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Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs TVS Ronin vs Jawa Forty Two vs Honda CB350RS

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs TVS Ronin vs Jawa Forty Two vs Honda CB350RS

Article by Drivio | 26th Aug 23

The Hunter 350 is based on Royal Enfield’s new J-series platform

  • The Jawa Forty Two is the most modern of the lot and hence is the most powerful one
  • In terms of features, the TVS Ronin packs the most amongst the lot
  • At 160kg, the TVS Ronin is also the lightest among all four

The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 has taken the spotlight, and in this article, we delve into a detailed comparison between this intriguing model and its primary competitors: Honda CB350RS, TVS Ronin TD, and Jawa Forty Two. To ensure an accurate assessment, we've chosen the higher-spec Metro variant of the Hunter 350 equipped with dual-channel ABS. Let's explore how these bikes measure up on various fronts.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs Rivals: Features

In terms of features, the Ronin TD takes the lead with its extensive offerings. It integrates smartphone connectivity for navigation and communication purposes, as well as all-LED lighting and a USB charger. The Hunter 350 provides the Tripper navigation pod as an optional extra, along with an LED tail-lamp and a standard USB charger. 

Notably, the CB350RS sets itself apart by offering traction control, complemented by the option to link your smartphone to the dashboard via a Bluetooth accessory module. In contrast, the Forty Two remains the most minimalist in terms of features, boasting a basic, mostly analogue gauge and no connectivity options.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs Rivals: Engines & Specs

SpecificationsRoyal Enfield Hunter 350TVS RoninHonda CB350RSJawa Forty Two
Engine349cc engine225.9cc engine348.36cc engine293cc engine
Maximum power20.2PS20.4PS21.07PS27.3PS
Maximum torque27Nm19.93Nm30Nm27Nm
Transmission5-speed5-speed5-speed6-speed

When it comes to power delivery, the Hunter 350, Ronin TD, and CB350RS are virtually inseparable, displaying only marginal differences. However, the Forty Two emerges as the front runner, offering nearly 7hp more power. It's worth noting that the Jawa stands out by incorporating a sixth gear in its gearbox, setting it apart from the others, which are equipped with five-speed transmissions. 

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs Rivals: Suspension & Brakes

SpecificationsRoyal Enfield Hunter 350TVS RoninHonda CB350RSJawa Forty Two
Front suspensionTelescopic forkInverted forkTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionDual shocksMonoshockTwin Hydraulic ShocksDual Shock Absorbers
Front tyre100/80-17110/70-17100/90-1990/90-18
Rear tyre120/80-17130/70-17130/70-18120/80-17
Front brakeDisc brake300mm disc310mm Disc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeOptional disc brake240mm disc240mm Disc BrakeDisc Brake
ABSOptional dual channelDual-channel is optionalDual-channelDual-channel

In terms of suspension, the Ronin TD adopts a more modern approach with its USD front fork and preload adjustable monoshock. Conversely, the remaining contenders rely on basic telescopic forks at the front and preload adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear. 

The Hunter 350 and Ronin TD ride on 17-inch alloys both front and rear. In contrast, the CB350RS and Forty Two sport larger diameter front wheels than the rear. All bikes come standard with dual-channel ABS, although the Jawa distinguishes itself with a relatively smaller front disc.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs Rivals: Dimensions

Comparing weight and dimensions, the Ronin TD emerges as the lightest bike in the lineup, accompanied by the shortest wheelbase and the highest ground clearance. Meanwhile, the CB350RS boasts the lengthiest wheelbase and ranks as the second heaviest contender. Despite its weight, the CB350RS offers the most capacious fuel tank among its peers. The Jawa, on the other hand, boasts the lowest seat height, providing the easiest accessibility to the ground.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 vs Rivals: Prices

When it comes to pricing, the TVS Ronin TD takes the lead, retailing between Rs 1.69 lakh to 1.71 lakh, contingent on the chosen colour. The Jawa Forty Two's latest iteration enters the market at a price point of Rs 1.94 lakh, while the Honda CB350RS stands out as the most expensive contender with a price tag of Rs 2.03 lakh. The Royal Enfield Hunter 350 presents itself as the most affordable option, commencing at Rs 1.49 lakh.

In conclusion, the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 presents a compelling offering in the face of its rivals, the Honda CB350RS, TVS Ronin TD, and Jawa Forty Two. While each model brings its unique strengths and features to the table, the Hunter 350's competitive pricing, combined with a robust set of features, positions it as a strong contender in the 350cc segment.