TVS Motor has created a fresh look for their economy bike, the Star. So should you look at this machine, then?Even though the Star range of bikes from TVS is extremely popular, of late, the high selling Bajaj Platina and Hero Honda CD Deluxe have been cleaning up the small bike segment. To counter this, enter the Star Sport.Essentially a styling exercise, the Sport delivers a fresh dose of style to an already attractive package. Mechanically, it's still the same and the Star delivers a fine balance between comfort and handling, performance and economy. Alloy wheels and electric start made their appearance on the Star City a while back, but TVS has chosen to go further with the Star Sport and the Star Sport Deluxe. A shorter, lower handlebar and smaller fuel tank contribute to a more compact package overall and the new chrome tint graphics lend it sparkle. The front headlamp now incorporates parking lamps as well, a first in this segment. An alloy pillion grab rail complements the wheels. The Star Sport Deluxe also gets a fuel-gauge and new colour options of silver, black, red and blue. The 99.7cc mill remains the same, churning out a modest 7.5 bhp, but propels the bike smartly enough. In a typical urban environment, the Star family has always been an easy to ride, friendly commuter package. The tubular swingarm and long wheelbase contribute to steady handling and the new, larger 130 mm drum brakes front and rear are better than the 110 mm units of old. Build quality is one of TVS' strong points and here the Star Sport scores highly too. It feels well put together, and so much so, that TVS themselves are offering a five-year warranty on it. The Sport is priced at Rs 33,950 ex-showroom, Bangalore, while the Deluxe costs Rs 35,490.
HARMAAN R A J MADON