Buddha Worldwide Circuit is undoubtedly essentially the most unsuitable place to test-drive a 125cc commuter bike just like the TVS Raider. That is just because the probabilities of any buyer taking a raider on the observe are as little as India’s probabilities of successful the following Soccer World Cup. And, after all, the lengthy and huge nature of the circuit additionally makes bikes which might be twice as highly effective as Raider really feel sluggish and sluggish.
However, then once more, BIC additionally offers a protected atmosphere that permits us to push each bike to its limits, and the outcomes, as you will note, may be astonishing. Allow us to now come to the subject.
The Raider marks TVS’s re-entry within the 125cc commuter area, and apparently, it’s not like all different bikes that the model has bought on this class earlier than. The truth is, together with his sporty demeanor, the raider stands other than his opponents. The bike feels so keen to show that you’ll be amazed. It does, nevertheless, hold a clear line, and the tires present sufficient grip to make it extremely pleasurable.
Whereas the entrance suspension has a taut really feel, the rear is ready on the mushy aspect. Whereas this setup ought to definitely work nicely on the roads, on the observe, a firmly sprung rear monoshock may have helped shave a couple of tenths of a second off its lap time. That stated, it took the raider simply 1 minute 24.809 seconds to go across the quick loop.
Now, here is a enjoyable truth – the Raider is about 5-6 seconds quicker than the Royal Enfield Twins, the latter regardless of a greater power-to-weight ratio and considerably increased torque score. We additionally ran the Raider in each its driving modes – Eco and Energy – and we should say that there’s a vital distinction in the way in which it performs between the 2 modes. With revs and prime velocity restricted in Eco mode, the raider clocked a lap time of 1 minute 30.886 seconds.
Aside from dealing with and efficiency, the Raider additionally impresses by way of options, which embrace LED lighting, a extremely informative damaging LCD, a USB charging port, under-seat storage and a rear monoshock. After which, after all, there may be the design, which brings noticeable youthfulness to this class of bikes. The Raider, regardless of its small motor, was truly a shocking package deal on the observe. Congratulations to the TVS group for efficiently having enjoyable within the 125cc bike phase.
- TVS Raider 125 (Lap Time – 01:24.8)
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