Nowadays, unless a
motorcycle has got the right styling, the right power, the right weight and the
right price, it fails to impress a majority of Indian youngsters. I mean race
bikes are just meant for the race track, while the commuters are plain Janes
primarily meant for day to day boring chores and off roaders are ideal for the
But how will you react if a
bike has a bit of all these essential ingredients of riding? The Ronin, I felt
has a mix of several exciting elements. It sets your heart racing the moment
you look at it. The
TVS Ronin comes in three variants - TVS Ronin SS, TVS Ronin DS, and the top
variant, TVS Ronin TD. The SS variant costs
Rs 1.49 lakh, the DS variant costs Rs 156,500 and the TD variant costs Rs
168,750 onward, ex showroom, India. We
got the TD variant with it stylish exterior paint for a short review.
If you take a close look at
the bike, you notice it has been built aerodynamically with several parts meant
to deflect the wind or cool the engine. The bike also gets underbody protection.
It’s not one of those
precariously high bikes with outlandish seats where the pillion sits on Mt
Everest and the rider on ground zero. It gets a one piece long seat ideal for
two people to travel in comfort. The seat can be removed with the ignition key
to access the tool box which is wired under the seat. You can also access the
air intake area besides other critical wiring. The TVS Ronin is built on a
double cradle split frame.
The TVS Ronin comes with a
unique T-face pilot lamp, with all-LED lamps in front and rear. The round
headlamp adds to the retro looks of the bike. The bike comes with 3-step
adjustable levers that enable custom adjustments for clutch and front brake.
The exhaust and muffler
design too has a smart tinge to it. You also get to see a smart chain cover
that keeps the chain protected to a great extent. The Ronin has 9 spoke alloy
wheels with chunky block tread tyres. You get disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel
In front it has a 41mm USD
suspension while at the rear it has monoshock with 7 step adjustable preload.
It gets a round shaped retro
looking digital instrument cluster which I must say is crystal clear to read
even while you are riding the bike on a bright sunny day. Along with the digital cluster with
SmartXonnect one can access a whole range of functions whether it is voice
assist through this Bluetooth connectivity, turn by turn navigation, incoming
call alert / receive ride analyses etc. Besides, the digital cluster provides
an array of readings like Distance to Empty, Estimated Time of Arrival, Gear
Shift Assist, Side Stand Engine Inhibitor, Service Due Indication, Low Battery
Indicator, take a break notification and high engine temperature alert, among
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
The Ronin is powered by a single
cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, SOHC 225.9cc oil cooled petrol engine that
produces a peak power 20.4ps@7750rpm and a peak torque of 19.93Nm@3750rpm. The
engine is mated to a 5 speed gearbox. The engine gets an oil-cooling system
including a radiator.
Once you slot the key and
switch on the engine, the sound emanating from the machine is very gentle, yet
very masculine. It’s a low noise feather touch start. The thump at idling is
really classy, I must say. You get two riding modes, one for rain and one for
urban. And to make you ride a lot more smooth, the bike comes with assist and
slipper clutch. This feature comes into play when the engine brakes when you
The Ronin also has a Glide
Through Technology which in essence means that when you release the clutch in
the 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear, you can glide through without accelerating. Quite a cool feature, I felt.
The gear shifts are super
fast to say the least. By the time you reach 40kmph or so, you are already in
the 5th gear. Thereafter, you may wish the Ronin came with two extra
gears, but you will be surprised how effective the top gear is, especially when
you rev up and take the vehicle beyond 70kmph.
The Ronin is a perfect two
wheeler for intra city riding. Even at lower speeds, the gears hold, as you do
not have to downshift at all. The moment you get a clear space, you can simply
twist the throttle to surge ahead. I must say, the Ronin has all the making of
a sprinter as well as a long distance runner. While intra city riding comes so
naturally to this bike, cruising on highways is simply a twist of the throttle.
This motorcycle is an ideal upgrade for the commuter motorcyclist. With the
Ronin he is bound to get the style and performance that he all along desired.
And since it’s a very easy bike to handle, unlike some of the monsters out
there, he can also be assured of a comfortable ride. It’s kind of built to the T!
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