We’ve been telling you that Royal Enfield is working on an all-new platform that will underpin several new entry-level motorcycles in the company’s line-up. The bikemaker is readying the new Meteor 350 that will go on sale after the lockdown, and now, more spy images have emerged of what could be a new entry-level motorcycle, the Royal Enfield Hunter.
Now, the Hunter is one of the many names patented by RE in recent times including the Meteor, Hunter and Sherpa nameplates, and speculations suggest that the spied motorcycle will be badged as the Hunter, internally codenamed J1D and what we can also see the Meteor along with it. The Royal Enfield Hunter is expected to get a 350 cc powertrain, which was recently updated to meet the BS6 emission regulations. The Meteor will also get the same 350cc engine and it replaces the Thunderbird as we told you earlier.
The spy shots reveal the side and rear profiles of the Royal Enfield Hunter and Meteor. The bike was spotted testing in Tamil Nadu wearing heavy camouflage. The test mule gives little in terms of design apart from the quintessential RE appearance. The bike is likely in its early stages of development and it will be a while before we.see the model closer to production.
What we do notice is the engine that appears to be identical to the one on the Meteor and is likely to be 349 cc single-cylinder motor Over Head Cam (OHC) motor. Power figures are likely to be identical as well. Other details remain familiar including the telescopic forks at the front, twin shocks at the rear, disc brakes at either end with dual-channel ABS likely. The bike also rides on alloy wheels. The short exhaust does catch our attention.
The test model also appears to get a single-pod instrument console that could get a digital readout as well. Going by recent reports, the Hunter could also come with Bluetooth connectivity in what would be a big step-up for Royal Enfield motorcycles.
It’ll be too early to talk about pricing and the launch date on the Royal Enfield Hunter and Meteor. But we do expect the model to arrive next year with a price tag between Rs. 1.5-1.8 lakh (Ex-Showroom). This does beg the question as to where will Royal Enfield position the new Hunter within its portfolio. While the company has not confirmed any details, there are rumours that the upcoming model could be targeted at female riders. We will have to wait for a while to see if that claim holds true.