This article talks about the 125cc segment motorcycles available in the market that caters to people of all ages. A two-wheeler is a must not just to potter through city traffic but also for riding distances. The bikes we have today fall under the same 125cc category - TVS Raider 125 and Bajaj Pulsar 125. We will be comparing specifications, features, dimensions and other important aspects to consider.
TVS Raider 125 is a street naked motorcycle that flaunts a wicked presence on roads with its aggressive looks and premium features. TVS has recently added Raider to the 125cc family and the bike comes with wicked style that offers new powerful LED headlamps and tail lights with characteristic position lamps, comfortable riding stance, sporty fuel tank, split seats, engine guard in body color, and a 240mm rotopetal disc brake.
Coming on to its features, Raider features a fully digital instrument cluster, full reverse LCD console with multicolor display, under seat storage(segment-first), digital clock in the cluster, various reminders like service alert, low battery indicator, and more, multiple ride modes - Eco and Power, auto idle start-stop technology, top-speed recorder, gear position and shift indication, petrol range, and average fuel-economy as well. The bike is available in vibrant colour options to make it look more appealing.
TVS has installed mono suspension gas charged five-step adjustable rear suspension, ISG - silent start, bigger wheel size, and wider swing arm in its Raider 125. Considering the safety features, the bike is equipped with USB charger, sync braking technology, helmet attention indication, side stand indication, tubeless tyre, 180mm ground clearance, and added protection for engine and chassis with the engine guard.
Bajaj Pulsar 125 gets a semi-analogue semi-digital cluster. It gets an analogue tachometer while all the other information is displayed in a digital format. Honda SP 125 also gets an all-digital instrument cluster loaded with a lot of information and it even gets a gear position indicator. Although the Pulsar's cluster layout is very old, it still looks fresh and gives you a sporty appeal while red-lining the engine.
The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon is a sporty looking motorcycle and despite having a low-displacement motor, it gives you the swag of owning a Pulsar. It borrows its cycle parts from the Pulsar 150 and looks-wise it is completely identical to the Pulsar 150 Neon. One can only differentiate between a Pulsar 125 Neon and a Pulsar 150 Neon by looking at the engine displacement badge or through colour shades. The Pulsar 125 Neon is available in three colour options - Neon Blue, Solar Red, and Platinum Silver.
TVS Raider is powered by a 125cc air and oil-cooled single cylinder 3-Valve petrol engine that is capable of producing 8.37 kW of maximum power and 11.2 Nm of peak torque. Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon is powered by a BS6-compliant 124.4cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that churns out 12 PS of power at 8500 RPM and 11 Nm of peak torque at 6500 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Pulsar 125 also gets fuel-injection and Bajaj's patented DTS-i technology.
|Specification||TVS Raider 125||Bajaj Pulsar 125|
|Type||Air and oil cooled single cylinder||Single-cylinder, fuel-injected, DTS-i|
|Maximum Power||8 kW @ 7500 rpm||12 PS @ 7500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||10.9 Nm @ 6000 rpm||11 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Bore X Stroke||50.0 X 63.1 mm||56.0 X 50.5 mm|
This is all about the engine specs now its time to consider another important aspect - Tyres and Brakes of the motorcycle.
|Tyres and Brakes||TVS Raider 125||Bajaj Pulsar 125|
|Front Tyres||80/100 - 17 Tubeless, 46P||80/100 x 17 Tubeless|
|Rear Tyres||100/90 - 17 Tubeless, 55P||100/90 x 17 Tubeless|
|Front Brakes||Disc- 240, Drum -130||240 mm Dia. Disc / 170 mm dia. Drum|
|Rear Brakes||130 SYNCRO SBT||130 mm Dia. Drum|
After comparing the features and specifications of the bikes, let us now take a look at the dimensions of both the commuters. TVS Raider 125 is the latest entry in the 125cc segment. The below mentioned dimensions are in mm.
|Dimensions||TVS Raider 125||Bajaj Pulsar 125|
On comparing the dimensions of the bikes, TVS Raider 125 seems to be a bit longer and wider. Whereas, the height of the Pulsar 125 is slightly more than Raider 125.
TVS Raider 125 Drum is priced at Rs 77,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and TVS Raider 125 Disc is priced at Rs 85,469 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Bajaj Pulsar 125 starts at Rs 78,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi) whereas the Pulsar 125 split seat is priced at Rs 81,472 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
|TVS Raider 125 Drum||Rs 77,500|
|TVS Raider 125 Disc||Rs 85,469|
|Bajaj Pulsar 125||Rs 78,490|
|Bajaj Pulsar 125 split seat||Rs 81,472|
TVS and Bajaj both are well-known in the industry. TVS Raider has a modern, youth-oriented, strong and sculpted design language powered with a powerful engine ready to fight the roads. This is an addition to the 125cc segment portfolio and is expected to hit the sales chart regularly. On the other hand, we have this Bajaj Pulsar 125 which has a thrilling performance equipped with advanced technology. Pulsar from the beginning has maintained its fan following whereas the bike is no less than the TVS Raider 125. Both the motorcycles carry quite similar specifications, features, dimensions, and powertrains as well.
We hope that our TVS Raider vs Bajaj Pulsar 125 comparison will help you make the right choice. Also, please tell us your thoughts in the comment section below. Join our 91Wheels Telegram and 91Wheels Whatsapp group to know more about vehicles, conduct discussions on your favourite ride and much more! Also, you can subscribe to our Youtube channel for video content on the latest from the world of cars and motorcycles.