The TVS Raider boasts the finest acceleration and torque in its class. Additionally, this commuter bike has an optional TFT instrument display and smartphone connection, making it more feature-rich than most competitors.
But do all these advantages make the TVS Raider more advantageous than the well-liked Honda SP125?
The TVS Raider has a coloured LCD as standard equipment. It provides all the essential readouts, including speed, trip metre, gear-shift indication, tachometer, fuel economy, peak and average speed, helmet indicator, odometer, fuel gauge, etc.
For the braking hardware, the Raider comes with a 240 mm front petal disc brake and a 130 mm rear drum brake with synchronised braking as standard. Honda SP 125, as standard, relies on 130 mm drum brakes, but customers can upgrade to 240 mm front disc brake, albeit at a premium.
TVS Raider standard model costs ₹77,500, while the SmartXconnect unit has a significant premium and can get fixed as an accessory. The Honda SP 125, on the other hand, gets a price tag of ₹78,381 for the drum brake variant and ₹82,677 for the disc brake variant.
In addition to these features, the Raider boasts a side-stand engine cutoff that delays starting the bike until the side stand is fully disengaged.
The new TVS Raider is a motorbike with a stunning appearance and numerous segment-first features. It is highly distinctive and distinguishes itself from its high-end commuters competitors.
But Bajaj Auto also introduced the brand-new Pulsar NS 125 in India, a bare-chested streetfighter that competes directly with the TVS Raider 125. How do these brand-new 125cc motorcycles compare to one another?
A 124.8cc, single-cylinder, air and oil-cooled engine comes with TVS’ ET-Fi or Eco Thrust Fuel injection technology that complies with BS6 powers the new TVS Raider 125. This motor produces 11.2 Nm of maximum torque at 6,000 RPM and 11.3 HP power at 7,500 RPM. This motor produces 11 Nm of maximum torque at 7,000 RPM and 12 HP power at 8,500 RPM.
BS6 compliant 124.45cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine powers the Bajaj Pulsar NS 125.
The starting price of the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is Rs. 1.20 Lakh, which is Rs. 36,155 higher than the basic model of the TVS Raider, which costs Rs. 84,000. Technically speaking, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has a 159.7 cc engine, but the TVS Raider has a 124.8 cc engine.
Compared to the TVS Raider, which comes in four colours, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V gets five distinct colours.
In terms of mileage, comfort, maintenance, and features, the TVS Raider is superior. Both bikes have received identical ratings from users based on performance. Additionally, the TVS Raider costs Rs. 36,155 less than the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V.
The 159.7 cc Petrol engine of the Apache RTR 160 4V generates 14.73 Nm of torque at 7250 rpm and 17.63 PS of power at 9250 rpm for the Front Disc and Rear Drum variant. In contrast, the 124.8 cc Petrol engine of the Raider in the Drum version generates 11.38 PS at 7500 rpm and 11.2 Nm at 6000 rpm of torque.