BS6 TVS Radeon review, test ride

BS6 TVS Radeon review, test ride

19th Jan 2021 8:00 am

The Radeon has always been one of the most fun commuters out there. Has the BS6 update changed that?

  • Make : TVS
  • Model : Radeon

The Radeon is one of three motorcycles powered by a 110cc engine in TVS’ commuter line-up. However, it’s a commuter that’s always delivered a little more than what was expected of it. The question is, has the transition to BS6 dampened its abilities? 

STYLE STATEMENT 

With some of its attributes, the Radeon refuses to fit into a mundane commuter mould. One of them is its design. Granted, it doesn’t stray too far with its overall appearance, but TVS has retained the unique details like the tankpads and the generous use of chrome. The Special Edition you see here also gets its mirrors and levers in a chrome finish, a textured seat, and an additional pad on top of the tank.

TVS-Radeon
Special edition gets added cosmetics.

The aforementioned aspects were largely the same on the older model as well, so there hasn’t been a significant change in the design department. The hardware like the suspension and brakes remain the same as well - while the base model is available only with a drum brake, the special editions get the option of a disc at the front. The most notable changes lie under the skin. 

IN ITS ELEMENT 

The engine that powers the Radeon is a tiny little thing - a 109.7cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor, just like before, except that it is now fuel-injected. Peak output figures are a humble 8.2hp and 8.7Nm of torque - power is down from 8.4hp, but torque remains the same. However, this little TVS makes do with those numbers just fine. 

There’s enough grunt in there for you to get around the city, even with a pillion, and not be bored. Plus, there is the almost uncharacteristic sporty exhaust note - it’s still raspy and exciting, but it also sounds smoother and doesn’t pop and crackle as much as on the older bike.

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Exhaust note still sounds sporty.

We took the bike out on the highway as well, and while the four-speed gearbox meant that the engine needed to work hard to maintain cruising speeds, it did do so with relatively greater ease than the BS4 model. 

The transition to fuel injection has resulted in increased fuel efficiency and we also noticed that it drastically improved cold-start ability. 

VERDICT 

The Radeon is targeted at the semi-urban and rural market, but it does have the qualities to fit into just about anyone’s stable as a trusty workhorse. It continues to deliver everything that is expected of a commuter, while also offering a little sporty involvement and retro style. Prices for the Radeon start at just under Rs 60,000, which puts it on par with its rivals from Hero and Bajaj. For Rs 6,000 more, you get the disc brake variant and that’s the one you should be considering.

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PRICE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Ex-showroom - Delhi Rs 63,442
ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Cubic Capacity (cc) 109.7cc
Max Power (hp @ rpm) 8.2hp at 7350rpm
Max Torque (nm @ rpm) 8.7Nm at 4500rpm
Dimensions & Chassis Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Weight (kg) 116kg
Wheel base (mm) 1265mm
BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Brake Type Drum
Rear Brake Type Drum
SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Suspension Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Twin shock absorbers
WHEELS AND TYRES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front wheel (inch) 18
Front Tyre 2.75x18
Rear wheel (inch) 18
Rear Tyre 3.00x18
ACCELERATION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
0 - 60 kph (sec) 8.15
0 - 80 kph (sec) 17.12
BRAKING Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
60 - 0 kph (mts, sec) 20.29m
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
City (kpl) 67.14kpl
Highway (kpl) 80.22kpl
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