What is it?
United Motorcycles is an American brand with just a decade worth of history founded by the Villegas family. Sold in Latin America and South-East Asia, the USP of the company’s motorcycles has been good design and affordable prices. They have now come to India with the Commando and Sport S from their Renegade lineup to cash in on one untapped segment, the low-capacity cruiser. And the gap is huge here. At one end you have the Bajaj Avenger 220 and on the other, you have the 650cc Aquila Pro. Of course there’s the Aquila 250 but it costs Rs 2.5 lakh, leaving a big gap in terms of price.
For our market, yes. There clearly seems to be an American cruiser influence in the design of these cruisers and that’s a good thing. These bikes are big and come with generous amounts of road presence. What I love about both bikes is the distinct lack of chrome. In fact, the effort to hide chrome bits can be seen in the blacked front fork covers that hide the chrome 41mm forks. The Sport S comes with err. sporty bits like blacked out alloys, and engine, a headlamp cowl, a fat blacked out exhaust and a racy two-toned paint scheme to top it off. It also has faux air scoops flanking the tank with an integrated LED strip that acts like a DRL as well as ensures the bike is seen from the side in the dark. The riding position too is a tad sporty with the T-type blacked out bars making you reach ahead. It’s a position that sits between comfort and sporty. The Commando in comparison has more of a vintage vibe to it and seems to be inspired by yesteryears army motorcycles. The matte green paint (a Rs 4,000 option), big fenders and wire wheels shoot up a distinct vibe and should pull away quite a few RE Desert Storm buyers. It is more of a laid back rider with wider bars. The speedometer console is moved to the fuel tank on the Commando with a USB charging port on the side, quite a handy feature on both bikes. The front end does remind me of the Harley Fat Boy and that’s not a bad thing at all. Design-wise both bikes score highly. The finish could be better though we were assured that the bikes we were riding are pre-production bikes and not the final products that will be higher in refinement.