Words – Satyen Poojary (Senior Motoroid)
A few days ago, I got a chance to ride a “fun” bike. This was a bike which made me learn what I thought I already knew! – Motorcycling, I thought I knew it well considering that I had some amount of riding experience on a plethora of machines.
Cut back to the bike being discussed – The “No Tension” bike, the TVS Jive!
Firstly I would like to congratulate TVS Motors to come up with a neat ‘new’ product. I hope this innovation trickles down into the bigger siblings as well. A few months ago, Amit decided to let me try the Jive. I guess the nickname SuperCommuTOURer worked for me. Little did I know what I was venturing into! A bike that will teach me so many things right from the time I first sat on it.
My first launch:
All geared up, time to go to office, the elder brother RTR and the competitor R15 waiting for me, almost like competing against themselves. I am sure they got surprised that I chose the smaller bike. My first reaction on the bike was (and I am being honest about it) I try to engage the clutch only to find it not there, and in the process making a joke of myself! There my first lesson with the bike!
My first traffic jam:
Well, Hinjewadi the IT SEZ of Pune has adequate arrangements to arrange a traffic jam every morning. Today was nothing new. I shift to Neutral and wait, and then plonk the gear and trut along. Just the way it’s supposed to be right? – WRONG!
That’s the fun part of the bike, stop it in any gear, and begin riding from that gear. For all logical reasons you would be launching from either first or second gear in standstill traffic, but just to let you know, we did push it to the limits. The bike was torquey enough to pull me and my friend from ANY gear. Wow! – No tension!
It took a while but then I realized how it works, and it was fun even in the insane traffic.
TIP: Consider it to be a scooterette and stick to second gear and trut along the traffic – you will never need anything else to cut the traffic.
My first ride experience:
Earlier in the day I realized launching the bike is very much like a scooterette, plonk the gear (and look stupid as it isnt moving, well atleast I lookedstupid) Throttle, and its comes alive!
Night riding with bike was “No tension” as it has very good reflectors. The suspension is a bit spongy, but it is something expected for a bike in this category.
The seating position is comfortable and the braking is normal, nothing exceptional in this department. All in all, it’s a VFM bike, and yet is special!
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