TVS showcased the Zeppelin cruiser concept at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2018 in Delhi. The cruiser motorcycle is aimed to be a performance-oriented machine and we should see the production spec model by 2019. However, in latest updates, our sources close to the development suggest that the Indian two-wheeler manufacturer is planning not one, but two products in the cruiser motorcycle segment. One will be a typical cruiser, on the lines of the Zeppelin concept while the other will be a Triumph Bonneville inspired conventional street motorcycle.
So while Royal Enfield is planning to get into the Bonneville territory with its new Interceptor 650, TVS might offer a similarly styled product, although with a smaller engine and a much affordable price tag.
Both motorcycle would share the 220cc engine that was showcased on the Zeppelin concept at the 2018 Auto Expo. The engine will be coupled with a TVS’s patented Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). ISG gets a e-boost option, which starts the motorcycle faster by giving it an augmented boost. The Zeppelin concept came equipped with a 1200W regenerative assist motor with 48V Li-ION battery. However, the regenerative assist motor will most likely not make it to the production spec motorcycle.
In terms of hardware, both motorcycles will most likely use lightweight tubeless spoked wheels, 41 mm USD forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear, and dual-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
Check out the TVS Zeppelin Cruiser Concept in detail in the walkaround video below:
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