Honda Unicorn vs TVS Raider 125: Segments Apart
Comparing these two commuting bikes, the TVS Raider 125 is a feature-loaded two-wheeler that is good for beginners and bags a good number of features. That said, the Raider 125 can attract young buyers as well, especially considering the offerings it boasts. It has proven that, due to this, it has become one of the bestselling TVS bikes in the country.
On the other side of the coin, the Honda Unicorn may not attract the youth, as its offerings don’t match with young buyers. At the same time, the price is also unmatched, as it is on the higher side. However, there are other bikes and scooters from the Japanese automotive manufacturer that
But, at the same time, the Honda Unicorn can be compared with bikes from 150-180cc segments. There are several Honda bikes that you can also consider
The thing where the Honda Unicorn gets an edge is in terms of performance, but with a marginal difference.
Anyhow, let’s start with the comparo and see how these bikes stack up against each other. Let’s begin, then!
For starters, let’s talk about the specifications of the bike with a smaller engine displacement and that is the TVS Raider 125. The indigenous bike manufacturer built the Raider 125 on the Single Cradle Tubular frame, which supports a 124.8cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 11.2 bhp at 7500 rpm and 11.2 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. In terms of fuel efficiency, the TVS Raider 125 should be more fuel efficient than the 160cc Honda Unicorn bike, as you may have heard this saying, “less power means less consumption.” Since there is a surge in petrol prices and patrons want a fuel-efficient vehicle, which is why the Raider 125 should be a favourable choice. You can check the TVS Raider 125 price on autoX.
On the other hand, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer developed the Honda Unicorn on Honda’s in-house developed Diamond chassis. This frame supports a 162.7cc single-cylinder, air-cooled petrol mill, which is tuned to churn out 12.73 bhp at 7500 rpm and 14 Nm of peak torque at 5500 rpm.
Both bikes are coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. Further, these manual bikes offer a sophisticated wet multiplate clutch, unlike the BS4 bikes. A wet multiplate clutch offers a durable clutch, as it is lubricated, unlike the dry multiplate clutch. At the same time, a wet clutch can also offer smooth gear shifts at high speeds and RPMs as well. Yes, you read that right, it won’t let the lag occur during gear shifts. That also means you can have a seamless experience on the hill riding as well.
You will find the wet multiplate clutch in all BS6 bikes.
As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the TVS Raider’s mileage is 58 km/l, while the Honda Unicorn returns an average mileage of 51 km/l. This Japanese bike also has impressive fuel economy. You can check out the Honda Unicorn price as well.
Please note that these mileage figures are as per the feedback from the owners across the country. That said, the real-world mileage can vary with location-traffic conditions and individuals’ writing styles.
Thanks to the fuel injection technology for making the BS6 two-wheelers more fuel efficient. Consider the fuel injection technology as an added engine refinement. Its job is to supply fuel to the engine but in a refined manner, which also helps the engine pistons to friction buttery smooth, which results in making the bike more fuel efficient. Apart from that, this technology won’t make the engine lag on cold starts. Speaking of lack of lag, it won’t let you complain about the rideability on the hills either.
Just so you know, the central government ordered all the two-wheeler manufacturers to use the concerned technology while producing refined BS6 engines.
Besides the engine performance, the Honda Unicorn has a conventional suspension setup, as it has a telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. On the other hand, the TVS Raider has a sophisticated suspension setup, as it boasts a telescopic fork at the front and a five-step adjustable, gas-filled monoshock suspension at the rear. In terms of comfort, the TVS Raider should be a better pick. You can adjust the suspension as per your preferences and the road condition. Furthermore, it will also be a cakewalk for the TVS Raider 125 to absorb the bumps from potholes. Therefore, it is always recommended to take a test ride of the vehicle, as the opinions of the vehicle can vary from person to person.
As mentioned earlier, the TVS Raider 125 has better offerings than the Honda Unicorn. This Japanese bike has a standard variant, which offers old-school features. Those include halogen lights (front and rear), automatic headlights-on feature, analogue instrument cluster, killswitch, and a pass light, to name a few. Considering the Unicorn’s price, they should atleast offer dual-disc brakes.
On the contrary, the Raider 125 offers disc-drum brakes and an automatic headlights-on feature, as standard. Other features comprise all LED lighting (front and rear lights), halogen bulb turn indicators, LED DRLs (daytime running lights), gear shift indicators, top speed recorder, and fuel economy. Furthermore, it also boasts a fully digital instrument cluster which supports a GPS Navigating system. It also offers a USB charging port, standing alarm, pass light, ride modes, digital clock, low battery indicator, low fuel indicator, and a digital fuel gauge. For added convenience, the Raider 125 offers under-seat storage as well. Speaking of convenience, this bike also boasts a mobile connectivity feature. The user has to install the in-house developed app of the TVS so that the individual can access the bike’s data, such as upcoming service(s), engine oil level, fuel oil level, last parked, live speed and the latest location.
So, these are a few offerings of these bikes. To check the curated list of features and specifications, you can visit the autoX website.
Variants and Prices
The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer sells the Unicorn in only one variant. The TVS Raider 125, Honda Unicorn, Compare bikes in India is Rs 1.05 lakh.
In parallel, the indigenous bike manufacturer sells the Raider 125 in three variants. The TVS Raider’s price starts at Rs 85,973 for the base model, the Drum, and goes up to Rs 99,990 for the top-of-the-line SmartXConnect variant. All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of February 2023.
It is worth noting that these prices are subject to revision without any prior notice to the customer. But, there is no need to worry! You can always visit the autoX domain to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more information, you can visit our website. Further, you can also stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, so that you receive alerts for online giveaways, the latest job opportunities, and the latest automotive-related content. So, stay tuned!