United Motors or UM as it is better known is still a fringe player in the market. Much like how the Kinetic-Hyosung coalition used to be. You still see a few motorcycles here and there but a dealership is relatively harder to spot. While UM has partnered with Lohia Auto for two-wheelers in India, their portfolio is relatively small. It consists of only cruisers. This is set to change next year. The UM DSR II motorcycle, which is off-road oriented, will be launched in India in the later half of 2019. Along with it, the Hypersport as well as the Renegade Vegas too will be launched. Let’s delve deeper into each motorcycle.
What exactly is the UM DSR II?
It is an off-road motorcycle that mimics what we have seen on the Hero Impulse before. The UM DSR II is available with three different engines globally. However, for the Indian market, we believe that UM may bring in the highest rated 223cc engine. This air-cooled, single cylinder motor will produce 16PS of power and 16.65Nm of torque. There is still no clarification whether it is BS-VI compliant but at the time of launch, it has to be. UM has mated this engine to a 5-speed gearbox.
Cycle parts include telescopic front forks and a hydraulic monoshock rear unit. A 21-inch front wheel is used while the rear boasts an 18-inch unit. Both the wheels are spoked in nature. A front ventilated disc brake handles braking duties while the rear utilises a drum brake. It is unclear at the moment if ABS is offered, however when the motorcycles comes to India, it needs to have at least a single channel unit. Seat height of the motorcycle is 860mm while that maximum payload it can carry is 175kg. The UM DSR II competition is the Hero XPulse 200. The UM DSR II price in India will likely be Rs 1.5 lakh.
What about the Hypersport and the Renegade Vegas?
Like the UM DSR II, the Hypersport too has a dual purpose design. However, it is more road-biased and hence has alloy wheels. It gets 17-inch wheels and disc brakes at both ends. The seat height is also lower at 820mm. The dry weight of the motorcycle is similar to that of the UM DSR II at 144kg. It’s engine is the same 223cc unit but makes more torque at 17.69Nm. The UM Hypersport price in India will be around Rs 1.5 lakh. Its competition includes the upcoming Hero XPulse 200T.
In contrast, the Renegade Vegas is more on the lines of a premium cruiser.