UM Motorcycles that had unveiled its portfolio at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, will finally launch its first product - the UM Renegade Commando - at the upcoming edition of the Indian Auto Expo in February. The company is planning to launch the Renegade Commando cruiser in two variants.
In September 2014, UM Motorcycles had signed a strategic joint venture with India-based electric two-wheel maker - Lohia Auto. Under the agreement, a new company named UML was formed with a 50-50 percent partnership between the two brands. UM Motorcycle is aiming to manufacture 1 lakh units/year at Lohia Auto's existing facility in Kashipur, Uttarkhand. The Miami based motorcycle maker also aims to utilise its Indian plant as an export hub.
The UM Renegade Commando will derive its power from a 300cc, single-cylinder engine that is good for 27bhp. This powertrain will be mated a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual gearbox. Though the global 2016 model of the Renegade Commando is available in two different powertrain options - a 149.4cc and a 223cc. While the former is good for 16.55bhp and 14.14Nm, the latter churns out 18bhp and 15.5Nm. Though there is no clarity if the company will bring in one of these two variants to India or not.
The global model also comes with several advanced features such as blind spot mirrors and USB charging port. We hope to see these features with the India-bound model as well. UM Motorcycles plans to have over 50 dealerships at the time of launching its first product, and 5 of them have already been appointed.