UM Renegade Commando Classic vs. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 – Spec comparo


Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

The UM Renegade Commando Classic is the latest in the line of swanky but practical cruisers. The bike is also the company’s flagship product. Let us see how the newcomer performs in paper against a well-established product in the segment- the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500.

UM Renegade Commando Classic Black studio shot right side
UM launched the Renegade Commando Classic at a price of INR 1.89 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Specifications UM Renegade Commando Classic Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Engine 279.5cc single cylinder 4-valve with liquid cooling and fuel injection 499cc single cylinder twin spark engine with fuel injection
Maximum Power 25.15 PS at 8,500 rpm 27.2 PS at 5,250 rpm
Peak Torque 23 Nm at 7,000 rpm 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed 5-speed
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork 41 mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Twin hydraulic springs Twin gas-charged shock absorbers
Front Brake 280 mm disc with 2 piston calliper 280 mm disc with 2-piston calliper
Rear Brake 130 mm drum 240 mm disc with single piston calliper
Fuel Tank Capacity 18 litres 20 litres
Front Tyre Size 110/90-16 spoke 90/90-19 spoke
Rear Tyre Size 140/90-15 spoke 120/80-18 spoke
Kerb Weight 179 kg 197 kg
Unique Features  Saddle bags, windshield as standard. Projector headlamp, rear disc brake as standard.
Price, ex-showroom, Delhi INR 1.89 lakhs INR 1.87 lakhs

Comparing the powerplant, the Commando Classic enjoys a modern liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine, whereas the Thunderbird is old-school, with a massive half-litre single cylinder air-cooled engine. It features fuel injection as well. The Thunderbird only makes 2.05 PS more power than the Commando Classic. But at 41.3 Nm of torque, the bike makes almost twice as that of the Classic’s output. However, the Classic employs a highway-friendly 6-speed transmission as opposed to the 5-speed unit on the Thunderbird.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Black Studio shot right side
The Thunderbird 500 produces 41.3 Nm of torque.

The Classic also gets saddlebags and windshield as standard. The Thunderbird is 18 kg heavier, but comes with a 20-litre fuel tank. While the two bikes are similarly priced, the Commando Classic is more suitable for those who are looking for modern and practical cruiser that isn’t too heavy. The Thunderbird is apt for the torque-hungry Royal Enfield enthusiasts.

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