Giving some information about this bike, Sid shared a video on his Instagram handle where he showed the audience the first glimpse of the bike. The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 featured was in a dual tone paint finish similar to the new Royal Enfield models such as the Continental GT 650 or the Scrum 411.
In an informal chat with journalists from across the world in Bangkok a few days before the bike was launched, Siddhartha Lal said, “Hunter has been in development since 2016, but the development team is fine-tuning the chassis to present it as a whole. The company’s engineers are paying a lot of attention to the tuning of the chassis to give a perfect design to the Hunter 350.”
He said that this bike is agile and fun and he hopes that the customers will like this bike very much. It may have the engine of the J-Series, but it is a completely new bike with a new character and personality, he added.
Apart from the dual shade finish on the fuel tank, the rest of the motorcycle was completely black in colour. Unlike the existing bikes of Royal Enfield, the company has not used chrome in it. The Hunter 350 sports an offset circular instrument cluster, with a small tripper navigation pod on the right, which is likely to be offered in the higher variants.
The circular headlamps and turn indicators can be seen in this bike. The Hunter 350 gets a single piece seat, and gets split rear grab rails, giving it a unique look in Royal Enfield’s line-up. The Hunter 350 gets a teardrop-shaped fuel tank with a center-placed fuel filler lid.
The fuel tank has ‘Royal’ written on one side and ‘Enfield’ on the other side in large font, giving it a youthful appeal. The switchgear seems to have been borrowed from the Royal Enfield Meteor. It is also being said that its engine has been taken from the ‘J’ platform bike Meteor 350. This variant shown in the video is top spec, and sports blacked out alloy wheels.
The Hunter 350 will be launched with the same engine that is being used on other 350 models of Royal Enfield, the Classic 350 and the Meteor 350. This engine generates 20.2 bhp power and 27 Nm torque. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
When launched, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 will take on the Honda CB350 RS, Jawa 42 and the TVS Ronin. Hunter 350 price is expected to start from around Rs 1.70 lakh. However, it is likely to be priced below the Meteor 350.