TVS Jupiter 125 conquers the road
With its sleek and curvy profile, this two-wheeler is designed for easy movement in traffic
There are days when you just want to get from point A to point B in a calm and serene manner. Convenience, comfort, and ease are top priority, especially if you are dealing with the hustle and bustle of life in a big city. Fortunately, there are two-wheelers designed for this purpose and at the top of the list are the 125cc commuter scooters.
TVS may be a bit late to enter the 125cc commuter scooter segment, but it entered it with unique features, big claims and its popular name Jupiter.
Aside from the shared alloy rims which look pretty smart, the Jupiter 125 is quite different from the 110. It’s an all-new design that’s considerably modern from all angles, yet conservative. This scooter is more curved than what you are used to seeing from the company. TVS took advantage of the chrome trim on both ends of the daytime running lights to break up the body-colored chunks and it looks pretty neat; it sports chrome around the LED headlight, on the side panels, the exhaust shield and even the mirrors.
Heavy use of chrome is tricky, as too much on a scooter can make it look garish; however, it is well executed here. The side panels have a similar curved shape that works in conjunction with the rest of the body. The design certainly takes a safe approach and the main intention seems to be to appeal to riders of all ages. As with most scooters in this segment, the rear part is occupied by a large tail light. Small styling touches that stand out are the body-color panels around the speedometer and interior apron and the tiny reflector on the passenger grab handle.
As for the features, TVS has announced that there will be a version with Bluetooth connectivity, but this one is not available at the moment. For now, it is offered in three variants: a version with steel wheels fitted with drum brakes, one with drum brakes and alloy rims, and a front version fitted with disc brakes with alloy rims.
All these variants are delivered with a digi-analog instrumentation. Thanks to the on-board computers supplied with the fuel injection systems during the BS6 era, the digital display also has a display of fuel consumption information. Other features include a USB charging socket (optional on lower performance variants), engine cut-off function on the side stand and automatic start stop.
The main highlight is the fuel filler cap and the placement of the fuel tank. The cap is located inside the apron, which has a fuel line that feeds the 5 liter tank placed under the floor. This is unique in the segment, as it not only makes refueling easier, but also lowers the center of gravity and opens up much more space under the seat. The storage capacity under the saddle now stands at 32 liters, which is higher than that of its direct competitors. The repositioning of the fuel tank did not come at the expense of ground clearance and the claimed figure of 165 mm is comparable to that of the competition.
The 124.8cc engine on the Jupiter 125 has the same bore and stroke as the engines on the Ntorq 125 and Raider 125.
The changes are quite significant and this engine uses a two-valve configuration unlike the three-valve configuration of the other two. While this came at the expense of some high-end performance, it should be more fuel efficient. TVS claims the Jupiter 125 is more efficient than some of its rivals but hasn’t revealed more. We will test that as soon as we get the chance.
The scooter increases speed in a linear fashion with more than enough torque. However, the acceleration slows down a bit once you get past the 70 km / h mark. There are slight vibrations that creep into the floor once you hit around 50 km / h, but that aside, it’s a pleasant experience. The scooter is quite quiet and sleek and is exactly what you would expect from an offering in this space.
Comfort is yet another major requirement in this space and what TVS has done with this seat is quite impressive. It is 65mm longer than that of the Jupiter 110, which means there is more than enough room for the pilot and passenger. Ergonomics are also great, and even the tallest riders won’t feel cramped, even if the fuel tank is in the floor.
The scooter uses a single gas shock absorber at the rear, which has a convenient knob to allow easy preload adjustment. The ride quality has a very nice smooth feel. Of course, we’ll have to see how comfortable it is once we get to drive it on public roads.
When it comes to handling, this scooter is definitely among the best in its class. The lower center of gravity helps to some extent, but it’s the way TVS develops its chassis that translates into communicative handling.
With 109 kg, the Jupiter 125 is not the lightest scooter in its segment, nor the heaviest. However, the weight will not be an issue as it is surprisingly flexible and light on its feet. The variant equipped with a front disc brake is the one we tried and it turned out to have impressive stopping power, while still being beginner-friendly when it comes to lever return.
With a starting price of 73,400, the entry-level variant is offered at the same price as its competitors. The Drum Alloy and Disc Alloy variants, meanwhile, are priced at 76,800 and 81,300 respectively (all prices, ex-Delhi showroom).
The Jupiter 125 has a big advantage over the others in terms of storage capacity and the seats are also quite spacious. It might not offer a passionate experience like many other TVS motorcycles, but it has what it takes to drive the segment.