The TVS Raider 125 has begun its term in our garage and here you will find periodic updates about our experience with the motorcycle.
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The TVS Raider 125 won the coveted Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) award for 2022 and also topped its segment in the Bike India Awards. My first experience of this motorcycle was at the first ride at TVS’ test facility and since then I have been waiting for the long-term motorcycle to arrive and it is finally here.
Although placed in the commuter segment, the Raider 125 has been performing beyond expectations. It is stylish, well-equipped, and a definite upgrade for anyone moving up to the 125-cc segment.
Another reason I am particularly thankful for the Raider is its remarkable fuel efficiency. With fuel prices on the rise, this motorcycle has gained more relevance than ever in our market. TVS delivered a brand-new motorcycle with less than 100 kilometres on the odometer, so we will be running it in properly too.
In the following reports, you may expect us to comment on parameters including service, fuel efficiency, and the various features on offer. First service is at 650 km and I suppose the Raider will clock that much mileage comfortably with a little more than one full tank of fuel.
Tenure: 4 months
Odometer: 1,920 km
With fuel prices soaring and traffic increasing exponentially, an efficient motorcycle was the order of the day and the TVS Raider was best suited to the job. Every time someone asks me how many kilometres this motorcycle returns to a litre of the golden liquid, it gives me great pleasure to watch their jaws drop when I respond with a 60 km-plus figure.
This TVS is a handsome motorcycle especially in this striking yellow colour. Its list of features and level of quality place it above the commuter class. In addition to being desirable, it is just as usable for exploring the narrow lanes of Pune’s busiest shopping areas, a nightmare on most other motorcycles.
The Raider’s weight is distributed well, thus making it a nimble customer, so threading my way through long lines of four-wheeler traffic has been remarkably easy. The button to switch between Eco and Power modes is located in the place where one would expect the ignition switch to be and it took me a while to get accustomed to it.
I have been using Eco mode most of the time in order to save fuel, but at times it feels underpowered. Whenever that happens, I switch to Power mode for that extra bit of performance.
Like: Styling, fuel efficiency
Dislike: Underpowered in Eco mode