UM Motorcycles will be making its debut in India on the 3rd of February at Auto Expo 2016. To start with, they will be launching three products from the Renegade range in the country — the Renegade Classic, the Renegade Commando and the Renegade Sport S.
UM Motorcycles will be assembling these bikes in India, they have set up a manufacturing plant in Kashipur in Uttarakhand and 50 per cent of the components will be locally sourced. The bikes will be powered by a 279cc single-cylinder water-cooled engine that is mated to a six-speed transmission. It makes a decent 25bhp at 8,000rpm and 21.8Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. Up front, the bikes sports a telescopic fork and has dual-shocks at the rear.
We spoke to Rajeev Mishra, Director of UM India last month and he told us that UM hopes to position these bikes as the ‘Harleys of the middle class”. They will be positioned above entry level cruisers like the Avenger and Royal Enfields but will be considerably cheaper than Harley-Davidsons.
Bookings for the Renegade will begin at Auto Expo 2016. The company is headquartered in Delhi and as already started appointing dealers across the country. The distribution network will include Tier II and Tier III cities in the near future. Currently sales in the monthly segment are approximately 50,000 units a month and UM’s target is to gain one per cent of this.