Late last evening Royal Enfield MD Siddhartha Lal took to Instagram to unveil the much anticipated and all-new Royal Enfield Hunter 350. He also went on to give his audience an ear full of the new motorcycle's exhaust note. Today, the Hunter has been officially unveiled at an event in Thailand, where we'll also be riding the bike for the first time over the next couple of days. So, stay tuned for a detailed review. In the meantime, allow us to bring all the details about that bike that have now been officially revealed. Royal Enfield Hunter 350 engine
The Hunter 350 will come powered by the same engine as the Meteor 350, the new Classic 350, and also the upcoming new-generation Bullet 350. It'll be a 349cc SOHC two-valve air-oil-cooled J-series engine that makes 20.2 hp at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, paired with a five-speed gearbox.
Like all Royal Enfields, the Hunter boasts a long-stroke architecture engine which is the same as the Meteor and Classic but Royal Enfield say that the fuel mapping has been tweaked for livelier throttle response. Royal Enfield Hunter 350 suspension and brakes
Speaking to the media earlier, Lal stated that the Hunter 350 will get the J-series engine but it will be an all-new motorcycle. Suspension duties are covered by 41 mm forks up front with 130 mm travel and twin shock absorbers at the rear with six-step preload adjustability and 102 mm travel.
The bike rides on 17-inch wheels shod with 110/70 section tyre up front and a 140/70 at the rear. It gets a 300 mm disc with a twin-piston calliper up front and a 270 mm at the rear, assisted by a dual-channel ABS. Royal Enfield Hunter 350 features
The new Hunter 350 gets an offset instrument cluster with a small Tripper navigation pod on the right, which will be offered as an optional extra only. The instrument cluster is semi-digital and includes information like a gear position indicator and service reminder. It also gets an integrated USB charging socket under the switchgear. Royal Enfield Hunter 350 design
The bike gets a dual-tone finish, much like the Continental GT 650 and the Scram 411. Also, it has a matte finish to it. While the fuel tank has a dual-tone paint job, the rest of the motorcycle seems to be finished in all black, including the alloy wheels. Unlike most classic-styled Royal Enfield motorcycles, the Hunter 350 is completely devoid of chrome.
The head and tail lamps are circular, as are the turn indicators. The seat is a single piece and there's a split grab rail. The switchgear seems to be shared with larger Royal Enfield motorcycles. Royal Enfield Hunter 350 accessories and expected price
Alongside the Hunter 350, Royal Enfield will launch GMA (genuine motorcycle accessories) for the bike. These include bar-end mirrors, seat, tail tidy and LED indicators (which are a first in the GMA range), among others.
When launched, the Hunter 350 will go up against the likes of Honda CB 350 RS and TVS Ronin. Expect prices to start at Rs 1.7 lakh (ex-showroom).