report Many trouble-free kilo-metres down the road, the
Victor GLX continues to win broad smiles.
put in 8,100 graceful odometer clicks in a relatively short
time span, our long term Victor GLX shows it has what it
takes to withstand the ravages of time.
Since our first report on the TVS Victor GLX in September
2004, this bike has put away some serious mileage. Being
taken over at that point by diligent correspondent Sushant
Balsekar, it now has to traverse Thane to Mumbai on a daily
basis. This fresh Victor, while no headturner, provides
sincerely practical biking. With great palm-grips, comprehensive
instrumentation and smartly buffed aluminium alloy treatment
for its triple clamp and surrounding area, the Victor GLX
enjoys an upmarket feel that is alien to its segment. We
had earlier praised its headlamp and switchgear and they
remain as silently efficient as on day one. While our earlier
report had it that the bike was showing early spots of corrosion
in places, these have neither mushroomed further nor attained
any sort of significant proportion over the last five months. Sushant
waxes eloquent on the VT-i-enabled 124.8cc single-cylinder
Victor motor for its silken smoothness and absolutely vibration-free
operation. What disappoints him frequently is the need to
thrash the engine while climbing a gradient, or with a heavy
pillion riding astride. In these situations the bike feels
slightly out of breath and in need of a tad extra horsepower.
What thrills him no end though is the consistent frugality.
In spite of subjecting the GLX to harsh situations on a daily
basis, the machine is returning an average mileage over 50kpl.
TVS Motor Company will soon have to consider a self-starter
for this bike as most of its competitors have lately begun
to provide this luxury.
Sushant has also been taken in by the bike’s agility
in crowded city traffic as also its plush rear suspension
that keeps his spine shipshape — this in spite of the
near 70km to and fro ride he undertakes to office everyday.
The brakes on the GLX continue to live upto their fine reputation,
with adequate stopping
power on tap for all situations. There have been no breakdowns
in the 7500-odd odometer clicks completed so far. Surprisingly,
an annoying loss of tyre pressure that afflicted this bike
in the beginning too has sealed up. Routine servicing and
scheduled oil changes have been the only nursing this bike
So there you have it. While not an exciting road-scorcher
by any means, the Victor GLX has us smiling with its rock-solid
reliability and adequate all-round functioning.l