Making its re-entry to the Indian motorcycle market, Lohia Machinery Limited (LML) relaunched the Freedom. The LML Freedom is available in two variants - DX and LS, and are priced Rs. 49,410 and Rs. 49,950 (all are ex-showroom Delhi prices). The face-lifted bike is now offered in dual-tone 5 colors - red, black, silver, beige and blue. It is expected to give a mileage of 70 kmpl. Unfortunately, the Freedom is available only in NCR, Punjab and Goa. However, the company is planning to expand the dealerships across the country and hence the sales of the Freedom.
The face-lifted Freedom has been come with a lot of upgrades to tempt the commuter class riders. The Freedom is now coupled with a stylish headlight, economy and power LED speedometer, feather touch electric start, chrome metallic silencer, dynamic dipper, stylish black alloy wheel, sturdy slide stand with gear lock, classy tail lamp, and a powerful 110cc 4 stroke engine. Still, there are no further details regarding the technical specifications of the bike. Pathetically, no data is available on the official website of LML.
The first generation Freedom was launched in 2002. Being equipped with an unacceptable design and unsatisfied customer relationship, the Freedom was a failure. Although the firm tried to come back with succeeding Freedom two-wheelers such as the Freedom Prima 125, Freedom Topper, Freedom DX, and the Freedom Prima 110, the company couldn't rise up from the submergence. And the firm was obliged to stop the production of Freedom bikes with a huge loss in the account.
The predecessor of the face-lifted Freedom was launched with a 109.15cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine. It delivered peak power of 8.50 hp @ 7000 rpm and enough torque of 8.6 Nm @ 5000 rpm. Its engine was coupled with a 4 speed gear transmission. Hopefully, the all new updated machine might be equipped with the same but refined engine to ensure better fuel efficiency and performance. The discontinued Freedom was wedded with hydraulic telescopic forks, 100mm stroke front suspension, and rectangular section swing arm with 5-stage adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers rear suspension.
Even though the updated version is way better than its predecessor, the bike really misses some substantive elements such as front disc brake and digital meter console. Moreover, it would be a great challenge for LML as the rivals of the Freedom are too strong. Hero Passion X Pro, Honda Dream Neo, Dream Yuga, and Suzuki Hayate are the major competitors of the Freedom.
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