We had just reported about TVS motors’ global plans and how they planned to expand into international markets by launching new products. TVS recently launched the Star HLX 125 in Tanzania in order to carry forward their plans for the African market, and now they have launched the Max 125 in Indonesia with two different variants in order to carry forward their plans for the South-Asian market.
PT TVS Motor Company Indonesia, a subsidiary of TVS motors has recently launched a new motorcycle in Indonesia. Named the Max 125, it was developed keeping in mind the Indonesian market and its needs, and is a fusion of the Indian variants of the Star City+ and the Phoenix. The motorcycle was launched at the Jakarta Fair where TVS displayed two variants of the motorcycle in order to cater to differing needs of customers.
One variant was a normal commuter motorcycle, with features like Alloy wheels, Electric start, comfortable ergonomics etc. The other variant is one which is more off-road worthy in which more rugged spoked wheels replace the alloy wheels and is shod with thicker off road tires compared to the skinny road tires on the commuter variant. The front mudguard has been replaced by a mud-flap and even the suspension has been raised a little in order to give it the extra ground clearance needed on an off-road motorcycle, the rear sprocket too has seen an increase in size for the off-road variant and it doesn’t have a full chain guard as seen on the commuter variant, everything else remains pretty much the same.
The design of the motorcycle seems to have been inspired by the TVS Star City, currently on sale in India, but the engine has been borrowed from the Phoenix 125. The air-cooled, single cylinder, 125cc engine produces 11 PS of max power at 8000rpm and a max torque figure of 10.8 NM at 5500rpm.
The max 125 has been launched at 11.6 million Indonesian Rupiah (INR 64,150) for the commuter variant, and 12.9 million Indonesian Rupiah (INR 65,670) for the off-road variant.