Author Topic: Who'd a thunk 350cc's (Hunter) could be such a hoot!!  (Read 628 times)

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Scooter MGee

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on: February 11, 2024, 12:10:28 pm
A list of the mods so far......

K-Speed rear shocks
Hitchcock's 10% stiffer fork springs
EBC HH sintered brake pads
Dunlop Sportmax GPR300 tires in the OE sizes
Tail Tidy (the MK unit is on the way)
Custom Enfield seat
Bar end mirrors
DNA filter/air box cover
Enfield Precision can
FuelX Lite
Enfield LED indicators
Short adjustable levers
LED headlight and marker bulbs

I think that's it for now.......I'm waiting on the Enfield rev counter kit and upgraded shift linkage to rid the bike of the 6 miles of slop in the shifter assy.

I've worked a bit on trimming weight from the bike as well......down just shy of 7 pounds.


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Reply #1 on: February 11, 2024, 12:51:08 pm
Very nice.
I think those shocks may be my next mod as I am modding mine for dirt road use. I know there are better bikes for dirt roads, but I think the Hunter is just cool looking!



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Reply #2 on: February 11, 2024, 05:41:01 pm
Very nice guys. Now I have real hand info on usable up grades for the 350. Thank you.
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Reply #3 on: February 11, 2024, 05:46:32 pm
Everything I have changed has been well thought out. Purely functional for better rider engagement, performance and weight loss which, after weighing all the parts and pieces, is actually 10.8lbs. The Hunter may not be the fastest thing on 2 wheels, but enhancing the weight and handling really highlights it's purpose. It rings true to the old adage "it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow". I've had both light/fast and heavy/slow bikes in the past. This bike is truly a hoot to ride!!
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Reply #4 on: February 11, 2024, 05:54:46 pm
Very nice.
I think those shocks may be my next mod as I am modding mine for dirt road use. I know there are better bikes for dirt roads, but I think the Hunter is just cool looking!

I'd recommend the 10% stiffer fork springs from Hitchcock's as well. Really transforms the handling.
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Reply #5 on: February 12, 2024, 05:35:31 pm
Hello Scooter, nice bike!!
Just 1 point I notice on your photo: You have at the end of your handlebar the ring from the bar end mirror mounting kit. That ring "must" be put before the mirror and at the end the rounded metal end. So in other words.. handgrip - ring - mirror - rounded end.
Don't get me wrong, if this way was your intention it's of course absolutely fine, who am I to say "you must", but when I bought my bike the dealer mounted those mirrors, which are absolutely amazing in my opinion, just like yours. Then I saw a video on youtube made by Tiger Ness and he showed the "right way" to mount them.
The link to his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHc3BG4yf2k&t=1s
Hitcocks sell those bar end mirrors and the kit and they have a mount PDF instruction. I put that pdf in the attachement.
Again: very nice bike and have fun with it and ride safe!!
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Reply #6 on: February 13, 2024, 08:12:36 am
The dealer installed them before delivery. I ordered this kit..... https://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/43803?cont_page=Royal-Enfield-Hunter-Accessories&keyword=Mirror with these mirrors....... https://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/40373?cont_page=Royal-Enfield-Hunter-Accessories&keyword=Mirror

Looks like the left off the bar end weights. They are over 100 miles away. I guess I'll look into finding a pair but it really doesn't bother me. I planned on painting them matte black but I could just pick up any 'ol set of bar end weights. I may just get a pair of Delrin bar end sliders to finish it off. I've been finding things to remove to loose weight off the bike anyway.  ;)
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Reply #7 on: February 13, 2024, 09:50:58 am
Yes, I bought exactly the same set and mirrors! I think they are much better than the original ones. More visibility and no vibration. Perfect.
When I received my bike I got in a box the original mirrors and the end weights and all the other stuff they changed (low rider seat, engine guard). Maybe they just forgot putting them on and can send them to you.
Of course, if the weight is your challenge then don't do it  :D
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- Honda CB 750 four K
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- Honda CMX 500 Rebel

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Reply #8 on: February 13, 2024, 11:02:24 am
I just ordered up a universal set of bar end caps. I'll swap the silver friction rings/spacers to the proper place between the grip and mirror and place the bar end caps in place of the OE weights.

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Reply #9 on: February 15, 2024, 10:24:21 am
Both Hunters looks great. I just can imagine how satisfying is personalize your own bike. Even better when improve its performance...

I have some questions for @Scooter McGee: When you name the tail tidy, is it from MK designs, in India? I'm very interested in their Hunter's high front fender... How about shipping?

Second one: can you compare the personalize seat you choose? I want to change the stock one, but i doubt between models (bench seat included).

@Matter: those tyres look great, but... Do you notice any lack of confidence leaning? In wet conditions? Maybe they sounds too much at relatively high speeds?

Again, great bikes you both have...


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Reply #10 on: February 15, 2024, 10:50:33 am
I have some questions for @Scooter McGee: When you name the tail tidy, is it from MK designs, in India? Second one: can you compare the personalize seat you choose? I want to change the stock one, but i doubt between models (bench seat included).

The tail tidy in the photo is what's currently on it. It is the "Blitz Tail Tidy". The dealer I bought the bike from ordered it. I believe they got it off eBay. Took about a week to get. Not sure where it came from. I do have the MK Designs one waiting for me to install. I purchased that from a company here in the States from Baxter's Cycles.

The seat is the RE "Custom" seat with the red stitching. Sized and feels very similar to the original stock seat.
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Reply #11 on: February 15, 2024, 12:51:39 pm
Both Hunters looks great. I just can imagine how satisfying is personalize your own bike. Even better when improve its performance...

I have some questions for @Scooter McGee: When you name the tail tidy, is it from MK designs, in India? I'm very interested in their Hunter's high front fender... How about shipping?

Second one: can you compare the personalize seat you choose? I want to change the stock one, but i doubt between models (bench seat included).

@Matter: those tyres look great, but... Do you notice any lack of confidence leaning? In wet conditions? Maybe they sounds too much at relatively high speeds?

Again, great bikes you both have...

I haven't ridden it on tarmac enough to answer the questions about the tires. I would imagine those are legitimate concerns, but I am modding this for dirt road use so I am more concerned about that.
I'm using the same seat as Scooter, it does feel about like the stock seat, maybe a little lower and just looks much better to me. I did a home spun tail tiddy that put the plate all the way up to the taillight. I did a high front fender, but then went back to a raised stock fender.


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Reply #12 on: February 15, 2024, 03:32:59 pm
Well, after looking at all the kewl stuff MK Designs has for the Hunter I may have ordered the complete Cafe styling (subframe kit, Cafe fairing & seat cowl) and drag bar kit. Some of the Cafe kit parts are not quite available until the end of the month.

https://mkdesignsindia.com/product/caferacer-kit-hunter-350/
https://mkdesignsindia.com/product/caferacer-fairing-for-hunter-350/
https://mkdesignsindia.com/product/drag-handle-bar-hunter/
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Reply #13 on: February 15, 2024, 06:09:01 pm
Hehehe... Two Hunters and completely different proposes/looks: dirt mode and Café racer. Thank you both, Scooter MGee and Matter, for your answers.

My intention is to slightly customize mine, as a urban fighter (kinda...), with high/short front fender and tail tidy, rising the handlebar, bench seat and a scrambler mask for headlamp... Wi'll see.


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Reply #14 on: February 18, 2024, 06:38:16 pm
Installed the ever elusive RE tail tidy today. I try to stick with OE parts when I can.



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