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Royal Enfield Hunter 350, a brilliant upgrade from a 150-160cc bike: Here's why

One of the crucial awaited motorbike launches of this 12 months has occurred. The brand new Royal Enfield Hunter 350 is right here and carries a beginning worth of Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom) – an fascinating worth certainly. The Hunter is the youngest-looking motorbike within the firm’s lineup, additionally the lightest, has the identical 350cc engine however livelier (or so has been stated), and the value is definitely lesser than some quarter-litre bikes on sale in India right now. Absolutely, this opens quite a lot of avenues.

To the youthful followers simply entering into motorcycling, the Hunter 350 may very well be what the Bullet has been to generations of Royal Enfield followers. The Bullet has been so standard that something from Royal Enfield has been nicknamed or miss-named Bullet in some unspecified time in the future. Why is the Hunter 350 a superb decide for somebody beginning with bikes or upgrading from a 150 or 160cc motorbike, even when they weren’t planning to purchase an Enfield? There is a good purpose(s).

To start with, the Hunter 350 (whereas traditional) is the sportiest bike Royal Enfield has constructed up to now. The engine is similar one which powers the Traditional 350 and Meteor 350 however Royal Enfield says that the engine has been tweaked for the Hunter so it provides a barely sharper low-end response and the tuning has been calibrated to be comparatively energetic.

The Hunter positively sounds sportier than the 2. In contrast to the lengthy pea-shooter exhaust on the Traditional, the Hunter has a compact and stubby one (which can also be claimed to supply improved weight distribution and therefore dealing with). In an effort to help this, the rake angle on the Hunter is relatively sharper as effectively, the path is down too, and so is the wheelbase shorter. The Hunter rides on smaller 17″ wheels and has 100 and 120-section tyres. All of this mixed ought to supply swifter directional adjustments, delivering on the promise that the Hunter is supposed for sporty city driving.

Furthermore, the Hunter weighs in at 181 kg, which is a complete 14 kg lighter than its closest sibling Traditional 350. The lightest bike in RE’s secure would imply a bigger pool of riders will discover it simpler to deal with. Whereas the Hunter 350 maintains a retro enchantment, it’s each bit trendy with a semi-digital instrument cluster together with a Tripper navigation pod.

Then there’s the matter of worth. At Rs 1,49,900 (ex-showroom) beginning worth, the Hunter 350 would be the most reasonably priced Royal Enfield as soon as the Bullet 350 strikes on to the J collection engine platform. Shifting on from a 150cc motorbike, the Hunter 350 wouldn’t demand too hefty a dose from the pockets and outcome within the possession of a good-sounding higher-displacement trendy traditional. Or if it’s the very first bike-buying choice, the Hunter now provides an entry-level Enfield that’s lighter, sportier, and youthful.

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