RE Hunter 350 vs CB350RS vs Ronin TD vs Forty Two: engine, features comparison


We compare the Hunter 350’s Metro variant on paper with closely matched versions of its rivals.

The covers are off the Royal Enfield Hunter 350’s spec sheet and we have compared it to its chief rivals on paper. For the sake of this comparison, we have selected the higher-spec Metro variant of the Hunter 350 which gets dual-channel ABS, and compared it to the most closely matched versions of its chief rivals, the Honda CB350RS, TVS Ronin TD and the Jawa Forty Two. 

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Engine & Output

Engine & Output
RE Hunter 350 Metro Honda CB350RS TVS Ronin TD Jawa Forty Two
Engine Air-cooled, 349cc single-cylinder engine Air-cooled, 348cc single-cylinder engine Air-and-oil-cooled, 225.9cc single-cylinder engine Liquid-cooled, 293cc single-cylinder engine
Power 20.2hp @ 6,100rpm 20.7hp @ 5,500rpm 20.1hp @ 7,750rpm 27.3hp
Torque 27 Nm @ 4,000rpm 30 Nm @ 3,000rpm 19.93 Nm @ 3,750rpm 27 Nm
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed 5-speed 6-speed

All bikes here, except the Jawa, feature engines that are more geared toward low and mid-range torque than outright performance. In terms of power, the Ronin, Hunter 350 and the CB350RS are neck-and-neck, with barely any difference, while the Forty Two makes nearly 7hp more. The Jawa is also the only bike here to feature a sixth cog in its gearbox, while the others have to make do with just five gears. The CB350RS and the Ronin benefit from having a slipper clutch, while the Hunter and the Forty Two miss out on this feature. One thing to note here is that Jawa doesn’t mention the RPM at which the peak output figures are achieved.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Suspension & Brakes

Suspension & Brakes
RE Hunter 350 Metro Honda CB350RS TVS Ronin TD Jawa Forty Two
Suspension (f) 41mm telescopic fork Telescopic fork 41mm USD fork Telescopic fork
Suspension (r) Twin shock absorbers, 6-step preload adjustable Twin hydraulic shock absorbers, preload adjustable Monoshock, 7-step adjustable preload Twin shock absorbers, preload adjustable
Brakes (f) 300mm disc 310mm disc 300mm disc 280mm disc
Brakes (r) 240mm disc 240mm disc 240mm disc 240mm disc
Tyres (f) 110/70-17 100/90-19 110/70-17 90/90-18
Tyres (r) 140/70-17 150/70-17 130/70-17 120/80-17

Suspension is an area where the Ronin has the most modern componentry of the lot, being the only one to feature a USD front fork and preload adjustable monoshock. The others make do with rather basic telescopic units at the front and preload adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear. The Hunter and the Ronin run on 17-inch alloys at both ends, while the CB350RS and the Forty Two have larger diameter front wheels compared to the rear. All bikes here feature dual-channel ABS as standard, although the Jawa gets a relatively smaller front disc.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Weight & Dimensions

Weight & Dimensions
RE Hunter 350 Honda CB350RS TVS Ronin TD Jawa Forty Two
Kerb Weight 181kg 179kg 160kg 171kg
Seat height 800mm 800mm 795mm 765mm
Wheelbase 1,370mm 1,441mm 1,357mm 1,369mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres 15 litres 14 litres 14 litres
Ground clearance 150.5mm 168mm 181mm NA

The Ronin is the lightest bike here by a comfortable margin and also features the shortest wheelbase of the lot, while having the most ground clearance as well. The CB350RS has the longest wheelbase and it’s the second heaviest bike here, although it does feature the largest fuel tank amongst its peers. The Jawa does have the shortest seat height of the bunch and provides the easiest access to the ground.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Features

The Ronin is the most feature-rich bike here, with smartphone connectivity allowing you to access navigation and communication, all-LED lighting, and it also gets a USB charger. The Hunter 350 gets the Tripper navigation pod as an optional extra and features an LED tail-lamp and a USB charger as standard. The CB350RS is the only bike here to feature traction control and you can also pair your smartphone to the dash via a Bluetooth accessory module. The Forty Two is by far the most sparsely equipped bike here, with a basic, largely analogue gauge and no connectivity options.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs rivals: Price

When it comes to pricing, the TVS has the upper hand, with its TD variant retailing between Rs 1.69 lakh-1.71 lakh, depending on colour option. The latest iteration of the Jawa Forty Two is priced at Rs 1.94 lakh, while the Honda CB350RS retails for Rs 2.03 lakh, making it the most expensive bike here. Prices for the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 will be announced at its launch on August 7, and it remains to be seen where it finds itself amongst this company.

All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi.

Of the aforementioned bikes, which one would be your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.





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