India Serenades with Renegade Commando

Renegade Commando

India has only a few available cruiser bikes that fit into the budget / mid budget segment. After the launch of the Avenger 220 and if you are wondering that the Royal Enfield fits into the cruiser segment, then you’re probably wrong because they are your standard motorcycles that are used by plenty of riders to cruise. Most Bike manufacturers have not made their presence felt in this category yet. However, American United Motorcycles (UM) has found a potential on Indian roads that would provide Indian cruisers an offering (well 2 offerings) that they would find hard to resist. The two small cc cruiser bikes are going to fill in the gap between choosing an Avenger 220 or the Aquilla (Hyosung) 250. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbqDkTULc7I As a part of UM’s strategic joint venture with Lohia Auto (India) the 50:50 partnership agreement between both two wheeler giants has led into the formation of UML that is set to launch the popular 'Renegade' series of bikes’ to India, thereby increasing the number of cruiser enthusiasts and riders. Adding to this exciting news Mr Ayush Lohia, Director, Lohia Auto said, "The Products of UM blend with our strength of manufacturing will definitely enthrall to Indian bike lovers. We are committed to produce the world class quality Bikes at our Kashipur plant. We are also committed to delight Indian consumers with our sales, after sales services and products." The company has initial plans of entering the Indian market with various offerings such as the 100-200 cc offerings followed by the 350-500 cc offerings. There are soon going to be around 25 dealerships spread across 15 different cities in India. Let’s take a quick look at the looks and performance of the Renegade bikes. [caption id="attachment_3075" align="aligncenter" width="1100"]"renegade commando cruiser" Image Source: images.maxabout.com[/caption] Key Features: Indians are surely going to get a hint of the true American cruisers, the vintage looks shared by the Renegade Commando reminisce cruising down a smooth road. The sexy bike has the right curves and trims to get a grip on her and take her on a ride. The bike is equipped with a mighty 17-litre fuel tank along with an emblem above the fuel cap that reads ‘Conquer the World’ (If you are riding on a few rickety Indian roads, you might conquer everything but the world) Riding the Renegade gets more fun with its single cylinder 230 cc air-cooled engine that can generate a peak power of 18 hp @8000 rpm that performs like a charm(although this might seem “middle of the road” sounding power, its performance takes this beauty a class above the rest) [caption id="attachment_3076" align="aligncenter" width="1685"]"renegade commando 225 cc engine" Image Source: performancefactory.in[/caption] There is another sweet spot with this bike, the addition of technology is a must and the bike comes loaded with it. You will find a USB port, located just under its headlight, enabling riders to charge their electrical devices that make a neat addition, there is also a Blind Spot View (BSV) another extolling feature that helps riders see vehicles in the background that they wouldn’t normally see in regular rear-view mirrors and making it easier for the rider to avoid a possibly fatal accident especially while changing lanes (this is certainly a good feature considering the worsening traffic condition on the Indian streets where roads have no rules and lead to chaos) accompanied by 110 mm front disc and 130 mm rear brakes that constitute a good gripping power and come in handy most of the time. The bike also has Anti-Flat Sealant tires that are a great addition because while cruising, there are chances of facing the flat tire and in such situations, the tires mend themselves. This is a joyous addition for bike riders and they can try riding this bike on pot-holed roads without having to worry about the tire (at least) Design and Looks: The bike has low seats as well as the typical cruiser type handle bars that bring out quite a vintage appeal. According to UM Global, the “traditional headlights, dual silencers and a stealthy matte finish round up this bike for an unavoidably sexy figure that’s worthy of a double take” which is undeniably true. [caption id="attachment_3077" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]"classy renegade commando cruiser" Image Source: performancefactory.in[/caption] You might love this bike for its lack of “gewgaw” yet maintaining its modish appeal that comes in a vintage package. It does seem a little like the Royal Enfield bikes but then again, this bike has a separate class of its own. Price: You can own this American Styled cruiser beauty (Renegade Commando) at a very aggressive price of Rs1.25 lac* which sounds like a good deal for a classy cruiser. Verdict: The Renegade Commando offers a decent mileage of around 30 km/ltr which is quite good and the bike is designed with utmost comfort and a ravishing design that provides the rider a good handling ability. The cruiser bike performs really well on smooth roads (Yes, India has a few smooth roads, so cruise and find outJ) The Cruiser might get a little challenging to steer at sharp turns and changing gears on this ride can get a little difficult during challenging conditions. But, you cannot simply ignore this beauty on wheels that comes at a very strategic price. So, if you are booking one soon, let me know. We can go explore those smooth roads in India 😛 Happy Riding 🙂

Ducati -Demystifying The Diavel

Ducati:

Exhilarated just by the looks? Read on and cruise though the darkest side of power.

The Ducati Diavel is definitely sexier than any super hot model! Innovative curves that evoke your senses, the wicked LED lights that glare into your very soul, and a brutish force that just wouldn’t stop. Although the Ducati Diavel has the looks of a cruiser, its sporty looks would leave you bewildered.

The Demon on Wheels:

The posture permeates supremacy and a confident prowling force. The Diavel’s wide sinewy shoulders caress the engine and lead towards the belly-fairing oil cooler, adding masculinity to the bike.

After unveiling the 2015 Ducati Diavel at the 84th Geneva Motor Show held at Switzerland, The Italian Motorcycle Manufacturer emphasized on the striking features, a meaner design and charged with more power than ever, making it a noteworthy cruiser that is going to “top” the cruiser bike list soon.

DUCATI DIAVEL
DUCATI DIAVEL Image Source: www.complex.com

The Diavel 2015 is going to sport evolutionary changes.  Although, the existing design might seem just about same to the untrained eye, the design has undergone functional upgrades, making Diavel more desirable. The headlight has got a whole new look with the newly installed sports all LED illumination, the indicators carry the same LED design. The rider can derive the benefits of the new dual seat that provides better comfort to the seated duo.

WHAT'S NEW: Beside the functional upgrades, the 2015 Ducati Diavel is going to roar louder than ever, with an updated 1198 cc Testastretta-11° Dual Spark Engine.

[caption id="attachment_874" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]TESTASTRETTA 110DUAL SPARK ENGINE TESTASTRETTA 110DUAL SPARK ENGINE Image Source: www.motorcycle-usa.com[/caption] The completely new and upgraded engine will have combined intake and exhaust ports, the cam timing is also going to face complete changes. Diavel is also going to be graced with new pistons that would ensure a better compression ratio than the previous versions and the fuel spraying is also going to be taken care of by installing new fuel injectors. The new engine has enhanced power and improved performance. You can expect a vigorous 162 Horse power from the new engine with 9250 RPM producing 130.5 Nm of torque at 8000 RPM. The new engine is paired up with a 6-speed transmission. Ducati has added Marzocchi forks to the Diavel along with monoblock Brembo ABS Brakes to calm the beast. The tires on the Diavel are as Legendary as the bike. The 120 mm front tyre and the 240-section rear tyre is built to handle you like a baby (made by Pirelli Diablo Rosso II) taking you closer to a safely handled prodigious ride. [caption id="attachment_875" align="aligncenter" width="275"]Ducati Diavel tyres Image Source: www.il-ducatista.com[/caption] The bar risers in Diavel are certainly a prominent upgrade, you might also be impressed by the TFT screen that has been smartly straddled upon the fuel tank which also features three different riding modes that the rider can choose from; The Sport mode, The Touring mode and the Urban mode that are pretty much self explanatory.  Other featured displays include side-stand warning light, LCD that displays speed, RPM etc. VERSIONS: The Ducati Diavel is going to be made available in two versions. You can choose between the standard Dark Stealth version which has a black theme embracing the entire bike or you could choose the Red Diavel Carbon version that has more offerings such as stainless steel silencers, carbon finish, and black wheels paired with red trellis frame. You can also opt for the Star White Carbon I. One of the accessory that would make you fall in love with the Diavel is the black ceramic coated header pipes which look marvelous, they help lowering about a third of  the surface temperature of the exhaust.
[caption id="attachment_878" align="aligncenter" width="639"]Termignoni silencers on Ducati Diavel Carbon Termignoni silencers on Ducati Diavel Carbon. Image Source: www.my-italia.us[/caption] As an option you might also upgrade your Diavel with Termignioni silencers. What else would one expect? Diavel costumed with carbon fiber finish and Marchesini forged aluminum wheels. Makes you want to spend valentines day with this 205 kg engineered critter.  The Diavel carbon embodies peculiar styling with a frolic soul that keeps the rider thrilled. Booking One: Who says you cannot own the Diavel? You can own the  Diavel Dark Stealth for $ 17,995 (Approx Rs. 11 lakhs +) or if you want to go into the extremes, you can get the 2015 Red/Star White Diavel Carbon which costs $ 20,995 (12.60 lakhs +) only 🙂 Bottom Line: The 2015 Ducati Diavel has revolutionized the belief about cruiser bikes. "With great power comes greater competition". The Diavel 2015 is certain to contend with bikes such as the KTM 1290 Super Duke or the Honda Valkyrie.The Diavel 2015 certainly seems to have the Ducati DNA running in it. The design speaks of a legacy that comes from passionate motorcycling wrapped with a stunning design. If you are a Ducati fan, You wouldn't want to miss the Diavel.  Happy Riding!!! Visit the Ducati Websitehttp://www.ducati.com ————————————————————————————————- Like this post?  Please share generously 🙂