Royal Enfield has upped their game since the launch of the Interceptor 650. They’re now truly an elite motorcycle company famous not just in India but all over the world. Their motorcycles have seen an incredible jump in quality which has elevated their sales to new heights.
With renewed confidence and business structure, Royal Enfield has embarked on a new journey of launching 20 motorcycles in 5 years. Few of which namely, Meteor 350, Classic 350 and updated Himalayan have already been launched, with many more in the works.
Recently a new Royal Enfield motorcycle has been caught testing near Chennai which points to their next launch preferably in April 2022. This new motorcycle is the Royal Enfield Hunter 350. A YouTuber by the name of Pradeep on wheels has caught this motorcycle on camera and uploaded it for all of us to see.
Despite Royal Enfield’s attempt to cover the motorcycles, we can figure out the silhouette and style of the motorcycle. From the video, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 looks like a modern classic with designs inspired by Triumph’s Street Twin. It houses a single-cylinder 350CC engine similar to that of the Meteor 350 or Classic 350 but with a different state of tune as evident by its exhaust note.
The taillight seems to have been taken from Meteor 350 which is the only LED light on the whole motorcycle. The headlight and turn indicators are halogen which is certainly a poor choice for 2022. The motorcycle also has short and stubby exhaust which adds character to the motorcycle. It is the only Royal Enfield with short exhaust as all the others have elongated ones.
The instrument cluster seems to have taken directly from the Meteor 350 with the main console on the left and tripper navigation on the right. Royal Enfield Hunter 350 would also come with a twin suspension set up at the rear which is a norm for this kind of motorcycle. It also comes with alloys wheels which mean it will have tubeless tyres as well.
When will Royal Enfield Hunter 350 be launch?
There is no official announcement from Royal Enfield but since this motorcycle seems to be in the final stages of its testing we can assume its release date to be somewhere around April 2022.
What is the price of Royal Enfield Hunter 350?
The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 would use the same engine as in the Meteor 350 as well as Classic 350. It would have similar tyres to that of the Meteor 350. Same taillight, instrument console and indicators from Meteor 350. There is nothing on it that suggests a price bump from other 350CC motorcycles.
Since it’s a barebone motorcycle without many additions, we can concur that it would be priced similarly or slightly lower than the Meteor 350. The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 would be priced from Rs 1.85 lakh. It could undercut all of its rivals in CB 350, Jawa 42 and Yezdi motorcycles.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 top speed?
In the above videos, the Hunte 350 is easily able to do speeds over 120kmph. Since it has the same engine as the Meteor 350 it could be assumed that it will do around 140kmph which is more than enough for our Indian roads. A shorter wheelbase than Classic 350 would also make it handle better and it could be the best handling Royal Enfield motorcycles to date.
Who are its competitors?
Royal Enfield has built a great name for itself in the country. It has become a default choice for 350CC motorcycles. Its sales figure are so big that other companies are trying their hardest to get a share of it. The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is directly aimed at CB 350, Yezdi Roadster and Scrambler and Jawa 42, motorcycles that were launched to eat into the Classic 350 market.
Should you wait for the Royal Enfield Hunter 350?
Personally, I am quite impressed by the looks of Hunter 350. If the company could add LED lights and increase the power output by a few HPs, this motorcycle could kill Honda’s and Jawa’s hope altogether.
If you’re someone who wants a modern classic but is not sure about the after-sales service of Jawa/ Yezdi and are not sold on the Honda either, you should certainly wait for the Royal Enfield.