We recently spent a good part of our day with the new Bajaj Discover 125M, the latest Disco to go on sale under the M (Mileage) moniker. With the advent of the new Bajaj Discover 125M, the 125cc engine variant of the new gen Disco is now available in three trim levels- ST (flagship), T (mid), M (base). Introduced with an interesting tag line that reads- ‘Jiyo Dana Dan’, the latest Disco variant could very well mimic the sales success of the 100M.
Launched at a base price of INR 50, 499, the new Bajaj Discover 100M is a full INR 4500 cheaper than the fully loaded 125ST and is just INR 1000 pricier than the 100T. While the 125M does miss out on some of the features that are found on the ST, it gets the same 124.7 cc, four valve DTSI engine that is found on the top end model. Also, the new bike, in spite of being an entry level model, comes with enough features to set the competition really worried!
So is the 125M really as promising a performer as it looks on the paper? Does it have what it would take to become the next big thing in the entry level 125cc segment? With so many of such doubts bothering us, we decided to take the new Disco out for a good spin and find answers to all our questions (and to yours too)! Check out our Bajaj Discover 125M Review below for the details. Also, stay tuned for a comprehensive Bajaj Discover 125M review that will boast of an in-depth analysis of the new bike.
So Bajaj comes up with yet another Discover variant. . . What are they exactly aiming at with the new 100M?
Bajaj Auto Ltd sure has quite some Discover variants on sale today but we need to give it to the bike maker for positioning all these models in such a way that they cater to a different sub-section of the commuter segment! For instance, while the Disco 125ST is aimed at those who want a reasonably fuel efficient 125cc bike that has a performance advantage over all its rivals, the 125M targets the very low end spectrum of the 125cc motorcycle market. What’s even better is the fact that it is as torque-y as the pricier model, and has only a slightly lower max power output. As a part of the manufacturer’s multi-pronged attack on the 125cc executive commuter segment, the new Discover 125M has been pitted directly against the Hero Glamour and Honda CB Shine, especially their entry level models.
But does it not look exactly like a 125ST?
No it doesn’t. In terms of styling, there is fairly enough to tell apart a 125M from its pricier sibling. However, there is no denying that the bike shares majority of its body panels with the ST, which is rather a good thing for the buyers of the 125M. The new bike also gets two new paint schemes, both of which are based on silver base color.
Akin to all the new gen Disco models, the bike benefits from a well chiseled fuel tank, lovely spider alloy wheels, some snazzy body decals and a bikini fairing that reminds us of the one on the Pulsar 150/180.
Talking about the differences, the 125M doesn’t have a monoshock, a tyre hugger at the rear , and the upmarket plastic fuel switch. Also, while the ST sports an exposed chain, the 125M comes with a full chain cover and a slightly different looking end can.
And the engine? I remember you are fond of the ST’s motor . . .
We still can’t find any 125cc bike in the market, whose engine performs as beautifully as that of the 125ST. Like we said above, the new Bajaj Discover 125M shares its engine with the pricier sibling. However, for the 125M, peak power is down from 13PS t0 11.5PS. But worth a mention here is that both the models have a torque figure of 10.8 NM, with the new bike enjoying it a full 1000rpm lower! The engine comes mated to a four speed manual gearbox, with well selected gear ratios.
Terrific! But how is the real world performance?
As good as it looks on the paper! The 125M’s 4 valve engine has quite some grunt on offer! Slot the bike into first gear, and the bike picks up the momentum with quite some gusto. The engine enjoys excellent low and mid torque, with performance fading out only towards the top of the rev range. Worth a mention here is that even with two full grown adults on board, the bike trundled along at speeds as low as 25 kmph, in fourth gear! The engine and the gearbox score high in terms of compatibility and come together really well to endow the 125M with some serious sense of enthusiasm. The gearshifts are smooth and nary do you come across a false neutral.
But did you just say that ‘top-end’ performance is lack luster?
Not really! We did manage to hit a speedo indicated 95kmph on a relatively open stretch of city road, which means given a decent stretch of clear road, the bike can easily record a top whack of around 105 kmph, or maybe even more! However, the bike feels like it is in its elements below speeds of 80-85 kmph. The engine is a fairly refined unit and is surely one of the peppier 125cc single pot units out there.
All good. But ‘kitna deti hai’?
The new Bajaj Discover 125M has a claimed fuel economy of 60-65 kmpl, which, as per Bajaj, is significantly better than the fuel efficiency figures it has collected for the Shine and Glamour thru various market surveys. We believe that given the decent torque and gearing of the new model, a real world FE of around 50-55 kmpl should be achievable.
What about the ride quality?
The new Discover 125M boasts of conventional telescopic forks up front and a set of twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear. At city speeds, the ride quality is fairly decent and the suspension soaks in all the ruts quite well. However, the state of affairs changes rapidly as the speeds rise. While the bike is no back-breaker, we feel that the suspension, particularly at the rear, is set a tad too much towards the firmer side.
And what when I need to go apex hunting?
This is one area where the bike has left us really impressed! In spite of the fact that the 125M is aimed at the commuter segment and doesn’t really have any sporty aspirations to speak of, we enjoyed the way the bike behaved while tackling the corners! The 125M’s light weight and good ride-handling balance ensures that the bike is flick-able enough and we found ourselves enjoying every time we pushed the bike into the corners. The 125M’s wheelbase is a tad shorter than that of the 125ST, which makes the bike all the more nimble! And what’s even better is the fact that straight line stability doesn’t seem to have taken a hit.
The Eurogrip tyres, while far from being the stickiest rubbers available, manage to do a decent job with keeping the hairy moments at bay. Also, while they do love to squeal even under moderate braking, they do not really seem to have a really detrimental effect on the braking. That said, one thing we need to mention here is that the bike’s front disc brake isn’t really the sharpest of the lot and lacks the sense of urgency that is generally associated with disc brakes. However, Bajaj says that the front brake has been deliberately tuned in this manner, all in a bid to keep first time users from unintentionally locking the wheel and ending up in a soup!
Does it have all the features that one expects from an entry level 125cc machine?
It surely does! Bajaj has always been known for bestowing its bikes with enough features to dazzle a potential customer. The new Discover 125M, in spite of being an entry level model, is no different and comes with many features that help increase the VFM quotient. Here are some of such features-
- Electric Start
- Gas filled Nitrox Suspension
- Low Maintenance Battery
- Petal Disc Brake (Optional)
- Aluminum side sets
- 4 Valve Engine
Whoa! How much did you say it retails for?
Prices for the new Discover 125M start at INR 50,499 only and at this price point, the new bike comes across as quite a value for money proposition! What say?
While we’ve tried to cover most of the important aspects of the new bike in this report here, stay tuned to Motoroids for a more comprehensive Bajaj Discover 125M review.