2015 TVS Phoenix 125
The TVS Phoenix 125 was launched as a replacement to the flashy Flame SR125 in 2012. One of the most underrated offerings in the 125cc segment of premium commuters, the TVS Phoenix 125 managed to give the affordability and ease of riding of an entry level commuter with a touch of elegance of the higher positioned 150cc motorcycles., justifying its ‘premium 125cc motorcycle’ tag.
Since its inception three years ago, TVS also refreshed the Phoenix 125 by bringing in new color options for the motorcycle. Enter 2015, and as per TVS’s promises of bringing in new motorcycles in this current calendar year, the all new Phoenix 125 emerges out as the first installment of the upcoming launches from TVS.
The new Phoenix 125 not only boasts of noticeable cosmetic changes, but also have a couple of significant alterations to its mechanical package, which have managed to make the motorcycle even more premium than before. What all those changes actually are? Here’s a quick look on the all new TVS Phoenix 125.
- Year: 2015
- Make: TVS
- Top Speed: 62 mph (Est.)
- Price: INR 55899
The new TVS Phoenix 125 is not that radically different model from its predecessor, as the new Discover 125 M is over its erstwhile generation model. Having said that, the motorcycle does sport several changes and additions, which make this model considerably different from the version it replaces.
Let’s start with the front look of the motorcycle. Although TVS has retained the main trapezoidal headlamp unit, but now has studded twin LED pilot lamps at both of its upper corners. The bikini fairing too remains unchanged, but the visor above the headlamp is an all new unit which now is a dual tone panel, with the lower part finished in matte black and the central upper part being painted in the main body color.
The staid fuel tank which came pasted with overdone graphics has now been replaced by a more contemporary and sleeker fuel tank. It now comes with a 3-D logo as well as stylish tank scoops on both the sides.
The side body cowls and rear side body panels have been retained without any changes. However, the tank as well body panels on the sides have now been treated with new dual tone graphics, which appear more subtle and effective than the previous ones. At the rear, the tail lamp too continues to be the same, but there’s a new body colored pillion grab rail, which appears to be more functional in design.
The instrument console of the Phoenix 125 has also been completely revamped. Though the unit still continues to be an all digital panel, but now adds in a digital tachometer, along with the speedometer, fuel gauge, low battery indicator and service reminder positioned in the central pod. Unlike the red backlit unit of the previous console, this one is a white backlit unit.
The angular rear view mirrors as well as high quality switchgear and palm grips have also been inherited from the previous generation model. However, in addition, the Phoenix 125 now gets car-like hazard lamps and vehicle locator key, which helps you to find the bike in a dark area or crowded parking lot. All you need to do is press a button given on the key, on which the lights of the bike will begin to blink.
The Phoenix 125 was the first motorcycle by TVS to come with an engine with the company’s trademark ‘Ecothrust’ technology. TVS has decided not to fiddle with the well-sorted mill, which is why the new Phoenix 125 also gets the same single cylinder, air cooled, 124.5cc Ecothrust engine without any power or component upgrade.
Paired to a four-speed constant mesh gearbox, the engine is good enough to squeeze out 11 PS of power and 10.8 Nm of torque. This mill scores high on refinement and usable power delivery in the lower and middle rev ranges. Due to the negligible changes to the engine, it continues to have the same claimed fuel efficiency figure of 67 kmpl.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Talking about the suspension, while the hydraulic telescopic forks are the same as before, the series spring suspension at the rear now is assisted with monotube inverted gas filled reservoirs, which help the coil springs to absorb the undulations of roads with even more finesse.
The 17-inch six spoke alloy wheels now come shod with tubeless tyres - another welcome feature on the new model. While 130 mm drum brakes are offered as standard on both the ends, a 240 mm roto petal disc brake is offered as an optional feature.
The previous TVS Phoenix 125, even after being titled as a premium 125cc motorcycle, gave the lower end of 125cc motorcycles too a stiff competition with its excellent price points. The number of changes on the new model, however, have marginally increased the prices of the bike. Offered in two variants, the new TVS Phoenix 125 is available at Rs. 51,990 for the drum brake variant and Rs. 55,899 for the disc brake variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The motorcycle is now offered in six dual tone paint options, namely Crimson Black, Black Magic, Midnight Black, Red Hot, Cherry White and White Night
With the new price points, the updated version of the TVS Phoenix 125 now sits just in between the lower end and the premium end of 125cc motorcycles. This enables it to compete with the segment’s best seller, the Honda CB Shine DX.
The tried and tested warhorse from Honda also received a substantial upgrade recently, making it an equally modern and contemporary offering when compared to the Phoenix 125. The CB Shine DX is powered by the much proven single cylinder, air cooled, 124.7cc engine which puts out 10.6 PS of power and 10.5 Nm of torque.
In terms of overall performance and fuel efficiency, differences between both the motorcycles are negligible. However, the CB Shine DX’s engine is better than the Phoenix 125’s mill in terms of refinement, but marginally. On the other hand, the Phoenix 125 feels a more contemporary and premium offering with the additional premium features such as hazard lamps, vehicle locator key, fully digital instrument console with tachometer and engine kill switch, all of which are absent on the CB Shine DX.
While the suspension on the TVS Phoenix 125 has an upper hand with the gas charged series coil springs at its rear, braking on the CB Shine DX is more efficient due to the presence of Honda’s brilliant Combi Braking System (CBS) on the CB Shine DX.
Even after being extremely capable and balanced package, the previous generation of the TVS Phoenix 125 didn’t created any huge impact on the 125cc segment of premium commuters. However, the introduction of the useful features and cosmetic changes have ensured that TVS wants to leave no stone unturned with the Phoenix 125 this time.
There was hardly any issue with the bike’s mechanicals, the prowess of which has thankfully remained intact on this latest avatar of the bike. If value for money is what you are looking for in this segment of motorcycles, the new TVS Phoenix 125 undoubtedly offers you the best efficacy for the moolah it asks.
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