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For a crisp ride

autos Updated: Jun 23, 2011 02:42 IST
Rishad Cooper
Rishad Cooper
Hindustan Times
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With the advent of the Discover range of motorcycles in 2004, Bajaj has gone from strength to strength, and the latest iteration of the Discover is the 125 DTS-i — a motorcycle that looks to complement its siblings, the 100cc and 150cc Discover. Bajaj missed out on an opportunity to liven things up by introducing a new design philosophy on the Discover.

Dated looks

The latest version looks dated, and save for a few altered decals, the design is staid. The front-end comprises a wide headlight, with twin parking lights held in the curvy fairing. No alterations have been made to the instrument cluster, and the switchgear quality remains top-notch, while operating with a crisp feel. The ride-control switch remains in place, which helps maximise fuel efficiency. The eight-litre fuel tank is adequate and the rubber-covered gearshift and rear brake levers, with their tactile grip, complement the Discover’s commuter image. Build quality, fit and finish are good, and the plastics on the new Discover also feel rugged. The 124.6cc displacement employs twin-spark plug DTS-i technology that is proven for its good fuel efficiency. Peak power is 11 bhp made at 8,000rpm, and a maximum torque of 1.1kg at 5,500rpm. An auto-choke ensures glitch-free start-ups every morning. The seat is adequate when commuting in the city and has decent padding. Ride quality is good for this kind of bike. The only downside is the Eurogrip tyres. Braking is taken care of by a disc brake in front, its 200mm rotor capped by a small plastic shroud, with a 130mm drum brake for the rear. Brake bite is good, but let down by the inadequate Eurogrip rubber. The Discover returned an extremely frugal 57.3 kpl in traffic and 53.1 kpl on its highway run. Autocar India

Ride quality

Slot the Discover 125 into first, release the light clutch and the bike accelerates smoothly, thanks to a willing initial punch. A meaty powerband ensures the new Discover easily revs to its limiter, without any hiccups. Power delivery is linear and the gear ratios well spaced, with minimal shifting required even while over-taking. This allows the bike to be ridden at speeds as low as 25-30 kph, slotted in top gear. While gearshift feel is decent, we would have preferred a one-down, four-up shift pattern instead of the all-down configuration. The Discover 125 managed the sprint to 60 kph in 6.33 seconds before running out of steam at a genuine 100 kph.

Bajaj discover

Kerb weight: 119.2kg
Engine: Single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke, 124.6cc
Power: 11bhp at 8,000rpm
Torque: 1.1kgm at 5,500rpm
Ignition and fuel: CDI, carburettor, petrol
Gearbox: 5-speed, 5-down
Wheel size: (F-R) 17 inches
Economy: 53.1 kpl
Tank size: 8 litre

Verdict

The new Discover fails to break any significant ground. The only highlight is the crisp engine. Priced at Rs 45,500 for the drum brake version and Rs 48,000 for the disc brake variant, this bike does offer good value for money for the commuter motorcycle buyer.