TVS Motors is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India and is best known for producing best-in-class motorcycles. It has been able to gain a large portion of market share with its affordable offerings over the years. TVS has been a steady producer in the commuter bike segment and with the demand being higher in the Indian market, it often comes up with new launches and updates. Recently, it has launched the updated version of its popular commuter bike, TVS Sport.
TVS Sport is one of the most budget-friendly commuter bikes in India, carrying impressive styling features among others in the 100cc segment. The 2017 model of TVS Sport has received several updates in the engine mechanism as well as in the designing department. The changes made are appropriate and make the facelift version way too impressive in comparison to the previous model.
On the other side is the global manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers, Bajaj Auto. It is among the most trusted motorcycle brands in India, renowned for introducing out of the box elements to its product to make it a unique one. This attracts people towards Bajaj bikes, as it provides some key elements along with reliable performance. Its latest launch in the 100cc commuter bike segment is the Bajaj Platina ComforTec.
Bajaj Platina is the youngest member of the popular commuter series, with more number of impressive features ever offered in the line-up. In the range of 100cc to 150cc, Bajaj Platina is the first Indian bike to feature Daytime Running LEDs (DRL).
Both the bikes represent their manufacturers efficiently in the segment, carrying some impressive elements. Let’s see which one of them turns out to be a better motorcycle overall when compared.
Styling and Handling Features
The 2017 TVS Sport features a similar design as its predecessor apart from the upgradations it has received. It offers a very standard commuter bike design, but stands as a strong contender in the segment due to the range of features it brings. It has received a newly designed headlamp with Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature and an instrument cluster with an analog display at the front. Apart from the AHO, the model receives a larger 12-liter fuel tank and a new econometer. The addition of econometer will assist riders to extract the maximum mileage from the bike. In the suspension system, the bike features a hydraulic fork up front and a five-way adjustable shock at the rear to offer smooth riding experience by minimizing the shocks. For stopping the vehicle, both the wheels are offered with a drum brake each. The commuter model is available in seven different color schemes – Black Silver, Blaze Red, Volcano Red, Dazzling White, Indigo Streak, Mercury Grey and Electric Green.
The Bajaj Platina features a basic motorcycle design and does not seem appealing by the looks. However, it is first in the segment to received DRLs. It is better than the AHO present in other commuter bikes, as it consumes less power and delivers better fuel consumption figure. The suspension system of the model features a telescopic fork at the front and comes with a Hydraulic spring type rear suspension. The suspension at both the ends are longer and results in reducing the jerks by 20 percent compared to any other 100cc commuter bikes. This provides maximum comfort to the rider and delivers a smooth ride. The bike is provided with a unique ride control switch which ensures that the rider is maintaining a necessary speed to ensure that the optimal fuel economy is obtained. It features front and rear drum brakes to provide necessary braking to the vehicle when required. The color options for the new Platina ComforTec are – Cocktail Wine with Red decals and Ebony Black with Silver decals
The Power Mechanism
Under the hood, TVS Sport derives its power from a 99.7 cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled Duralife engine that churns out a maximum power output of 7.8 bhp at 7,500 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 7.8 Nm at 5,000 revolutions per minute. The engine comes mated to a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox, which transmits the developed power to the wheels via chain drive. TVS Sport manages to perform well on the highways too. The bike manages to return a mileage of 95 kmpl and claims to attain a top speed of 85 kmph.
The Bajaj Platina ComforTec, on the other hand, gets its power from the similar engine present in the Bajaj CT 100, which is exceptionally reliable and frugal. It features a 102 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled DTSi engine that delivers a maximum power output of 7.9 bhp at 7,500 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 8.3 Nm at 5,000 revolutions per minute. The transmission duties are taken care by a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox, which transmits the power to the wheels through a chain drive.
The engine of Bajaj Platina is more economical compared to the TVS Sport and offers a fuel-efficiency of 104 kmpl. Thanks to the higher power and torque, Platina manages to offer a top speed of 90 kmph.
Which One is Better?
Both the products carry some unique features to boast off. However, the price of the motorcycles plays a major role in this comparison. The TVS Sport comes with a starting price of Rs. 37,730 (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Bajaj Platina ComforTec is priced higher at Rs. 46,656 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Bajaj Platina is a great combination of comfort, superior mileage and good performance. Along with this, some of the unique elements present in the bike make it a better option when compared to the TVS Sport. However, you cannot completely neglect the TVS Sport, as it is one of the most affordable commuter bikes available in the country with some key elements. People with more preference for a superior ride must go with the new Bajaj Platina ComforTec, while those who are a little low on the budget can opt for TVS Sport.