The company unveiled three variants of the Ace 250 along with the Misfit 250
One of the major attractions of Auto Expo this year is the debut of American motorcycle company Cleveland CycleWerks with the Ace and Misfit. The company unveiled three models of the Ace - Ace Delux, Ace Cafe and the Ace Scrambler along with the Misfit here at the Auto Expo. While the company didn't announce the pricing of the motorcycles, we are expecting them to be priced in the range of Rs 2 - 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom). However, the company did confirm that all the bikes will arrive on our shores via the CKD route and will be assembled at the company's factory in Pune.
Now, coming to the bike. Of the two, the Ace is an old-school runabout with clean lines. It gets a round chrome headlamp, analogue single-pod instrument console, teardrop-shaped fuel tank and retro-designed raised fenders. Riding position should be upright thanks to the mid-set footpegs and a high-set handlebar. It gets a flat brown seat with cross stitching.
Powering the Ace Cafe 250 is a 229cc air-cooled single-cylinder motor that makes 15.4PS at 7000rpm and 16Nm of torque at 6000rpm. These are modest figures but still, expect above-average performance given that the bike weighs just 136kg (kerb). Top speed is a claimed 110kmph. In comparison, the Yamaha FZ 25's 249cc air-cooled single makes 20.9PS at 8000rpm and 20Nm at 6000rpm. It does weigh 12kg more though.
The Ace’s suspension setup includes a single downtube frame suspended on upside down front forks and dual rear shock absorbers. Braking is courtesy a 300mm single front disc and rear drum brake. Wheels are a spoked affair and come wrapped in high-profile dual-purpose tyres.
The Misfit 250, on the other hand, is the more outrageous of the two. It is designed like a retro cafe racer, with a blacked out theme instead of chrome. The bright paintwork lends it some nice contrast on the fuel tank, side panels and rear seat cowl. More power comes from the same 229cc motor as seen on the Ace Cafe 250. Kerb weight is 145kg while claimed top speed remains 110kmph. Suspension is a higher spec than the Ace. It consists of 38mm upside down front forks that ate adjustable for compression and rebound and dual chrome rear shock absorbers. Braking is via a larger 315mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc brake.
Cleveland CycleWerks has partnered with Laish-Madison MotoWerks to build and sell motorcycles in India. The firm has corporate offices in Mumbai and Hyderabad and a manufacturing facility in Pune where they will be manufacturing the bikes.