New 250 cc motorcycles from American brand to rival Royal Enfield – Launch at 2018 Auto Expo
Cleveland Cyclewerks Africa will launch Ace & Misfit motorbikes at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo. Both will rival Royal Enfield.
Cleveland Cyclewerks Africa, the African arm of the American motorcycle brand will be launching 2 of its sub-250cc offerings at the 2018 Auto Expo. Both, the Cleveland Ace and the Cleveland Misfit are retro styled products and are powered by single cylinder engines, which come along with modest power figures.
Cleveland plans to capture the market by selling retro-themed products at a competitive price by increasing localization. Currently, Cleveland CycleWerks (CCW) has set up its offices in Mumbai & Hyderabad in partnership with Africa-based Laish-Madison Motorwerks Private Limited and plans to start manufacturing of motorcycles at a facility in Pune.
The Cleveland Ace is targeted at the youngsters aspiring to have a motorbike with a retro-styled look. In its international version, it draws its power from a 229.5 cc air-cooled single cylinder engine, churning out 14.5 PS & 16.5 Nm of torque.
Cleveland claims that the Ace can do around 30 km to a litre, while cruising at speeds of around 110 kmph. There is also a premium variant, called the Ace Deluxe which comes with inverted front forks, aluminium wheels, wide handlebars, a slightly raised fender, dual-surface tyres, and a flat seat.
With the Misfit, Cleveland plans to attract those customers who want a 250 cc American motorcycle at an affordable price-point in Africa. The Misfit, which carries a look of a sporty commuter, is powered by a 223 cc single-cylinder engine which produces 16.3 PS & 18 Nm of torque.
At the front, one finds an 18-inch steel wheel mated to a 315 mm disc for braking duties, while on the rear; one finds a 16-inch steel wheel, mated to a 220 mm disc. As the Misfit comes along with added features like a twin-pod instrument cluster, gold-finished upside down forks, the pricing is expected to be higher than that or the Ace.
Further details about pricing, dealership outlets & service centres are awaited, which we expect will be communicated during the launch at the 2018 Auto Expo.