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Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Retro: 5 Differences Compared To Metro


The base variant is quite different when compared with the Metro model, and here are the details

Royal Enfield has launched the Hunter 350 in India, prices starting at Rs 1,49,900. Click here to read our launch story.
 

Almost all the details of the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 are out, and we know the bike will be available in three variants: Retro, Metro and Metro Rebel. The most affordable Retro variant comes with quite a few changes that set it apart from the other variants. Moreover, this variant is meant only for the Indian market, and take a look at all the differences in images:

Available in two colour schemes:

The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Retro variant is available in two colour choices: Black, and Silver. Both colour options come with a neatly-done golden pinstriping on the fuel tank and they get a simple Royal Enfield stickering on the tank and Royal Enfield Hunter 350 stickers on the side panels. The rest of the bodywork, including the side panels, fenders, powertrain and underpinnings are all backed out.

Retro underpinnings:

The biggest difference in the Retro variant is the spoke wheels. These 17-inch units are of the same size as the alloy wheel equipped Metro and Metro Rebel variants but are shod with tubed tyres (Ceat Zoom Plus up front and Ceat Zoom X3 at the rear). They’re also slimmer than the tubeless ones, measuring 100/80 up front 120/80 at the rear.

RE Hunter 350 Retro Rear Tyre

Additionally, the base Retro variant also gets a 153mm rear drum brake along with a single-channel ABS to keep the costs in check.

Bulb tail light and boxy indicators:

While the other two variants feature an LED tail light, the Retro model comes with a bulb unit. That said, its circular shape is similar to the other two bikes. The bulb indicators are boxy, and are similar to the ones used in the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Different seat:

RE Hunter 350 Retro Seat Zig

The Rebel variant features a simple, contoured single-piece seat without the ribbing. As for the differences in the comfort levels, you’ll have to stay tuned to our review. Also, the tubular pillion grab rail looks a lot basic compared to the more premium-looking split ones in the other two variants.

Different instrument cluster and switchgear:

RE Hunter 350 Retro Instrument cluster

Royal Enfield has equipped the Retro variant with an offset circular semi-digital instrument cluster. The design of the console is different compared to the ones used in the Royal Enfield Scram or the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. There’s no Tripper navigation pod either. Additionally, the bike comes with a conventional set of switchgear, similar to the previous-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350. They may not look as retro as the dial type units but are still functional enough.

RE Hunter 350 Retro Switchgear

Summing up, though the Retro variant has a few compromises, it still retains the same 349cc single-cylinder counterbalanced engine as the other models, making the same 20.2PS and 27Nm. So, in a way, the essence of the Hunter is still intact.

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