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Old 12th February 2018, 09:49   #1
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Big shoutout to Suhaas307 for shooting these pictures & his coverage of the Auto Expo. Thanks for sharing, man!

UM India is a joint venture between UM International, headquartered in Miami, Florida and Lohia Auto. The JV was signed on September 2014. These bikes are manufactured at the Lohia Auto's Kashipur facility in Uttarakhand. The plant's production capacity currently stands at 1,00,000 motorcycles per year. The company has launched three new motorcycles in India, including an electric cruiser bike, at the Auto Expo.

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The stall had this interesting mural made from motorcycle parts:
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Also displayed were a bunch of accessories including helmets, jackets, boots, bags, etc:
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The electric cruiser bike is called the Thor. It will be available at a price starting from Rs. 4.9 lakh (ex-showroom):
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The Thor is powered by a 94 BHP / 70 Nm electric motor:
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The bike gets wire-spoke wheels, front fork finished in chrome and a single round headlamp:
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It gets a 5-speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch and a reverse gear to aid with manoeuvrability and parking. Power is sent to the rear wheel using a belt drive:
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The rear end gets an LED tail lamp and fender mounted clear-lens indicators:
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It comes equipped with 3 different sized Li-ion batteries - 7.5 kWh, 15 kWh and 27 kWh that gives the bike a company-claimed range of 81, 149 and 270 km respectively. A fast charger can charge the batteries to 80% in 40 minutes while level 2 chargers will take 2-7 hours for a full charge depending on the battery size:
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The spec-sheet:
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The company also launched the Duty S and Duty Ace models with prices starting from Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom). First up is the Duty S that is finished in a matte black and green paint scheme:
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The bike gets blacked-out 7-spoke alloy wheels, engine cover, exhaust and a radiator:
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It gets a single pod instrument cluster with a large speedometer, digital trip and odo meters and some warning lamps:
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The specs of the Duty S can be seen here:
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The Duty Ace is a cafe racer themed bike. It gets the same engine and gearbox combo from the Duty S. The changes include a front cowl, a single seat and a revised paint scheme:
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The spec-sheet:
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The company also showcased their Commando Classic:
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The bike is powered by a 280cc motor and gets a front windshield, white wall tyres and a backrest for the pillion. The exhaust, butterfly guard, tank top, headlamp housing and rear grab handles all have plenty of chrome:
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A cream and copper coloured Commando Classic was also displayed. This however didn't come with white wall tyres:
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More details of the bike:
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The Vegas is a single seat bike finished in matte black with red highlights:
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Technical specifications of the Vegas:
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Also on display was the Mojave. The bike gets sand coloured tank and fenders along with brown seats, handlebar grips and saddlebags:
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The spec-sheet:
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The Commando was next. It is finished in a matte green and black colour combo:
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It also gets a backrest, black spoked wheels and an offset fuel lid:
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The specs:
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I thought the Thor costs 9.9 lacs. Is 4.9 lacs the starting price for one which comes with lowest capacity battery and with a range of 80KM?
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Is 4.9 lacs the starting price for one which comes with lowest capacity battery and with a range of 80KM?
Most probably this will be the pricing for the entry level 7.5 kWh battery model. I don't think the largest battery variant will sell for Rs. 9.9 lakh. Its too steep a price increase.
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Most probably this will be the pricing for the entry level 7.5 kWh battery model. I don't think the largest battery variant will sell for Rs. 9.9 lakh. Its too steep a price increase.
Wont sell with the base variant either. A range of 81 kms is too less for a bike priced 4.99L. Should reduce upon hard inputs. Some semi aggressive riding could see you stranded even its a short breakfast ride out of the city. There are scooters priced at 1/10th of this with a similar range, and range is considered a major limitation there as well.

Waiting for someone to do a Tesla in the two wheeler industry as well.

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Most probably this will be the pricing for the entry level 7.5 kWh battery model. I don't think the largest battery variant will sell for Rs. 9.9 lakh. Its too steep a price increase.
The largest battery variant has 3x range than the base version. I believe the fast charging might be applicable only to the highest version. Anything less than 7 lacs for highest version-its tremendous value given the tech it comes with. Hopefully its a reliable unit.
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The Duty brothers seem to be just about OK against the Thunderbird and Avenger, they look nice but surely look stripped down. Plus that 17.xx BHP sure doesn't look very impressive on paper.

OTOH, The Classic is simply drool worthy, the power figures are decent for Indian conditions. If they manage to plonk in bigger engine with 35-45HP output, they may even steal some Street 750 sales!

In general I like their designs, simple straightforward and functional.
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OTOH, The Classic is simply drool worthy, the power figures are decent for Indian conditions.

In general I like their designs, simple straightforward and functional.
Problem with UM motorcycles is the fit, finish and parts quality when you see them upclose. Somehow feels very low quality in person as compared to the pics.

For example - I saw the Commando and the Avenger together and somehow the former felt like it was a much cheaper motorcycle in terms of build quality. However, their size and the designs catch attention.
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The company also launched the Duty S and Duty Ace models with prices starting from Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
DutyS looks good, of course, It won't be able to do any damage to a 350 CC RE Thunderbird. I think, due to its resemblance to Harley Davidson Roadster, DutyS will be able to make some good sales numbers. I liked the design of Duty S. Looking forward to seeing DutyS as the final product to get the idea of fit and finish.
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Test rode the commando and the classic this Saturday. Low end torque is slightly less than what I would have liked but that's only till you reach double figure speeds. Was surprisingly nimble for city traffic. Has a really tall 1st and 2nd gear, which I loved! Fit and finish as discussed is not brilliant, but it isn't as bad as people make it to be. The newer bikes have a much better build quality with a marked difference in the test ride vehicle and one that was about to be delivered. My suggestion, go take a ride and take a call if you planning to buy one. I am in the market for a cruiser and the classic has me tempted.

Also test rode the Vulcan S. Didn't like it much, low end torque isn't great at all. The riding position was also slightly off. Maybe it's just me, but I liked the UMs better than the Vulcan S.
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Fit and finish as discussed is not brilliant, but it isn't as bad as people make it to be. The newer bikes have a much better build quality with a marked difference in the test ride vehicle and one that was about to be delivered.
This is encouraging. However, could it be that the bike doesn't age well and hence the newer ones appear built well? I hope not.

Since you are considering Vulcan S as well- not considering the Harley Davidson Street 750?
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This is encouraging. However, could it be that the bike doesn't age well and hence the newer ones appear built well? I hope not.
I hope not as well, the showroom owner did mention that UM has been working on improving the quality based on customer feedback in iterations. The panels gaps looked much better in the newer bikes.

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Since you are considering Vulcan S as well- not considering the Harley Davidson Street 750?
Yeah, I did try the HD Street Rod, rode it on a Sunday morning in Jan when the weather was a decent 28 - 30 deg C. However, after riding for about a km, the engine heat was unbearable. I really don't think I'll consider a HD in India at the moment, although it is my dream bike since '91 after watching Arnie in T2:Judgement Day
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