FOLLOWING THE launch of a slew of premium products like the Ntorq and Apache RR 310, TVS Motor Company sprung a surprise last month with the launch of a new commuter motorcycle christened Radeon. It’s aimed squarely at the likes of the Hero Splendor, Bajaj CT100 and Honda CD 110 Dream DX. The Radeon sits between the Star City Plus and the Victor. Nestled in the frame is a 109.7cc single-cylinder engine, the same one that powers the Star City Plus. It churns out 8.4bhp at 7,000rpm and a peak torque of 8.7Nm at 5,000rpm. Positioned as an entry level offering, the Radeon comes without disc brakes. However, the drum brakes on both ends are linked with what TVS is calling ‘Synchronised Braking Technology.’ Its fuel tank capacity is 10-litres and it has a claimed fuel-efficiency of 69.3kmpl. The Radeon sits on a 1,265 mm long wheelbase and boats a ground clearance of 180mm. The company claims the motorcycle has the largest seat in its segment. In terms of features, there are 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels; LED DRLS integrated into the headlamps, twin-dial IP, and rubber thigh pads on the fuel tank. Optional equipment includes a beeper accompanying the side stand indicator and a USB charging point. There are four colour choices - white, beige, purple and black. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 48,400, exshowroom Delhi and comes with a 5-year warranty.