The Ronin is powered by a 225cc four-stroke air-cooled engine with an oil-cooler. And just like the Apache RTR 2004V, this one too gets a four-valve head. This motor produces around 20bhp at 7,750rpm and a peak torque of 20Nm at 3750rpm. TVS claims a top speed of 120kmph for the Ronin.
In terms of the ride experience, I thoroughly enjoyed riding the Ronin in the city for the various things that work in its favour. First, that 160kg kerb weight –you can feel how agile this bike is and that too with its raked-out front. The latter offers good straight-line stability. Now, when you combine these aspects with its 225cc engine that offers good performance – you have a motorcycle that is easy and happy to ride. The bike is stress-free and can do a lot more than you think. Second is its tractable nature – even with a 90kg rider on board, the bike could easily do 35kmph in fifth gear and this is such a boon for riders who don’t like to shift gear often. And thanks to this engine’s strong low-end, you can easily pull the motorcycle from 35kmph. It also has a light clutch that amps up the overall city experience and can be adjusted through three lever settings. If you are one of those who always run late for work, good thing is that the Ronin offers good performance between 3,500rpm and 7,000rpm. But post 7,000rpm, you may reach the office with buzzy fingers.
Further, Ronin gets the premium USD forks at the front and the back, and then there’s a mono-shock. This combination offers good ride quality. It is not too plush but something that you would like, especially at low and moderate speeds. At high speeds, the rebound at the rear is a little aggressive but you will only experience this over really bad roads.
I rode close to 400km over two days with a mix of city and highway runs but I just failed to enjoy the Ronin on the highway. The bike gets a little buzzy and there’s no wind protection. I love doing long distances and appreciate bikes that let me stay at 100kmph-110kmph throughout the day because that allows me to reach my destination as planned. And despite its decent performance, paying close to Rs 2 lakh for a bike that can do 90kmph comfortably – doesn’t make sense to me. Plus, those scrambler-inspired tyres, work in dirt conditions as much as on the road, but ask yourself, how much time will you be able to spend on such terrains on a bike like this? A pair of better road tyres would have helped the bike so much more.