The new TVS Star City is an incremental upgrade that polishes the rough edges of the popular city commuter
TVS first launched the original Star bike in 2005 and while it has been a reliable and sturdy motorcycle, the company has given it a few noteworthy upgrades over the years, keeping it in good nick with the competition. Now TVS has launched the latest version and we got our hands on it for a quick first ride.
The new Star City bears a strong family resemblance and styling is derived from the older bike. It gets alloy wheels as standard and black coating on several parts including the engine, exhaust muffler and wheels.
The instruments panel on the latest TVS Star City has a speedometer with a white background, a digital fuel gauge and economy and power mode indicators. They're all legible and easy to read on the go. The control levers are comfortable, the mirrors provide a good view to the rear, the switchgear is comprehensive, the paint job is nice and palm grips feel good as well, adding to the appeal of the bike.
The rear end of the Star City + is distinctive looking, with a grab-bar for the pillion rider and a prominent tail-light cluster.
The Star City + comes with a 109cc, four-stroke, twin-valve, air-cooled powerplant. TVS has worked to improve economy and the exhaust system as well. Maximum power available is 8.18bhp at 7000rpm, and peak torque of 0.88kgm at 5000rpm. While the engine does sound decent, the performance isn't as good as some of the quicker bikes in the segment. However, the motor is smooth and delivers power uniformly with a top speed of around 90kph.
Clutch feel is good, it is light and the new TVS commuter bike's four gears shift smoothly in a four-up pattern with nice feel. The Star City + is sold with the option of an electric starter, while the base variant comes with a kick-starter.
The riding posture is upright and comfortable, with long distances traversed with ease. The seats are well padded as well. Weighing in at 109kg, the Star City + is easy to handle.
The new Star City + is supported by a single cradle tubular steel frame, with box section swingarm. Suspension is telescopic forks in front and twin, 5-way adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. The Star City + runs on 17-inch rims front and rear, and this new TVS bike offers good ride quality, proving a neutral steering and stable motorcycle to handle, with adequate cornering manners. The tyres have new tread patterns which provide decent grip.
Stopping power comes from a 130mm drum in front, and 110mm drum at rear, with a disc brake option sadly not provided. The brakes feel as good as expected on a small capacity commuter bike like this.
The TVS Star City + is quite the worthy successor to the established commuter and our quick ride revealed little to fault with the new motorcycle.