UM Adventure Motorcycle India Launch Confirmed
The bike will be a small-capacity adventure model, rivalling the Royal Enfield Himalayan
- Likely to be launched by early 2019
- Expected to be priced between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, depending on engine configuration
- Likely to employ either the Duty S’ engine or the existing Renegade range’s 279.5cc liquid-cooled motor
- UM will also launch the Renegade Duty S and Renegade Vegas besides the adventure bike
UM India’s CEO Rajeev Mishra has confirmed that the brand will also bring in a new adventure motorcycle, besides the Renegade Vegas and Renegade Duty S “over the next couple of months.” Speaking of UM’s India lineup at EICMA 2018, Mishra said, "These are exciting times and to begin with, we will be launching Renegade Vegas, Renegade Duty S & an exciting adventure bike in India over the next couple of months."
The adventure bike in question is likely to be the DSR Adventure TT, showcased at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy. In international markets, it employs a 125cc liquid-cooled engine that develops 14.9PS and 10.9Nm.
However, for the Indian market, we expect UM to plonk in the Duty S’ 230cc single-cylinder motor. Showcased at this year's Auto Expo, the Duty S employs a 230cc air-cooled engine with oil cooling which produces 17PS and 17Nm.
Alternatively, UM might as well equip it with the Renegade range’s 279.5cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. It produces 25.15PS and 23Nm. Depending on the engine configuration, the pricing should range from around Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Adventure TT uses long travel telescopic forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. Brakes include discs on both ends, and UM is expected to offer at least single-channel ABS to comply with the latest safety norms.
The motorcycle rides on 21-inch front and a 17-inch rear spoke wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres measuring 90/90-R21 and 130/80-R17 respectively. Notable features include an analogue-digital instrument cluster, halogen headlamp and a USB charging port. Interestingly, the bike’s seat is 850mm high, which is as much as the BMW R 1200 GS’ and might not be easily accessible for shorter riders.
We believe UM will bring in the 230cc version of the ADV to keep pricing competitive. In which case, it would compete with the upcoming Hero XPulse 200. However, if UM opts for the liquid-cooled 279.5cc single, the DSR Adventure TT would lock horns with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.