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t is never too late to deliver something good, is what TVS new 125 cc bike is all about. Although phoenix was another 125cc bike that TVS used to have in their portfolio almost 5 years back. Phoenix was discontinued because of low popularity and fewer sales volume. Yes, they are late to the party, but TVS has finally introduced their new 125cc motorcycle the all-new TVS Raider. I got a chance to ride it at the TVS plant in Hosur. Though I have only ridden it on track, not in the real-world scenario. Will be sharing my ride experience keeping that in mind but first let’s talk about the looks and design aspect of the new TVS Raider.
TVS Raider features
The target customer for TVS with this new 125cc commuter segment bike is Gen-Z. With keeping this age group in mind TVS has conceptualized and designed the new Raider. Now this generation is always trying to relate themselves with whatever they want to own or wants that unique identity in those products.
The face of the bike will give you a better idea of what I was talking about in the last paragraph. It has sporty and aggressive appeal right from the front and on side to the rear, it has sharp lines in body panels throughout which does look appealing and will not disappoint the young buyers. A dual-colored front fender, a touch of glossy black in few areas, and a body-colored engine guard adds premium touch to Raider. Although there are no LED indicators, you get LED headlamps with DRL and LED taillight as well.
Gen-Z has grown up in the era of smartphones, so it is understandable that they are quite a tech savvy. Hence, to cater to such an audience, TVS has provided a five-inch TFT coloured display that includes the speedometer, gear indicator, fuel gauge, tachometer, time display, trip meter, odometer, DTE, etc. The cluster also includes a new element: helmet reminder, which blinks as soon as the rider starts the bike. It must also be noted that the Smart-X connected vehicle system will be offered as a different variant.
TVS Raider engine
TVS Raider makes use of a 124.8 cc engine that delivers 11 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 11 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. This motor is paired to a five-speed gearbox and TVS Raider’s fuel efficiency is rated at 67 km/l. It comes with two riding modes, Eco and Power, which you can switch on the go.
Initially, the power and torque that this engine delivers will give you the confidence to push it further. Compared to the other 125 cc commuter bikes, Raider has slightly better torque figures and you will feel that in the beginning. The power band keeps rising until you reach 70 km/h but after that power, delivery rolls flat and it remained like that until I touched 95 km/h. TVS claims a top speed of 99 km/h for the Raider and that it can accelerate from 0-60 km/h in 5.9 seconds.
However, even after you touch 90 km/h this engine will not make you feel that you’re pushing it beyond its limits and that’s the magic of the TVS Raider’s three-valve engine. I must also mention that the gearbox’s slotting is precise and does that that gearbox does not suffer from any false gear issues.
TVS Raider performance
As I mentioned in the beginning, I only got the chance to test ride the new Raider on track, so suspension setup in these conditions had no issues but how will it perform in the real world that we’ll share once we get our hands on Raider again. The front is telescopic with 120mm travel and the rear is gas charged 5-step adjustable mono-shock. Ride and handling are also up to mark. Although In the braking department rear disc option is not there. But braking just works fine no matter I was riding it at slow or high speeds. There will be a couple of variants. One with both drum brakes and one with a single front disc option.
TVS Raider price
TVS Raider gets a price tag of ₹77,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the standard variant. The company is yet to share the price for the variant with the Smart X system and the TFT display.
TVS Raider first ride: Verdict
The differentiating factor between the Raider and its competition is not the price, but the design and performance. Simply put, for me the new TVS Raider seems like a win-win situation for those youngsters who are looking for a motorcycle with good looks, with exceptional performance, and that is also budget-friendly.