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UM Renegade Commando Classic Review

  • Published On: 22 January 2018
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The Renegade Commando Classic is the newest offering from UM, here is our take on it.

Commando Classic front view in action.
Classic branding on the front mudguard.
Instrument cluster difficult to read.
Typical-American cruiser styling.
Large seats, rear gets backrest.
Engine is decently refined on the UM.
Commando Classic front view in action.
Classic branding on the front mudguard.
Instrument cluster difficult to read.
Typical-American cruiser styling.
Large seats, rear gets backrest.
Engine is decently refined on the UM.

The bike market in India is steadily growing, the variety of offerings from different manufacturers are only increasing. The previous models, which were in their pre-production stages, had a few issues, but UM have now put a lot of work in to sort them out. These motorcycles directly rival Royal Enfield’s Offerings, especially the Commando Classic. Here is how it performs.

On the outside

The Commando Classic has typical American cruiser styling. The Classic, as the name suggests is styled like a classic American cruiser and it sure does turn a lot of heads. The motorcycle is available in two colour schemes – a dual-tone and an all-black option, both options come equipped with large amounts of chrome. The bike can also be equipped with a large front windscreen as an optional extra and this competes its highway cruiser styling. The overall stance of the motorcycle can also lead one to believe that it is a larger-displacement cruiser. The placement of the tank-mounted instruments makes them difficult to read, however.

How does it perform?

This UM is powered by a 279cc, single-cylinder fuel injected engine. This engine feels considerably smooth and decently powered. This engine manages to make 25hp and 23Nm of torque, and it is paired to a six-speed gearbox, however, the sixth gear is meant only for cruising. Interestingly, this engine is a high revving unit and it makes peak torque and power at higher rpms. This is not characteristic of a cruiser motorcycle; it feels more like the engine belonged on a sporty naked bike.

Nonetheless, gearshifts are crisp, and this UM managed a 0-100kph time of 13.51sec, not extraordinary but decent for a 280cc cruiser. The Classic is at its best out on the highway at speeds of around 90kph. The cruiser does suffer from vibrations through the handlebar and seat, the motorcycle also come equipped with decibel killers on its mufflers, which can be easily taken off for a louder exhaust note.

How does it ride?

The bike uses a dual-cradle frame, a conventional front fork and twin hydraulic rear shocks. The motorcycle has a stable ride, but your back will get in trouble on a bumpy road. As far as handling is concerned, the bike is decent, which is not surprising. It took corners with stability, while the TVS ATT tyres provided nice grip.

In terms of braking, the UM’s 280mm front disc and rear drum are able to lower speeds predictably. Though the front brake does have nice initial bite, it feels wooden and requires a good squeeze to get the most out of it. The bike managed an 80-0kph time of 3.96sec, which is reasonable from a 179kg motorcycle.

Ergonomically, the Commando gets a deep seat for the rider which goes upwards for a pillion seat. A nice touch is the large backrest for the rear passenger. It is decently comfortable, the seats are plush and handlebars allow for the shoulders to be in a relaxed position. Overall, this position could work well for motorcyclists of different heights.

Should I buy one?

The bikemaker has done an amazing job of improving its machine from what we rode previously. It has good ride quality and could make a good option to buy if you’re interested in covering long distances on the highway. But, the motorcycle could still be improved in a number of areas, like ride quality and engine refinement. The price-tag, at ₹1.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Classic, is competitive and rivals the Royal Enfield range. Those wanting affordable American-styled cruising should consider the Classic as an option.

Author: Droom

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