Could the TVS Raider be a new dual sport?
TVS has been on the move lately. They filed a number of new names, including the Fiero and Zeppelin R, in addition to getting Norton out of its mess. The latest brand to overdrive the rumor mill is the Raider, which many suspect is a new small dual-sport offering.
The move would make sense. The small ADV market is exploding in India, with models such as the Hero Xpulse 200, the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the BMW G 310 GS and the KTM 390 Adventure. Indeed, TVS is already building the G 310 GS for BMW. The fruits of this collaboration could easily be applied to a unique TVS version of the bike.
Alternatively, TVS could base an ADV on the new version of the Apache RTR 200 4V streetfighter. It’s already a decidedly modern bike, with this latest version featuring adjustable Showa front suspension, three ride modes, and adjustable brake and clutch levers. All of that, along with the wire wheels, off-road tires, and the riding position, would be pretty straightforward to modify for off-road riding.
We haven’t heard much from TVS in North America, but they’ve been around the block when it comes to tough bikes for dirt. In addition to the BMW collaboration, TVS also participated in the Dakar Rally. They have had great success in motorsport both in India and abroad. So while TVS does not currently have a dual sport model in its product line, they already have the know-how and skills to build one.
To be clear, TVS hasn’t made any announcements or released any information about the Raider or any potential new ADV bike, whatever its name. Reading between the lines, however, it’s not surgery to predict what they might do.