If there is one motorcycle segment in India which lacks offerings, it would be the affordable cruiser motorcycle segment. The Bajaj Avenger and the Royal Enfield range are the only ones who preside over this segment. Well, United Motors has barged in with three cruiser offerings.
The Renegade Commando is UM’s mid-range offering. With a price very similar to Royal Enfield’s Classic 500. Let us take a look at what the Renegade Commando has to offer.
In terms of looks, the front of the Commando comes with a thick front faceplate with an embedded logo. The faceplate also comes with a cut-out for the circular headlight. The turn signal indicators are closely placed and are connected to each other. The motorcycle also gets an elongated front mudguard typical of a cruiser motorcycle. The matte green and grey paint schemes gives the bike a military feel. The big star on the fuel tank is associated with the American military and it does look pretty good on it. The well cushioned seat and pillion backrest will take care of the passengers while cruising. The rear of the motorcycle also comes with a large curved rear mudguard, which places the pillion seat higher than the rider. Moreover, the large tail-lamp cluster seems proportionate to the overall styling of the motorcycle.
The instrument cluster comes mounted on the large 18-litre fuel tank. The speedometer is analogue and accompanied by a digital display for the trip meters and other data. The cluster also features a neat blue dial and neutral gear indicator.
In terms of performance, the Renegade Commando is powered by a 279cc single-cylinder and segment first water-cooled engine. The engine produces 25bhp at 8500rpm and peak torque of 21.8Nm at 7000rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheel via a chain drive. Stopping the 127kg (dry weight) motorcycle will be a single disc up front and a dated drum brake at the rear.
UM is currently in the process of setting up dealerships and plans to have 50 showrooms by the end of this year. The bookings for the bike have commenced, but the official deliveries will start only in the next couple of weeks. It is priced at Rs 1.59 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).