Bajaj Discover 100T Review
Perfect Blend of Style, Power and Fuel EconomyWednesday, October 23, 2013
Design and Style
Bajaj has launched their first ever premium 100cc bike in India and they have named it Discover 100T. This bike will challenge Hero Passion Pro which is currently the ruler of this segment. Let’s try to know the details of this newly launched bike.
Design and Style
This bike is based on the Discover 125ST which received a warm reception in our Indian market. This bike surely looks better than any other 100cc bike available in India. At first glance, it’s hard to know if it’s Discover 100T or Discover 125ST. It has a sharply designed face which consists of angular headlight with characteristic pilot lamps and bikini fairing. Its pointed clear lens indicators are placed on the both sides of headlight. The tinted visor is short in length but gives aggressive look to this bike and features nice cuts on it. Its front fender is quite simple but the newly introduced 10 spoke design of alloy wheels is really eye catching.
The rear view mirrors are also prickly designed which looks aerodynamic. Its engine, silencer and alloy wheels are painted in black color. Its silver finished side sets and rear grab rail adds premium touch to this bike as this type of styling has never been introduced before in 100cc bikes. Bajaj has smartly designed its muffler which also sports a chrome shield on it. It has a full size seat and it also features an up raised fuel tank with running graphics on it. The V- shaped rear cowl houses its layered LED tail light which looks very attractive with an extended fender. This rear fender has a reflective light on it and also carries a set of side indicators.
Bajaj Discover 100T has a simple yet interesting instrument console. It features an analogue speedometer and odometer in a circular dial while it has an analogue fuel gauge right next to this dial. Other essential indicators are also placed inside this instrument console.
Engine and Gearbox
This bike is powered by a mono cylinder, air-cooled 102cc DTS- i engine. This 4-stroke, 4valve engine churns out a peak power of 9.3 bhp at 9000 rpm and its utmost torque production of 9.2 nm arrives at 6500 rpm. Bajaj has opted for a five speed gearbox for this bike with all gears down shift pattern.
Acceleration and Performance
This is till date the most powerful 100cc engine available in India. The bike has ample amount of torque and power which gets delivered linearly to you through a much refined and smooth five speed gearbox. The gear transitions are very smooth and the gear ratios are also well proportioned. You can sense the power of this engine as soon as you open the throttle of this bike. The bike gets off to a flying start thanks to the patented exhaust technology which helps to pull up torque at slow rpms. This torque boosting enables this bike to pick up really well at slow rpms in big gears. You can avoid frequent gear shifting with this engine which results into improved fuel economy. The bike makes less sound when rev hard and responses much like any other 125cc bike. Its Bajaj’s most refined 100cc engine which can even challenge Hero bikes. Within 5.5 seconds Discover 100T reaches 0-60km/hr and can go pass the top speed of 100km/hr. The vibrations are evident after 7000rpm but even then this engine performs better than any rival.
Bajaj claims a fuel efficiency of around 87km/ltr with this bike however in real conditions its mileage ranges from 60-62km/ltr in city conditions and improves up to 5km/ltr on long runs.
Comfort while Driving
Bajaj has tried to offer you a sporty yet commuter favourable riding posture. The foot pegs are set in the middle so that your knees fold at a certain angle to give you the sporty feel. Despite this riding posture you will find your knees relaxing around its fatty fuel tank. The broad seat also confirms you optimum comfort as long as you drive this bike. The handle bar is compact but easy to hold and operates as per your need. In order to grab this handle bar, you slightly have to bend forward which also improves the aerodynamics of this bike.
Storage Space and Safety Features
There is not much storage space in this bike although it includes safety features like front leg guard, pass button, rear saree guard and powerful headlight.
Suspension and Brakes
Bajaj Discover 100T has telescopic forks at its front with a wheel travel of 130mm. The bike is equipped with Nitrox gas filled rear shock absorbers with a wheel travel of 110mm. The standard braking system of this bike features a front drum brake of 130mm and rear drum brake of 110mm. Sadly, there is no option of disc brake in this bike.
Ride and Handling
It’s a very confident and comfortable bike in terms of ride and handling. Its wheelbase of 1305mm is best in class which makes it really stable at high speeds. The bike remains grounded on highways thanks to its effective suspension system. Discover 100T feels quite confident around corners and firmly holds the road thanks to its zapper tyres. It stays under control while changing lanes frequently on highways. The nitrox suspension also helps this bike to settle on our Indian roads filled with potholes. It has a ground clearance of 165mm which helps this bike to cross nasty speed breakers easily.
Tyre Size, Shades and Variants
This bike has 17 inches alloys wheels and it’s only available in one variant and four dual tone colors.
New Discover100T is priced at INR 50.5K (ex-showroom, Delhi (approx., may vary)). It’s a perfect blend of style, power and fuel economy; we feel it’s a complete value for money bike. The bike feels a generation ahead of regular 100cc bikes and will surely become the leader of its segment. Undoubtedly, this is a trendsetter bike from Bajaj which will prove to be a big challenge for other bike makers in India.