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Royal Enfield launches the Hunter 350 in India

Royal Enfield has launched a new roadster bike–the Hunter–in India. The Hunter is based on the company’s new J-platform, which underpins two of the company’s 350cc models (the Meteor and the Classic). The Hunter 350 comes in two variants: the Retro (Factory Series) and the Metro (Dapper Series), and the Metro variant is offered with an additional variant, called the Rebel Series. The Hunter has been launched at a starting price of INR 1.50 lakh, and it is now the most affordable model in the J-series lineup.


Design and features

The Hunter gets a neo-retro design and looks more modern and youthful than other 350cc models. The bike gets a round headlamp, teardrop-style fuel tank, and flat unibody seat. The Hunter is offered in eight colour options, and the bike’s decals and paint vary by variant.

The base model gets rectangular-shaped indicators and a halogen tail lamp. And the top models will feature LED tail lamps with round-shaped indicators. Both variants get a halogen head lamp.

The new bike gets a round digi-analog instrument cluster with tripper navigation. The new bike’s standard models get a slightly smaller classic-design instrument cluster, and the high-spec models come with a bigger analog instrument cluster–like that of the Meteor 350. Among the bike’s other notable features are its rotary switch cubes on the handlebars, and a USB charger.


Engine and specifications

The Hunter is powered by a 349cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-oil cooled, FI engine that generates a power of 20 bhp and a torque of 27 Nm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed gearbox.

The Hunter is shorter and lighter than its other 350cc counterparts. The bike weighs 177-181 kg (depending on the variant), which is around 15 kg lighter than the Classic and Meteor models. Furthermore, the bike comes with a shorter wheelbase and lower ground clearance.

The new bike’s base variant–the Retro–gets 17-inch wire-spoke wheels, single-channel ABS, a 300 mm front disc brake, and a drum brake at the rear. And the Metro models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear disc brakes, and dual-channel ABS, among others.

Engine typeSingle-cylinder, 4-stroke,
air-oil cooled, FI
Engine capacity (cc)349
Max. power (bhp)20
Max. torque (Nm)27
StarterElectric 
Number of gears5
Fuel tank capacity (L)13
Seat height (mm)800
Ground clearance (mm)150
Kerb weight (kg)177-181

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 price in Nepal

The Hunter 350 has been launched in India at a starting price of INR 1.50 lakh (for the Factory Series) and goes up to INR 1.69 lakh (for the Rebel Series). Although its launch in Nepal is uncertain, the new bike might cost around Rs 7 lakh here.

RE Hunter 350 modelsPrice in IndiaPrice in Nepal (expected)
Retro Factory seriesINR 1.50 lakhStarting at Rs 7 lakh
Metro Dapper seriesINR 1.65 lakh
Metro Rebel seriesINR 1.69 lakh

Alpha Automotives Pvt. Ltd, the new authorised distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in Nepal, currently sells two cruiser models: the Classic 350 and the Meteor 350.

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