engine, chassis, price. How it is made

Presented the new nude of the Indian house in retro style. 20.2 Hp single-cylinder J-series engine. Weight 181 kg, 17-inch wheels. The price will be announced in the fall

Gianluca Piperno

– bangkok (thailand)

Royal Enfield, an Indian house with an English soul, with a history of over a hundred years, is launching a new challenge by expanding its range in the 350 cc segment with the Hunter. It does so as the queen of sales in its market segment, conquering an excellent seventh place in the ranking of the best-selling motorcycles in Italy in May. The new Hunter 350 shares with its sisters Meteor and Classic the new engine of the J platform that debuted last year. The price is not yet known, it will be revealed in the autumn, but it should not differ from that of the sisters of the 350 range, therefore presumably, between 4 and 5 thousand euros.

motor

The engine is a 349 cc single-cylinder with 2 valves and electronic injection, which delivers 20.2 HP at 6,100 rpm. with a maximum torque of 27 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The cooling is mixed with air / oil, the gearbox is 5-speed while the final transmission is chain. On the Hunter 350, there is also a new dedicated exhaust system and a new type of intake, which together with a new engine management contribute to greater torque at mid-range.

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chassis, brakes, weight

The frame, on the other hand, has been completely redesigned, a steel single beam with descending tubes, here without the lower cradle that we find on the Meteor and Classic sisters, and which gives the Hunter 350 new chassis dimensions, to offer a more agile ride and a more reactive response to pilot controls. The suspensions are dedicated in the calibration, therefore we find a double rear shock absorber, adjustable in six positions, which guarantees the rear wheel an excursion of 102 mm, while at the front, a traditional fork with 41 mm stanchions, which gives the Hunter 102 mm of travel to the front wheel, equipped with a 17 ”alloy wheel. The Hunter alloy wheels, both 17 ”, are fitted with tires measuring 140 / 70-17 at the rear and 110 / 70-17 at the front, respectively. Braking, assisted by a two-channel ABS, is ensured by a generous 300mm single disc driven by a double-piston pump at the front, and a 270mm single-piston rear disc at the rear. The tank, shaped to accommodate the rider’s knees and with a classic shape, is equipped with a nice retro-style key cap and has a capacity of 13 liters. Royal Enfield’s declared dry weight for the Hunter 350 is 181 kg.

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driving position and controls

The riding setting is also new which, while remaining comfortable and natural, as suggested by the footpeg / saddle / handlebar triangulation, is now characterized by a sportier riding position, compared to Classic and Meteor. The saddle, located 800 mm from the ground, built in a single piece and shaped to best accommodate the rider, promises comfort and roominess for the passenger too. The Hunter 350 offers ergonomic and well-made handlebar controls, and a mixed instrumentation with analog speedometer and digital display that shows a lot of useful information such as: the gear engaged, the odometer, two trip meters, (one of which resets automatically as soon as you enters the reserve to better calculate the remaining range) the clock and the fuel level. There is also a USB socket. Also available is the useful round additional instrument, which contains the “Tripper Navigation”, a practical navigation system with pictograms that connects to the mobile phone via the App, and is available as an option.

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accessories

Many accessories are proposed to customize your Hunter 350 according to personal tastes and needs, ranging from the valuable adjustable mirrors and available in various models, passing through the engine guards, available in aluminum and aluminum painted in black, up to the arrows, to the more or less extended side protection bars, to the fairings, to the side cases and to the saddles available in different configurations. There is also a complete line of dedicated clothing.



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