TVS Jupiter review, test ride

    TVS has just added the Jupiter to its fleet of popular scooters. Has the south Indian two-wheeler manufacturer hit the bulls-eye again?

    Published on Oct 28, 2013 09:03:00 PM


    TVS’s Jupiter is a contemporary looking scooter. It’s neatly moulded body panels catch the eye, while the scooter is styled to hold wide appeal. The Jupiter can pass off as a young college going student’s scooter, and still also fit the bill as a commuter astride which to complete your daily errands on or around home.

    Viewed from the front, the Jupiter front apron is home to a set of clear lens turn signal indicators, as well as a central air vent. Above is a bright headlight that works well at night, and sits surrounded by a pair of pilot lamps. Bold, analogue instruments offer the rider a speedometer, fuel-gauge, economy or power riding mode indication and low fuel warning. There’s really good attention-to-detail, as seen everywhere including the Jupiter switchgear. The switches get dimpled texture that add good feel. The switchgear includes a nicely integrated pass-light flasher which proved handy when riding in city, a feature not regularly found on scooters here.

    The palm grips feel soft to touch and comfortable. The Jupiter front brake lever has a flatter profile, while the more rounded rear brake lever is inclusive of a locking clamp. We found the Jupiter rubberised floorboard roomy enough. TVS offer convenience hooks below the handlebar and rider’s seat, and these can be neatly tucked away to fit out of the way, flush within the body when not in use. However, TVS isn’t offering a front storage compartment or cubby holes as on rival scooters. The Jupiter seat gets white stitching, which is a nice touch.

    The TVS Jupiter’s fuel-filler lid is located at the tail end of the scooter, and doesn’t require the rider to dismount for a tank-up. Storage space under the seat remains about the same as on any rival scooter. Other nice touches come in the form of an easy to deploy main-stand, catchy looking 3D emblems, an alloy grab-bar for the pillion and 5-spoke alloy wheels that are black finished. The Jupiter’s rectangular taillight is flanked by clear lens turn signal indicators which look smart.

    Overall quality and fit-finish are both fair on the new TVS scooter. 

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