When someone says cruiser, the first
thought which comes to mind is a big black Harley. But Harleys are hardly
affordable, moreover they were never meant to be affordable in my opinion.
Should that really stop the vast market of Indian consumers from owning a
cruiser with American heritage? Well honestly it should not but up until now
there were no options available. All of this changed when United Motors decided
to bring their range of Renegade motorcycles to India.
Soon I found myself cruising behind the
broad T shaped bars of a UM Renegade Sport S. The Sport S has a very urban look
with crisp and clean lines running seamlessly along the edges of the bike. The
Renegade Sport S definitely has a commanding road presence and turns heads
quite often. It also comes with a 360 degree LED system and blindspot mirrors
as well. At the heart of the Sport S is a 279.5cc, single cylinder, liquid
cooled engine. The petrol motor puts out 24.8bhp at 8500rpm and 21.8Nm of
torque at 7000rpm.
cylinder, liquid cooled, petrol
24.8bhp @ 8500rpm
21.8Nm @ 7000rpm
Length x Width x Height
2227mm x 860mm x 1100mm
41mm Hydraulic Telescopic
Twin Hydraulic Spring loaded
280mm Disc, 2 Pot
Kerb Weight (Kgs)
Fuel Tank capacity
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
To be absolutely honest, I was completely
taken aback with the response and handling of the Renegade Sport S. I had
expected a very lukewarm performance from the single cylinder engine, but
instead what I got was a very thrilling ride unlike a typical cruiser, it was
more like riding a fire cracker. The throttle response is very accurate and
almost instantly you can feel a surge of power from the rear wheel pushing you
forward. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed, manual transmission with
overdrive gears. The shifts are smooth and the Sport S has long legs be it on
highways or city roads one does not need to shift that often. The bike climbs up
to 100kmph in a few seconds and has the capability of going upto 125kmph.
The bike sits on a 110/ 70 R17 tyre in
front and a 140/ 90 R15 tyre in the rear. The fat profile of the rear tyre
gives the bike a very beefy look and also provides immense grip on tarmac. The
bike has a softly sprung suspension which is facilitated by 41mm hydraulic
telescopic forks in the front and spring loaded twin hydraulic shocks in the
rear. The bike rides over bumps and potholes with ease and the suspension soaks
in most of the jerks. The Sport S has a low centre of gravity and that caters
to a well balanced and stable ride. Even while cornering at high speeds the
ride feels quite solid and planted. Braking on the bike is facilitated by a
280mm disc up front and a drum in the rear. The front disc comes with a 2 pot
caliper and provides a more than adequate bite but then we felt the rear brakes
could have been a bit sharper.
The build quality of the Renegade Sport S
is also quite good, the ride feels solid and the overall quality of materials
used is more than satisfactory. The rider seat height has been set at a
comfortable 750mm and the seat cushion is quite soft, thus cruising along
highways even for long hours feels like a breeze. The bike has a decent ground
clearance of 150mm and a 1545mm wheelbase. The seating position, handle bars
and foot pegs all have been laid out in a manner to make it more comfortable
for the rider. The switch gear has been ergonomically placed on the handlebars
making them easy to access and operate. The Sport S comes with an Analogue
Speedo and a Digital Tachometer with a fuel indicator. The Instrument cluster
is simple and easy to read.
The UM Renegade Sport S comes with an 18
litre fuel tank and returns approximately 30kms to the litre giving it quite a
decent range on a single tank of fuel. This bike goes up against the Bajaj
Avenger and Royal Enfield's cruiser bike line up. The Sport S does have that
characteristic American cruiser appeal and a very peppy performance. What is
most appealing however is the price tag of just Rs. 1,49,000 (ex-showroom
Delhi). This fire cracker of a motorcycle is definitely a not to miss if you
are in the market for an affordable cruiser.
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