UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350

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What do you if you’ve got around 1-1.5 lacs to spend on a cruiser? Well, you get yourself a Royal Enfield Thunderbird or a Classic 350. Don’t want an RE? Then you can either save a whole lot of cash and get yourself a Bajaj Avenger, or you can put in some more, a lot more, and get the Harley-Davidson Street 750. Those would have been your only options till last year, but now, UM has launched the Renegade Commando in India. Miami-based United Motors has launched three cruisers in the Indian market – Renegade Commando, Sport S and Commando Classic. So should you give the newbie a shot? Or should go for the tried and tested Royal Enfields? Find out here in our UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 spec-sheet comparo.

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UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 – Design Comparison

The UM Renegade Commando is a typical cruiser in terms of design. You get a round headlamp up front, a no-fuss well-rounded fuel tank and a relaxed riding position. Blacked out mechanicals, fat tyres and spoked wheels round off the design. The Classic 350 is unmistakably Royal Enfield with its retro design elements infused with a few modern touches. The Thunderbird, in comparison, looks fairly modern with its different riding style, projector headlamps, LED taillamps, etc.

In terms of features, the Classic 350 misses out on a tachometer, trip meter and a fuel gauge, but that is in line with the old world charm the Classic offers.

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UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 – Specifications Comparison

  UM Renegade Commando RE Classic 350 RE Thunderbird 350
Dimensions (LengthxWidthxHeight) 2223 x 883 x 1050 mm 2180 x 790 x 1080 mm 2060 x 790 x 1205 mm
Kerb Weight -NA- 187 kg 192 kg
Ground Clearance -NA- 135 mm 140 mm
Engine Displacement 279 cc Single Cylinder, liquid-cooled 346 cc single cylinder air cooled 346 cc single cylinder air cooled
Power 25 bhp @ 8500 rpm 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Torque 21.8 Nm @ 7000 rpm 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed 5-speed 5-speed
Suspension Front – Hydraulic Telescopic

Rear – Hydraulic With Spring

Front – Telescopic, 35mm Forks

Rear- Twin gas charged shock absorbers

Front – Telescopic, 41mm forks

Rear – Twin gas charged shock absorbers

 

Brakes Front – -NA-

Rear – -NA-

Front – Disc, 280mm

Rear – Drum, 153 mm

Front – Disc, 280 mm

Rear – Disc, 240 mm

Mileage -NA- 37 kpl 37 kpl
Top Speed -NA- 130 kph 107 kph
Price INR 1.59 lacs INR 1.29 lacs INR 1.40 lacs

Although the UM Renegade Commando has a smaller engine, in terms of capacity, the power output is higher in comparison to the Enfields. However, the Thunderbird’s and Classic’s 346 cc engine develops more torque and the peak power and torque figures are developed at a much lower rpm. Dimensionally, the Renegade Commando is longer and wider than the RE siblings.

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UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 – Price Comparison

  UM Renegade Commando RE Classic 350 RE Thunderbird 350
Price INR 1.59 lacs INR 1.29 lacs INR 1.40 lacs

all prices ex-showroom, New Delhi

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the cheapest of the lot followed by the Thunderbird 350. The UM Renegade Commando costs INR 19,000 more than the Thunderbird and a full 30,000 more than the Classic. However, as the Indian market tends to perceive foreign brands as more premium, the price difference between the UM and the Royal Enfields might not prove to be a big deterrent.

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UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 – The Verdict!

Design – The UM Renegade Commando looks like a typical cruiser. The Thunderbird gets modern touches all around while the Classic’s design’s biggest selling point is its old world charm.

Specifications – The Renegade might be more powerful, but it has lower torque figures. Also, the 346 cc motor powering the two RE’s develop peak figures at a lower rpm.

Price – The UM Renegade Commando costs 19,000 more than the Thunderbird and 30,000 more than the Classic.

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So what do you think of our UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350 comparison? Do let us know via the comments section below and stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more updates on UM Renegade Commando vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Thunderbird 350.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. sir please tell me, to go for renegade commando is good option?
    bcs if we are getting any problem then everyone can not repair this right? please reply soon

  2. Hi,
    The Renegeade bikes are really stylish so go for it if you want a different and a cool style. However, yes, being a new player, they dont have as many service stations as Bajaj or Hero. I would advise you to rather look at the Avenger or Royal Enfield Classic.

  3. Me too have same question, as n.when. required service is not easily available as compared to RE. Plus somewhere I read that fuel indicator not displaying correct special ly when low fuel handle switch es r comparative appear little cheapper. Last why UM not keep kick with self start? 1st n last are my major concer. RE thunderbird is running ahead for the above.

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