First ride: Bajaj Discover 100T
Bajaj's latest tries to break 100cc convention with more power and features
You could call it the most expensive 100cc in India, right now. But that won’t be describing the complete picture. What we have here is a completely fresh approach to entry-level motorcycles. Typically, this is a very price-sensitive segment – the cheaper, the better. But Bajaj feels that there is a growing demand for a better-specced 100cc bike and doesn’t want to lose out on that piece of pie.
The new Discover 100T is reasonably more expensive than the outgoing model, but also gets a marginally bigger 102cc engine that churns out 9.2Nm of torque instead of 7.8Nm and 10.1bhp in place of 7.7bhp. So, that’s a considerable jump in power. More importantly, the engine is now the same 4-valve design (two more than in the older engine) as seen in the bigger Discover 125cc.
On the road, all this has improved performance a lot. We had a short ride around Bajaj’s Akurdi unit but the revamped engine has helped make the Discover 100 smoother and more tractable. Absolute low-end torque didn’t feel at the same level as a Dream Yuga or Passion Pro, but the engine does come across as meaty and capable of actually getting this 100cc bike close to 3-digit speeds on an open road. Fuel efficiency is now claimed to be around 84kpl.
The overall design is identical to the 125cc – down to the decals. A clear giveaway is the absence of a mono shock, instead, you get dual Nitrox gas shocks. Electric start is standard. There is a new alloy wheel design. Gearbox is five-speed – all up – but no disc brakes, which is fine in the Discover’s case. There is also a flatter seat to go with the requirements of a typical 100cc rider.
Overall, the new Discover 100 Tourer makes a good case for itself as a stylish and reasonably powerful everyday motorcycle. Expect tough competition to the Honda Dream Yuga and Hero Passion Pro in the next few months.