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Yamaha Alpha vs TVS Jupiter: Scooter comparision review
Imagine getting stuck in congested city roads with bumper to bumper traffic. Frustrating? But this is a reality for most of us living in chaotic Indian cities. And because of this rapidly changing landscape, scooters are fast becoming one of the most preferred ways to commute around town. The twist-and-go scooter is quite appealing, since there’s no stress of changing gear or worrying about managing the clutch. No wonder then that the gearless scooter segment has witnessed a double digital growth recently; despite the two-wheeler industry as a whole struggling to achieve a respectable single digit push. To get a share of this rapidly increasing pie, Yamaha has launched not one, but three scooters in the last 18 months. The latest introduction to it is the family oriented Alpha. After our Yamaha Alpha review; it was inevitable that we pitch the new scooter against our previous scooter shootout winner - TVS Jupiter. And here’s how they fared.
Design and features:
Since both the scooters are targeted at the more evolved buyers, the overall styling has been intentionally kept sober, yet attractive. The Alpha is a contrast to its sibling Ray’s sharp and spunky design, with subtle lines and soft curves. The Yamaha engineers have gone the conventional way and have positioned the headlight on the handle-bar instead of the front fairing as seen on the Ray. Adding some element to the front design are a pair of sharp tear-shaped indicators and a smart Yamaha ‘tuning fork’ badge.
The muscular mudguard and telescopic forks add to the bold and solid styling. The tail-lamp however, is positioned much lower than usual, while the rear indicators are higher up. Yamaha says that this gives the scooter a more sporty design. It might work for some, but I feel that higher the tail lamp, better the visibility for vehicles approaching from behind. Although the Alpha is slightly taller than the Jupiter, its ground clearance is 22mm lower than the TVS and it is also marginally shorter in length and wheelbase. I find the neat side profile of the Alpha appealing, with its up swept exhaust, sleek rear panels and the puffed out front fairing.