TVS Motors have resurrected the popular Victor brand and are hoping to tap into a different part of the 110 cc segment. We rode the new bike around TVS’ test track in Hosur and here are our first impressions
Story: Aninda Sardar
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
TVS Motors’ recent decision to bring back to life the old Victor name seems logical enough. After all the Victor was quite a successful motorcycle (it was first launched in 2001) and continues to have a sizeable fan following. It follows then that a new motorcycle with a similar 110 cc engine displacement will benefit from using a name that already has a positive legacy. The only problem with legacy is that the bike will have to live up to preset expectations. So does the new TVS Victor live up to expectations fueled by the legacy of an earlier era?
From a purely visual standpoint, the Victor seems to have got this balance right. The designer’s use of sharp creases, pinched surfaces and the short sporty muffler provides visual panache while the upright seating and flat seat hint at the bike’s practical proposition. The digi-analogue instrumentation is nice and contemporary. Switchgear quality is quite good and impressive and TVS have even given the bike a hazard warning lamps function (operated via what looks like the engine kill switch). The addition of soft surfaces on the pillion grab handle is no doubt thoughtful.