In India, we have always been fascinated by the aspect of speed and thrill when it comes to the word ‘motorcycle’. Especially in our teenage days, when we see one riding a motorcycle, our dreams of owning one and opening up the throttle to the fullest on an open stretch are fueled up. The hands start to itch, to own a fast moving sportbike as soon as possible. This very trait of the Indian enthusiasts has led to the rising popularity of the sales of entry level 150-250cc sportbikes, as these are those motorcycles which form a stepping stone towards the world of motorcycling.
However, to the contrast, there is one more category of riders who believe to ride slow and enjoy each and every second of the moment of their motorcycling, by keeping a smooth and calm pace. These riders don’t want to rip off their throttles, but ride their motorcycle sedately. For such riders, the segment of cruisers
prove out to be a big boon, for these motorcycles give you torque enough to climb a mountain, but the power delivery is something which is not as adrenaline rushing as a roadster of supersport, but has a relaxed nature in the way it shoots to higher rpms.
Previously, the Indian market hadn’t been that friendly with the cruiser motorcycles, with a very limited option of cruisers in India. However, in the past decade, the sales of cruisers has seen an instant surge and thanks to the rising popularity of brands like Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson which are traditional players in making cruisers, the cruisers too have started to have their own fan following. Talking about the former, Royal Enfield, from the day one, is making some of the most famous retro styled motorcycles, and only in the late nineties, it came up with its first ever cruiser, the Thunderbird 350, which since its launch, has remained an unchallenged cruiser in the lower end of the market. In its current generation model, it has only become better and evolved, with the facelift having a number of contemporary features.
Seeing the success of Royal Enfield in making cruisers and retro roadsters, the renowned American brand United Motorcycles, popularly known as UM globally, has made its way in India with two motorcycles for the time being, with the Renegade Sport S being one of them. Targeted specially at the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, the Renegade Sport S has a slightly different and more contemporary approach towards the cruiser segment, with new styling cues and features introduced to this segment of entry level cruisers.
In this features story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and UM Renegade Sport S, which happen to be the only two motorcycles in the entry level segment of cruisers (300-400cc), and find out which one emerges out to be better choice for the cruiser lovers in India. Here we go:-