I have spent another two months in the city commuting on our TVS Ntorq and have managed to add another 2000km on the clock. Where in my last report I spoke about my daily commute which didn’t involve much traffic, in the past month I have also used the Ntorq in dense traffic where it really came into its own and managed to impress me further.
In bumper to bumper traffic, the Ntorq’s agile nature makes it a fun scooter. It is easy to maneuver through traffic and the torquey engine means you can even keep up with fast moving vehicles and making a quick overtake is just a twist of the right wrist away. Then there is the ride quality, which is pliant at low speeds and the scooter’s stable chassis keeps it planted even over rutted surfaces. The seat too is comfy, even over long rides thanks to its wide dimensions and ideal cushioning. Also worth mentioning is the seat that is long enough to carry two full size adults with ease which isn’t the case with most of its rivals. The high placement of the handlebars is perfect too as they don’t foul with your knees even while taking tight turns. The brakes too feel strong and the grippy tyres give you loads of confidence. The big under-seat storage is also a boon when you go grocery shopping, but it isn’t deep enough to accommodate a full face helmet, so you have to carry your helmet around which is a pain.
It wasn’t all hunky dory though and there are some aspects of the Ntorq which could have been better. As I have mentioned in my previous report, cold start, especially after a few days of not riding, is still an issue. Although the Ntorq gets an auto choke (which activates after three kicks), starting it still takes time and chances are you might give up and use the electric start instead. Then there is the fuel efficiency which is below par for a 125cc scooter. It never returned more than 28kmpl despite careful riding and combined with the small 5-litre fuel tank, it runs out of gas in less than 150 km. Our scooter also had some rattling sound coming from the front fender with less than 3000km on the clock, although it got rectified during the service.
Apart from these issues, the Ntorq is a solid scooter that is fun and practical. In the coming months I plan to take the Ntorq out on the highway to see if it does well in an environment it wasn’t built for.
Kilometres this month: 1050km
Fuel Efficiency: 28.6kmpl
Pictures by: Kaustubh Gandhi