Commuter bikes are undoubtedly the workhorses of the Indian two-wheeler market. Not that way back, they had been no-frills, bare-bones machines fed by carburettors. Once I walked as much as the TVS Star Metropolis Plus, I used to be greeted by a fuel-injected motorbike full with an LED headlight and a USB charger! The ₹ 8.5 lakh Ducati Scrambler that I rode across the similar time had neither of these two options as commonplace. To seek out out whether or not the using expertise had advanced as a lot because the brochure, I eagerly jumped aboard.
The Star Metropolis’s motor doesn’t essentially conform to that template. It sits on the decrease finish of the spectrum relating to energy and torque figures, even by this phase’s requirements. In the true world, it truly feels fairly enough — no asthmatic wheezing while you demand immediate acceleration.
It’s a 110cc commuter, so don’t anticipate it to set dragstrips on hearth, however you aren’t going to be a legal responsibility on the roads, even on highways. And extra importantly, it feels fairly participating to journey, aided by a exact and satisfying 4-speed gearbox (the Bajaj Platina stays the one bike on this phase to get 5 cogs).
This has considerably come on the compromise of refinement. Whereas a lot of TVS’ different engines set phase benchmarks for vibration ranges, the Star Metropolis doesn’t fairly stay as much as these requirements, with its motor feeling slightly gruff. That is particularly pronounced while you rev it out, however is current to a sure diploma at most occasions whereas using. Fuelling additionally has room for enchancment, because the snatchy off-on throttle response from the fuel-injection system isn’t as satisfying because the pure, easy feeling the carburetted commuters used to supply.
The non-conformism of the Star Metropolis extends to the chassis division as nicely, within the type of 17-inch wheels in comparison with the business commonplace 18-inchers. Regardless of this, it rides somewhat nicely on its comparatively mushy suspension set-up, doing an honest job of flattening out our roads. As this can be a commuter, it isn’t anticipated to be a nook carver. So high-speed dealing with is kind of numb and unnerving on its skinny tyres. This behaviour is on par with different bikes on this phase. On the upside, it does really feel nimble and agile when flitting via metropolis site visitors, and the commuter-typical clutch feels as gentle because the bike does.
And regardless of the flowery options talked about above, the Star Metropolis nonetheless misses out on some fundamentals — the fundamental instrumentation lacks even a visit meter. A side-stand indicator would even have been good.
In summation, the Star Metropolis breaks format within the 110cc commuter class by delivering a reasonably entertaining using expertise, however sacrifices (to some extent) phase hallmarks like engine refinement. At ₹ 72,255 for this Disc variant, it’s priced on par with rivals from Hero, and presents a special, however extra participating using expertise.