When i first saw the advertisement of TVS showing that they had introduced new bike “Jive” without clutch, I was just waiting to put my hands on the bike, hence I went to the showroom to take a test drive. I was really curious about the technology TVS are using because earlier Hero Honda tried to grip this segment with their bike “Street”, which unfortunately was a big failure because of price and poor mileage, though TVS claims that this bike is lot different.
At the first look of the bike, it looked a little bit sporty then the other bikes of the same segment (though i am not comparing it with Twister launched by Honda), but the design seemed to be derived from Star city, with some modifications in the Fuel tank looks which gives a different look to the bike.
Few of the innovative features in this bike are:
- Hands-Free Gear Shift: Using T.Matic Auto Clutch technology, for easy handling of traffic.
- Rotary Gears: Shift from 4th gear to neutral directly.
- Anti-knocking Mechanism: Zero knocking even at low speed.
- Any Gear Start: Can start and ride at any gear.
- Electric Start: One of very good feature in this segment of bikes.
Jive uses rotary gear and automatic clutch which ensures Jive can be ridden at any gear at any speed. You can start the bike in any gear and rotary gear system means you can reach neutral from top or first gear. The anti stall mechanism makes riding possible at low speeds even in high gears.
The bike is available with under seat space which can be used for bottles, umbrella or documents. There is a Gear indicator also present, which will keep you informed about the current gear all the time.
To drive the bike, you have to get used to it and which also means that once you drive Jive, it will be hard for you to drive any other bike. To drive, simply start the bike, put the bike in any of the gear and then just give some throttle. Even if you put it into gear and don’t give any throttle, the bike won’t move. Vibration is very much clear even at lower speeds.
My Opinion about the bike:
I took the test drive of the bike, but to be really frank it doesn’t look so much impressive to me. At first Ii was thinking that TVS must have done some big R&D but after taking a test ride, I thought that may be I had kept my expectations way higher than the bike really is. If you close your eyes and drive the bike directly in 4th gear, then you won’t be able to figure out that whether you are driving a scooty or a bike. Even the scooty is much better than this bike because over here you have the over-head of changing the gear.
I tried to find out that how different this technology is but didn’t get any satisfying answer. It looks to me that this bike is nothing but a changed body of scooty, with an extra gear feature. This bike is really good for guys who like to drive scooty (means would like to drive a two wheeler without the tension of clutch) but don’t do it because of their image getting hurt. U can’t get a high pickup from this bike because it gets the pickup the same way, a scooty does.
The bike is really creative in the sense of application. So, If you are the guy who don’t like to change gears and tired of using clutch, then this is the bike for you. But if you like some good pickup and some good control on the vehicle, i am sure this is not for you.
Jive is priced Rs41,000 (Ex-showroom, Chennai), and on-road will cost you around Rs46,500 and available in Blue, Black and Red colors. Complete specifications of the bike are given below:
|Type||4 Stroke, single cylinder, Air cooled|
|Maximum Power||6.18KW (8.4 Bhp) @ 7500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||8.3 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Starting||Electric & Kick Start|
|Front||Inline Telescopic Suspension|
|Rear||Hydraulic Twin Shock Absorber|
|Front||130 Drum Brake|
|Rear||110 Drum Brake|
|Head Lamp||12V 35/35W Halogen|
|Brake Lamp/Tail Lamp||12V, 21W/5W|
|L x W x H||1975mm x 700mm x 1060mm|
|Fuel Capacity||15 Lt.|