TVS Jive – The Clutch Free Wonder

by Kannan on March 10, 2010

TVS created waves in Indian Biking scenario when it announced its clutchless bike JIVE in November last year, although its India’s second after Hero Honda Street, being it as bike it sure did create a lot of waves. It raised many speculations as to how one can actually ride a bike without having to use a clutch. Finally the bike hit the market and bookings now open in all TVS showrooms across India. The bike looks similar to TVS Star city and its next variant, the Sport. It has 5 spoke black alloy wheels and all black treated engine. To be honest, the bike is not very eye catching in the looks department.

On the technology front, the Jive has become a boon to those stressed by frequent changing of gears and depression and release of the clutch in traffic. Same as the Honda Street launched in the 90’s. It boasts of an electric-start (a must have for all bikes these days) that can be used to start the bike regardless of what gear the bike is on.

Riding the 110cc Jive was not very different to riding a normal bike, but was initially pretty confusing in the absence of a clutch, being a person who had rode a bike with a clutch for many years. It did not take much time to get a hang of how to handle the bike though.  One just needs to keep in mind that one is riding a Honda activa. The gear shift indicators which shows the current gear on which the bike is are very helpful during gearshifts. The first gear gives the maximum pull to the bike and is descending in order till the 4th gear.

The ride quality is smooth and feels almost the same as the Star city version. But remember no clutch means no stunts. The only major advantage that can be seen on this bike is that there is no depression of clutch required while shifting the gears. Though one may start the bike on any gear and also accelerate forward on any, the higher gears may not have adequate power to start from a halt and need to be given less amount of throttle, otherwise resulting in lower mileage. Though there is an anti-knocking mechanism in place which prevents the engine from knocking while riding at low speeds on a higher gear and rpm, one may feel the need for power in traffic, which can be gained only through down shifting the gears. But the bike has rotary gears that allow one to shift directly from the 4th gear to neutral by pressing down the gear pedal when on the 4th.

The bike boasts of an on-road mileage of about 65 kmpl and is a clear competition to Honda’s CB twister, both falling in the same segment. The twister has killer looks and good mileage and power (9 bhp) adequate to the daily commuter, but the Jive has this clutch-free T.Matic technology for the first time on an Indian bike with 8.5 bhp from the power mill which speaks uniqueness of it’s own. The Jive also hosts an under-seat storage space enough to hold a bottle and also an umbrella. The fuel tank is huge like the performance segment, with a 15 liter holding capacity. Is this a winner? We’ll just have to wait and see how the commuter segment responds to either of these bikes, depending on the rider’s preferences.

- Anand


TVS Jive Tech Specs:

Engine:
Type: 4 stroke, single cylinder, Air cooled

Displacement: 109.7 cc
Maximum Power: 8.4 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Start: Electric and kick
Ignition: Digital IDI

Suspension:
Front: Inline Telescopic suspension
Rear: Hydraulic twin shock absorber with coil spring

Brakes:
Front: 130 drum
Rear: 110 drum

Electricals:
Battery: 12V, 5.0Ah
Headlamp: 12V 35/35W halogen

Measurements:
Fuel tank capacity: 15 litres
Ground clearance: 165 mm
Kerb weight: 105 kg

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Mahavir Kothari March 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Good attempt by TVS to create all new category of Clutch less bike

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fas March 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

TVS is really coming up big time. NO one has tried a clutchless bike in India yet. Kudos to them.

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Prashanth March 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Well, this is a good turn for TVS after the success of Apache series… Lets wait and see if it is TVS Jive or Honda Twister that is going to win the battle…

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ATHUL March 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm

i like the orange colour, i saw it on a motor show. the demo bike.

@prashanth
what u telling yaar, is honda Twister is clutch free?

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Anand March 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

@Athul

No, Honda Twister is not clutch free, but its just that both these bikes fall under the same segment of displacement.

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yashpal March 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

everyone who wants test ride or bye the TVS JIVE
please contact us
RAJ TVS
New varuna bridge
kachahari, varanasi
mo: 9026149495

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ATHUL March 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

The bike boasts of an on-road mileage of about 65 kmpl.
is this by riding in 40-50kmph?
if i ride it 60-70kmph could i get 65kmpl?
any one tested it?

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varun March 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

gd effort!!!
isn’t creat any problem….
can any one tell which mechnism used dere??

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Santhosh April 3, 2010 at 11:34 am

A good bike launched by TVS which gives one the comfort for riding and attracts all users who do not prefer high speeds

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vaseem April 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Except to make it look unique there is no need for this sort of experiment from tvs which is bound to change the biking style …! when already auto gear activa type bikes present…

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vaseem April 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

but still it is a good bike with its own uniqueness.. but i think honda twister is better than this..looks wise and performance wise…

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ashish April 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

5 yrs ago i had Hero Honda Street and it was very helpful in the traffic to shift the gear without clutch, mileage was 70 kmpl (100 cc), same mechanism used in TVS jive.

In future, i wish all the bike companies to create a new category of Clutch less bike

Hope they do it!

Thank to TVS…

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ankit April 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

IS it worth goiung for it?? i m looking for a 2vice in a week ride bike . Other option i got is activa. Plz reply

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Aayush April 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

The bike is unique.But it is not a practical design.Experienced riders have no problem in traffic with clutch-bikes.In this bike stunting is also not possible.This bike lacks style quotient.I would prefer the CB Twister instead.

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saikrishna.pochampalli August 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

areeeeeeeee who wants sty le . we want milege, road performance and it is possible(without clutch) as honda pleasure but, in additional gear is there. thats it.

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atul April 24, 2010 at 1:41 am

can any tell me that how the engine of this bike actually works….with out clutch???………in detail if possible

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babu January 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

T-Matic is valve that most of the next generation bike will have, Its a safety valve which automatically controls the shut down of flow lines when pressures exceeds or falls below pre-determined limits.

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ritesh goyal April 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

good effort done by TVS i hope that the company creats a new wonder in the passionate fields of bikes

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smruti April 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

m a student of mechanical engg..i need 2 know..how it actually works without a clutch.

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Kumar May 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Automatic Clutch changer present inside inbuilt,,,,that changes according to varied speeds.

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Bhushan May 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

To kumar,
according 2 me,in such bikes they are using centrifugal clutch mechanism,as all clutchless bike use it.
N clutch doesnt have any work to do with the engine work.clutch deals with gear box

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sudhu May 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

first of all its an ‘Auto Clutch’ and not a clutch free bike. It has a primary clutch which is engaged to the crank shaft and the secondary clutch is engaged every time the gear is shifted. Ofcours as mentioned by bushan the centrifugal mechanism principle does exist!

sudhu

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rishi May 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

gd try fr n auto transmission bike…bt wl it hold tme..??
lts see fr its prfrmnce aftr 2-3yrs on road…

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saikrishna.pochampalli August 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

it is like bike means pleasure and honda activa is small. lets try new. areee who will encourage new iteams? public have to encaurage new iteam. if they comment like this how the inventors grow up?

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pinku May 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Nice bike

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sunil May 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

How the bike drive without the cluth anyone tell me

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anil May 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

nice bike, i am using only access and no idea about motorcycles. But i was able to drive in first instance without any problem. Nice Bike.

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Nikhil May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

what is the price of this bike?

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Vishanth May 30, 2010 at 1:34 am

Hi Friends, So far I ride only 1700kms. I found comfort to ride in cities, especially in chennai. It suites for normal riding, who never want to race beyond 60km/hr speed. And mine it give almost 60km/l in city.

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Kapil June 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

Hi Vishanth,

I too reside in chennai and use an Activa. I would like to know more about this bike from a person like you who is using it before taking a decision on buying this bike. Can you mail me your experience in detail to kapildevil2000@yahoo.com. Thanks

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Philip June 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Hi vasanth,
Its a good bike, especially for those who are looking for a handsfree gearshift, but you need to gain enough control of this bike before trying this in heavy traffic, especially while turning from a standstill position in 1st gear, you need to give very little throttle, otherwise it will be fatal to you, as i escaped from a major accident recently by losing control of my wehicle. Gear shifts are not so smooth. Practice makes riding perfect in this bike. thanks.

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JAY MEHTA July 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

I AM USING HERO HONDA STREET SINCE 1997 , AND I AM VERY MUCH SATISFIED WITH ITS PERFORMENCE, NO MAINTAINENCE BIKE, AVERAGE I GET IS AROUND 60KM PER LTR, BUT ITS PETROL TANK IS VERY SMALL ONLY 3.5LTRS. I THINK JIVE IS VERY GOOD BIKE BUT COMPANY MUST IMPROVE ON ITS LOOK

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Ravichandra July 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm

TVS Jive best bike but i want auto gear bike please any alteration this because i’m disabity person.

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Ravichandra July 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I’m disability person please send me engine gear alteration ideas or ready to me. . .

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Rohan July 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

This bike use centrifugal clutch which is not as good as plate clutch.one can make auto clutch bike having plate clutch which will better.

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ritu July 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

i want to buy tvs jive what will be the price of this bike in gorakhpur,plz helped me to know the exact price of this bike.

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Maitreya Joshi July 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

i want to buy tvs jive what will be the price of this bike in Pune,plz helped me to know the exact price of this bike

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Vishanth July 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hi Philip,
As u think, from stand-still bike is moving to 1st gear, u need to give less throttle only, if it varied slight more no problem, you should have controls on brake. I never faced the problem you mentioned. May be i used to it and gained enough control in TVS JIVE.
Hi Kapil,
Every day morning first I dont want to kick-start. But before going for self-start, it is advice to horn and switch-on the Indicator. And in traffic signal, we can switch-off the engine, we signal leaves we can immediatley go-on.
From stand-still any gear we can move on. I basically move the bike from second gear only, even though doubles.
Gear indicator shows the current gear position, if i fell doubt in which gear the bike is, mostly when we are in traffic stand-still. Mostly I brakes in signal in 4 gear.

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prabhu August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I want to buy a tvs jive bike so please help me to know the exact price in Mysore.

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DATHU MOHAN September 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

I am dathu mohan from kerala.Here in Kerala the on road price for jive is Rs.48000/-.

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Venkat Anumula September 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Hello everyone,

I would like to buy an entry level commuter bike. I’m an automotive engineer and i did compare the 110 cc segment bikes from giants like Honda, Hero Honda, TVS, Bajaj and Suzuki. I tested Honda CB Twister, TVS Jive and Bajaj Discover. I couldn’t test Suzuki Slingshot as it has arrived the market recently. My views about TVS JIVE – Aesthetics are pretty normal. Only the fuel tank with red in colour and black casing and black wheels fascinates a bit. Clutch free bike by TVS is an innovative thought. What about safety ? It’s a no tension bike in the traffic. I agree with that. But apart from gear shifting, what matters most is the mileage. A person in a standstill can move in 4th gear as the engine does not snatch. Good to hear and feel the same. However, it;s not advisable to drive the engine at low RPM at top gear as it affects the fuel economy . So what’s the point in having autoclutch. It means that a person driving a bike irrespective of the clutch /Clutchless has to reduce the gear shift from 4th to 3rd and to 2nd or 1st if required. Consequently while moving the vehicle from standstill, it’s good to go from 1st gear till top gear for better fuel economy. Even safety comes into picture. If someone is playing with the accelerator without realising it’s gear shift position, then it might lead to accidents. The only advantage i found is that though gear shifts are hard, the clutchless would definitely reduce your wrist/ hand pain if you ride for long distances. Indicators doesn’t suit the bike structure. My views on Honda CB Twister – Felt the adrenaline rush though gear shifting is manual; Excellent riding comfort. Based on Honda customers, it seems like the mileage is around 65 /l on highways and 55-60 at least in rough terrain. It’s aerodynamically well designed to give less drag as in cars and better engine cooling efficiency. It’s sporty and very stylish for a fair price of Rs 51, 500 On Road. TVS Jive costs Rs 47,500 on road. I think if we compromise on cost, then we would get a stylish,powerful and fuel efficient 110 cc bike when compared to TVS Jive and Bajaj Discover. I’m waiting for Suzuki Sling Shot to test ride. I’ve shortlisted TVS Jive and Honda CB Twister for bike selection. It seems like Honda gives an eye catching 110 cc bike without compromising fuel economy, speed and riding comfort when compared to No tension bike which has attractive though contradictory in terms of aesthetics, design, safety, fuel economy , speed and pick up. I feel the winner could be Honda CB Twister. Anyways, i would request the readers of this comment to express their views . I’m considering the latest and new technology adapted models in shortlisting. Is it Honda CB Twister or TVS JIVE or Bajaj Discover or anything else ?

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srihari September 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

i srihari purchased 2010 april tvs jive , very bad performance, mileage probelm ,starting probelm ,now its gears jammed , no engineer to repair….god shall me…… very bad on tvs jive staff and people who made it….

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Vinoth October 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Hi ,

I am going to buy this TVS jive can some one suggest whether it is really worthful or not ,what about the mileage & performance .

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S.Narasimha Murthy December 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

Hi Friends, I am planning to purchase TVS Jive, can you guys help in buying this bike with your valuable suggests, you can mail me your feedback and opinion on this to snmurthy555@gmail.com. Sunitha Murthy. Thanks & Regards

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Maheshv September 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Hi Guys

In one and half month back i buy this bike.i dont no about driving.but another day 5 am i drive this bike.I never expect that.only half hour training only ya.
This Bike looking good.
Handling very easy.
I Love my bike.

Maheshv

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Sambit October 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

I want to purchase a vehicle.I want a bike like zive. or i can go for activa or acess .please advise guys.thnks

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Naveen October 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

Hi All,

I dont know driving and afraid to drive in traffics..after TVS launching this Jive..i am planning to take this bike as it will help in driving smoothly with out any tension. Iam not worried about milage..if it is 55-60kmpl..am fine with that..I want your valuable suggestions..can i go ahead with this bike? and also how is the service from the company if we have any problem with the bike as it is new technology and most of the mechanics may not be aware of this..?

please advise me…thank you.

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Prakash October 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I own a tvs jive which I bought in mid september 2010. I am getting a decent city mileage of 55-60 kmpl.
Having an auto clutch really helps in traffic since this bike’s engine will never shut off except when fuel supply is cut. You can take your own time to shift gears. However remember you MUST shift gears like any normal bike. The advantage is that the bike will adjust even if we not do it at the right time.
I reached effortlessly upto speeds of 85 kmph with very less vibration.
Adviced for those who want to switch to a bike from the old automatic scooter,those who are new to bike and those who move through heavy traffic.

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Prdvtv October 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Hi Naveen,
This bike is best for beginners. But before taking any bike including this out to the road you must practice till you are perfect is some ground or where there is less traffic.
Mileage is defenitely above 55kmpl in city.
Only the clutch is different rest of the bike is like any other bike which every mechanic will understand. Also tvs has a wide coverage with lots of dealers and service centres.

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Naveen October 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for your valuable suggestions. I will practice it first and then only go on to the road. And also thanks to the TVS company for launching this bike. All the best TVS. :-)

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Vishanth K October 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Hi Friends,
Good to see may of you written good comments on JIVE.
Hi Venkat Anumula,
Appreciate your interest in researching bikes.
CB Twister looks like light motor sporty bike, those who are of 6-feet and lean nature will suite it. I feel person of short and medium built will not suite Twister. Where JIVE is suitable for both the category.
Then, Saftey is based on how carefull you drive, how much value given for proper maintaining your bike.
I have advised many about my JIVE. 7 of them in who own JIVE in my near locality are my new CLUTCHLESS FRIENDS in Kolathur Chennai. All are happy about this product. SVS TVS in Mogapair and Ambattur.O.T, I believe provides best free-service and water-wash service. My advice is please dont give this bike to unauthorised service points.

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Rama Krishna October 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I rode different two-wheelers for around thirty five years. I bought Jive some four months back and logged some 3 thousand odd kilometres. One thing I would say about this bike is that it is a well thought-out and well made-out product and extremely competitively priced. Though not a head-turner, it definitely is a good-enough-to-look-at bike. A smooth and comfortable bike that affords extreme ease in city traffic driving and delivers 60kmpl approx. which are all real good factors in its favour. Though the earstwhile hero honda street (a lovely little angel) had a more refined motor delivering even a slightly higher mileage in my view, it ‘s compact step-through styling just didn’t click to the Indian mind-set, which was quite unfortunate. All things taken into account, I strongly recommend Jive to those who wish to buy an ordinary comfortable city commuter bike against all 100-110 CC bikes presently available in the market. Then, it takes some two / three days to get used to the new driving environment and then on you you would love the convenience if offers. Proper and timely sevicing is a must which should better be carried out at authorized service centres.

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Rameshwar Shelke November 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I am thinking of buying this bike for my father.

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Ratnam November 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Hai Friends

Good to see may of you written good comments on JIVE.
I want purchase good bike, can some one suggest whether it is really worthful or not ,what about the mileage & performance .

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vignesh January 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

wow!it is wonderfull to have this bike easy rideing system ,auto clutch system is very easy to ride and comfortable. i wish u all to have nice TVS JIVE. its good

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Srivathsan February 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Hi everything is ok but i have a doubt with Jive…. When you are riding at 60+ km/hr speed in this bike in a highway or empty road or during rainy season and if someone suddenly comes in the mid of the road, how you can slow down the vehicle only with the breaks? Because if it a bike having clutch, we can hold the clutch and slow down the vehicle without shifting the gears and then we can apply breaks. In this bike we only have break and if we apply it just like that, will it reduces the speed or it skids?? Please take time and reply for this because I am in an idea of getting this bike but only this small doubt is there for me…

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gowtham February 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

its very superb…. IN FUTURE ALL BIKES COMES SAME LIKE TVS JIVE……

TVS GIVES INITIAL OPENING OF CLUTCH LESS BIKES…

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chowdhri March 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

what is the exact price of tvs-jive in coimbatore
how kmpl ?
plz gave suggestion to me…

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thomas March 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

its very superb…. IN FUTURE ALL BIKES COMES SAME LIKE TVS JIVE……

TVS GIVES INITIAL OPENING OF CLUTCH LESS BIKES…

wow!it is wonderfull to have this bike easy rideing system ,auto clutch system is very easy to ride and comfortable. i wish u all to have nice TVS JIVE. its good

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R Sundarababu May 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

I had purchased TVS Jive bike on Oct 2010, Millage gives 37 to 40 KMPL. only, After three service and 4 times adjusted for millage but sill TVS Jive gives 37 to 40 KMPL only

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Amit May 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

TVS JIVE,
Well i can say it’s a very good attempt by tvs… Some days ago there was a clutcless bike named STREET by Hero honda… That was a 100cc bike and also a good bike… My Uncle bought a second hand Hero honda street 5 years ago and still it’s performence is very good.. Gear shifting of street is hard(not smooth) because it is a clutchless bike.. Now same thing happens with TVS JIVE the gear shifting is not very smooth like others because it is a clutchless bike… but the engine is very good and it gives 61km/lit (my friend have this bike and he use only HP Unleaded patrol). UNLIKE HERO HONDA STREET The engine is very smooth and the sound is also good.. Suspension is just ok. you can easily handle this bike..

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gurajada ravi shanker August 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

recently i bought tvs jive its a nice bike tension free in the heavy traffic, earlier i use to drive kenitic nova now i am using jive its a good and comfortable vehicle thanks to tvs for launching such a wondraful bike

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vasudevan January 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I am presently using scooty pep plus last two years,now i am planning to buy TVS JIVE,I had suggested two mechanics and read all JIVE revivews, I have a doubt – in riding this on 3rd 4th gear and stop (switch off condition) then we can move this bike forward or backward if is it
POSSIBLE?! Please can tell me anyone thankyou lots

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anmol January 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

TVS wego is very good autogear scooter.

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govindha June 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Kuldeep October 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Tell me about how automatic clutch works with gear shifting

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