South India-based popular retro-style bike manufacturer, Royal Enfield has been working on a new-generation range of motorcycles for some-time, and had planned to introduce before the arrival of BS6 norms. But things didn’t go as the company calculated, thus, they opted to roll-out BS6 existing range of motorcycles for the time being.
According to the information in public domain, Royal Enfield has registered 4 trademarks – Meteor, Hunter, Flying Flea and Sherpa. Royal Enfield Meteor has already moved to replace Thunderbird. This test-mule with a relaxed commuter stance should get one of the remaining names – possibly ‘Hunter’, because Flying Flea would be something extremely light motorcycle and the name of Sherpa could go a simple, useful, do-it-all kind of rough motorcycle.
From the outer appearance, this test mule appears to be running on the same engine as the upcoming Meteor. That means Hunter may be a 350cc motorcycle with a wee bit of modern touch as well. This test-mule is running on a 10-spoke alloy wheels with fatter tyres, which appears to be 17- or 18-inch. The upswept exhaust is very different from Royal Enfield and we can also notice that LED tail lamp that appears to be a part of the body rather than a separate add-on part like on the current REs.
The test driver appears to be short in height and seems to be comfortable and straight in the ergonomics / seating pose. A single cluster of pod instruments can hold just a few needles along with some digital read-outs. The headlamp is chrome dipped and does not go well with the alloys, engine and other parts of the overall black theme.
Considering that Royal Enfield Meteor will be the motorcycle to concentrate for Royal Enfield on this-year, the upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter could be a launching candidate for next year…
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