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Author Topic: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles  (Read 256 times)

singhg5

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In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:22:55 PM »
I am not familiar with this brand name United Motors who make motorcycles. They are going to start a joint venture production plant in India to produce motorcycles with engine size that overlaps RE 350 and 500 cc.

It is supposedly American company - perhaps was registered here as a start up for office work or designing on paper. But the picture of their 'Renegade' model cruiser looks Chinese made.

RE is going to get lot more competition from more than one manufacturer who are / or will soon be making two wheelers in the same price range, similar styles and engine size.

http://auto.ndtv.com/news/um-motorcycles-lohia-auto-sign-jv-to-develop-up-to-500cc-bikes-672544?pfrom=home-auto

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 04:38:40 PM »
That joker wins the Congressional Medal of Ugly.

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 06:18:30 PM »
For me, that does everything wrong!
I've heard of a few little motorcycle companies, like Cleveland and Ryca, that have a small footprint in the American Market, but I've never heard of UM or its Renegade. It might be a bigger threat in India than here. I doubt that we will ever hear of them again though.
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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 07:22:25 PM »
Gotta love the 1-into-2 exhaust!
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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 07:28:51 PM »
Reminds me of the lame Japanese " customs " from the 70s and 80s.
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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2014, 09:29:53 PM »
I shouldn't be so shallow.  I'm sure it's very reliable, goes like stink, and handles like a dream.

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2014, 10:00:11 PM »
I shouldn't be so shallow.  I'm sure it's very reliable, goes like stink, and handles like a dream.

           That may be true, but that fake two exhaust pipe thing is laughable. Like fake kicker kits for Softtails. I'm so sick of fake shit I could puke.
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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2014, 12:31:07 AM »
Stamping the word Commando on it smells like a lawsuit.
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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2014, 12:44:11 AM »
     I was  UM dealer. They were a multi-national company trying to build their own line. At first they were distributing  Chinese Honda pattern clones. Later they had an agreement with Hyosung and sold Hyosungs under the UM brand. They folded in the USA around 2009, another victim of the recession. I don't know if they are still active in other markets. The engines were decent, but the frames and bodies were cheesy.  Customer service was OK. I was kind of sorry to see them go. It was one of the few alternative brands that actually tried to improve.

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2014, 04:09:39 AM »
As always Vince is correct. They never were a US company, although they may have been registered here. I think they were bigger in South and Latin America. They came with a big splash and them went out in the same manner. They had terrible problems with supplying parts, but....on average were a decent bike.

No one will get a good foothold in India until they actually make the goods in India. Like many other smart nations that don't want to export jobs overseas they have very high duties on machines, parts etc. that are not made in India. You can assemble which helps but build is the key. We don't charge them duty but they charge us. For example there is no duty on motorcycles coming into the US but in India it is well over 100%. Not blaming the Indians they are the smart one, it is our government that is running jobs across the water by not fighting fire with fire.

They can make a damn good bike in India on par with Japanese companies for the commuter segment. It is no accident that Harley is making all of their light bikes in India. Sure they are shipping parts here for an "assembled in the US" claim be we all know better. It will bring their costs down dramatically.

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2014, 11:36:48 AM »
I didn't even read the story, didn't need to.  It is totally ugly and the fact that they stamped "Commando" on the tank makes we want to punch the designer in the face.  How dare they take a Legendary Iconic name like Commando and put it on that fugly underpowered bike and call it their own.  I think the word I am looking for to describe this bike is "appalling".
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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2014, 03:43:29 AM »
The UM has lines that mimic HD's new Street 750.

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2014, 03:22:28 PM »
           That may be true

"May" allows for a .00037% chance, so I guess I will give you that...

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Re: In Competition With RE - UM Motorcycles
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2014, 03:44:29 PM »
Few of the UM motors even use CRF230 motors which are pretty decent. With some add-ons they can deliver close to 30bhp. I like the DSR2014, 15 and Hypersport 2015. Fun motorcycles!

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