Opinion

TVS Phoenix 125 – Truly a Phoneix?

Phoenix 125
Phoenix 125 Front View

Introduction

The recent advertisements by TV S Motors with the Telugu Super Star Mahesh Babu endorsing  all new T V S Phoenix has successfully created brand image of a superb quality bike with latest trendy features.  To have a closer look and check the specialty of this bike, I made a visit to T V S Showroom in Bangalore. With the earlier model achieving considerable sales figures, T V S Motors has introduced loads of features in this model for making it even more stylish and feature rich bike among 125 cc bikes.

Specifications

TVS Motors has done thorough upgrade in all features of Phoenix starting from engine to instrument cluster and head lamps. The 125 cc engine i.e. 124.53 cc (to be exact) delivers power of 11 PS at 8000 RPM and Torque of 10.8 Nm at 5500 RPM. The latest ecothrust technology used for this engine has enhanced power from 10.9 PS as in earlier version   to 11 PS. It’s not only about power. There is clear improvement in smoothness and low noise operation of the engine. Even when compared to most of competitive 125 cc bikes delivering power around 10.5 PS power, TVS engineers have successfully set new bench mark with higher power on offer for the 125 cc bike.

Mileage

The ARAI claimed mileage for this bike is 67kmpl. With ever reliable engines from TVS delivering best of mileages, one can comfortably rely upon mileage crossing 60kmpl mark during normal running conditions.

Features

TVS has made it feature rich with introduction of all latest technology accessories in this model. Special features include  new ignition key set with vehicle locater switch. Pressing  the button gets blinking of indicator lamp. It’s a great feature that comes handy while taking out the bike from dark parking lot such as in a theater or a stadium parking lot.

Digital display instrument cluster with white backlight has intelligent features of digital speed indicator giving accurate reading of acceleration and deceleration, fuel level   indicator showing of exact fuel level.  Battery charge level indicator gives caution to get the service done as per   schedules to keep the bike in perfect condition. Hazard lamps provided at the indicator that   can be very handy when riding bike in foggy conditions. With the hazard light indicator   ON during riding in foggy conditions helps the opposite vehicle drivers to easily locate the bike and hence can be more cautious while passing-by. Tubeless tyres fitted as a mark of true upgrade assuring longer usage as compared to tube tyres in earlier version. The seat texture and design is also improved making it pleasant experience for the pillion rider. Body coloured grab bar serves purpose of safety.

Phoenix 125 Test Ride

 

Shock absorbers

Phoenix fitted comes with telescopic oil damped shock absorber at front and five step adjustable mono tube suspension at the rear. The height of suspension can be adjusted as convenient for the pillion rider. It’s made   strong to withstand varying load conditions during riding over irregular surfaces.

TVS
TVS Phoenix

Colours

TVS Motors offers wide range of color options for the customers. In black color itself three combinations are available as Crimson Black, Black Magic, Midnight Black. Two options in white i.e. Cherry white and White night. Most attractive among the colors offered is the Red Hot one. It really looks stunning with unique combination of colors. The one with Red Hot color is going to be the best and passionate option for the young customers looking for something different in their bike. The ex- showroom price of Phoenix with front disc and rear drum brake is Rs 57,515/- and on road price is Rs 69,300/-. On road price includes incidental charges and accessories like tank Cover, helmet Lock, engine guard, Saree guard, Teflon coating etc.

Test Ride

I took the test ride in the rush hour time of city traffic and in cross roads with provision for speeding. The design of handle bar gives perfect grip and makes the rider feel great.  Aerodynamic shape given for  fuel tank gets best of attention and also adds to the best posture of the rider. The new 3D logo of TVS and signature of Phoenix   is a sure shot feature getting public attention. Front suspension made of telescopic oil damped gets good cushioning to rider. Rear five step adjustable mono-tube inverted gas filled canister shocks with series springs gets perfect ride quality  for the pillion riders. Shocks absorbers made strong to withstand vibrations during riding over   road humps  and may be the off road riding during hectic traffic conditions. Four speed constant mesh gearbox provides best of torques and in  respective gear selection. When it comes to gear shifting, there is some kind of discomfort as it takes repeated operation of the pedal while shifting to back to lower gears. The ecothrust engine with enhanced power gets smooth pick up. Within few moments from idle condition one can reach speed of 30 to 40kmph. Once the engine set, it can cross 120kmph if the road condition permits. The promising mileage of 67KMPL and marvelous performance engine delivering best of power and torque makes it a great companion for long rides.  Tubeless tyre fitted on alloy wheels makes way for long gap between every refilling of air. Front disc brake and rear drum brakes has great grip and brings the bike to halt in very limited distance and time.

Verdict

The latest version of Phoenix 125cc is a great option for bike lovers looking for maximum features with economical price tag. Special features like digital instrument cluster, 3D Logo, LED pilot lamps in the head lamp cluster all gets the best of appreciation from the rider. It is   glamorous in styling and a great reliable bike for the mileage and performance enthusiasts.

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