The Raider is a sporty commuter. So the ergonomics are bound to be slightly non-commuterish. And it kind of feels that way. While the handlebar and seat positions are fine, these foot-pegs are slightly rear set. And that's why the legs are a bit angular. But it doesn't feel uncomfortable. This seat is something I really like. It's nice and wide. There's lots of space too. So in case you feel uncomfortable, you can move around. Coming to the pillion seat, it looks fairly comfortable. But we will be able to tell you more once we get this bike for a longer duration in Mumbai.
The 125cc single cylinder air cooled motor churns out 11.2bhp at 7500rpm and peak torque of 11.2Nm at 6000rpm. And this motor is mated to a five speed gearbox. Now we rode this bike for about 45 minutes but I have to say this, the first impressions are quite good. The engine feels refined and peppy. It doesn't feel strained if you are riding at high revs for long. The power delivery is nice and linear. But the best aspect is its tractability - it can do 32kmph in fifth gear and this is something everyone is going to love in the city because you don't have to shift gears too often. The gearshifts are nice. Not extremely smooth but works quite well.
There are two modes - the eco mode restricts the rpm and thus results in lesser top speed whereas the power mode gives out all the power. So we did see the bike touching 100kmph quite a few times. But as the bike will be mainly used in the city, there’s a high chance not a lot of people are going to see triple digit figures.
The brakes on the Raider work well too. The front has decent feel but when it comes to braking performance, TVS hasn't given it sharp braking. And not because it can't. It's because the customers in this segment don't want powerful brakes. The rear gets a drum brake. But it works. The Raider gets its fun aspect due to the way it handles. The bike feels light on its feet and changes direction as and when you want to.