TVS Motor Company adds another motorcycle to their commuter segment on August 23. Their new bike is named Radeon and was first shown at the Auto Expo 2012. It had a 125-cc engine at that time and a typical “Star-city” like styling.
The production motorcycle is likely to share its engine with the Victor 110. The overall design of the Radeon is also likely to be based on a mixture of the Star City and Victor. The 110-cc engine produces 9.46 BHP of power @7500 RPM and 9.2 NM of torque @6000 RPM. It is also likely that the same 3-Valve setup, which is also found in TVS’ scooters and motorcycles, will be used.
The engine will be air-cooled for all intents and purposes. The small-capacity engine will allow the Radeon to compete with Hero Splendor and Honda Livo. With this announcement, it seems that the company is not aiming towards the performance crowd at all. The upcoming motorcycle will be a full-fledged commuter with a heavy focus on mileage.
The earlier photos of the bike confirm a simple commuter-like design. There is a disc-drum setup for effective braking and a single-piece long seat along with grab rails and upright handlebars. In its current line-up, TVS already has Victor, Star city+ and Sport, as entry-level commuter models. The Radeon is expected to be the starting point for the company’s motorcycle range.
TVS is known for pushing boundaries in all segments. TVS Victor offers air+oil cooling in the 125-cc segment, which is unheard of even in the 150-cc segment, . So it’d be interesting to see, how much of the “innovation boundary” is the company able to push, while also keeping costs down. The expected ex-showroom price of the TVS Radeon will be under Rs. 50,000. The Radeon will be TVS Motors’ latest Hero Splendor rival. The Hero Splendor is India’s best selling commuter motorcycle.
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