TVS Raider is now available in single seat, split seat and SmartXonnect variant; prices start at Rs 93,719
Aiming to improve overall comfort and convenience, TVS has launched a single seat variant of Raider 125cc commuter bike. It is the new base-spec variant, around Rs 1,000 cheaper than the split seat variant that starts at Rs 94,719 (ex-sh, Delhi). Top-spec SmartXonnect variant, that also has split seats, is priced at Rs 1,00,820.
Another update for TVS Raider is that the drum brake variant has been discontinued. It was the most affordable variant, available at a starting price of Rs 86,803. Mechanically, there are no change to TVS Raider.
TVS Raider single seat variant
Raider’s single seat has the typical profile seen with other commuters in 125cc segment. Pillion seat section is slightly elevated, which helps achieve a sportier profile. This is especially true when compared to other commuters that have a completely flat seat design. TVS Raider has probably the most dynamic styling in its class. It competes with bikes like Honda SP125, Hero Glamour Xtec and Bajaj Pulsar 125.
Primary motive for launching a single seat version of Raider is to improve the bike’s positioning as a commuter bike. While split seats are sportier, a single seat makes more practical sense. It can support a wide variety of cargo and families with children. With the single seat option for Raider, TVS should be able to target a larger customer base. Take a look at the detailed walkaround video shared by Motorbuddy channel.
The only limitation with Raider single seat is that it is available in just a single colour option of Striking Red. In comparison, the split seat variant is available in colour options of Fiery Yellow, Blazing Blue, Striking Red and Wicked Black. Top-spec SmartXonnect variant is available with colour options of Fiery Yellow and Wicked Black.
TVS Raider single seat specs
Apart from the saddle, nothing else has changed for single seat Raider 125. Powering the bike is a 124.8cc, single cylinder, air and oil cooled motor that generates 11.4 PS of max power and 11.2 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Raider offers best-in-class acceleration, with 0 to 60 kmph achieved in 5.9 seconds. Fuel efficiency is also improved with technologies such as engine start-stop and Ecothrust Fi.
Suspension system comprises telescopic forks at front and gas-charged, 5-step adjustable monoshock unit at rear. TVS Raider 125 has 17-inch wheels at both ends, shod with 80/100 front and 100/90 rear tyres. With the drum variant discontinued, Raider has 240 mm disc at front and 130 mm drum at rear. Synchronized braking technology (SBT) is standard across all variants.
While single seat and split seat variants of Raider have a reverse LCD screen, top-spec SmartXonnect has segment-first 5-inch TFT screen. Top-spec SmartXonnect variant is probably the most desirable, as it offers a range of features such as on-the-go call management, voice assist, weather updates, navigation, last parked location, ride report, service booking, etc.