TVS Motor Company marks its presence in the scooter segment in India, with its Jupiter and NTorq becoming a topic of talk in the city and attracting buyers for an innovative, value-driven approach to the product.
While Jupiter has cut Mark 5 million units earlier this year in Junenine years after its premiere in September 2013, the sports NTorq also broke Sales milestone of 1 million units within 51 months of market launch.
The main two-wheeler based in Chennai set high standards when it comes to innovating these two products, such as the introduction of the external fuel filler, which has now become the norm in the scooter segment in India. This feature was first introduced on Jupiter in 2013.
Also on the motorcycle front, the company was at the forefront of innovation, especially with the Apache series, which has developed into a strong brand over the years and is now also available in its flagship form – RR310 – the motorcycle TVS developed with partner BMW Motorrad.
It looks like it takes time for a thrill
Maintaining its spirit of innovation, the company recently entered a whole new motorcycle segment – the entry-level cruiser market – with the latest product, TVS Ronin, which is aimed at young riders.
The launch of TVS Ronin also marks a change of management for the company, now headed by Sudarshan Venu, who was appointed the new managing director of TVS Motor Company in May 2022. The Ronin is his first new bike to be launched with the focus clearly on young India.
The 225cc motorcycle takes a fresh take on urban cruisers with a unique scrambler-cruiser styling that gives Ronin a self-confident look that can take time to get used to. With high-end two-tone neo-retro paintwork, a gold finished USD fork, a muscular headlight, asymmetrically positioned instrument cluster, slim LED rear light and wide tires, the Ronin is here to stay. looks more modern than what the wide rear fender suggests at first glance.
The bike is exceptionally well built with minimal rough edges, a good finish to all parts of the bike and tactile controls that are also ergonomically placed. At both ends of the diamond alloy wheels there are two-channel ABS disc brakes on the top variant “TD”, while the fully digital, Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster is very readable in bright sunlight and offers a wealth of driving information. There are two riding modes to choose from – Rain and Urban – which change Ronin’s ABS sensitivity.
Thanks to the Scrambler features, the Ronin seat is placed at a comfortable height to be accessible even by shorter cyclists, and when you stride, the rider has a clear view in front of the monopod’s displaced instrument cluster, and the knees grasp the large reservoir for air tightness and a sense of security. However, the passenger area is a bit short and long-distance rides are uncomfortable.
Brand new engine
The Ronin is powered by a new 225.9cc, 20.4hp, single cylinder oil-cooled engine that is tuned to deliver maximum torque at low engine speeds, thus enhancing your city driving experience. The mill is extremely smooth and provides practical performance right from the start, as it comes to life without noise thanks to the silent start system of the generator with integrated starter.
The Rider Triangle is designed for a cruiser-style seated position with forward-facing footrests that instantly give Ronin the character of an endurance tour. However, the gear ratios on the neat five-speed gearbox are short, which gives the bike remarkably high flexibility in a higher gear in the city, but at the same time deprives it of performance in the higher RPM range.
Driving the Ronin within the city limits is a breezy adventure with high torque and power that makes navigating traffic jams child’s play, as well as captivating with the subtle but growling sound of the exhaust. However, the 160 kg Ronin has difficulty navigating in dense and crowded traffic. It doesn’t help that the bike has a large turning radius as a result of the tilted front fork.
Overall, the suspension setup is suited to agile handling, but tends to transmit the shock of sharp bumps and bumps to the rider and passenger, making it important to slow down on uneven stretches. The bike, however, is confident in its behavior and offers a very well-balanced ride, handling and comfort.
The Ronin is an amazingly enjoyable motorcycle for everyday riding. However, with prices ranging from Rs 149,000 to Rs 169,000, it is directly targeting products such as Royal Enfield’s recently introduced Hunter 350.
While decimating the segment king by TVS would be a daunting task, the Ronin’s advantages include good fuel efficiency up to 30kpl from a stress-free engine that also generates less heat, reasonable comfort levels, and finally, TVS. ”A wide network of efficient service centers and historically better product reliability than competitors can do well. bode well for this city bike that is a breath of fresh air and is quite attractive as an affordable package for what it offers.