Now, if you haven't read our reviews of the Hunter, here's a quick crash course. The Hunter 350 uses an air-cooled, long-stroke, single-cylinder engine that's great on torque and rideability but not the best in terms of outright acceleration or top speed. It's refined, not vibey, and it is mated to a five-speed gearbox that has short and crisp gearshifts. It doesn't, however, have the lightest of clutch pulls.
The seat height is accessible, the seating ergonomics feel great if you are anything between five-five and five-ten, and it's pillion-friendly too. Furthermore, although the Hunter is a heavy motorcycle because it has a near-neutral weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, it is surprisingly easy to ride at slower speeds. It's also an agile motorcycle, and not just for a Royal Enfield, mind. The 17-inch wheels help, as do the sharper steering geometry and the wide handlebar.
In terms of numbers, the Hunter makes 20bhp, 37Nm of torque, weighs 180kg and has a ground clearance of 150mm. Is the latter low for our road conditions? Well, that's another thing to focus on during our long-term test. And for this Metro Dapper version, the bike retails for a little over Rs 1.95 lakh on the road in Mumbai.