The sub-125 cc segment, despite being a key volume driver, hasn’t attracted aspirational buyers. A big reason for that is the utilitarian style which 125 cc motorcycles come with. However, in September 2021, the TVS Raider was launched and the rest as they say is history. Clocking the 4.5-lakh sales milestone within 23 months, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Raider has received a wicked response!
A Bike with a Wicked Personality
Designed to look the part, the bike gets a unique LED headlamp with cross-styled DRL at the front. A similar design can be observed in the rear – the tail lamp has a minimalistic yet unique approach for this segment. Built for the masses and possessing a distinct road presence, the TVS Raider effortlessly stands out.
Not just the aesthetics but the platform too is developed from scratch, be it the chassis, the engine or the features. Raider is the first bike in its segment with Bluetooth-enabled SmartXonnect technology working on an all-new 5” TFT display coupled with voice recognition.
For all these reasons, this premium motorcycle has gained respectable traction in the market, so much so that out of the 9.1 lac total two-wheelers sold by TVS Motor in FY2023, TVS Raider 125 has accounted for 29%, up from 26% share from the previous year.
Wicked and Ready for Touring
For any tourer, a comfortable and upright seated saddle is key for long-distance touring. TVS Raider shines in this department with the 780 mm seat height offering a natural sitting posture. Also, the kerb weight is kept low at 123 kg which is at par with many scooters. This makes manoeuvring this bike a delight. Furthermore, a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres ensures no destination. Its ET-Fi integrated engine ensures a great balance of fuel efficiency and consistent power delivery.
The first impression that the TVS Raider 125 leaves on any rider is the “versatility”. You get a 0-60km/h from a standstill in just 5.9 seconds, while the engine also ensures class-leading fuel efficiency to offer you the best of both worlds. This unique engine characteristic that TVS Motor has developed for Raider 125 is the key to this bike’s success.
TVS Motor has developed an engine and a gearbox to be more youthful. The all-new 3-valve architecture, coupled with air and oil cooling offers consistent power delivery. While, the ride modes – Eco & Power, tweak the power train to best suit the riding condition. The mid is kept strong as the peak torque of 10.6Nm is available at 6000 rpm. As a result, the bike can cruise effortlessly at 80 km/h all day long while still ensuring great fuel efficiency.
But did you know that there are touring accessories available for TVS Raider?
While cruising down the highway, any rider needs storage space which offers quick and easy access to keep the mobile, action camera, cash, or tools. For the same, TVS Motor has a very functional storage accessory to store essentials and other touring requirements. It is, in fact, one of the crucial bike accessories to consider for long rides.
TVS Raider isn’t just a machine with two wheels on the road; it is a tech-loaded bike that takes care of the rider as well. The moment the bike hits the reserve, the bike automatically navigates you to the nearest fuel station, all displayed on the 5” TFT screen. The display providing such useful information deserves protection from harsh weather and for that, a screen protector is highly recommended. This especially holds true before heading out on long rides.
When it comes to highway cruising, you can also go for a Premium seat cover for enhanced seat cushioning on the bike for long rides. You also need wind protection which is incomplete without a visor. Such a windscreen not only enhances the aesthetics but also serves the purpose of diverting the wind blasts away from the rider.