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TVS Raider 125 First Ride Review – Adding Fun In Functional

The 125 cc commuter bike section is already crowded. You would marvel if there’s a want for one more one on this house. Turns out, there may be one. And TVS Motor Company is again right here with an all-new providing. The model’s latest 125 cc bike is named the Raider, and as a substitute of being one other “me-too” product, this one is fashionable and trendy, attracting a brand new and youthful breed of shoppers. A frugal, environment friendly bike that guarantees premium enchantment, and good dynamics. And sure, the TVS Raider 125 is a worldwide product made not only for India however SAARC and Latin American markets as properly.(*125*)

Also Read: TVS Raider 125 Launched In India(*125*)

The headlamp appears to be like quirky and will get a polarising opinion, however the remainder of the design is kind of likeable particularly the bulging gasoline tank(*125*)

Design

At first look, the TVS Raider 125 is a beautiful bike, extra sporty than commuter, and appears extra premium than maybe some other 125 cc bike on sale proper now. The new headlamp stays the spotlight with the in-your-face LED DRLs. Yes, it is just a little loud, just a little over-the-high, however then the same old 125 cc buyer could similar to the complete-LED unit. The total design is kind of likeable too.(*125*)

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The 17-inch alloy wheels look good, whereas the swanky LED taillights add a contact too(*125*)

The 10 litre gasoline tank appears to be like macho, with the daring and sculpted traces, extra consistent with 150 cc bikes than a 125. And the tank shrouds completed in black add extra heft and sharpness to the design. The rear will get a extra commuter-like look. The single seize rail and plastic panels look purposeful. But you do get the swanky LED taillights and 17-inch alloy wheels with 80/100 part tyre on the entrance and a 100/90 part tyre on the rear. A fatter rear tyre would’ve undoubtedly added to the sporty look in our opinion. But we perceive this was chosen in favour of gasoline effectivity. The kerb weight is on par with the competitors at 123 kg.(*125*)

Quality feels sturdy if not the very best, whereas the paint end is definitely good. The exhaust muffler has deep bass and a throaty observe, which units the Raider aside from its rivals. Something that may definitely enchantment to customers on this section.(*125*)

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The plastic high quality feels sturdy whereas the general match and end is considerable(*125*)

The design additionally turns into a powerful promoting level for the Raider 125, which distinguishes itself from each different 125 cc providing on sale. This is TVS’ second try on this house for the reason that Phoenix 125 was launched practically a decade in the past. While that was a extra direct rival to the highest contenders, the Raider will carve a distinct segment of its personal as a substitute.(*125*)

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The LCD display screen is loaded with data and TVS will supply a TFT display screen on a better variant with SmartXonnect Bluetooth(*125*)

Tech & Ergonomics

The Raider 125 will get a damaging LCD instrument console, wealthy in data. The small unit will get all the information practically laid out together with three journey meters, distance to empty indicator, Integrated Starter Generator indicator, and common velocity recorder. The bike additionally will get a facet-stand lower-off swap as a security characteristic. And maintaining with the present traits, TVS may even supply the SmartXonnect Bluetooth performance on a better variant with a TFT display screen. This, in flip, will convey a bunch of latest options together with name and SMS alert, navigation, Digi locker and extra app-primarily based options, additional including extra worth. Now, TVS says the client who truly makes use of the Bluetooth characteristic actively is completely different, and presumably a minority on this section, which is why the characteristic is not customary with the LCD unit.(*125*)

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Innovative options like a USB charger, Eco & Power modes, underneath-seat storage, and contoured cut up seats give the Raider an edge(*125*)

The driving posture is upright sufficient to maintain you comfy however sporty sufficient to maintain you engaged with the driving expertise. The low seat top of 780 mm makes it accessible for riders of all sizes, whereas the 180 mm floor clearance will guarantee you don’t scrape that underbelly. The 1326 mm lengthy-wheelbase makes the saddle spacious sufficient for the rider and pillion. The cut up seats have additionally been designed to maximise consolation, particularly in terms of the width of the saddle.(*125*)

So whereas the design is sporty and the seats comfy, how is the efficiency like?(*125*)

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Power supply is progressive and the Raider builds speeds shortly with none notable vibrations from the engine(*125*)

Engine Specifications & Performance

The TVS Raider 125 attracts energy from a newly-developed 124.8 cc air and oil-cooled engine. It’s a 3-valve motor and makes about 11.2 bhp and 11.2 Nm of peak torque. The bike gives among the best efficiency figures within the section, and the engine could be very tractable. Power supply is progressive and spaced out evenly throughout the 5 gears. The engine feels comfy within the fifth gear at 40 kmph just below 4000 rpm. Meanwhile, push it arduous at 90 kmph at nearly 7000 rpm and it nonetheless stay vibrations-free. Speeds climb shortly and steadily, and the general efficiency feels fairly refined. TVS claims a high velocity of 99 kmph and we actually acquired near that determine on the TVS check observe on the Hosur plant.(*125*)

The model is understood for its improvements off-late and the Raider will get it too. The bike is the primary within the section to get driving modes – Eco and Power. TVS says the ability mode provides about 10 per cent extra juice on the high finish whereas bettering the 0-60 kmph dash by 0.4 seconds, over the usual model’s time of 5.9 seconds.(*125*)

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The TVS Raider is agile and likes being thrown into corners. Even the suspension, though tuned in direction of consolation, is confidence-inspiring round a bend(*125*)

From behind the handlebar although, we discovered efficiency an identical in each modes with a minor change in throttle response. TVS additionally claims a gasoline effectivity determine of 67 kmpl and it will get the built-in starter generator to assist decrease gasoline consumption.(*125*)

The chassis is flick-in a position and the bike stays agile when thrown right into a nook. TVS has struck the proper stability between a commuter and a sporty setup. And the bike provides you thrills with out compromising on consolation. The clutch is gentle and kit shifts really feel seamless. There’s a gear-shift indicator as properly that can assist you maximise efficiency and gasoline effectivity.(*125*)

The bike makes use of telescopic forks on the entrance whereas a monoshock serves goal on the rear, which is an enormous step-up over the dual shock absorbers that among the rivals have to supply. The suspension is not too tender however it’s inclined in direction of a luxurious experience high quality. There’s loads of journey to soak up undulations and did properly on the observe. But we must see the way it performs on open roads.(*125*)

Braking efficiency feels nearly proper from the entrance disc with a drum brake for help on the rear. The Raider stays properly in management underneath heavy braking and the brake lever gives a pointy chew. It goes properly with the sporty undertone on the bike.(*125*)

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Barring the Heo Glamour, the TVS Raider undercuts practically each different 125 cc commuter bike within the section(*125*)

Pricing & Rivals

The TVS Raider 125 is priced from ₹ 77,500 for the drum brake variant, with costs going as much as ₹ 85,469 for the highest-spec variant. And these are aggressive costs. Only the Hero Glamour undercuts the Raider, whereas the brand new TVS providing is extra reasonably priced than the Bajaj Pulsar 125, Pulsar NS 125 and the Honda Shine SP 125. When you concentrate on sheer worth, the TVS Raider definitely has an edge over the competitors with the sheer variety of options that the bike has to supply.(*125*)

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The TVS Raider 125 comes throughout a properly-packaged providing that may pleasantly shock consumers with its efficiency(*125*)

Verdict

TVS has made a late however productive entry to the 125 cc section. Its second innings feels properly thought out and the company manages to convey some novelty to the crowded section. There has been the necessity for a bike that caters particularly to younger consumers at a beautiful worth level. And the Raider 125 ticks the proper containers on the guidelines. It is in little question as sensible as commuters get. But it is the enjoyable-to-experience quotient that may entice consumers, which makes it a virtually full package deal.(*125*)

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