The Hero HF Deluxe is best selling commuter in the country. We’ve ridden and tested its new rival from TVS. How does it shape up?
he TVS Radeon commuter is a middle-commuter segment product, which is developed for the “confident self-made Indian man.” The motorcycle features a rugged design language that comprises a ribbed fuel tank with thigh pads, a spacious and comfortable cushioned seat, upright ergonomics and a rear parcel rack with luggage mounts. It comes with premium features like LED daytime running lights, twin-pod car-like instrument cluster, USB charging port, side stand indicator, chrome muffler and electric start.
Powering the TVS Radeon commuter is a 109.7 cc ‘Dura-Life’ engine that is tuned to generate 8.2 bhp of maximum power at 7,000 rpm and 8.7 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. The single-cylinder air-cooled engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission. It features a larger air filter for better combustion, and it produces higher low-end torque. The Radeon is equipped with a 10 litre-fuel tank and has a fuel economy rating of 69.3 km/l.
The TVS Radeon is available in four colours, namely White, Black, Purple, and Beige. It comes with a comprehensive warranty of 5 years. The motorcycle features best-in-segment high ground clearance and long wheelbase. It has 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Dura Grip tubeless tyres, a 3D chrome logo, and a maintenance-free battery.
The TVS Radeon is underpinned by a new single-cradle tubular chassis, which uses the engine as a stressed member. The bike comes shod with telescopic forks up front and twin coil-spring shock absorbers at the rear. It has drum brakes as standard, and it features synchronized braking technology (SBT).
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