In this report, we take a look at the new TVS Ronin and see if it is better than the Royal Enfield.
TVS has made a name for itself in the world of sports and extreme motorcycles. Models like RTR 180 and RR 310 are very popular among bike lovers. Now the company has launched TVS Ronin. It comes in a price range of Rs 1.80 lakh (on-road). The new retro motorcycle rivals the Royal Enfield. The entry level bike will compete with the likes of Bajaj Pulsar 250, Honda CB350, Jawa, and Yezdi. Can it find success in a new challenge?
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While the TVS Ronin doesn’t look as old-school as the Royal Enfield, it retains the charm of old-world bikes. This is due to the choice of style on the bike. The company has combined retro elements with modern technology. At the front, you can see a round headlight with LED trims and a signature ‘T’ motif that gives it a distinctive look. Additionally, it comes with Gold-finish front forks, single-seat setup, LED tail lights, diamond-cut alloy wheels (a first-in-segment), and more. The bike has the silhouette of an old bike.
Issues and Issues
The TVS Ronin is powered by a new 225cc single-cylinder engine that delivers 20.4 bhp of maximum power and 19.9 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. During our testing, the bike performed very well. As for braking, there were no issues. Despite heavy braking at a speed of 90-100 kph, the bike does not lose its composure. Additional features include dual-channel ABS, disc brakes (300 mm front and 240mm rear), mono-shock, and adjustable levers (first-in-segment).
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Overall, the TVS Ronin seems well sorted in terms of features and design. While it has a retro look, the new bike is as modern as any other bike in this segment. The new bike has the same price as the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 which is an old school bike. If you are looking for old world charm, you should go for the Hunter 350. However, if you also want modern features, the TVS Ronin is the right choice. It comes with a digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth connectivity, and an optional USB port. SmartXonnect offers features such as turn-by-turn, race telemetry, low fuel warning, lean angle mode, crash warning, and call/SMS alerts.
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