Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Advantages
1. Lightest & Sportiest RE Handling
The 177 kg Hunter 350 is not the lightest among midsize motorcycles, however, it is the lightest bike in Royal Enfield’s lineup. In our experience riding the motorcycle on the streets of Bangkok and also on the go-kart track, we found the Hunter 350 to be a very calm machine at high speeds, delivering a sporty look through the races. corner. This is thanks to a sturdy chassis, lower weight and a not-so-soft suspension setup.
2. Impressive low- and mid-range response
It’s the same 349cc single-cylinder engine from the Meteor 350 and Classic 350 that powers the Hunter 350. This means it makes the same 20 hp and 27 Nm of torque. These power numbers are on a motorcycle that’s 18 kg lighter than the Classic 350, delivering improved performance in the low and mid RPM ranges. Plus, Royal Enfield has adjusted the fuel mapping to give it a more flexible throttle response.
The Hunter 350 offers a host of benefits over the Classic 350 such as better handling, better emissions notes and ease of handling. Plus, all of this was introduced at a price of Rs 1.49 lakh (factory) for the base variant (of Retro, Metro and Rebel). This gives buyers a refreshing entry-level Royal Enfield to look at and also drive.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Cons
1. Brakes have a spongy feel
While the Hunter 350 offers excellent handling, braking performance is decent, the finish feels a bit spongy at times. The front disc can be used a bit more if you intend to drive enthusiastically.
2. The rearview mirror vibrates a lot
The engine on the Hunter 350 is much more refined than the older 350cc engine the company powers the older Classic 350. There are still some vibrations to deal with, though, they’re not worth complaining about. What’s worth complaining about, however, is the fact that these vibrations are transmitted to the rearview mirror essentially, making them unwieldy in some cases.