Ohio-based Cleveland CycleWerks launched two retro motorcycles today, the Misfit and Ace, and started its Indian operations. The Cleveland Ace Deluxe has been priced at Rs 2.24 lakh, while the Misfit carries a sticker price of Rs. 2.49 lakh (prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The bikes will take on the Royal Enfields. The company also inaugurated a brand new dealership at Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharastra. The state-of-the-art dealership includes display space and a service centre along with the entire range of Cleveland CycleWerks.
Speaking on the occasion, Sangram Patil, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), Cleveland CycleWerks India, said,
Cleveland CycleWerks motorcycles provide a complete biking lifestyle experience to enthusiasts all over the world and in order to serve the ever- growing clientele with the same enthusiasm and passion, we are proud to announce launch of Cleveland CycleWerks showroom in Vashi.
Coming to the motorcycles, the Ace Deluxe is a naked, retro-styled bike, whereas the Misfit has a café-racer inspired design language. Both the bikes come with a 229-cc, single-cylinder engine. The air-cooled engine produces 15.4 Bhp of power and 16 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The main difference between both the bikes is their design and chassis type.
While the Ace Deluxe employs a square-section single-downtube frame, the Misfit gets a double cradle chassis. Both the bikes get USD forks at the front and dual shock-absorbers at the rear. The rear suspension boasts of five-step preload adjustability. The Ace Deluxe tips the scale at 133 kg and gets a 14-litre fuel tank along with 150 mm of ground clearance.
Seat height for both the bikes is at 760 mm for Ace Deluxe and 770 mm for the Misfit. Both bikes get a single disk brake unit at both ends, with the Misfit having 4-piston calipers at the front as opposed to the 2-piston calipers on the Ace Deluxe. Initially, the company plans to sell only the Ace Deluxe and bring in the Misfit next month. The company is currently following the CKD route for its bike but they expect to reach 30-40% localisation soon.
Currently, the bikes will be assembled in Pune. Also, the company states that it has finalised talks with 10 dealers across the country, most of them in south India. At the current price point, both the bikes will lock horns with retro-styled motorcycles from Royal Enfield. However, both the Ace Deluxe and Misfit are significantly pricier than Royal Enfield motorcycles, and it remains to be seen how the market responds to them.