Cleveland CycleWerks To Commence Sales In October

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  • Jun 21, 2018
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The company will enter India with two models: the Ace and the Misfit

The wait for a Royal Enfield alternative might finally be over. Cleveland CycleWerks, the American two-wheeler manufacturer which recently showed off its products at the Auto Expo 2018, will commence sales this October. The announcement was made through the company’s social media accounts.

Cleveland CycleWerks originally had plans of launching its motorcycles in June 2018 but with the dealership network setup still underway, the launch had to be pushed to this October. For their Indian operations, the company will be collaborating with Hyderabad-based Laish-Madison Motor Werks for production and distribution of its bikes. The bikes will take the CKD route from China and will be assembled at CCW’s Pune Plant.

Speaking of the bikes, CCW showcased four models at the Auto Expo 2018: the Misfit, the Ace Deluxe, the Ace Scrambler and the Ace Cafe. Of these, only the Ace and the Misfit will be launched this October.

The Ace is a small and compact neo retro-styled bike with clean lines and simplicity written all over it. It gets a round chrome headlamp, a single-pod analogue instrument console, a classic teardrop-shaped fuel tank and stubby retro styled fenders.

As the name suggests, the Misfit is designed to be a maverick. The cafe racer-inspired bike gets a blacked out theme, which contrasts with the fluorescent lime green paint job on the panels really well.

What's interesting is that the 229cc motor used to power these bikes are essentially a licence-built variation of the well proven Honda CMX250’s engine. So reliability could be a big plus for these bikes. The 229cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled mill produces peak power of 15.4PS at 7000rpm and a max torque of 16Nm at 6000rpm. It comes mated to a 5-speed transmission.

The Ace employs a conventional diamond-type frame, although here the engine acts as a stressed member. In comparison, the Misfit uses a tubular, steel-backbone-type dual-cradle frame. Suspension duties are taken care of by upside-down forks upfront while the rear gets twin hydraulic shock absorbers with 5-stage preload adjustability. Anchoring the bike is a single 298mm disc coupled with a 2-piston caliper while the rear receives a 210mm disc with a single-piston caliper. Tyres measure in at 110/70-17 and 130/70-17 for the Ace, as opposed to the Misfit’s slightly slimmer 120/70 rear section tyre.

The Ace range and the Misfit are expected to be priced between Rs 2 lakh-2.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete will the UM Renegade Sports S (Rs 1.64 lakh) and the well established Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X (Rs 1.98 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi).

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