The riding stance of the Jupiter is quite comfortable – you sit upright with hands running parallel to the ground and that makes for an easy ride both in cities and on highways. The seat is large enough for two averaged sized adults and the suspension is designed to carry similar amount of weight.
The front-advanced telescopic suspension and gas-charged shock at the rear provides ample amount of damping. Even on really bad roads, the Jupiter maintained its composure – not that I was doing high speeds, but it went through almost everything that Mumbai roads had to offer, without much complaint.
With comfortable ergonomics and a well-tuned suspension, the handling of the Jupiter is exceptionally good. Add to it, the sticky 12-inch TVS Consta 550 tubeless tyres and you have a potent little toy for city roads in dry conditions. We won’t trust these tyres in wet conditions though.
Like I said before, braking despite the drum brakes is very effective. Both front and the rear get 130mm drums and the rear brakes take close to 80 per cent of the responsibility of stopping the bike. During the test, we managed to lock the rear wheel quite a number of times. The disc-brake variant is on the way, but this one is more than sufficient for city commuting.