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TVS Star Sport in India – A reasonable buy for the price paid





Introduction

There is a word about TVS really dominating India’s two wheeler industry over the years, which very likely is true. TVS are creating news about their TVS Star series, an entry level bike, which comes with an array of features. The TVS Star series was probably introduced in the market to compete with the likes of Bajaj and Hero Honda, which is now Hero MotoCorp. The TVS Star series comes in three versions namely TVS Star, TVS Star City and TVS Star Sport, all of which are economically good bikes.

A brand name is all you need in the Indian market to really move a step forward. Once the brand name is established, things are eased and sales would surely be on a high note. That is what exactly TVS are trying to do all these years. In two years, brand TVS is quite popular now and moreover now the firm wants to ride on equal terms with their overall popularity. The company further boasts of selling over 75% of the TVS Star series.

Now, we talk about TVS Star Sport in India that is introduced in two versions. There are two colours in the base version of TVS Sport in India namely jet red and carbon black respectively, and alloy wheels. The other version is of the deluxe type that comes with dual tone flashy chrome graphics and fuel guage. The available colours for the deluxe version are blue, black and silver.

TVS Star Sport in India

Engine

TVS Star Sport in India is powered by a 99.7 cc engine that gives a power output of 7.5 bhp. The design of the TVS Star Sport is similar to that of TVS Star City. It features under-tubed chassis. Transmission is via four speed gearbox. Suspension is reminiscent of the TVS Star City too in that the rear suspension features five-step adjustable stroke, which is slightly longer than the TVS Star City. The mileage of the TVS Star Sport in India is around 75 km per litre.

TVS Star Sport alloy wheels TVS Star Sport silencer

Styling

AlloTVS Star Sport speedometery wheels are an added feature in the TVS Star Sport in India. What sets aside this new bike from other TVS bikes and makes it unique is there is a facelift given to the silencer which is a matte finished silencer with a chrome-finished heat shield and double pod cluster. Other features included are the headlamps and five pilot lamps, the feature which TVS claim to have incorporated newly in this category.

Tail lamps and body panels have been tapered giving a more sleek and classy appearance when viewing from the rear. Fuel tank is sleeker and the side panels, which are dual toned give a better look to the bike. To stand strong in any competition in the market with other giants in the two wheeler segment, TVS has to look into the vibration issue a bit more seriously.

The TVS Star Sport price in India is Rs. 35,490.

TVS Star Sport photo gallery

Conclusion

All in all, the bike is marketed exclusively for the middle-class economy in India. Prices of TVS Star bikes fall below Rs. 40,000. The bike has reasonably good styling and performance wise is not bad. Pickup of TVS Star Sport can be compared to that of Bajaj bikes. Maintenance costs are low. Moreover, TVS offers five year warranty on some parts of the bike. However, the challenge would be when riding against the wind where the bike feels a bit shaky and gives way. As previously told, vibrations in the bike are a serious issue to be taken care of and travelling above 69 km per hour speed is uneasy on the rider. Taking into account the cost of the bike and the warranty on certain parts, it is an excellent buy for people wanting to own a bike for the first time.

Specifications

  • Engine: 99.7 cc, four stroke.
  • Maximum power: 7.5 bhp at 7500 rpm.
  • Maximum torque: 7.5 Nm at 5000 rpm.
  • Transmission: Four speed constant mesh.
  • Front brake: 130 mm.
  • Rear brake: 130 mm.
  • Front wheel: 2.75 x 18.
  • Rear wheel: 3 x 18.
  • Headlamp: 12v, 35/35w.
  • Tail lamp: 12v, 5/21w.
  • Ignition: A/C digital CDI.
  • Weight: 99 kg.
  • Fuel tank capacity: 12 litres.
  • Reserve: 2 litres.
  • Ground clearance: 165 mm.
  • Wheelbase: 1250 mm.

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