While TVS, with its Apache series of motorcycles, has kept the enthusiastic riders happy, the Radeon was launched to entertain the rural audience. Aimed to take on the likes of the Hero Splendor, Hero HF Deluxe, Bajaj Platina and Honda Livo, the Radeon seems to be enjoying a successful run. The fact that the motorcycle managed to cross the 1 Lakh units sales milestone in a mere 7 months from launch backs up its popularity. To make it more attractive to its customers, TVS has announced two new paint schemes for this commuter. These two shades – Volcano Red and Titanium Grey will join the shades of White, Beige, Purple and Black. Accompanying these new colour options is a small price hike of INR 1,670. This motorcycle now retails for INR 50,070, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Built around a strong, steel tubular chassis, the Radeon is designed to be rugged and durable, which would help it survive the brutal roads of the countryside. The suspension too, has been tuned to be on the softer side, to make the rider feel that much better on bad patches of roads. Talking about bad roads, a ground clearance of 180 mm would ensure that the underside of the motorcycle remains untouched, no matter how bad the roads are. The car inspired instrument console of this motorcycle further increases its appeal and TVS also offers a USB charger as standard. Also on offer is a rather wide seat which is quite comfortable and is made with anti-slip material making sure you do not move around much while riding.
Powering the Radeon is a 109.7 cc single cylinder, air-cooled engine. This engine is tuned to produce a decent 8.4 PS of power @ 7000 rpm and 8.7 Nm of torque @5000 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 4-speed transmission. TVS claims that the bike can return as much as 70-litre kilometres for every litre of petrol it sips. The instrument console also showcases a power/eco light, which would indicate when you go easy on the throttle, helping to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. The Radeon also offers a side stand alarm, synchronised braking technology and some more features, which are discussed in our in-depth video review of the motorcycle linked below.