UM Motorcycles has launched the Renegade Commando Mojave and the Renegade Commando Classic in Bangalore, at a price of Rs 1,85,181 and Rs 1,93,630 respectively. The motorcycles were launched in the Indian market earlier this month and the regional launch for Bangalore took place earlier today.
The Renegade Commando Classic features a two-tone gloss metallic paint job with lots of chrome. The motorcycle also comes with a tank cover, saddlebags, a polycarbonate windshield, engine guards and even a backrest for the pillion rider.
The two-shade paint job is available only in Copper Cream and Candy, while there is another colour option in the form of Metallic Glossy Black.
The Renegade Commando Mojave, on the other hand looks more basic, with the absence of chrome bits. However, the Mojave Desert-inspired sand coloured paint job makes the motorcycle look very rugged. Graphics, and other bits on this motorcycle are finished in black, including parts which are chromed on the Commando Classic.
Both, the Renegade Commando Classic and the Commando Mojave, are powered by the same engine - a liquid cooled, fuel injected, 279.5cc, single-cylinder engine. The 25bhp max power output and 23Nm peak torque output drives the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox, with overdrive for long highway rides.
Weighing in at 179kg (wet), the renegade siblings are not exactly what one would call light, but are lighter than its main competitor, Royal Enfield, and have more power, enabling them to perform better. Though Mr Jose Villegas said UM was not looking at competition with any other manufacturer, their pricing strategy clearly is in Royal Enfield territory.
Speaking at the launch, Jose Villegas, the Director of UM India said, "With the launch of Renegade Commando Classic and Mojave, we are looking forward to attract young leaders. We are committed in setting a new benchmark in providing excellence not only in our products but also in service experience."
Speaking of service, UM has already set up 60 dealerships with service centres across India, allowing them to have a greater reach. Adding to this is the fact that 72 percent of the components used in the manufacture of the motorcycles are made in India, thereby making purchase of spares cheaper. UM is also looking at completely localising production within the next 18 months.
UM would also be revealing an electric cruiser at the EICMA international motorcycle expo set to take place in Italy this November. That would certainly be a first of its kind in the Indian market when it is launched a couple of years later.
UM Motorcycle as a brand is still relatively unknown to many in India though its motorcycles are significantly better equipped and styled than immediate competition. With the new motorcycles launched, UM can now attract more buyers, and if 100 percent localisation happens, prices too would drop, making prospects better for the American motorcycle manufacturer.
UM also revealed plans to develop higher capacity cruisers which would be priced competitively in the Indian market. Now that's something to look forward to.