TVS Ntorq 125: An owner’s review after 2000+ kilometres
A few months back, I did a test ride of the Ntorq 125 for the first time for writing a quick review. When I rode the scooter home, my parents loved the styling and features that the Ntorq came loaded with. They decided to buy the scooter, because we needed an extra vehicle. It was an impulsive decision, but today when we look back, we don’t regret it at all.
Today when I’m writing this review, I’ve ridden this scooter for more than 2000 kilometers.
To sum up my ownership review of the TVS Ntorq 125, I think it is a giant leap in the world of scooters in India. I’ve never ridden a scooter as enjoyable and stable as the NTorq 125. It is not a looker, but a performer too. I’ll never enjoy Activa again after riding the NTorq. It has spoiled me, that’s for sure. But sometimes I wish the NTorq was as relaxed as the Activa. Apart from that, there are a few bad bits on the NTorq too, which I’ll address down in the complete review.
In the city, it gives a mileage of 30-35 kilometres, depending on how hard you ride it. The exhaust sounds throaty and aggressive at full whack. And it compels me to ride it hard, giving me a mileage of 30 kmpl. On the highway, when ridden at constant speeds, it gives a mileage of 40 kmpl max.
The engine on the Ntorq is what sets it apart from other scooters. It is a 124.79cc engine with a lot of juice. It pull strong from mid-range to the top end. Overtaking on this scooter is easy and fun. All thanks to the 10.5 nm of torque that kicks in @ 5500 rpm. Another thing that impressed me about the engine is how refined it is. I’ve ridden every scooter in the Indian market once (except the Burgman) and there’s nothing as refined as the Ntorq.
Whenever I ride a TVS 2 wheeler to ride, I find myself complaining about the front brakes. Sadly that’s the case with the Ntorq too. The brakes would’ve been fantastic for any another scooter, but for the NTORQ, they are not. Front disc brake lacks the hasty response that I would’ve appreciated. This makes them a little weak for my liking. But worry not, they will make you stop in the city at average speeds without a problem.
The instrument cluster is one of the most talked about feature of the NTorq. It is highly functional too. You can connect your phone via Bluetooth and it notifies you about calls and messages. One thing I liked about It is that it shows the remaining battery and network strength from your phone to the dash. I get to know whether my phone is reachable or not.
I hope TVS integrates their app with Google maps for better directions in the future. Currently, directions get displayed from mapmyindia, and it’s a little glitchy. More features on the instrument cluster include sports mode and street mode. There’s no change in power and performance when you change mode.(Something which people ask me). You can record things like lap timing, 0-60 timing, average speed, top speed, etc in the sports mode.
The Ntorq swallows one half face helmet with ease and still leaves room for more. Look above, I have my helmet, my phone, a bag, a rubric cube, a small packet of biscuits, a book, and a small water bottle. That’s enough space for returning back loaded from shopping. If it’s less, you have two bag hooks in the front too where you can hang your bags. The reason why I keep the shopping bag in the so-called “utility box”
I always wanted to see a kill switch on a scooter, and
Things I don’t like
Ntorq 125 is a very distinct scooter. A scooter that will put a smile on your face everytime you ride it. My review of the Ntorq is completely based on my personal experience after living with this scooter for more than 3 months. To be very honest, I haven’t got over the scooter yet.
The engine performance and handling are the USP of this scooter, and I love it for them. Apart from that, I am not impressed by the braking and the material used in switches and body.
If you are looking for a fun scooter, something unconventional, the Ntorq is for you. You will enjoy riding it on the streets and on the highways, in the corners and in the traffic. It is peppy everywhere you want to ride it.
Furthermore, if you’re bored of riding an Activa and would upgrade to something refreshing, ladies and gentlemen, this will bring joy into your life.
I am happily living with this scooter, but I just wish TVS had utilized better plastic parts and worked on the final touches. Here are some frequently asked questions about the TVS Ntorq 125. I’ve tried my best to answer them.