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A Look At How The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Fares Against Its Rivals


Check out which bike comes on top in the battle of the neo-retros

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs TVS Ronin vs Jawa 42 2.1 Specifications Comparison

TVS launched the Ronin in July 2022 while Royal Enfield recently launched the Hunter 350. So we thought it’d be interesting to include a third retro-style bike, the Jawa 42 2.1, into the mix and see how the three motorcycles fare against each other. 

Engine

Specifications

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

TVS Ronin

Jawa 42 2.1

Engine

349cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 2-valve engine

225.9cc, single-cylinder, air-oil-cooled, 4-valve engine

293cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

Power

20.2PS @ 6100rpm

20.4PS @ 7750rpm

27.33PS @ 6800rpm

Torque

27Nm @ 4000rpm

19.93Nm @ 3750rpm

27.02Nm @ 5000rpm

Gearbox

5-speed

5-speed

6-speed

Jawa 42 2.1 Engine

The Jawa 42 2.1’s engine is the most modern of this lot, with four valves and liquid-cooling, and it’s evident as it makes the most power as well as torque among the three. It is also the only one among the three to get a 6-speed transmission. 

TVS Ronin Engine

Despite the displacement handicap, the TVS Ronin’s 4-valve air-cooled engine enables it to make slightly more power than the Royal Enfield Hunter 350. The latter, while having the largest displacement, makes the least power. That said, its torque is on a par with the Jawa’s.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

TVS Ronin

Jawa 42 2.1

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

41mm Showa big piston USD fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

6-step pre-load-adjustable Dual shock absorbers

Monoshock absorber

Twin gas-charged shock absorbers

Front brake

300mm disc brake

300mm disc brake

280mm disc brake

Rear brake

270mm disc brake

153mm drum brake (Retro variant)

240mm disc brake

240mm disc brake

153mm drum brake

Front tyre

100/80-17 (Retro)

110/70-17 (Metro)

110/70-17

90/90-18

Rear tyre

120/80-17 (Retro)

140/70-17 (Metro) 

130/70-17

120/80-17

TVS Ronin Underpinnings

The TVS Ronin boasts of a gold-finish inverted fork, which should result in it handling better than the other two. Despite having the biggest brakes, we found the Hunter 350’s anchors to be a bit lacking when we rode it.

Jawa 42 2.1 Underpinnings

The Jawa 42 2.1 occupies the last spot here, with its smaller disc brake at the front. Its 18-inch front wheel also should make it a little slower on its feet than the other two, which get 17-inchers at both ends.

Dimensions

Specifications

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

TVS Ronin

Jawa 42 2.1

Wheelbase

1370mm

1357mm

1369mm

Ground clearance

150.5mm

181mm

165mm

Fuel tank capacity

13-litres

14-litres

14-litres

Seat height

800mm

795mm

765mm

Kerb weight

181kg

159kg

172kg

TVS Ronin Dimensions

With the maximum ground clearance, accessible seat height, shortest wheelbase, big fuel tank and least weight, the TVS Ronin sounds like the most practical of the three, at least on paper.

Features

Features

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

TVS Ronin

Jawa 42 2.1

Full-LED Lighting

No

Yes

No

Bluetooth Connectivity

No

Yes

No

USB Charging

No

Yes

No

TVS Ronin Instrument Console

Where the TVS Ronin completely dominates the other two is in terms of features. Its fully digital instrument cluster is equipped with TVS SmartXonnect Bluetooth connectivity. Along with displaying notifications and allowing you to accept or reject calls, It also features turn-by-turn navigation, voice and ride assist and a USB charger. Additional features include a side stand warning, turn signal alert, phone battery alert and low fuel alert. 

Jawa 42 2.1 Features

The Hunter 350 and the Jawa 42 2.1, on the other hand, stay true to their retro roots by not having a lot of features. The Enfield gets the same semi-digital instrument console as the one seen on the Scram 411, while the Jawa packs an analogue speedometer and fuel gauge, along with a digital inset for odometer readings. That said, the Hunter 350 does get an optional Tripper navigation pod on some of its variants.

Price & Verdict

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

TVS Ronin

Jawa 42 2.1

Rs 1,49,900 - Rs 1,68,900

Rs 1,49,000 - Rs 1,68,750

Rs 1,94,142

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

                                                                                                                                                                    (all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

 This is where the Hunter 350 takes the cake. While the Hunter 350 and the Ronin are priced similarly, its sporty ergonomics and torquey engine make it stand out. The Hunter 350’s base variant is also a colossal Rs 44,242 less expensive than the Jawa 42 2.1. 

Jawa 42 2.1

The Jawa, while being more expensive than the Hunter 350, justifies its price tag with a modern, powerful engine and sporty handling. If a feature-packed, relaxed commuter is what you’re looking for, you could opt for the TVS Ronin.

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