Bajaj is one of India’s most successful motorcycle manufacturers along with Hero Honda. Previously, Bajaj was known to produce scooters in India. They stopped manufacturing scooters some time back and began focusing solely on bikes. Bajaj, this time, has introduced the new Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i. Given that the bike has distinctive features makes it very competitive among other bikes in the 125 cc segment. This bike certainly exceeds the expectations of many avid Bajaj followers.
Bajaj entered with a bang almost 10 years ago by introducing a series of Discover bikes, and bikes which followed since then have undergone changes, alterations or minor upgrades to meet the existing demands in the bike market. Bajaj was forced to stop Bajaj Discover 125 productions due to Bajaj Discover 135’s huge success. With ever rising hike in fuel prices, the 125 cc is still in hot demand. Many manufacturers even tried launching smaller engines in the 100 cc and 110 cc segment, and the race for creating that balanced engine has been in pursuit for a long time now. Bajaj sure is challenging to give that much wanted engine. Bajaj’s drive for success has kept them in the light for many a years, and they have been answering to challenges with new innovations every year.
Bajaj has re-kindled its Discover romance with punchier features and an array of innovations on the Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i in India. This bike seems to be a hot competitor in the 100 cc and 135 cc category. The DTS-i technology that is digital twin spark ignition technology leads to phenomenal performance and optimal combustion. The bike is said to be unfair to tall riders, but even then has faired very well looking at the volumes Bajaj has sold.
The bike exhibits limited performance due to the reduction in engine displacement, engine tuning and overall weight. The Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i in India is powered by a 124.6 cc engine and is able to generate 11 PS at 8000 rpm and 10.8 Nm at 6500 rpm. Transmission is via five speed gearbox, and its performance can be seen in the Pulsar 150 DTS-i. Absolute linear delivery is achieved with the torque spread. Pickup is excellent and bikes in this category would have a hard time challenging its performance. It achieves 0 to 60 km per hour in 6.5 seconds and 0 to 100 km per hour in 20 seconds.
Styling and Design
Chassis and body designs have been borrowed from Discover 150. The power mill has divergence with its bore and stroke. Though the seats are not adequately mounted, softer padded seats offer that pleasing ride. Another patent technology Bajaj boasts of is the exhaust TEC system. This helps in maintaining the torque. Braking is the same as seen in the Discover 135 and 150. Plastic cover is fitted on the rotor of disc brakes. The footpegs offer hassle free riding and also for long cruising. The front has telescopic shocks fitted and the rear with hydraulic gas charged shocks coupled with coil spring. Given the bad Indian roads and damped surfaces, the enhanced suspension gives a cool ride experience. Right balance is given to the bike by the long wheelbase and optimal weight distribution.
The Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i in India is coated black, which is an improved design, but they could have still made the bike a bit more aerodynamically better. The body of the bike says that is from the Discover family. The fairing houses the multi-reflector headlamp and twin pilot lamps.
Overall, when it comes to styling, Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i seems to have that edge. Lot of thought was focussed on styling, contours and graphics. The headlamps merge into the fuel tank and tail lamp design is also pretty neatly done.
The Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i price in India is Rs. 43,046
Bajaj Discover 125 DTS-i in India offers rare looks and decent mileage. While mileage is always dependent on how well the rider handles his bike, one can expect 60 km per litre at normal riding conditions.
- Engine type: Four stroke, DTS-i, natural air cooled.
- Displacement: 124.52 cc.
- Maximum power: 8.47 kw at 8000 rpm.
- Maximum net torque: 10.8 Nm at 6500 rpm.
- Transmission: Four speed constant mesh.
- Clutch: Wet, multidisc type.
- Ignition system: Microprocessor controlled digital CDI.
- Starting system: Kick start/self start.
- Frame: Double cradle tubular type.
- Front suspension: Telescopic.
- Rear Suspension: Trailing arm with dual coaxial springs (spring-in-spring) with hydraulic shock absorbers.
- Front brake: Mechanical expanding shoe and drum type – 130 mm diameter.
- Rear brake: Mechanical expanding shoe and drum type – 130 mm diameter.
- System voltage: 12V (AC+DC).
- Battery type: 12V, 2.5 Ah(KS)/12V, 9 Ah(ES).
- Headlamp: 35 / 35 W Optoprism – Halogen lamp.
- Tail lamp: 5/21 W.
- Brake lamp: 10 W.
- Turn signal lamp: 10 W.
- Horn: 12V, DC.
- Front tyre size: 2.75 x 17, 4PR.
- Rear tyre size: 3.00 x 17, 6PR.
- Fuel tank capacity: 10 litres, reserve is 2.3 litres.
- Length: 2030 mm.
- Width: 760 mm.
- Height: 1065 mm.
- Wheelbase: 1305 mm.
- Turning circle dia: 2100 mm.
- Ground clearance: 179 mm.
- Kerb weight: 125 kg.