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Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: specs in contrast | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

We examine the Hunter 350’s Metro variant on paper with intently matched variations of its rivals.

The covers are off the Royal Enfield Hunter 350’s spec sheet and we now have in contrast it to its chief rivals on paper. For the sake of this comparability, we now have chosen the higher-spec Metro variant of the Hunter 350 which will get dual-channel ABS, and in contrast it to probably the most intently matched variations of its chief rivals, the Honda CB350RS, TVS Ronin TD and the Jawa Forty Two. 

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Engine & Output

Engine & Output
RE Hunter 350 Metro Honda CB350RS TVS Ronin TD Jawa Forty Two
Engine Air-cooled, 349cc single-cylinder engine Air-cooled, 348cc single-cylinder engine Air-and-oil-cooled, 225.9cc single-cylinder engine Liquid-cooled, 293cc single-cylinder engine
Energy 20.2hp @ 6,100rpm 20.7hp @ 5,500rpm 20.1hp @ 7,750rpm 27.3hp
Torque 27 Nm @ 4,000rpm 30 Nm @ 3,000rpm 19.93 Nm @ 3,750rpm 27 Nm
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed 5-speed 6-speed

All bikes right here, besides the Jawa, characteristic engines which might be extra geared towards low and mid-range torque than outright efficiency. By way of energy, the Ronin, Hunter 350 and the CB350RS are neck-and-neck, with barely any distinction, whereas the Forty Two makes practically 7hp extra. The Jawa can also be the one bike right here to characteristic a sixth cog in its gearbox, whereas the others should make do with simply 5 gears. The CB350RS and the Ronin profit from having a slipper clutch, whereas the Hunter and the Forty Two miss out on this characteristic. One factor to notice right here is that Jawa doesn’t point out the RPM at which the height output figures are achieved.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Suspension & Brakes

Suspension & Brakes
RE Hunter 350 Metro Honda CB350RS TVS Ronin TD Jawa Forty Two
Suspension (f) 41mm telescopic fork Telescopic fork 41mm USD fork Telescopic fork
Suspension (r) Twin shock absorbers, 6-step preload adjustable Twin hydraulic shock absorbers, preload adjustable Monoshock, 7-step adjustable preload Twin shock absorbers, preload adjustable
Brakes (f) 300mm disc 310mm disc 300mm disc 280mm disc
Brakes (r) 240mm disc 240mm disc 240mm disc 240mm disc
Tyres (f) 110/70-17 100/90-19 110/70-17 90/90-18
Tyres (r) 140/70-17 150/70-17 130/70-17 120/80-17

Suspension is an space the place the Ronin has probably the most trendy componentry of the lot, being the one one to characteristic a USD entrance fork and preload adjustable monoshock. The others make do with somewhat primary telescopic items on the entrance and preload adjustable twin shock absorbers on the rear. The Hunter and the Ronin run on 17-inch alloys at each ends, whereas the CB350RS and the Forty Two have bigger diameter entrance wheels in comparison with the rear. All bikes right here characteristic dual-channel ABS as normal, though the Jawa will get a comparatively smaller entrance disc.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Weight & Dimensions

Weight & Dimensions
RE Hunter 350 Honda CB350RS TVS Ronin TD Jawa Forty Two
Kerb Weight 181kg 179kg 160kg 171kg
Seat top 800mm 800mm 795mm 765mm
Wheelbase 1,370mm 1,441mm 1,357mm 1,369mm
Gasoline capability 13 litres 15 litres 14 litres 14 litres
Floor clearance 150.5mm 168mm 181mm NA

The Ronin is the lightest bike right here by a snug margin and in addition options the shortest wheelbase of the lot, whereas having probably the most floor clearance as nicely. The CB350RS has the longest wheelbase and it is the second heaviest bike right here, though it does characteristic the most important gasoline tank amongst its friends. The Jawa does have the shortest seat top of the bunch and offers the simplest entry to the bottom.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Options

The Ronin is probably the most feature-rich bike right here, with smartphone connectivity permitting you to entry navigation and communication, all-LED lighting, and it additionally will get a USB charger. The Hunter 350 will get the Tripper navigation pod as an non-compulsory additional and options an LED tail-lamp and a USB charger as normal. The CB350RS is the one bike right here to characteristic traction management and you too can pair your smartphone to the sprint through a Bluetooth accent module. The Forty Two is by far probably the most sparsely outfitted bike right here, with a primary, largely analogue gauge and no connectivity choices.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Value

In the case of pricing, the TVS has the higher hand, with its TD variant retailing between Rs 1.69 lakh-1.71 lakh, relying on color possibility. The newest iteration of the Jawa Forty Two is priced at Rs 1.94 lakh, whereas the Honda CB350RS retails for Rs 2.03 lakh, making it the costliest bike right here. Costs for the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 can be introduced at its launch on August 7, and it stays to be seen the place it finds itself amongst this firm.

All costs, ex-showroom, Delhi.

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