2019 TVS Radeon long-term review: After 4,290km and five months
This year's monsoon hasn't been easy on any of us. Heavy showers and waterlogging have only left one thing behind - potholes. But the Radeon took the battered roads surprisingly well. The motorcycle had no rattles show up even after it being belted down the broken Western Express highway five days a week. Also, the motorcycle's axle and cone-bearings are just fine. In usual cases, an overhaul is required post the monsoons. Although, it needed some regular oiling that's part of the maintenance. The motorcycle's chain sagged to a worrisome level. That was taken care of by setting the chain's sag.
The Radeon is a perfect tool for countryside roads just outside the city
The suspension did its part very well throughout the monsoon soaking up bumps and keeping the ride composed on washed-out roads. However, the brakes needed some attention after fording some waterlogged regions of Mumbai. This issue happens to occur only with the drum brake variant. Also, the brakes do not age very well. Close to 2,000km, the brakes squealed and the braking distance increased alarmingly. Of course, the CBS had saved me from some hairy situations but it needed some getting used to.
The monsoon does bring rust spots, but this one is well hidden underneath the headlamp clamp
The Radeon also pleasantly surprised me a number of times when I had to leave it in open parking areas during thunderstorms. I was mentally prepared for the motorcycle to have cold start issues - but a few pumped kicks and it was ready to go. Riding through heavy rains, the motorcycle did not show any issues with carburetion.
The paint finish all around the motorcycle is impressive except the fuel filler brim
The motorcycle has currently done close to 4,000km and the tyres seem to be in their prime age. The TVS Radeon is my first long-term motorcycle and it proved to be quite an assuring companion on the roads. I will definitely miss the 'fill it, shut it, forget it' habit that it has gotten me into. Also, the quick conversations with people at traffic lights and tea stalls were intriguing, thanks to the Radeon!
The rider's triangle is relaxed and the controls fall to hand with ease
Now that the TVS Radeon will be leaving the OD Garage soon, I'm hoping I get my hands on something I've been eyeing for quite some time now. Something more versatile enough for the city as well as the trails. Something like an Xpulse 200.
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Team OD | 14 Nov 2019
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