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Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125
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Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125

Reviews by Team Drivio | 1st Feb 24

The 125cc segment continues to thrive with the advent of new offerings like the sporty TVS Raider 125, but does it have what it takes to dethrone the latest entrant Hero Xtreme 125R?

  • In terms of styling and design, the TVS Raider 125 looks more dynamic and muscular
  • The Raider's 124.8cc engine makes more power and torque compared to the Xtreme's 124.7cc motor
  • With sportier handling and better equipment, the Raider aims to woo enthusiasts seeking an engaging 125cc motorcycle

In terms of design, the Raider 125 adopts an aggressive styling. The LED headlamp, muscular fuel tank with extensions, upswept exhaust, and compact tail section render an energetic profile.

The Xtreme 125R also spotlights an athletic stance with its LED headlight and chiselled body panels. However, the Raider 125 steals the show with its striking looks.

Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125: Design & Features

The 2024 Hero Xtreme 125R adopts a sharper exterior design inspired by its elder 200cc sibling, the Xtreme 200R. It sports an aggressive headlamp flanked by DRLs, a muscular fuel tank with tank extensions, and a stubby exhaust muffler. Hero offers new color schemes and graphics to choose from.

The motorcycle features a digital-analog combo meter console displaying information like speed, fuel level, tripmeter, etc. It also gets an LED taillamp and alloy wheels. Hero has also added a side-stand engine cut-off feature for safety.

The TVS Raider 125 receives minor styling updates for 2024 like fork gaiters and a dual-tone seat. It retains the imposing muscular design highlighted by an LED headlamp, chiseled fuel tank, step-up seat, and stubby exhaust. Signature elements like the triangular LED DRL continue.

TVS equips the Raider 125 with a fully digital instrument cluster and smartphone connectivity. The negative LCD display shows details like gear position indicator, average fuel efficiency, and service reminder. LED lighting is standard across variants.

Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125: Engine & Performance

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 125RTVS Raider 125
Engine124.6cc single-cylinder124.8cc single-cylinder
Power10.2 hp @ 7000 rpm11.38 hp @ 7500 rpm
Torque10.4 Nm @ 6000 rpm11.2 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Transmission5-speed5-speed

The 2024 Hero Xtreme 125R continues using the same 124.6cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine producing 10.2hp and 10.4Nm torque. The motor comes paired to a 5-speed gearbox.

Hero has optimized the power delivery for stronger low and mid-range performance. The engine offers improved acceleration and drivability. Fuel efficiency has also seen a slight bump.

The TVS Raider 125 is also powered by a 124.8cc fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine that generates 11.38hp and 11.2Nm torque, marginally higher than the Hero. This motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox with a wider ratio span for better acceleration.

TVS has tuned the motor to deliver 90% of peak torque from as low as 3500rpm for improved driveability. The engine performance remains peppy and responsive. The Raider 125 returns class-leading mileage around 68 kmpl.

Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125: Underpinnings & Brakes

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 125RTVS Raider 125
Front SuspensionTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear Suspension7-Step Adjustable MonoshockMono Shock
Front Brake240mm Disc240mm Petal Disc
Rear Brake130mm Drum / 190mm Disc200mm Petal Disc

The 2024 Hero Xtreme 125R utilizes a telescopic fork up front and a 7-step adjustable monoshock at the rear to handle suspension duties. It offers a 240mm front disc and 130mm rear drum brake as standard. A 190mm rear disc is optional. Dual-channel ABS ensures safe braking.

TVS equips the new Raider 125 with conventional telescopic forks at the front and a mono shock absorber at the rear. Braking performance comes from 240mm front and 200mm rear petal discs coupled with dual-channel ABS. The braking setup offers strong bite and progressive feel.

In terms of underpinnings, both bikes deliver a compliant ride quality and neutral handling. The Raider 125 has the edge with its superior rear disc brake. However, the Xtreme 125R counters it with the adjustability offered by its rear monoshock.

Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125: Dimensions & Weight

The 2024 Hero Xtreme 125R has an overall length of 2020mm, width of 780mm, and stands 1087mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1270mm. The motorcycle tips the scales at 122kg and gets a 10.2-liter fuel tank.

The TVS Raider 125 measures 2050mm long, 790mm wide, 1097mm tall and has a 1320mm wheelbase. It weighs 126kg and comes equipped with a 10-liter fuel tank.

In terms of dimensions, the two bikes are evenly matched. The Raider 125 has minimally longer dimensions translating into better high-speed stability. The Xtreme 125R is lighter by 4kg giving it a slight advantage in terms of agility.

Hero Xtreme 125R vs TVS Raider 125: Pricing

Variant                    Hero Xtreme 125RTVS Raider 125
Drum        Rs. 95,000 Rs. 89,973
Disc           Rs. 99,500                Rs. 97,027

The drum brake variant of the 2024 Hero Xtreme 125R retails at Rs. 95,000 while the Abs model costs Rs. 99,500. Both prices are ex-showroom Delhi.

The new TVS Raider 125 is priced at Rs. 89,973 for the drum brake version and Rs. 97,027 for the disc variant. These are ex-showroom Delhi prices.

Verdict

The  Hero Xtreme 125R and TVS Raider 125 focuses on improving performance and adding new features to the riding experience. Both motorcycles continue displaying competitive traits that made them popular.

The Hero Xtreme 125R impresses with its sharp styling, refined engine performance, nimble handling, and lower pricing. However, the TVS Raider 125 counters with its muscular design, strong brakes, and additional features like smartphone connectivity.

For buyers looking for outright performance and a stylish look, the TVS Raider 125 makes a strong case. But with its well-rounded nature and lower cost of ownership, the Hero Xtreme 125R also remains an appealing choice in the 125cc motorcycle segment.

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