TVS Radeon is one of the formidable contenders in the 110 cc bike segment even as the company has the likes of Star City Plus and Victor luring the budget buyers in the same category. The overall design of the bike is simple, sober, and straightforward which should bode well for its appeal among the potential customers. The headlamp cluster comes equipped with the halogen lighting element with added feature of a LED DRL though the chrome bezel around the cluster feels a bit overdone. Not only around headlamp cluster, but the TVS has also used chrome at many other places taking into account the sensibilities of middle-class and rural people for whom this bike is primarily targeted at.
On practicality front, the company claims that the seat of the Radeon is the best-in-class in terms of length and width. The single-seat design ends with a luggage rack which also serves the purpose of a grab handle. A USB port is offered on the bike as an optional feature but as there is no space for the smartphone, this USB port is nothing but redundant.
The instrument cluster is simple and features twin-pod analog unit. You also get indicators for the fuel-gauge and Eco and Power mode. An 110cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine powers the TVS Radeon and this motor has been derived from Star City Plus. The engine produces 8.4PS along with 8.7Nm and is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The company claims fuel efficiency of 69.3 kmpl and with 10-liter fuel tank, the bike can easily cover 500 km before needing a refuel.
A single cradle tubular steel frame has been used by the TVS and in order to provide more tensional rigidity, this frame has been strengthened using a host of measures. For the suspension duty, telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers have been used while the stopping power is provided by 130 mm and 110 mm front and rear drum brakes respectively. Another positive in the account of TVS Radeon is its best in a class ground clearance of 180 mm. The bike also has a long wheelbase (1265mm) which aids the stability during the highway rides.
When it comes to riding the TVS Radeon, it was a simple and smooth affair just like any other TVS motorcycle. The engine is smooth and refined. The clutch is light and gearbox is smooth. The engine is free and quick revving. The gearing is tall and fuel is crisp so fuel economy balance along with perfect rideability in the city has been achieved. The motor makes fast enough progress if you rev quickly and go through the gearbox fast enough. We got 67 km/l while testing this motorcycle.
You can cruise at 70 km/hr all day long if you wanted. We met an highway companion on a Radeon itself doing the same. The highway manners are good enough and even at limit, the suspension works well, iron outs all bumps and stays stable to a large extent. It has a wee bit of sporty credentials so even if you push it hard, just like we did, out of sheer everyday habit with every auto journalist we found it was planted and agile through the corners. Needless to say those skinny tyres limit but they help you in nimbless in the city which is found in abundance with the motorcycle.
TVS Raedon 110 Review, Verdict
Priced at Rs 50,820 (ex-showroom, Delhi), TVS Radeon is up against the likes of Bajaj Discover 110, Yamaha Saluto, Hero Splendor iSmart 110, and Honda CD 110 Dream DX. The Raedon can distinguished with high quality feel and look along with a contemporary with the right addition of bespokeness to make it stand out. In this highly competitive space, we think Radeon has done its job really well. We know leave it to the contemporary motorcycle loving crowd to appreciate because that motorcycle does really well.