“Commando” brings to your mind images of tough and brawny soldiers with black
grease paint smeared across their face and wearing fatigues with all kinds of
weapons strapped around them, looking menacing and purposeful as they walk
around. But did you know there is a motorcycle from UM Motorcycles, a company
based in the US that goes by the name “Commando”? Does this UM Renegade Commando
motorcycle live up to its name? We find out.
Commando comes with a 280cc engine that produces a peak power of 24bhp and 21Nm
of torque. These are really good numbers but you get to enjoy the maximum
amount of power and torque only close to the top end of the rpm band which
means that you really have to rev the engine in order to get it to its best.
The engine comes mated to a 6 speed transmission. The bike has overdrive gear
so while you are cruising in the 6th gear you can actually ride at slower
speeds as well. The only hindrance in the experience is caused by the somewhat
clunky nature of the gear shifts.
279.50cc, Single Cylinder, 4 Stoke, Liquid Cooled
6 Speed, Synchronous Mesh Overdrive
Width x Height
2257mm x 820mm x 1140mm
Twin Hydraulic Shocks With Springs
280mm Disc, 2 Piston Caliper
110/90 - 16
140/90 - 15
Rs. 1.59 lakh
exhaust note on the Renegade Commando is sweet to listen to, it is not as good
as its sibling - the Renegade Sport S. I personally found this a bit odd since
the Commando is supposed to be a proper cruiser so it should have had that deep
rumble like sound and not the Sport S which is aimed to be sportier.
the overall ride, it is enjoyable and feels how a solid cruiser should feel
like. Once you are on a highway, this bike has long legs and the presence of a
6th gear really makes a big impact. The bike is heavy and thus even after
crossing speeds of 100kmph (which you can do easily) it felt rock steady. This
cruiser comes with broad 110/90-16 tyres in the front and 140/90-15 tyres in
the rear and these provide a good grip on the road and surprisingly allow for
some great cornering capabilities. Now since we live in India, we are bound to
come across bumps and pot holes more often than not. The Renegade Commando is
equipped with hydraulic telescopic suspension in
the front and twin hydraulic shocks with springs in the rear. The suspension gobbles
up the smaller bumps with ease and you almost don't feel them. It even handles
bigger bumps nicely and you won't find yourself hopping on the seat every now
and them. The Renegade Commando comes with a large 280mm disc brake in the
front which really lends some great stopping power to this vehicle. Although
the drum brake in the rear was not at the same level as the front disc, it
still did a decent job.
gear has been placed ergonomically and everything is within reach. We also liked
the tank mounted speedometer. It has an analogue speedometer and a decently
sized digital display underneath that. The blue color illumination really looks
good, especially in dark conditions and is not too hard to read. This digital
meter shows things like fuel level, current gear and trip meter. Another neat
feature added by UM is a USB port tucked on the left side of the speedometer
mounting. The overall aesthetics of the bike are good but we felt that since it
is competing with big and established names like the Royal Enfield and Bajaj,
it could have been improved even more. Although we feel that with time UM will
improve on this aspect of the vehicle.
There are hooks
on both sides of the bike for hanging your gear or groceries. This can be very
handy considering that this is a cruiser and you will most likely be taking it
on long journeys and will need to carry stuff along with you. The rider seat
height is set at 750mm which is good enough for any average Indian. The long
seat is comfortable and combined with the T-shaped handlebar, it provides for a
hassle free long journey. You can easily ride for long distances without
feeling any kind of fatigue or stiffness. There is also a backrest at the very
end of the seat that can provide good support for the pillion. The headlight on
the Renegade Commando casts a decent beam and is sufficient for when you ride
at night. The turn indicators also do their job well.
UM Renegade Commando competes with cruisers like the Royal Enfield Thunderbird
(350cc) and the Bajaj Avenger(220cc). I personally feel that since the Renegade
Commando has a 280 cc engine, it actually carves out a separate space of its
own in the market. It sure might have a few shortcoming here and there but
success and finesse comes to those that 'soldier on' and continuously strive
for something better and we feel UM's Renegade Commando has a lot of potential.
So if you have ever fancied yourself an American cruiser but are on a tight
budget then the UM Renegade Commando is the way to go.
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