For the first time ever, AutoColumn has spotted the UM Hypersport, and the Renegade Commando being tested in India. These pictures were clicked in Pune by our ace reader Arjun Dhavale.
If you are craving for a dual purpose motorcycle since ages, and feel like the Impulse just isnt powerful enough (everybody thinks so!), start saving, because we have caught something which a dual purpose motorcycle lover can’t resist.
Its surprising that the Hypersport was not showcased (not even mentioned) at the 2014 Auto Expo. The Renegade Sports is available in three engine variants – 137.8cc, 180.4cc and 196.4 cc. The Renegade Commando and DSR share a similar motor of 223 cc, churning out 18 bhp @ 8,000 rpm and 16.86 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 5 speed transmission.
The Hypersport looks like a hardcore dual purpose motorcycle which you can carry to your office on weekdays, and for weekend jungle trails. Equipped with 775mm long USD’s (UpSide Down), it also comes with an internal adjustment of springs and dampers to ensure optimum performance and better adherence to the pavement. The 124cc model rides on 110/70-15″ and 120/70-15″ tyres, while the 199cc and 223cc engined bikes receive 110/70-17″ and 130/70-17″ tyres at the front and rear respectively.
UM is a motorcycle brand born in America and was first registered with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office by its founders, the Villegas Family in the early 2000’s. Affordable bikes and scooters are made and distributed to over 20 different countries under the UM motorcycles brand. UM motorcycles are all set to establish their office in Delhi, and they will not only be setting up a manufacturing plant but also develop an R&D centre.
It’s a good news for the Indian two wheeler industry that another global manufacturer is trying its luck in India, and we the enthusiasts are happy because the bikes are of our taste. With the Impulse, Hero has again kicked off (remember the 1990’s Bajaj scrambler?) the off road bike segment. Its going to be an interesting battle then, as Hero seems to be developing a 223cc Impulse. That, with Hero’s service network and 5 year warranty will only make things really difficult for the UM Hypersport.
Price! Thats the key point here. If the UM Hypersport is priced lower than the Hero Impulse 223, that would be one interesting battle on the sales charts.