TVS Raider 125: The company’s fourth try in the 125cc motorcycle sector in India was unveiled today by launching TVS Raider 125. The Victor GLX 125, Flame, and Phoenix were all flops, and the manufacturer hasn’t attempted a new bike in this 125cc segment in the last four years because of this. It would be fascinating to watch if the company’s newest attempt in the sector succeeds or fails in the face of stiff competition from companies such as Honda Shine, SP125, Hero Glamour 125, and the Bajaj Pulsar 125.
In India, TVS Motor Company introduced the new Raider 125 motorbike following the release of teaser trailers. This 125cc sportbike joins the nation’s ever-growing collection of 125cc bikes.
The TVS Raider’s athletic styling, sleek bodywork, and high-end features will appeal to youthful consumers.
Sporty looking style and design
The new TVS Raider 125cc costs Rs 77,500. It’s around Rs 5k more costly than the Hero Super Splendor at this point.
While it’s around Rs 1k less than the Bajaj Pulsar 125 and almost Rs 23k cheaper than the Pulsar NS 125. The new Raider is positioned in the company’s lineup alongside the Radeon 110 and the Apache RTR 160 4V.
It has several similarities to the Apache series, being a newer model. All of the headlights and daytime running lights on the Raider will be LED, including the ones up front and back.
The instrument cluster has a tachometer, gear indicator with speedometer, fuel gauge, and clock, all of which are digitally displayed. The TVS Bluetooth connection capability is very helpful.
At first sight, the LED face seems remarkably similar to the Bumblebee character from the Transformers franchise. TVS’ sporty naked design language is seen in the bikini fairing of this motorcycle. The tank is big and bulky, with angular tank extensions that stand out. The sharp side panels and split seat add to the vehicle’s athletic appearance. The tail, on the other hand, is unimpressive and out of place.
Color schemes that make use of various textures and finishes in addition to a sporty and dynamic design are significant parts of the vehicle’s young and fun appearance.
In addition to the split seats and a large fuel tank, the vehicle has sporty features like a pointed belly. The TVS Raider 125cc comes in four colors: blue, red, yellow, and black. It has a two-tone finish, with the tank fairings being black.
The TVS Raider 125 has a 1,326mm wheelbase and is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels in front and rear. The fuel tank capacity is 10 liters, and the whole vehicle weight is 123 kilograms.
The TVS Raider 125 has two riding modes: Eco and Power, which are uncommon for a 125cc motorbike in India. Eco mode focuses on fuel efficiency, while Power mode is for pleasure and fun.
TVS Raider 125 features
While the Raider 125’s headlights and taillights are equipped with LEDs, TVS is sticking with traditional bulbs for the turn indicators. It comes with a negative LCD console with standard info like a speedometer, tachometer, trip meter, and fuel gauge, plus some very helpful things like low fuel trip meter, gear position indication, clock, fuel efficiency indicator, and the mode you’re riding in. In a few months, TVS will release the Raider with a 5-inch color TFT screen and its SmartXonnect Bluetooth module. The motorcycle will have a USB charging port also.
Additionally, there will be two riding modes available for the bike: Eco and Power. The switch on the right side of the handlebar will allow the rider to choose between modes.
Power mode does not restrict the engine’s performance; however, Eco mode sets the engine’s maximum speed limiter at 7000 rpm. To get three percent higher fuel efficiency, the throttle response has been slowed down from Power mode.
|Braking Type||Synchronized Braking System|
|Service Due Indicator||Yes|
TVS Raider 125 engine, suspension and braking
The engine of the Raider 125 is a 124.8cc air and oil-cooled single-cylinder 3-valve motor that is identical to the NTorq 125 in terms of its bore and stroke. It has a brand-new five-speed gearbox and a brand-new engine. The Raider’s engine puts out 11.38PS @ 7500 rpm and 11.2Nm @ 6000 rpm, making it one of the most powerful bikes in its class.
With an acceleration of 0-60 kmph in 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 99 kmph, the motorbike has the best in class acceleration and top speed. The gearbox is a five-speed manual. The TVS Raider 125, in addition to its athletic looks, also has a claimed fuel mileage of 67 kilometers per liter.
A telescopic fork and a monoshock support the split single-downtube frame. The 30mm telescopic fork and the 5-step preload adjustable shock have been adjusted for a TVS-like soft and supple feel, so road comfort should be excellent.
The TVS Remora tires on the motorcycle’s 17-inch alloy wheels provide excellent traction. A 240mm disc brake or a 130mm drum brake are available as front-end options, with the 130mm rear drum brake and CBS being standard on all models.
TVS Motor Company’s Director & CEO, KN Radhakrishnan, stated, “TVS Motor Company serves consumers on nearly every continent. We are excited to bring the TVS Raider, a new global motorcycle platform targeted at youthful, digitally native Gen Z consumers, to our lineup. In keeping with its target market, it is outfitted with the cutting-edge vehicle and linked technologies. Our young consumers both in India and throughout the world will choose TVS Raider as their preferred option.”
Dimensions and capacity
|Fuel Capacity||10 L|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
|Kerb Weight||123 kg|
|Engine Oil||1 L|
TVS Raider 125cc specifications
|Mileage (Overall)||67 kmpl|
|Engine Type||Air and oil-cooled single-cylinder, SI|
|Bore x Stroke||53.5mm x 55.5mm|
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|Max Power||11.38 PS @ 7500 rpm|
|Max Torque||11.2 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|No. of Gears||5 speed|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock, 5 step adj, Gas-charged|
|Front Tyre||80/100 – 17 Tubeless, 46P|
|Rear Tyre||100/90 – 17 Tubeless, 55P|
|Front Brake||Disc/Drum(Disc – 240mm, Drum – 130mm)|
|Rear Brake||Drum(130mm SYNCRO SBT)|
|Fuel Capacity||10 L|
|Body Type||Sports Naked Bikes|
TVS Raider 125 price
Prices start at Rs 77,500 for the drum brake variant, which offers good value for money. This puts the Raider in the same league as sporty and youthful 125s like the Bajaj Pulsar 125 and Honda SP 125, as well as being Rs 20,000 cheaper than the Pulsar NS 125.
If you want the disc brakes you see here, TVS will charge you an extra Rs 8,000 (Rs 85,469).
The statement made to us is that the disc model doesn’t have any new functions, and it seems to us that this is too expensive to merely add a front disc.
To close the gap, it’s possible that TVS may raise the base model’s price in the near future.
As of just this moment, the Raider is available in two trim levels: drum (Rs 77,500) and disc (Rs 85,469). TVS is gearing up to introduce a third model, this time featuring a color TFT dashboard.
Take a look at the prices in the table below:
|Variant||TVS Raider 125||Honda SP125||Hero Glamour 125||Bajaj Pulsar 125|
|Drum||Rs 77,500||Rs 78,381||Rs 78,900||Rs 77,843|
|Disc||Rs 85,469||Rs 82,677||Rs 83,500||Rs 84,173|
Conclusion and verdict
Pros: Packs plenty of performance for a 125cc motorcycle; Riding position and seat is very comfortable; Absolutely packed to the gills with features.
Cons: Very little feel from the front brake; Some design elements can be a little divisive.
With the Raider 125, TVS has returned to the 125cc market with a bang. The bike is pleasant to ride, has many features, and feels luxurious and affordable too. It’s one of the most well-rounded 125cc bikes out there.