On the ride quality front, the Victor is sprung slightly stiffer than the Star City +. On the bumpy sections of the track, one can indeed feel the road imperfections. Admittedly, it’s not the kind of ride quality that will break your back but it isn’t exactly plush. Although not a great thing for a solo rider, this set up will probably work fell when riding with a pillion as TVS expects the target audience to do. In that case the stiffer set up should work well and keep the suspension from bottoming out even at its softest setting.
Stopping duties on the Victor are taken care of by a single 240 mm dia petal disc up front and a 110-mm drum at the rear. The set up works quite well and brings the bike to a halt without fuss. There is of course a version on offer equipped with a 130-mm dia drum at the front but I’d give it a pass.
The TVS Victor was launched at Rs 51,490, ex-showroom, Delhi for the version equipped with a disc brake (the drum brake equipped version carries a sticker of Rs 49,490). At that price the Victor should make for good value for money. However, at that price point, it will also have to battle it out with entrenched competition like the Hero Passion xPro, Honda’s CD 110 Dream to the Dream Yuga and TVS’ own Star City +. And while TVS will surely hope that the old Victor name will work its wonder once again, the new Victor will not find it easy to carve out its own niche this time around.