The American brand Cleveland CycleWerks has finally inaugurated their first local assembly plant in the outskirts of Pune, Maharashtra. The first two models that will be brought down from China as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit and assembled at the above mentioned plant are the Ace and the Misfit. The motorcycles will not exceed the price range of 2 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs. The sales are most likely to begin from October 2018.
The Ace will have three variants, Cafe, Deluxe and Scrambler. Both the bikes will draw power from a 229 cc, single cylinder,air cooled OHV engine. Mated to a five speed gearbox, the engine will be capable of producing a power output of 15.4 bhp at 7000 rpm and 16 Nm at 5500 rpm torque. Both these motorcycles had made their debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The Cleveland CycleWerks is the youngest automobile brand in the US, launched back in 2009. The UM automobiles will be their primary competition in the Indian subcontinent once the Ace and Misfit hits the highway.
Tubular, steel backbone dual-cradle chassis Misfit will have its suspension duties looked after by upside down forks in the front and dual shock absorbers, with five step preload adjustability, at the rear. The 320 mm disc with a four piston radial mount calliper and 220 mm disc in the front and rear respectively manages the braking system of the bike pretty well. The motorcycle has a 15 liters fuel tank capacity with a curb weight of 144 kgs. The ground clearance is measured to be 150 mm.
Square section single downtube framed Ace borrows its suspension abilities from its co debutant Misfit. 298 mm disc with a twin piston calliper and 210 mm disc with a single piston calliper in the front and rear respectively make sure that the motorcycle comes to a standstill whenever required. The 133 kgs Ace has a fuel tank of 14 liter and a ground clearance varying from 150 mm to 180 mm, which depends on the choice of variant.
The Cleveland has already shook hands with the Hyderabad based Laish Madison Motor Werks for its production and distribution purposes in India. We should be expecting 30 sales and service centres in the country by the end of the current year, with the initial number being 9.
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