The arrival of the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 has taken the Indian market by storm. The motorcycle offers a great value-for-money proposition in the sub-500cc category on our shores. It is underpinned by the newly-developed J-series platform and is offered in three trims: Retro Factory, Metro Dapper, and Metro Rebel.
The Hunter 350 is the most affordable model from Royal Enfield in India. It is based on the new J-series architecture used in the Meteor 350 and Classic 350 as well. The homegrown automaker was able to improve the noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels on the motorcycles using the new frame/engine combination. It is the most contemporary-looking offering from the brand to date.
When talking about variant-wise features:
The Retro Factory series is an entry-level model for the Hunter 350 in India: The motorcycle has a 17-inch wire-spoke wheel, an old-school instrument cluster, a single-piece tubular grab rail, and all-halogen lighting setup with rectangular indicators, and two paint schemes: Factory Black and Factory Silver.
The bike has a drum brake on the rear wheel, along with single-channel ABS.
The Metro Dapper series offers a neo-retro scrambler look. The motorcycle sports 17-inch alloy wheels, a modern-age semi-digital instrument console, an LED taillight, a ribbed-pattern seat, split-type cast-alloy grab rails, circular indicators, and a three dual-tone paint scheme: Dapper White, Dapper Ash, and Dapper Grey.
It is equipped with disc brakes on both wheels, along with dual-channel ABS.
The Metro Rebel series, the bike remains mechanically identical to the Metro Dapper series. It also is offered with an optional Tripper Navigation unit, and bar-end mirrors, and is available with three colour options: Rebel Black, Rebel Blue, and Rebel Red.
The motorcycle gets 41mm telescopic forks (front) and 6-step preload-adjustable twin shock absorbers (rear).