If you have seen the Hindi
blockbuster movie Sholay, you will be familiar with the word “Dhanno”. Dhanno
was Basanti’s trusted horse and it took her from one place to another, carried
travelers in the little carriage and even galloped like crazy when Gabbar
Singh’s men chased Basanti on their horses.
In today’s world, a vehicle like
the TVS Radeon is the Dhanno of the common man, a trusted and faithful machine
that takes you from point A to point B, day in and day out without any fuss. No
slipper clutch, no ride by wire technology, no disc brakes and no fancy feature
to boot, yet millions can afford it to commute daily.
The TVS Radeon now comes with
a BS-VI 4 Stroke Duralife engine with a displacement of 109.7 cc with an Eco-Thrust
Fuel Injection technology. This engine boasts of a 15% more mileage, the company claims. The outgoing Radeo BS
IV had a fuel efficiency of 69.3kmpl as per the World Motorcycle Test Cycle of
WMTC. Thus, if we got by the company’s claim that this new model has 15pc more
mileage, then we can safely assume that the new BS VI model has a mileage of
This motorcycle comes in a
base edition that has a self mechanism with alloy wheels, it also has a Commuter
Bike of the Year edition with self and drum brakes and there is also a Commuter
Bike of the Year edition with self and disc brakes. We got the commuter bike of
the year edition with drum brakes. The bike has a convenient all gear self
DESIGN & FEATURES
The motorcycle has a length of
2025 mm, a width of 705 mm and a height of 1080 mm. The wheel base is 1265 mm.
This particular model has a kerb weight of 116 kg. This model costs Rs 64 287,
ex showroom Delhi.
Let’s get straight to what’s
new in this BS VI model. Well, it’s not got a new robust thigh pad, a petrol tank cushion, the seats are
cushiony and are premium, there is an option of a disc brake in the top model,
then there are these new metallic clutch and brake levers and new chrome mirrors.
Usually levers are made of some alloy and are prone to breaking when it bike hits
the ground by mistake.
The TVS Radeon now gets a car like speedometer. A USB charging
spot, a full chrome metal exhaust, chrome bezel headlamp with led drl, solid
suspension with chrome shrouds and pillion grabrail with carrier are the other
features offered in this bike. There is also a lady pillion handle with a
hook. For keeping you mobile phone, you can get a petrol tank cover but that is
part of the accessory that you need to buy separately. The TVS Radeon BS VI
gets new refreshed premium graphics too.
The side box opens up with your ignition key and you can
find your tool kit there. The maintenance free battery is also placed there. Not
to be missed are the new refreshed premium graphics of Radeon. The
Radeon gets a side stand indicator with beeper. But the beeper is not part of
standard fitment. The turn signal mounting is kind of unbreakable and is quite
flexible for longer life.
Commuter Bike of the Year: Self
4 Stroke Dura-life, 109.7 cc
8.08 bhp@7350 rpm
8.7 Nm@ 4500 rpm
Length x width x height
2025 mm x 705 mm x 1080 mm
F: Telescopic oil damped
R: 5 step adjustable
Front -130 mm, Drum
Rear 110 mm, Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Front-Tubeless - 2.75 x 18
Rear- Tubeless - 3.00 x 18
Fuel Tank capacity
Rs 64 287
Commuter bikes really do not
come with fancy features, especially up market safety features. But as
mentioned above, they do come with a lot of practical features.
The TVS Radeon is powered by a
4 Stroke Duralife engine with a displacement of 109.7cc. This BS VI engine has Eco-Thrust
Fuel Injection and delivers a maximum power of 8.08bhp@7350rpm and a peak
torque of 8.7 Nm @ 4500 rpm. Compared to the BS IV model this new bike has
retained the peak torque, while peak power has marginally come down by around
0.20 hp. The engine is mated to a
4-speed gearbox. Here you do not have to engage the first gear by pressing the
gear lever down with your foot, rather all the four gears are engaged with an
upward movement, achieved when you press down with your heel. It starts with N
and then all gears movements are up. This is a very practical feature for a
commuter bike which is constantly in and out of traffic.
The Radeon gets both an
electric start switch as well as a manual foot kick. That’s again a convenient
feature in a rush-rush commuter segment.
The bike sits on large 18
inches high performance dura grip tubeless tyres, both in front as well as in
rear. The front measures 2.75 x 18, while the rear comprises 3.00 x 18. It has
5-spoke alloy wheels.
The model we rode did not have
disc brakes. But it has synchronised braking technology (SBT) for shorter
Though it has a robust 4 stroke
dura-life engine which had more than adequate mid range torque, the braking was
slightly sloppy. I would have loved if all the trim levels of this model had got
disc brakes. In today’s crowded and erratic world of traffic, disc brakes along
with ABS need to be part of very day riding.
While the engine performance
of the TVS Radeon BS VI is very impressive, its ride and comfort too is very
good. The motorcycle has telescopic oil damped suspension in front and 5 step
adjustable hydraulic suspension at the rear. These offered more than adequate
comfort on Delhi’s pot holed roads. With a ground clearance of 180 mm, the bike
stays clear of all bumpy hurdles.
This bike has super strong box
iron chassis, a unique impact resistant (UIR) design that keeps it safe from scratches
Unlike race bikes and cruiser
bikes that are judged by their fancy up market features and their high dose of
technology related features, the commuter bikes are judged more by their
practical and affordable features. The TVS Radeon has a plethora of practical
features and while providing them, the company has largely not compromised with
performance and safety for the commuter.
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