The feature list is similar to rivals such as the Honda SP 125, and the new TVS Raider 125 is equipped with an LED headlight, LED taillight and a fully digital instrument cluster. The instrument panel is very easy to read and provides sufficient data. In addition to the normal trip-related data such as the speedometer, tachometer, odometer and two trip meters, the console also displays a gear indicator, the selected driving mode, the fuel consumption and the remaining range.
There is another variant that has been announced but not launched at the time of writing this review. This upcoming variant tops the list and includes top-notch features like a TFT display and Bluetooth connectivity. While the company has yet to announce that variant, the existing versions of the Raider 125 come with two riding modes: Eco and Power.
Unlike the TVS Ntorq 125, the riding modes on the Raider 125 don’t change power or torque. However, Eco mode limits the tachometer to 7,000 rpm in top gear, limiting the maximum speed to around 95 mph. Eco mode also activates the automatic start/stop system that aims to save fuel during long stops or at traffic lights.
While the list of features is sympathetic, there are a few downsides to the Raider 125. For example, the headlight, while very stylish, isn’t very useful in the dark. The low beam has a good spread, but the high beam feels insufficient and you have to accelerate in the dark.