Bajaj Auto in automobile space is what Samsung in mobile handsets space. They have products in all ranges to woo prospective buyers in their respective business. From low to middle to high end product range has helped them in establishing themselves as market leaders.
Entry level segment is such one which cannot be ignored by a commuter bike manufacturer. Every Indian bike manufacturer knows this and offer at least one model in this space. From Bajaj Auto, it is Platina.
When Platina replaced Bajaj CT100 as the cheapest bike from Bajaj Auto, expectaions we high in terms of pricing and fuel efficiency of the new Platina. CT100 had established itself pretty well in both the aspects. Fortunately for Bajaj Auto as well as those who were eagerly waiting for the new model , Platina did not disappoint. It has all the goodies to be the successor of the successful CT100 model.
Platina is petite in size. The design reminds you of its elder sibling Bajaj Wind 125. The design team has managed to pull off a decent looking bike, as usual.
Technical Specifications :
Engine : 99.27cc air cooled 4 stroke; Max Power/ torque : 8.2bhp@7500rpm / 8.05nm@4500rpm; Transmisson : 4 speed constant mesh; Suspension : 125mm telescopic Hydraulic Front & rear; Fuel tank capacity : 13ltrs (including 2lrts of reserve); Weight: 113kg (dry)
The bike scores good in basic aspects like styling, fuel eceonomy and suspension in its class.
But where it falls short is in braking and control of the vehicle. Due to its light weight, thin body and poor quality tyres, you will have to be very careful while applying brakes when the speed is more than 55 kmph.
Bajaj Auto have the widest range of motorcycles to cater to the differing needs of the target audience. If you are looking at a bike with power and macho looks – they have the Pulsar series, cruiser type – they have an Avenger, Platina in the entry level segment and coming to style, power and mileage they have the Discover series. Here we are going to talk about the recent addition to the Discover series – Discover 100M.
There has been a general perception that mileage bikes cannot offer you what the premium segment bikes do in terms of power, comfort and styling. With Discover 100M, Bajaj Auto have honestly tried to overcome these shortcomings in a mileage bike. The effort to bridge the gap really seems to have paid off.
Powered by a 4 valve twin spark DTS-i 102cc, Discover 100M comes with a max power of 9.3ps@8000rpm and a max torque of 9.02nm@6000 rpm. Front hydraulic and Nitrox twin rear suspension gives decent riding comfort and helps negotiate the rough roads. 100M has a disc brake variant too to give the control and comfort that was once available only in premium segment.
The styling of the bike is same as the latest Discover series. The 50mm reduction in wheelbase makes it proportionately smaller compared to its sibling Discover 100T. The sharp headlight cowl which comes with pilot lamps only adds to the looks of the vehicle. The unique alloy wheels and fresh colour combinations get the bike sporty looks.
Fuel Economy – Mileage ka Naya Satya
Touching the fuel economy part, the very line used by Bajaj Auto on Discover 100M – Mileage ka Naya Satya says it all. The 84kmpl (under standard conditions) for a bike with all the new generation bike features and styling is no small feat.
There are a few areas where the bike lags behind. The light weight of the bike makes ride on highways a bit difficult. The poor tyre quality makes braking and controlling the vehicle a bit messy when clocked beyond 60 kmph.
Many argue that it is overpriced in 100CC segment. In my opinion pricing is decent at around 46,800 for drum break variant (ex showroom, Bangalore*) & 49,800 for disk break. Yes, you have to shell out 3K more for the comfort and safety of disk break! Soon I’ll update this review with on-road price in Bengaluru. Click here to find authorized Bajaj dealers in Bengaluru.
The new Bajaj Discover 100M definitely looks like it is here to create a place for itself in the entry level bike market. The bike has so much on offer that it is really easy to forget about the couple of slight gremlins and I am sure that every entry level bike buyer out there would be more than interested in giving the new 100M a good look. [review from motoroids.com]
The 100M is a neat motorcycle that understands its role but brings a bit of sizzle with a bit of extra power, lots of torque and extremely agile handling to a generally staid, economy and value-oriented segment. Road test report from The 100M is a neat motorcycle that understands its role but brings a bit of sizzle with a bit of extra power, lots of torque and extremely agile handling to a generally staid, economy and value-oriented segment. [Road test report from overdrive]
Bajaj Auto has nailed it with the value for money proposition it offers with the Discover 100M. We agree to the fact that this is the most expensive 100cc of the lot (100T aside) but the features on offer and the handsome styling makes it a fabulous package. Bajaj says this particular model has hopes attached with it when it comes to rural market share. It will not be easy to cut the cake here because this is where Hero MotoCorp has a blind following. [opinion from motorbeam.com]
To sum up, Discover 100M is a bike that stands tall among all the other players in its class. Be it mileage, looks, design or technology, the bike scores high on its nearest competitors. If you are looking at buying a bike in mid-range segment, 100M should be a wise and nice pick. Enjoy riding though initial investment is bit pricey!
Want to discover more? Watch the launch video below.
Image credit: Bajaj Auto
* Pricing is indicative & subject change without notice
Pulsar 150 is one among the most popular motorcycle from the house of Bajaj Auto. Born in 2001, the model has been a runaway hit among the youth of India since then. There have been a number of upgrades and cosmetic changes to the model but the fact remains that it is still the top selling Bajaj motorcycle.
Lets take a brief journey through the technology, specifications, fuel efficiency, pluses and shortcomings of the most popular Pulsar model from Bajaj.
Technology: The motorcycle comes with DTSi (Digital Twin Spark Ignition) technology in which there are two spark plugs per engine cylinder. Another striking special in Pulsar is the Exhaus TEC technology. Exhaus TEC enables the vehicle to pull even at low speeds thus making the riding easy by not demanding frequent gear shifts in high traffic conditions.
Specifications: As the very name suggests, Pulsar 150 comes with a 150cc (149 to be specific) single cylinder air-cooled 4 stroke engine. Equipped with Nitrox dual rear supension and 135mm telescopic front fork with anti friction brushes it can give the rider the best in terms of riding comfort. The fuel tank capacity is 15 ltrs.
Coming to the fuel efficiency department, you can expect a mileage of 50-55 kms per ltr in actual riding conditions which is pretty decent for a 150cc bike.
Pluses : Good pick up, Decent mileage, Good Design, Great riding comfort
Shortcomings: No rear disc brakes option, Slightly hard gear shifting. (when compared to other bikes in its class)