Undisguised Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Spotted At A Dealership
The much-anticipated Royal Enfield Hunter 350 has been spotted naked for the first time ahead of its release. The Hunter 350 has been spotted testing several times in recent years, and images of the production-spec bike have recently leaked. However, this is the first time the final version of the bike has been spotted, and it comes with some intriguing revelations.
The Hunter has a very clean, modern appearance. The short, stubby exhaust end-can is unlike anything we’ve seen on a RE model in the past, and the entire 349cc J-platform engine, gearbox, and exhaust section are blacked out.
The instrument panel appears to be similarly uncluttered, with no visible windshield or shroud. The instrument cluster appears to be identical to the Meteor and Scram units, and it does not appear to be accompanied by a Tripper navigation pod. The switchgear and grips appear to be lifted from the Meteor, which means they should be comfortable and functional.
The fuel tank appears to be quite slim, with prominent knee cutouts carved into it. This bike’s tank is dual-tone blue and white, but the fenders and side panels are gloss black.
The silver bike has wire-spoke wheels and a drum brake at the rear, whereas the subject bike has alloy wheels and a disc brake at the rear, indicating that the upcoming Hunter 350 will be available in a variety of configurations. However, it appears that all models will only receive single-channel ABS, with even the rear disc brake-equipped bike lacking a rear wheel speed sensor.
As we move back, we notice a nicely contoured single-piece seat flanked by a pair of sleek grab rails. The lights on this bike are all circular, with the exception of the front indicators, which are rectangular on the silver bike.
Several factors support the claim that the Hunter will be near the bottom of RE’s lineup when it launches. The absence of the Tripper, and the lack of chrome throughout the bike, all point to it being more accessible than its siblings and the Hunter could become the entry point to the Royal Enfield brand.