Pantra is the shortened version of the Filipino colloquial term “pantraysikel” (for tricycle use). It refers to motorcycles that are commonly utilized commercially, like in food deliveries, courier services or in public transport. The TMX Supremo is powered by a 150 cc, single cylinder four stroke engine which produces 7.85 kw @ 7000 rpm and 11.58 nm @ 5000 rpm. It may not seem much on paper but when used solo as a city commuter, the TMX Supremo has more than enough grunt to keep up with the flow of traffic. Unlike most competitors in its class, the Supremo is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. The extra gear allows the rider to cruise comfortably at higher speeds and it also helps in fuel consumption. The tank has a capacity of 10.3 liters so you’ll get a good amount of distance between fill-ups.
The TMX Supremo handles lighter than what its 129-kilogram curb weight would suggest. The grips are raised to allow a relaxed, upright riding posture and the flat bench-type saddle lets you slide into a suitable position relative to the pegs. As with most utility vehicles, suspension on Business Models are known to be stiff because they designed to carry heavy loads. Hence, I was expecting a jarring ride at best. Surprisingly, the Supremo took on road imperfections quite well. As a bonus, you also get metal tube casing on both front and rear shocks for that clean, elegant look. It also keeps them free of dust and grime that contribute to premature wear. Add tall 18-inch wheels to the good suspension set up you get a relatively plush ride. The frame has a provision for an additional pair of shock absorbers in the rear in case you are planning on using the Supremo for some serious cargo hauling.
The Supremo is easy to ride even in heavy traffic as the clutch pull is light and the gearbox is smooth and precise. The convenient N-1-2-3-4-5 shift pattern coupled with the see-saw type shift lever keeps your left shoe free of scuff marks. Another thing that take getting used to are the conventional front and rear drum brakes. While they offer adequate stopping power, you need to apply them a tad earlier.
At a price tag of P 69,900 you get an analog speedometer with odometer and trip meter plus a tachometer with digital gear indicator. You also have an electric starter as standard and a magnetic keyhole shutter. To know more about the TMX Supremo, you may visit www.hondaph.com
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