As the title suggests, both bikes belong to the same segment, the 125cc. As far as the sales figures go, these two commuting two-wheelers are among the top-five bestselling 125cc bikes in the country. But, the Hero Super Splendor, which is among the top Hero bikes, boasts more sales than the TVS Raider does.
However, the TVS Raider and the Hero Super Splendor are more or less the same in terms of features and specifications. In addition to that, both are locally produced by their indigenous manufacturers, plus, they are similarly priced. The starting price of the TVS Raider is Rs 86,803, while the starting price of the Hero Super Splendor is Rs 80,848. All are ex-showroom figures.
So, let’s jot down the differences between these two bikes and see how they stack up against each other.
As far as the specifications are concerned, the TVS Raider and the Hero Super Splendor are built on a robust chassis. The former two-wheeler manufacturer structured the Raider on a single cradle tubular frame, while the latter structured on a tubular diamond frame. Both are agile in nature as well as cost-effective.
You might be aware that TVS bikes, including their Apache series, do have a performance-focused design approach.
In terms of figures, both commuter bikes are powered by a 125cc engine. Getting into further details, the TVS Raider draws its power from a 124.8cc, single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled engine, which is tuned to churn out 11.2 bhp at 7500 rpm and 11.2 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. It makes the rear wheel spin via a standard five-speed manual transmission.
On the other hand, the Hero Super Splendor’s diamond frame supports a 124.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, which is tuned to pump out 10.72 bhp at 7500 rpm and 10.6 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. Like its TVS counterpart, this Hero bike is also mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission.
Check out the Raider price, especially if you are a performance-oriented buyer.
Weighing the engine output, the TVS Raider is clearly a powerful iteration in this comparison. At the same time, the Raider 125 has a top speed of 99 km/h, while the Super Splendor has a top speed of 90 km/h.
The Raider has a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres, while the Hero Super Splendor has a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres.
Since these are commuter bikes, which translates to better fuel efficiencies because of their small engines, you can expect impressive mileage from these two offerings. The TVS Raider 125 has a mileage of 58 km/l, while the Super Splendor returns a mileage of 56 km/l. These are not ARAI-certified mileage figures. That said, these mileage figures are based on the feedback given by the owners of these bikes. As mentioned already, both have impressive mileage figures, so these bikes won’t let your pockets pinch in the long run. So, if you want good power with impressive fuel economy, the Raider 125 is the pick. Check out the TVS Raider price here.
Suspension, Brakes and Safety
In terms of mechanical offerings, both bikes are engineer by keeping the conditions of Indian roads in mind. Let’s start with the TVS Raider. It has a conventional telescopic fork at the front but a gas-filled five-step adjustable monoshock at the rear.
On the flip side, the Hero Super Splendor stands on a telescopic hydraulic shock absorber at the front and a five-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber at the rear.
The Hero Super Splendor offers a superior suspension setup than the TVS Raider 125 because of a better front suspension otherwise they are more or less the same. Check out the location-based Splendor price on the autoX website.
However, these two bikes can glide through the undulations and bumps from potholes with ease.
Besides that, the braking duties are taken care of by disc-drum brakes on these two bikes. It is worth noting that the brakes setup can vary with variants. The lower variants can offer drum brakes, while the top variants will offer disc-drum brakes. It is worth mentioning that a bike with disc brake(s) can significantly improve braking.
In addition to that, both have an important safety feature, which is call synchronis braking technology (also known as integrated braking system)- different terms used by different companies. This safety feature prevents the bike from skidding or making a stoppie during emergency brakings. It is also worth noting that there is a difference between Splendor and Super Splendor. The Super Splendor’s price is higher than the Splendor’s price.
The exclusive offerings of the Raider 125 include a digital speedometer, a digital fuel gauge, a digital tachometer, a low battery indicator, a clock and mobile app connectivity. Further, under-seat storage, LED headlights and LED tail/brake lights, and GPS and navigation are exclusive to the TVS Raider 125. Unlike the Hero Super Splendor, this TVS bike also boasts a stepped seat, an electric start, ride modes, a top speed recorder, and a gear shift indicator.
These features cannot be in the Super Splendor. However, the Hero Super Splendor is equip with Hero’s in-house built XSENS Advantage Technology, kick and electric start, and halogen lights (front and rear).
The common features include LED DRLs, automatic headlights, a low fuel indicator, a side-stand alarm, a pass light, a USB port, and a pillion seat with grabrail and footrests.
Prices and Variants
The Hero Super Splendor available in four variants. The Hero Super Splendor’s price starts at Rs 80,848 for the base variant, the New Drum, and goes up to Rs 88,328 for the top-most variant, the Canvas Black Edition Disc.
In parallel, the TVS Raider also has four variants. It has a starting price of Rs 86,803 for the base variant, the Drum, and goes up to Rs 1 lakh for the top-most variant, the SmartXConnect.
All are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, as of August 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. You can, however, visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!