Today, I will be introducing you to the new players of the Indian Motorbike Community, Cleveland CycleWerks. How is it going to fair in the Indian market and most importantly how on the Indian terrain? I will talk about all this and much more. But before an in-depth analysis, let us know about the motorbike manufacturers Cleveland CycleWerks.
Cleveland CycleWerks was established in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is a new entrant in the Indian motorbike market and started off in March 2018. This new brand of motorcycle based in the USA has been successfully producing leaned-down yet powerful motorcycles since 2009. Most of the components of CCW are produced in China. It is through this that CCW has been successful in operating its business in over 25 countries and now eyes on the big Indian market which will help CCW establish a global presence.
With all this info in the background, let us find out about the new motorbikes launched by CCW for the Indian market.
Cleveland CycleWerks is all set to launch five models in India. The first two models Ace, and Misfit is all set to be launched in 2018 while the rest of the models, Heist, FXr, and Hooligun, next year. Along with CCW, Moto Guzzi and UM are in the race of competing with the giants of motorbike industry.
To get a taste of these new motorbikes let us talk about each one of the models in detail.
CCW has launched two variants of Ace, each with an engine 230cc, called Ace Standard, and Ace Deluxe. It is styled in old-school with a frame that of the traditional single downtube. It produces a power of 14.8hp at 7,000rpm and 15.8Nm at 5,500rpm. The wheelbase of the Ace is aluminium and the engines are air-cooled. Also, the front disc-brake is about the size of 300mm.
The overall shape of the motorbike can be described as retro in design. The seats are at low-height to facilitate an easy seat position. The tank is shaped like a teardrop and the handlebars are kept high to ease the handling. The chrome-finish headlight just adds to the charm.
The Ace Standard provides all the above features while the Deluxe, in addition, provides a dual-surface tire, rear disc brake and so on.
- 230 cc engine with power output of 14.8hp at 7,000rpm and 15.8Nm at 5,500rpm
- 12 L capacity with a top speed of 113 kmph
- Front disc and rear drum brakes
INR 2,00,000 (Ex-showroom)
Designed in the style of café-racer theme, the model is fitted with a powerful feature that makes it a compelling brother of Ace. It comes equipped with a 250 cc air-cooled engine with the torque of 16.3hp at 7,500rpm and 18Nm at 5,500rpm. It is the sportiest bike in the range that becomes evident when you see the huge 310 mm front disc brake and 290 mm rear disc brake.
The rear side of the bike is cushioned with dual shock absorber and the low seat level keeps it accessible to the driver. At the same time, the handlebar is sporty enough to provide comfortable posture for adventure rides.
- 250 cc engine with power output of 18Nm at 5,500rpm
- Front and Rear Disc brake of 310 and 290 mm respectively
- Equipped with ABS and CBS
INR 2,20,000 (Ex-showroom)
Powered by the 230 cc engine, Heist is one of the most promising two-wheelers of CCW. Added with telescopic suspension and wheel size of 21-inch front tire and 18 inch rear tire. Backed with 290 mm front disc brake and 240 mm rear disc brake, the Heist is sure to provide an adventurous ride at an affordable price. The torque output of the engine is 14.8hp at 7,000rpm and 15.8Nm at 5,500rpm.
This bobber-styled bike is for sure a takeaway for people who love the minimalistic look on their bike. Weighing a little heavier than the above two counterparts the bike will surely make up for its powerful engine and smoother transmission.
- 229 cc engine with power output of 15.8Nm at 5,500rpm
- Front and rear disc brake of 290 mm and 240 mm respectively
- Inverted fork Suspension
FXx and FXr
For the lovers of dirt bike racers, CCW does have a model in the name of FXx and FXr. Powered by the powerful engine of 124 ccs this single-cylinder, the air-cooled engine produces a torque of 8.3hp at 8,500rpm and 8.5Nm at 7,500rpm.
While FXx is a complete dirt bike, the FXr is more road-friendly as it comes equipped with essential components you will need to run a dirt bike on road. It comes with a rear mono-suspension and both the wheel are equipped with disk brakes. With high ground clearance, ideal for the purpose of the off-road ride, it has a seat height of 860 cm.
- 125 cc engine with 8.5Nm at 7,500rpm
- Disc brakes on both front and rear
- Mono-suspension at the back for off-road riding
The last model in the line of launch is the beast Hooligan. Powered by the powerful engine of 450 ccs, this single-cylindered liquid-cooled engine, gives an output of 43.5hp at 7,000rpm and 42.5Nm at 6,500rpm.
Now, that is some affordable power in a great time, what do you think?
The whole setup is rested on an aluminium frame and suspension system is an inverted fork up front and mono-shock at the back. It also comes in two variants. The R version is both on and off road version while the X is more for the thrill lovers.
- Powerful 450 cc engine with liquid cooling
- Aluminium twin spar style frame
- A torque output of 42.5 Nm at 6500 RPM
Thinking of test riding one of these machines?
Well, there is good news! The Ace and Misfit are expected to launch this month, so you can very well visit one of the showrooms for a quick look and a test ride. The rest of the models will be launched next year.
While the final assembly of the bike will be done in a unit established at Pune, the parts will be shipped from China’s manufacturing unit and will be shipped to India via CKD route. As a result, this would be an affordable range of motorbikes with easy motorbike finance options.
Well, price, features all look impressive, but what about the performance? How well will the CCW motorbikes run on Indian Roads?
The CCW motorbikes promise to be the best-in-class and this is evident if you look at their revolutionary design and powerful engine. As for performance on road, CCW will be launching a range of models that will suitably run both on-road and off-road, thereby catering to different motorcycle riding needs. We can only hope for the best from this innovative cell.
Not to forget, CCW has expanded their reach in over 25 countries in just a span of 8 years. That is, I must say an incredible feat and speaks a lot about their continuous innovations towards design and durability of their motorbikes.
CCW made a great hype at the Auto Expo of 2018 and the Motorbikes India team had some exclusive looks at their new launches for the Indian Motorbike community. The hype was not just because of the new entry of a small scale bike producer but because of their motorbike models that have earned applause over the years.
I hope to see a lot more from the Cleveland CycleWerks and how it is going to compete in the Indian market which is already dominated by Indigenous companies and foreign giants.
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