TVS Scooty Streak Test Drive and Review

Published: 20th March 2011
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When other manufacturers are making a mountain out of a mole hill, TVS has launched a new scooty variant called TVS scooty streak without much hype and fanfare. Many of you may not know scooty streak was launched. Surprisingly, i have not come across any advertisement as well. Tough times needs frugal measures! Recession might be the cause for this low profile launch. However TVS has roped in tennis sensation Sania Mirza for the new streak. Soon, we would see streak with mirza on silverscreen and on websites.

Anyway, when scooty pep plus is still going strong unaffected by the launch of Kinetic Flyte, Honda aviator and Suzuki Access. What’s the need of another scooterette with the same engine?? we dig out..

It is new with modern razor edge styling. A prominent ridge at the front apron, nicely shaped headlamp and sharp wing mirrors makes the TVS scooty streak Test Drive to stand out. But at the side, streak is unexciting. Rear is dominated by a large chunky LED tail lamp with integrated turn indicators. TVS has mastered the art of using LEDs. First an impressive apache RTR now it is used nicely in Streak. The contemporary styling is certain to get cheers from its target segment – young girls. But at some angles, streak reminds me of cheap chinese electric scooterette.

It uses the same 90cc, 4-stroke air-cooled engine churning out 5bhp at 6500rpm and 5.8Nm of max torque at 4000rpm.Though the performance is not streak’s virtue, this tiny motor offers commendable performance. The refined and smoother pick-up impressed us. The low and mid-punch is superb and the motor is peppy. Streak top speed is a decent 67kmph and it got from nothing to 60kph in 10 seconds. However a higher displacement motor with more power would be exciting. Scooty streak delivers an impressive mileage of 47kmpl in city conditions where it is going to be used most.

While the wheelbase of streak is identical to scooty pep +, it is 1kg heavier than the latter. Also it uses wider puncture resistant 90*90-10 tyres at the front and the rear. The fuel tank capacity is slightly reduced to 4.7L from 5L. You can throw gloves and chocolates for your kids in the glovebox. Underseat storage space is huge and it can swallow a full face helmet.

The broad floorboard and exquisitely detailed pillion footrests makes both the rider and pillion to sit comfortably. But i’m talking about sania mirza’s not jordan’s. External fuel fill is a nice option, however, filling fuel is not as easy as in Kinetic flyte or Bajaj Kristal. You have to get down to top fuel as the fuel lid is placed in the rear cowl below the pillion grab handle.

It uses a frame with the engine as a stressed member that links to the scooter’s single rear shock absorber. Suspension at the front is through proven telescopic forks. The all aluminium shock absorbers offers a decent ride. 110mm drum brakes at the fore and aft are quiet adequate for this vehicle. But rear brake locking clamp and fluorescent ignition slot found in most scooters are absent in streak. Steering is quiet nimble and precise at city riding speeds.

It comes equipped with lots of usable features like external fuel fill, LED tail lamps, lockable glove box and mobile charger. Fit and finish are of top notch. Easy to decipher instrument cluster houses speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge. Streak also gets a convenient button-operated self-start with an optional kick starter. Soft plastics and top notch paint quality is sure attract many Hunks.

TVS Scooty Streak is available in five colours – breezy blue, mystic mauve, super red,perky pink and magic black. The Streak is priced at Rs. 35,800 ex-showroom.

TVS has once again sucessfully upgraded the scooty and made it contemporary. The attractive styling, peppy engine and price which are scooty strength is carried forward in a nice way and scooty lovers will surely love this scooty streak. But how about others, say an urban male who prefers a hassle free ride but without much compromise in performance. As the traffic conditions worsen this number is all set to raise,the sucess of a Aviator and Access conveys the same. We expect a better performing scooter from TVS. Till then let girls have all the fun with scooty and streak.

TVS provided Scooty Streak to for the purpose of evaluation.

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