In recent months, TVS has updated its website with prices of its new BS6-compliant models. The new model to follow the required emission requirements is the Radeon. This now costs Rs 58.992 for drum brake base version, RBS6 Radeon TVSs 61.992 for drum brake special edition, and Rs 64.992 for disk brake special edition. The prices over the BS4-compliant platform increased by Rs 8,000-10,000.
Like any other BS6-compliant motorcycle in India, the Radeon made the transition from a carburetor to fuel injection. As the method of fueling to meet the stricter emission standards. The 109.7cc, single-cylinder engine now produces 8.19hp at 7.350rpm. And 8.7Nm torque at 4.500rpm, opposed to the 8.4hp of the BS4 Radeon at 7.000rpm and torque at 5.000rpm at 8.7Nm. So, as for the curb weight. With the drum version currently stands at 116 kg, 4 kg more than the BS4 standard. Whereas the disk variant has a curb weight of 118 kg.
It took many by surprise when TVS launched the Radeon a few months ago; after all, in its 110cc commuter portfolio, it already had three motorcycles – Sport, Star City+, and the Victor –. Nevertheless, TVS thought that there was space for more and put the Radeon between the Sport and the Star City+, targeting semi-urban and rural markets. We spent a couple of days riding the new commuter and here’s what we think about that.
It’s not an easy task to design a commuter motorcycle; the styling can not be too sporty or flashy and it can’t be too restrained either. When I saw the Radeon the first thought that came to mind was the Hero Splendor. Close to the most common commuter bike sold in our country, the fuel tank, center panels, and even the taillights. What makes the Radeon look distinctive though are the tank covers, brown saddle, and headlight (with LED DRLs).