While TVS may be the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India in terms of units sold, their commuter motorcycles haven’t made much of an impact on their sales figures. However, with the re-introduction of the hugely-successful Victor brand, it is clear that they want to change this. Read on and find out just how good the all-new-for-2016 TVS Victor is.
Styling & Build Quality
The new crop of 110cc commuters don’t skimp on the styling front and the TVS Victor is no different. It looks quite striking, even in this subdued shade of black. The graphics gel well with the styling, and don’t seem to be overdone. On the whole, it is a pleasing design, something that should appeal to most buyers. The bike’s build quality is very good too. The plastics used, and the paint finish, all exude a quality feel to it.
The Victor offers an upright riding posture that is typical of commuters. It is large enough to accommodate two, and offers sufficient comfort even when riding for extended durations. We have no complaints about the pillion comfort either. The foot pegs are placed at a comfortable height, and there is also a sizable pillion grab rail as well.
Powering the Victor is a 3-valve 109cc single-cylinder engine that produces 9.5 bhp and 9.4 Nm of torque. It feels very refined, and it offers gutsy performance to boot. The bike accelerates energetically, and can reach up to 80 kmph with ease. It also has ample torque low down the rev range, which helps it run at speeds as low as 25 kmph in 4th gear, which is great for fuel efficiency. Speaking about fuel efficiency, TVS claims that the Victor will deliver a mileage of 76 kmpl.
One issue we faced with the powertrain was the feel of the gearshifts, which was very clunky and imprecise. It took away some of the smoothness from the whole riding experience.
The Victor’s low kerb weight of 113 kg and its compact dimensions make it an agile motorcycle. It is easy to hustle the bike through heavy traffic with ease. It handles well too, feeling surefooted when cornering at speed.
The bike uses a conventional telescopic forks up front, and dual-rate springs at the rear. They set up offers a pliant ride. Bumps and potholes are filtered effectively at low speeds, but they have a slight hard edge to them if you ride faster.
We tested a Victor fitted with the optional front petal-shaped disc brake. Coupled with the 110mm drum brake at the rear, it works efficiently to bring the bike to a swift halt from speeds under 60 kmph.
TVS products always get some innovative features, and so does the new Victor. Apart from the Series Spring suspension, and the petal Disc brake, the bike gets a digital speedometer, an analogue tachometer, and a hazard light switch, which lights up both indicators. While this feature is usually the preserve of cars and high-end motorcycles, it is the first time they are being offered on a 110cc-commuter bike.
The 2016 TVS Victor is a talented commuter bike. It is very refined, offers sprightly performance, and is an agile handler. What’s more, it looks very smart, and it comes fitted with a lot of nifty features to boot. There isn’t much working against the bike, apart from the hard gear shift quality. The 2016 TVS Victor is priced at Rs 49,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the drum brake variant, and Rs 51,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the front disc version. It is priced at par with the Hero Passion XPro, and lesser than the Honda Livo, two of its major rivals.
If you are in the market for you’re a commuter bike with a budget under Rs 65,000, the new TVS Victor is an option you cannot go wrong with.
|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke, 3-valve 'Ecothrust' petrol engine|
|Power||9.47 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||9.4 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Single cradle tubular frame|
|Brakes||Front:130 mm drum
Rear:110 mm drum
|Suspension||Front:Telescopic oil damped
Rear:5 Step adjustable hydraulic shocks
|Fuel Tank Capacity||8|