Royal Enfield Hunter 350 launched, with retro standard styling

Royal Enfield expanded its 350 range today, with the Hunter 350 officially confirmed for the Indian market this fall.

The announcement came from Royal Enfield frontman Siddhartha Lal via Instagram, with a video revealing the new machine:

What do we have here then? Exactly what everyone in India’s motorcycling industry was predicting: a straight-up retro bike based on the same engine as the Meteor 350.

That means we’ll get a long-stroke, fuel-injected, air-cooled SOHC thumper cranking out 20 horsepower, at 6,100 rpm, with a five-speed gearbox. Not enough to delight the jaded North American buyer, but it would be a big bike for the Indian market. Royal Enfield is also using this engine in the new Classic 350. ABS will be standard in some markets, but may be optional in the US and Canada. Ditto for the additional Tripper GPS gauge, and LED indicators are also optional. Slightly confusing, an LED taillight is standard, but Royal Enfield has opted for an incandescent bulb for the turn signals and headlight. Someone please explain this to us?

Although some outlets in India call it an “urban scrambler,” it rolls on 17-inch wheels front and rear, instead of a 19-17 arrangement.

Royal Enfield will sell a retro stripped down version of this bike and a spread Metro variant; both versions can also be customized through Royal Enfield’s factory customization programme.

These bikes are set to debut in India this fall. Extrapolating from previous Royal Enfield releases, we expect these bikes to be confirmed for North America in the fall of 2023 and arrive for the 2024 riding season. Unless COVID-19 does interferes, of course, or if there is a shortage of supply, or whatever else is happening at that time.

Wiley C. Thompson