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- Oct 12, 2019
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UM Motorcycles, the American motorcycle manufacturer, is among the youngest two-wheeler brands in India and it made its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. In its short journey, the company has spread its dealership outlets to over 70 showrooms across 59 cities and has two cruiser bikes on sale.
UM recently launched two new bikes in India, the Renegade Commando Classic and the Renegade Commando Mojave. All the bikes in the Renegade series, including the already on sale Renegade Commando and Renegade Sports S, come with a liquid-cooled engine and a six-speed gearbox, thus providing a similar riding experience. We take a look at what makes each of them stand out and apart from each other.
UM Renegade Commando Classic-
The new UM Renegade Commando Classic offers the best of both worlds, combining a very classic, old school design with modern features to provide an enjoyable and comfortable riding experience.
It comes in two colours: candy metallic glossy black for the bold and dauntless at heart, and copper white for those with a taste for the finer things in life.
True to its name, the bike gets its fair share of chrome finish that will definitely attract second glances from anybody who passes by.
Along with it comes a large windshield that not only makes the bike more attractive but also provides safety so you don't have to battle the wind or the debris while hitting the road. It is designed to make your tiring long journeys less lethargic, with comfortable seating.
Lastly, it comes with a saddlebag as standard fitment attached to a sturdy bracket that ensures that it stays firm without sagging. Another interesting addition is a small zipper on the fuel tank, which is large enough to hold your phone. There is also a USB port next to the instrument console which will be handy to keep your smartphone charged up as you use the maps to explore new destinations.
The alloy backrest ensures that not only the rider but even his pillion has a comfortable journey on the cruiser.
UM Renegade Commando Mojave-
For the lone wolf on the road, UM motors is also out with the Renegade Commando Mojave, named after the largest and driest desert of North America, the Mojave desert.
It promises the same performance as the Commando Classic but features a new colour with a different style.
It will be introduced in a unique desert-coloured matte paint along with the ‘Mojave’ desert logo. Along with the saddlebag, it also comes with a small zippered pouch which can be extremely useful for storing money and your smartphone, as it's mounted on the fuel tank. The cruiser comes with a USB charging port as well. The high density seat covers are comfortable, attractive and highly durable. The bike also provides oversized leg guards which is a plus on a long, testing journey.
UM Renegade Commando-
The Commando was the first motorcycle from the UM brand for India.
It has a typical cruiser styling and takes inspiration from the Harley-Davidson Fatboy. But unlike a traditional cruiser that gets chrome, the Commando gets matte finish for a more modern and aggressive look. The bike gets a fuel tank-mounted instrument cluster, which is a traditional cruiser trait. The bike employs a semi-digital instrument console with analogue speedometer and a digital display for details like odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, gear position indicator etc. It has a 280cc single-cylinder mill that delivers 25.1PS of power and 23Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The UM Renegade Commando is a motorcycle for someone looking for a traditional cruiser with a twist of modernity as the styling of the bike does make it stand out from its rivals.
It comes in three attractive colours: Matt Moss Green, Burgundy Shine and Black Shine
UM Renegade Sports S-
While the Commando has traditional styling, the Sports S takes a more modern and sporty approach, as its name suggests. The bike gets draped in flashy dual-tone colours and also gets a headlight cowl reminiscent of the Suzuki Intruder. Unlike the curved-back handlebar of the Renegade Commando, the Sports S comes with a flat handlebar which makes it look aggressive, while also making the riding posture slightly canted forward and sporty. Also, it gets alloy wheels instead of spoked wheels, indicating its modern and sporty approach.
As discussed before, the Sport S’ engine specifications are similar to the UM Renegade Commando. The mechanicals are also similar, including the disc brake up front and the drum brake at the rear, which is disappointing at this price point. The UM Renegade Sports S with its slightly sporty riding posture and flashy styling will appeal to youngsters who have a soft spot for flair. It comes in three flashy colours: Young Red, Young Orange and Black Silver.
UM Motorcycles’ new bikes, while different in design and style, are pretty similar to their two predecessors - which are similar machines themselves - in terms of engine and mechanicals. We at ZigWheels have already reviewed the new Renegade Commando Classic and the Renegade Commando Mojave. Click here to find out more about our take on the two cruisers.
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