Is the WEGO the wonder that TVS had kept it hidden until now?
The TVS’ Wego was adjudged as the best scooter of the year 2011 by CNBC TV 18 in collaboration with Overdrive just a week back. The scooter was even touted as the best unisex commuter scooter from the TVS. Let us check the facts of what it takes for this gearless scooter from the TVS to be really the best scooter of the year with much competition and beat the dust of the competition.
TVS Wego has slowly entered the big segment of gearless scooter segment during later part of 2009. Conservative TVS has taken enough time to go far from its Scooty image to bring out Wego which could appeal to both sexes. Wego, besides such an appealing name, the scooter was made to meet needs of the metropolis’ consumers. TVS has had to offer a package of features to stand atop in the segment.
Before we move ahead to the wonderful features that the Wego banks on, it should be noted that that the scooter is a full metal body unlike other scooters including Dio or Scooty.
Looks and styling of the TVS Wego
The metal body Wego has much to offer to the chagrined consumers. The rugged look may appeal to the biker in you and the sleek design will appeal a girl who’d want to own one. The big multireflector headlamp will enhance visibility to the driver during nights and also during winters. Every car can see the TVS Wego behind, and the big rear view mirrors ensure that the Wego driver sees everything behind. The speedometer guides the rider to keep a check on the speed control and the twin dials give it an international and sporty look. The golden eye indicator lights are so designed to increase visibility through any angle. The LED taillight ensures safe ride during nights.
Powermill of the Wego
The gearless TVS Wego has its power coming from a 4-stroke, single cylinder air-cooled 110 cc OHC engine that generates maximum power of 8 PS @ 7500 rpm and a produces a peak torque of 8 Nm @ 5500 rpm. Stuffed with latest tech features from computational fluid dynamics and response analysis technique combined with all-aluminum engine the TVS Wego ensures to give good fuel efficiency of 40-45 kmpl — it sure gives a good justice to what you spend on your petrol. The aluminum engine also helps in reducing friction of the moving parts of the engine, helping it last longer. Wego hits a maximum speed of 75 kmph and it does vibrate at that speed. But honestly, who would want to speed past 75 kmph on a commuter scooter?
Performance and handling of Wego child’s play
Talk about the noticeable Body Balance Technology? Besides shifting the center of gravity to a little front, this body balance technology ensures more stability and handling of the vehicle. The technology enables the rider to lean a little front and steer lower without too much of a hassle; the technology enables rider easy maneuverability of the vehicle even through the crammed and pothole-laden Indian roads. With all this if you feel you will have the peppiness of riding a gearless scooter missed, you are wrong; because you will love the ride on the Wego.
Riding comfort of the TVS Wego
The TVS Wego comes with larger and in fact 12-inch alloy wheels (as much as 2 inches larger than any other scooter in the segment) which add not alone to the aesthetics of the scooter but also to its safety features, as the increase in wheel size increases stability at lower and higher accelerations by about 20%.
The front has Hydraulic Telescopic type suspension and it’s a sports gas filled hydraulic dampers at the rear (well, TVS’ attempt to satiate the bikers among the fairer sex). The suspension increases the ease with which a can glide through bumpy roads and speed breakers. Braking is stable as well with drum brakes at both ends.
Convenient features that add to the aesthetics of the TVS Wego
There’s a no need to get down the scooter, lift the seat up to have fuel refilled, an external fuel filling facility with just a hinged cap is added convenience especially during rush hours.
The 15-liter under-seat storage allows storing full-face helmet, or one can avail the combo charger facility (comes as an optional) benefit by having the mobile charged while riding the scooter. There is a small default glove box in the front.
The combo lock allows opening of the fuel tank cap as well as the seat. Clockwise rotation opens seat and anticlockwise rotation of the key from the combo lock on the side panel of the scooter opens the fuel tank cap. Every fair sex rider of the Wego will thank TVS for the patented EZ center stand. Now this is what is called as taking in customer feedback the positive way. There is no scooter that allows women rider to easily park one on center stand. Wego makes it possible.
Other noteworthy comfort features of the Wego include a maintenance-free battery, bike-like gas-filled rear shock absorber, LED tail lamp with the optical guides.
In an attempt to make sure that the WEGO reaches potential parts of India, TVS have done quite a bit of advertising through various possible means. It turns out the aggressive launch was worth it, because there seems to be a lot of effort put into this vehicle.
With the sleek stylish international sporty look mainly grabbing the attention, people who are on the look out for a gearless scooter are going gaga over the TVS Wego.
All these said, TVS Wego definitely lives up to its expectation and fulfills the needs of metro riders. TVS Wego is available at Rs.50,689 (the pricing might vary depending on the TVS city dealers). If there are any cons, as with any product it is with the seat size. The seat of the TVS Wego scooter could have been bigger and more spacious, but then that’s not a complaint from the slim guys. The pricing is also a let down if you compare with Suzuki access which is more powerful than the Wego but comes aggressively priced. These are the couple of let downs if anyone can see in the Wego, but its features are definitely worth taking checking and taking a TD to say the least.