Indian motorcycle brand TVS, known for its affordable and dependable bikes, released two budget-friendly ‘Street Stunners’ on December 7, 2019, at the Batangas Racing Circuit. These two new models are the Dazz Prime, an automatic scooter with styling and features aimed at the millennial market, and the XL100 Premium, an up-spec’d version of the XL100 business automatic moped.
Why hold the launch of a scooter and a business bike at a racing venue, you ask? Your guess is as good as ours. But we’re thinking it’s because TVS wants to make a strong statement.
The Dazz Prime is powered by a 109.65cc single-cylinder engine making 8.34hp, and features tech that befits younger, more active riders. Such features include colored base plastic, sharper decals, and edgier styling as compared with the standard Dazz, a spacious front pocket and under-seat storage compartment, bag hooks, a shutter key, and a USB charging port with a cover.
TVS Philippines had the members of the media competing to see who could apply the available decal sticker sets onto the units the fastest, and we were also made to design our own decals to be applied to the Dazz Prime. It turned out this wasn’t just to showcase our (underdeveloped) art skills, but to explain to us that customers are also free to design their own decals that they can then use to personalize their scooters.
Meanwhile, the XL100 Premium, a step up from the standard XL100, was introduced as a better business partner than before, with TVS demonstrating the possible modifications to the bike (think LPG tank carriers, cargo racks, food-delivery top boxes, and so on) that TVS also makes.
The XL100 Premium is powered by the same 99.7cc single-cylinder mill with 4.14hp and 6.3Nm of torque as the regular model, but it carries upgraded features that TVS feels will benefit various businesses. Upgrades include an i-Touch Start noiseless electric starting system, sync brakes for better stopping power, a USB port, more premium styling and decals, and an LED daytime running light for better visibility.
TVS also highlighted its customer care program: Not only does it have dedicated helplines for riders (the info can be found on stickers affixed to the motorcycles), it also provides each customer with a welcome kit, complete with a personalized letter, helpful info, riding tips for conserving fuel, and most of the common spare parts the owner will need, such as an assortment of extra cables, brake shoes, and the like.
TVS Philippines announced that all of the spare parts will be available through online retailer Lazada, which will deliver all items from the brand’s full spare-parts catalog with free shipping and no minimum spend.
Of course, TVS also let us take the two new bikes out for a couple of laps around the circuit’s short course. We’ll be releasing first-ride reviews of the Dazz Prime and the XL100 Premium soon enough, so keep an eye on this space!