In exciting news coming in right from the USA, niche motorcycle manufacturer, Cleveland CycleWerks is going to set shop in India and will start by introducing three models in the middle-weight 250-500cc segment by September.
CCW is one of the relatively young brands to have entered the saturating American markets. It was started by three visionary gentlemen in Cleveland, Ohio back in 2009. Since then, it has rapidly expanded to 29 nations across the world.
Cleveland CycleWerks India has partnered with Hyderabad based Laish-Madison Motor Werks which will handle their India operations and is already setting up a plant which can push out 30,000 motorcycles each year. CCW hopes to increase this number to 40,000 over the coming years.
All the Thumper-lovers out there can rejoice, for CCW has lined up three single-cylinder bikes for the Indian markets and they surely sound promising, judging by the audio that is available on their website.
The first would be the Misfit – a single cylinder café-racer styled premium commuter. The 223cc air cooled engine will put out 16.3 BHP and 18 Nm of torque. It gets a typical single seat, dual pod instrumentation, golden upside-down forks, spoke rims, round headlamps, neat pin-striping on the body and disc brakes at both ends.
The Ace is likely to be the entry-spec variant which gets commuter-type styling. A 230cc single-pot motor pushes out 14.8 BHP and 15.8 Nm to the rear wheel. A disc brake at the front, retro-style flat seat and racing stripes seem to be standard for the model.
The third model would be the FXR, which, as the company claims, is a cross between a mountain bike and a dirt bike. It carries standard trail-bike looks, with a high-riding engine, tiny seat, knobbly tyres and long-travel suspensions. It will receive a 123.7cc engine which is good for 8.3 BHP and 8.5 Nm.