2022 Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs Honda CB350RS and TVS Ronin: How does it fair? – Times of India

Royal Enfield is all set to launch the 2022 Hunter 350 motorcycle for India. The bike is RE’s entry into the premium urban scrambler segment that has been seeing a lot of action lately. Among others, the Hunter 350 will most likely be pitted against the Honda CB350RS and the recently launched TVS Ronin in terms of design, performance and features. Here is a comparison of the three motorcycles for your perspective.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

Design:
Just like a few other models from the RE stable, the Hunter 350 too gets dual-tone colour schemes on the fuel tank. The engine, exhaust set up and 17-inch allow wheels are finished in all black. The upswept single piece seat and circular headlamp design give it a proper scrambler look.
On the other hand, the Honda CB350RS is the class senior as it was launched back in February 2021. It shares the platform, components and most of its design with the H’ness CB350. However, it too gets a dual-tone fuel tank, a tuck and roll seat and an upswept exhaust. The engine and other mechanical peripherals are finished in black with the exception of the clutch housing and exhaust heat shields.
The TVS Ronin can be considered the lightweight in this comparison, but only in terms of cubic capacity. In terms of design, it is at par with the other two motorcycles with its single-tone, dual-tone colour schemes. It even has an upper hand with the option of triple-tone colour schemes on offer. The Ronin also gets a single-piece tuck and roll seat, circular headlamp, blacked out engine and 17-inch alloy wheels. What sets it apart from the other two, are the gold finish upside-down SHOWA front forks that give it a sporty appeal.

Honda CB350RS

Honda CB350RS

Performance:
Royal Enfield has bestowed the same J-series engine on the Hunter 350 that we have seen doing duty in the Meteor 350 and Classic 350. The 349 cc SOHC two-valve air-cooled engine makes 20.2 hp and 27 Nm torque. It is mated to a five-speed transmission that could be a consideration for many buyers.
On the other hand, the Honda CB350RS gets the 350cc engine as the H’ness. The air-cooled, 4-stroke, fuel-injected OHC engine produces 20.8 hp and 30 Nm of torque, making it more powerful than the RE on the spec sheet. It also gets Honda’s PGM-FI fuelling system. However, the RE has the typical long-stroke architecture and reportedly has a tweaked fuel map for livelier throttle response.
The TVS Ronin is the least powerful motorcycle in this comparison with its, 225.9 cc engine. It is at par with the other two in performance figurer, as the single-cylinder produces 20 hp and 19.93 Nm torque. Where the Ronin sprints ahead of the RE and Honda is in the clutch department with its slipper clutch.

TVS Ronin 225

TVS Ronin 225

Features:
The RE Hunter 350 features traditional 41mm front forks and 130mm travel twin shock absorbers at the rear. It gets dual-channel ABS with a 300mm disc at the front and 270mm disc on the back. RE has gone with an off-set instrument cluster set up for the Hunter 350 and a small tripper navigation pod is on offer as well. The instrument cluster is semi-digital and offers rider information such as gear position, service reminder and more. The Hunter 350 also comes with an integrated USB charging socket.
The Honda CB350RS is also well appointed with features such as assist and slipper clutch, selectable torque control and dual-channel ABS. On the from the CB350RS gets a 19-inch alloy wheel and a 17-inch allow at the rear. It features all-LED lighting on the front and back. Rider information is taken care of by a digital-analogue instrument cluster that offers information such as real-time mileage, average mileage and distance to empty.
In terms of features the TVS Ronin too gets LED lighting on the front and back. As mentioned before, it gets SHOWA upside down forks on the front and a gas-charged mono shock at the rear. This makes the Ronin the only motorcycle to sport such a suspension set up in this comparison. The Ronin’s digital instrument cluster comes with 28 connected features, including the company’s SmartXonnect connectivity suite. It also features a voice assistant, USB charger and auto start/stop feature (a first for any Indian bike).

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

Royal Enfield Hunter 350

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