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TVS Pheonix Review

Bike tested: 2012 TVS Phoenix (Disc)

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 60,500/-

The TVS Phoenix comes as a pleasant surprise in the commuter segment.

Commuter motorcycles are the bread and butter of every 2-wheeler manufacturer in India, accounting for a majority of sales. This segment is extremely important too as it serves the requirements of a a large number of people in our country. After a long time, TVS has launched a new motorcycle in the Indian market. The TVS Phoenix is a trendy commuter bike, boasting of many segment first features. This 125 cc machine can help the Chennai based 2-wheeler manufacturer to boost volumes in the highly competitive commuter segment. But does the TVS Phoenix have the goods to deliver and shake its rivals?

Styling - The TVS Phoenix, at first glance, looks sporty despite being a commuter in shape and size. Phoenix has an ‘electrify’ theme, courtesy, the graphics which are everywhere on the motorcycle right from the multi-colored front mudguard, headlight, side panel and very prominent on the rear fender and the fuel tank. The Apache inspired headlight looks substantial because of its size and lines. The exhaust with the ‘EcoThrust’ badge looks good too. Fuel tank design is very commuter, so is the tail light section, but it’s the excellent paint job, all black theme side panels encouraged from Apache and the nicely sculpted rear fender which makes the TVS Phoenix standout in the crowd from other commuters.

Ergonomics - The seating position is upright, but it is low, which makes the TVS Phoenix a boon for short riders. RVMs aren’t that wide but should be sufficient for normal sized riders. There isn’t a knee recess on the TVS Phoenix to grip to due to the shape of the tank. Dual designed fabric seat looks good, but it’s on the softer side which made our ride uncomfortable after 50 kms in the city.

Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear - This is the party piece of the TVS Phoenix, the logically laid out digital instrument cluster is a commuter segment first. The round dial displays a speedometer which can be mistaken for a tachometer at first glance and the fonts are small and hard to read whether it’s day or night. It shows a segment first service due indicator and a low battery indicator. There’s the digital trip and odometer which can be toggled via a button.

Rest two dials on either sides serve the basic function. On the right, there’s the high beam, shift light and indicator light displayed, the left side sees brand name TVS embossed neatly. Switch gear and palm grip quality and finish is miles ahead of any commuter bike because it’s a straight lift from the Apache, solid feel and easy to use. There’s more, once again a first is the hazard light indicator which is the replacement of the engine kill switch, neat thought. A very mature decision by TVS to introduce this feature as it’s useful for parking on dual carriage roads and panic braking situations.

Performance and Gearbox - The Phoenix is powered by an all aluminium, 125 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine, that makes 10.9 BHP of power at 8000 RPM and 10.78 Nm of torque at 6000 RPM. The engine is smooth and peppy, not very loud but does sound coarse at redline. Throttle response is linear though; the engine is vibe free and surprisingly sounds good too, despite the commuter nature of this motorcycle. Low and mid end grunt is excellent, aiding drivability in the city where it belongs.

The Phoenix reaches the 70 km/hr easily after which progress is slow to a top speed of 90 km/hr. The 4-speed gearbox is precise and effortless but a bit clunky and not as slick as its Japanese rivals. Short ratios help in minimizing gear shifts, even in traffic, 3rd gear, 30 km/h, the motor pulls flawlessly. Neutral is achieved easily. Only if the Phoenix was a 5-speed gearbox, it could have been much more efficient and relaxed on the highway.

Riding Dynamics - Phoenix has been loaded to the brim here as well. A well refrained single down tube chassis with superlative front suspension geometry and the innovative Series Spring rear suspension setup gives it excellent handling dynamics. The harder you push the motorcycle into a corner, it gives you confidence you need and thanks to low seating position and the feedback from the front which a rider requires for an amusing ride on a twisty road.

The Series Spring suspension setup which is applied on the Phoenix always makes the rider feel it’s constantly working, which makes it a bit disconcerting some times. Braking is excellent too, a light kerb weight and a 240 mm petal disc at the front giving superior bite from the master cylinder and 130 mm drum brakes at rear make braking precise. But the handling and braking could have been better if the tyres would have been on the softer side which is the complete opposite here; all though they also give a benefit, longer tread life.

Miscellaneous - Shocking omission of under seat storage and foot peg holder. Some may think it misses out on the some goodies which the competition offers such as LED tail lights, but it makes it up with the LED pilot lamps, first in class which come on the Phoenix, which truly makes it look like a younger brother of the Apache. The TVS Phoenix has 6-spoke alloys wheels instead of the usual 5-spoke alloys seen on majority commuters, neat touch. Indicators have a black piano finish, a la Honda bikes. Fuel filler cap when lifted comes in the hand; it’s high time we get the flap mechanism standard in all bikes. Lightest bike in its class, standing with a kerb weight of just 116 kgs against the competitions, while all others weigh 6-7 kg heavier.

Verdict - The TVS Phoenix, no doubt has an edge when it comes to goodies and has almost everything what a modern commuter needs, easy to maneuver, comfort, affordability and a good fuel efficiency. We don’t see why one should not give this motorcycle a second thought because Phoenix comes out as a very attractive package, offering more than what is required to reach from point A to point B in a comfortable and economical manner.

What’s Cool

* Handling and ride quality
* Striking decals
* First in class features (LED pilot lights, hazard lights, digital console)

What’s Not So Cool

* No under-seat storage
* 4-speed gearbox

TVS Phoenix Specifications

* Engine: 124.5 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC
* Power: 11 PS @ 8000 RPM
* Torque: 10.8 Nm @ 6000 RPM
* Transmission: 4-speed constant mesh
* Top Speed: 90 km/hr
* Fuel Consumption: 55 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Suspension: Telescopic forks (front), 5-step adjustable hydraulic shocks with series spring (rear)
* Tires: 2.75 x 17 (Front), 90/90-17 (Rear)
* Brakes: 240 mm Disc (Front), 130 mm Drum (Rear)

TVS Phoenix Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 1985 mm x 740 mm x 1065 mm
* Wheelbase: 1265 mm
* Ground clearance: 165 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 12-liters
* Kerb Weight: 116 kgs

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  • Rajan

    Impressed with your review. i booked one today (Black and Red graphics) based on video review against Discover ST. Registration & delivery in two days.

    Black and Silver graphics doesnt impress.
    Black and dary gray graphics (preferred this) but teh guys said its not available at the moment.

    on road price of teh one with disc brake came to 63K

    • Mohit

      which city do you live in rajan?

    • Mohit

      Firstly, thank you for the gesture rajan, we would love to know which city you stay and 63k seems a lot than that Discover ST!

    • Ganapathy

      What is the mileage you are getting and what is your feedback about this bike Mr.Dwayne for the past one year?

  • rajeev

    when TVS can do so well with commuters, get deming award, they can also bring out 200cc plus apache and beat every one else, common TVS show us

  • crazywheels

    TVS bikes are really better than the Bajaj bikes. But there is some issues with their marketing strategy. Their bikes like star city and Flame are always ahead of the discover series. But they became a flop in the Indian market except Tamilnadu.TVS has to improve their marketing plans and service outlets if they want to sell more.

    • Mohit

      TVS fails to make the presence felt in the state of Maharashtra which is dominated by Bajaj, the lack of spare parts and service station in Maharashtra is what makes the customer go back to dominating leaders, if they can do something about that, certainly they can see unexpected growth here, Rest of the country helps TVS to come up with nice numbers

  • http://www.ceat.in/newsite/home.asp CEAT

    Amazing bike… for Indian roads..

  • Ben

    Good review. It is far better than the over hyped discover125 st. When built quality is concerned over features, tvs is better than bajaj.

  • Kiran Kumar

    Hi i am Interested to buy this, My Height is around 6’1 feet, is this set to me, i think it’s a short motorcycle by seeing your pictures, the features and price offered is exelent. pls explain.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Kiran, bike is ok for tall riders. You should take a test ride yourself.

    • Ganapathy

      Hi Kiran,

      Have you got this bike.. If so can you share your feedback and do you feel comfortable to ride in city traffic as I am also of your height..

  • prashant

    tvs should offer more power on all their bikes rather than detuning them

  • avishek

    can engine start when it is gear?
    it is a problem in tvs star city….

    • irshad

      You can start the engine even when its in gear.

  • sunil sharma

    its good bike.

  • pdp

    I want to know the onroad price in coimbatore

  • deepak

    Pl. let me know the showroom list in Bhiwani/wada Taluka dist.thane
    on Road price , Avarage per Km

  • Johnson

    Hey, Seriously its a nice bike guys.. got two months back.. Average mileage is 57-59km.. Performance is too good, no engine vibrations.. stylish n sportive.. Really am happy with Phoenix..

  • teja

    hey am confused between bajaj discover 100T and tvs pheonix plzzz sugget me which one is best among these..!

  • dwayne

    Hey guys…I am confused b/w passion x pro & phoenix 125….I travel around 80 kms daily ( 40 in cities & 40 in Highways)….Comfort is my main aim…Fuel efficiency anything over 50-55 is acceptable….Which one shall I choose ???

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Dwayne, what is your budget? Get Phoenix.

      • Dwayne

        Hi Faisal Bro…My budget is 60k…I can extend to 70K if required…But my ultimate aim is comfort…the bike should atleast cruise @ 75 Km/hr…Let me know if any options thats fits me..

    • DIPAK GADHAVI

      GO WITH TVS PHNX EXTMLY BEST BIKE , DONT GO WITH HERO, HONDA, AND BAJAJ JUST TEST TVS PHOENIX.125YOU COULD LIKE IT.,

    • VIPUL PATEL

      GO WITH TVS PHNX EXTMLY BEST BIKE , DONT GO WITH HERO, HONDA, AND BAJAJ JUST TEST TVS PHOENIX.125YOU COULD LIKE IT.,

      • Dwayne

        Thank you GUYS !! I am going to buy Phoenix next week….Thanks for all ur response :)

        How is on-road fuel efficiency and comfort ??

        • Ganapathy

          What is the mileage you are getting and what is your feedback about this bike Mr.Dwayne for the past one year?

  • Dwayne

    Hi Faisal Bro…My budget is 60k…I can extend to 70K if required…But my ultimate aim is comfort…the bike should atleast cruise @ 75 Km/hr…Let me know if any options thats fits me..

  • DIPAK GADHAVI

    PHOENIX IS THE BEST BIKE IN 125 SEGMENT AND SURLY BEST THEN BAJAJ DISCOVER, HONDA SHINE, AND HERO BIKES, BEST BIKE IN 125 SEGMENT.

  • shubham

    i m very much cnfussed in btwn pheonix and honda shine which one should i chose??/

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Shubham, get the Phoenix.

  • Rajib

    Its good bike, but two types of main problem of this Bike
    1. No under-seat storage
    2. 4-speed gearbox
    Recommended
    1. if its 5th Gear then it will be the best attractive bike around the globe
    2. Next Model Phoenix Plus 135 cc with 5 speed constant mesh and under seat storage will also added.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Rajib, but even with 4-speed gearbox, it offers decent performance.

  • ATANU MAUUMDAR

    TVS Phoenix or Honda Shine Which is the best bike in 125cc Segment? please send me details in my mail. atanu_sdi@rediffmail.com

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Phoenix a better commuter.

  • suresh

    hai frnds iam confused whether to buy new passion Xpro r tvs phoenix. i need a bike with good mileage and should be reliable for atleast 6 to 7 years (constant mileage),with low maintenance cost.. tel me which one shall i buy? i drive with a speed limit of 55 to 60 kmph.. pls suggest me a bike friends.. pls send to my id bsuresh1177@yahoo.in pls pls

  • pranav

    Phoenix is superb bike, my avg is 100rs = 85 kms
    Nice …& comfortable

  • Pradeep

    I’ve test driven this bike and felt good. Just want some clarifications before making up my mind.

    1. While test driving,i felt the engine sound was a bit high. Is it designed that way?. I wasn’t driving at high speed when i felt this.

    2. Are the head lights at night very dull or is it manageable?

    3. Any points about TVS after sales service?. I have heard that TVS servicing is costly and the spare parts are not available easily. I’m from Bangalore.

    4. I drive 55 kms daily in Bangalore city traffic. would you recommend this bike for this distance.

    Hope to hear at the earliest.

  • Deepak

    Planning to Buy TVS Phoenix this month. Need your Fair n Valuable comments/feedback/experiance.
    Thanks in Adv.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Deepak, did you read our test ride report above?

      • DIPAK

        YA … EXTRMLY SUPERB BIKE.. I HAD TEST WITH 110 SPEED… BEST BIKE NO DOUBT SUPERB..I HAVE PURCHASED.

        • Anurag

          8962150117

  • ALok MIshra

    “TVS PHOENIX” BIKE NAHI HAHAKAR HAI… SHINE AUR DISCOVER KO TO BHUL HI JAO.BAAP RE KYA NIKE BANAYI HAI. 85 KI SPEED TAK MAALUM HI NAHI PADTA BIKE HAI YA FOURWHEELERS…SUPERB BIK.

  • Vhogirath Roy

    Is ka according millege kitna hoga in the fist time….and how is the millege in local city?

  • Mubarak

    Hi friends,
    The same thing here, i had confused and now im in abroad and Im planning to buy a new Bike to my own and Family use. and its should be more comfortable. i can extend upto 60K for this…

    Can anyone, please suggest get clear decision to get my future bike.

    Thanks,
    Mubarak

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      What are your requirements.

      • Anurag

        speed control and light and average

        • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

          All given in the review.

  • Anurag

    hi mohit tell about this bike milege and perfomence in indian road

  • divanshu chaturvedi

    nice

  • M.Sirajudin

    I am 40 and I like to change my bike, I ride between 5-7 kms per day, plz someone tell me will phoenix125 suit me, right now I own a splendour.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Yes, Phonenix would suit you.

  • M.Sirajudin

    Hi Mohit, I belong to ooty, is phoenix 125 suitable for hill station roads.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Yes it is but if you can opt for a 150cc bike, that would be better.

  • M.Sirajudin

    Thanks for your suggession bhai, if 150cc which one is best? my budget is between 60 to 70.

  • Rajesh

    Dear Sir,
    Is there any bike in market similar or batter than this bike of same segment?

  • Rajesh

    Dear All,
    I have purchased this bike last saturday. it is very very smooth as like Honda Unicorn but much better than others bike for shockups. You can drive this bike in very smooth condition. I have got mileage in one week 45 kmpl in city area. Look also very decent. Thanks Mr. Faisal for your valueble reviews.

  • hari

    hi i am 6 feet, will phoenix will be gud for me? currently am using splendor for 8 yrs. i travel 50 kms per day. so what abt the comfort and back pain issue? pl reply

  • V.A.PRASAD

    I do like TVS phoenix125 bike for issuing with spring series suspension.Mileage is good.weight is also reasonable. Iam 53Y have the backache and spondilitis as I travelled on bikes previously for 1lakh kms.Now Iam proposing to buy this bike. I want comfort and durability and safety and reasonable mileage. Please suggest me any other bike of less than 116kg weight or this bike as I have to travel about 40Km daily on rough roads in hyderabad V.A.PRASAD HYD