TVS Motors were among the biggest players in the 110cc commuter segment at the turn of the century with the Victor range of motorcycles. Sadly for the Hosur based manufacturer, the Victor couldn’t survive the test time and slowly faded away after making a promising start. TVS knew that it couldn’t afford to bow out from the commuter segment given the volumes they register. The new TVS Star City+ was its comeback offering in the commuter segment.
The styling of the bike is similar to any modern commuter motorcycle with a bikini fairing, single piece headlamp, alloy wheels, sculpted fuel tank and the works. But owing to the snazzy graphics and the use of chrome on the exhaust shield and the 3D logo, the Star City+ is striking for a commuter offering. The Star City+ has an analogue dial for speedometer and a digital fuel gauge along with a service indicator and typical TVS, eco and power mode indicator. Switch gear quality of the motorcycle is fantastic and wouldn’t seem out of place on a more expensive motorcycle. Build quality and paint finish is also impressive and the bike is solidly put together and this has slowly becoming a hallmark of TVS products. Riding posture is upright in typical commuter fashion while the fuel tank recess mean that one can snugly hold the bike with your thighs.
Powering the motorcycle is a 110cc displacement motor that generates 8.4PS at 7,000rpm and 8.7Nm at 5,000rpm. Power is transmitted via a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox that performs satisfactorily. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic front forks and hydraulic shock absorbers at the back. The softly sprung suspension setup means it glides over undulated surfaces but the bike feels a bit spongy and wallows while cornering at high speeds. Braking is done via drum brake at front and rear and they do a decent job in shedding speeds but disc brake should have been offered as an option. TVS claims mileage figure of above 65kmpl for thr Star City+.