeowners should still want the bigger and slower Basic and Meteor, however the Hunter 350 is supposed for consumers who wish to enter the Royal Enfield fold and don’t want a bike that’s intimidating or cumbersome to trip. 

Priced between ₹1.50 lakh and ₹1.69 lakh, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is priced considerably decrease than the Honda CB350RS and on par with the 225cc, TVS Ronin. RE needed to make a gorgeous and reasonably priced motorbike that may be capable of draw a large viewers to the model, and the Hunter does precisely that.

By- The Hindu

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