UM International to export bikes from India plant

American bike maker UM International, which launched its Renegade range of cruiser motorcycles at the Auto Expo, plans to export the bikes made at its Uttarakhand facility to Southeast Asia and Europe.

The company unveiled its Renegade Sport S, Renegade Commando and Renegade Classic bikes at the Auto Expo. The bikes will be sold in India at between Rs150,000 and Rs170,000.

According to a company spokesperson, the first thousand bikes would be ready for deliveries through 30 dealerships by May. Designed specifically for the Indian market, the company hopes to export some of them to the UK and France, besides Southeast Asia.

The Renegade Commando and the Sport S are powered by 279cc, single-cylinder, water-cooled engines that develop a maximum power output of 25 bhp at 8500 rpm and 21.8 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm.

The American bike maker has invested about Rs250 crore at its manufacturing plant, which is a 50:50 joint venture with Lohia Auto. UM currently has no plans to foray into sports bikes, but sees good potential for cruisers in India.