After months of rumors, Royal Enfield has confirmed the Hunter 350 is coming to market very shortly.
This new retro is built on the same basic platform as the Meteor 350, which was launched in India for 2020 and confirmed for North America in the spring of 2021. The Meteor has an air-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, with five-speed gearbox and counterbalancer. It makes about 20 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque. But while the Meteor has sort of a retro luxury bike image, with a hint of cruiser styling, the Hunter 350 is more of a retro standard, maybe with a bit of scrambler flair.
The Hunter will have a different chassis than the Meteor, with 41mm fork, with 130 mm of travel. There’s a set of twin shocks in back, with preload adjustability and 102 mm of travel. Front and rear wheel use 17-inch rims.
Although we’ve known about the Hunter 350’s impending arrival for some time now, it wasn’t supposed to be released for a while yet, said Royal Enfield big boss Siddhartha Lal as he revealed the bike on Instagram …
It looks like the first-generation Hunter will have LED taillight and a halogen headlight (but why?), with LED turn signals and Tripper GPS pod as optional add-ons.
At this point, nobody in Canada has confirmed this machine is coming here. We’d expect it to show up for spring riding season in 2024, if the Meteor 350’s release pattern holds true. The Indian MSRP would work out to 2,800 CAD, roughly—expect that number to not hold true in our market. We’d expect a price tag between $5k and $6k.