Everybody will admit that scooters are the most utilitarian
and convenient mode of urban transport. Just saddle up, twist and off you go.
On a regular everyday run, you forget about performance figures and precise
handling. All you need is a comfortable ride and space to carry your stuff
around. TVS Motor Company has introduced Jupiter, another addition to their
range of fun machines. This new automatic scooter gets added style, power and
Jupiter is a smart looking scooter. It has a sharper and
masculine appeal as it is positioned across all age brackets for both male and
female members of the society. Such a versatile audience means style,
sportiness and ruggedness all wrapped in one package. The design of the scooter
is modern with clean sharp edges. The clear headlamps give good illumination
and spread. Instrument cluster is compact and legible. It displays the
speedometer, fuel gauge, low fuel warning and an indicator for economy and
power mode. The plastic quality used on the switchgear is made up of decent
quality. A handy feature is the pass-light switch which helps a lot through
The foot-board has enough space for even mammoth sized feet.
There is a hook for hanging your groceries below the rider seat and also below
the handlebars. These can be neatly tucked away when not being used thus
avoiding the chance of getting bruised on them. Even the under-seat storage
compartment is big and will hold a standard helmet in it. Another convenience
is the lockable fuel-filler cap which sits just above the tail-light cluster.
Insert the key in the slot and turn it to one side to open the fuel-filler, or
the other direction for the seat.
Jupiter is powered by the same 109.7cc engine that powers
the Wego. TVS claims that power generation of 7.8bhp and 8Nm of peak torque is
good for a 0 to 60kmph time of 7.2seconds. Power is delivered to the wheels via
a smooth shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT). The delivery has
been tuned for city commuting and is strong in the low and mid-rpm range. The
top speed we achieved on our ride was an indicated 85kmph and that too with a
pillion on board. The ride quality on the Jupiter is very good. It gobbles
uneven surfaces with ease and irons out bumps in the road surface giving a
comfortable ride. The handling through corners is nimble as well. Of course it
is not a performance motorcycle, but for what it is, it is brilliant. This is
due to the fact that it uses telescopic fork suspension up-front and gas
charged shocks at the rear.
The advantage that Jupiter has is the price tag it holds. At
Rs 46,534 (ex showroom Delhi), the Jupiter gives a lot more than what the
others have to offer in that bracket. And then the fantastic fuel efficiency
figure of 45kmpl that adds another reason to be attracted towards the TVS
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