We were given a chance to take the new Bajaj Discover 100M out for quick spin soon after its launch event earlier this week. While this short test ride wasn’t enough for us to subject the bike to the scrupulous testing regime our road tests are famous for, we did manage to have a fair understanding of the latest model in the Discover line up of commuter bikes.
As we have been saying, the new Discover 100M sits between the Discover 100 4G and the Discover 100T and has been pitted against the Hero Splendor Pro, Hero Passion Pro, Honda Dream Neo and the likes. Bajaj is using the “Mileage ka Naya Satya” tagline to promote its new low-cost warrior and the bike’s claim to fame is its class leading power output, premium features and a stupendous fuel economy figure.
So, has Bajaj got it really right with its latest entry level motorcycle? Is it sufficiently potent to outclass formidable rivals such as the Hero Splendor? Read on to know about all that we managed to figure out from the short ride of the new Bajaj Discover 100M.
Looks and Ergonomics
Visually, the new Discover 100M is very similar to both the pricier Discover 100T and the Discover 125ST. This isn’t at all a bad thing, especially if you consider that the 125ST is from a segment higher. The Discover 125ST connection means that the new 100M comes with a muscular fuel tank, a petal disc, some snazzy body decals, a cool set of alloy wheels and a bikini fairing which is highly reminiscent of that of the much pricier Pulsar 150/180. However, unlike the larger 125ST, the 100M misses out on a monoshock, a rear tyre hugger, an exposed chain and fuel switch on the side panel. The bike also comes with a slightly different end can.
Ergonomically, the 100M is as sorted out as Discover motorcycles come. The bike comes with a supportive and well cushioned seat, which ensures that the rider has no reason to complain even when negotiating the larger speed humps out there. The rider, in true commuter fashion, sits very upright and can comfortably reach out to the handlebar.
The 100M comes with rubberized handlebar grips but misses out on bar-end weights. However, the latter aren’t really required as the handlebar is totally devoid of any vibrations.
Worth mentioning is that the Discover 100M comes with a hinged fuel filler cap, which means that the rider is saved from securing the filler cap during refuel-ing.
Bestowed with a wheelbase of 1255mm and a long seat, the bike offers a comfortable seating posture to the pillion too. During the brief ride, Rohan, who is very much on the taller side and finds pillion seat on most commuter bikes to be a tad restrictive, didn’t complain even once of any discomfort.
Overall, the bike boasts of pleasant looks and well sorted out ergonomics. We reckon that an average commuter would have nary an issue with either the Looks or the Ergonomics department.
Flip to next page for details on Engine and Gearbox; Ride and Handling
Engine and Gearbox
Powering the new Discover 100M is the same 102cc, single cylinder, air cooled motor that powers the costlier 100T variant. However, for the new 100M, the motor has a lowered max power output of 9.3 PS (vs 10.2 PS for 100T). Worth mentioning is the fact that even with a lowered peak power output, the motor makes the new 100M easily the most potent motorcycle among its immediate rivals. Bajaj has told us that the bike has an ARAI tested fuel efficiency of 84kmpl, which means that a 70kmpl-plus real world figure isn’t really far fetched.
The 4 valve motor is easily the talking point of the new bike and we were fairly surprised with the grunt on offer. Thumb the starter and the engine literally roars to life. The exhaust note is really sweet for an entry level commuter motorcycle and has some deep bass to it. We slotted the bike into first and rolled off the starting point. A speedo indicated 20kmph and we shifted into second cog, only to realize the smoothness of the gearshift. The engine boasts of excellent low and mid torque and we did manage to roll at speeds less than 20kmph in third cog! We also managed to hit a speedo indicated 80kmph within a short stretch of straight road that was a part of the 3kms long test track. (All this means that we really have no intentions of challenging BAL’s claim of a 95kmph top whack)
We are mighty impressed with the way the engine and the gearbox come together to endow the new motorcycle with a sense of enthusiasm which is generally conspicuous by its absence on most entry level motorcycles out there. Such is the engine-gearbox combo that suddenly, you’ll find yourself buying the idea of “A marriage made in heaven“!
Ride and Handling
Before we go ahead with penning our thoughts about the new bike’s ride and handling, we would like to remind you that we tested the bike on pre-marked route on the well paved roads of BAL’s Akurdi campus. However, various speed humps and tight corners did reveal a fair bit about the bike’s ride and handling characteristics.
As we mentioned above, the bike comes with a well cushioned seat, which along with a softly sprung suspension, endows the rider with a fairly comfy ride. Talking about the handling, the light weight and good ride-handling bias ensures that the 100M is flick-able enough and we reckon that the bike would be pretty apt with playing the lane splitter on the ultra-crowded streets, such as that of Pune.
Flip to next page for our Verdict
BAL has always been known for pricing its products pretty competitively. With the new Discover 100M though, it seems to have redefined the term “Excellent Value for Money”. With prices starting at INR 45,996 (ex-Delhi), the new Bajaj Discover 100M comes across as a really lucrative proposition. Here is a list of all the features that make the latest Discover really appealing-
- Electric Start as Standard
- Gas filled Nitrox Suspension
- Low Maintenance Battery
- Petal Disc Brake
- Aluminum side sets
- 4 Valve Engine
With a powerful yet fuel efficient engine, styling that draws inspiration from the very popular Pulsar and features that have always been reserved for bikes catering to a segment higher, the Bajaj Discover 100M makes a really strong case for itself. We really won’t be too surprised to see the new bike soon becoming a force to reckon with.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for comprehensive ride review of the Bajaj Discover 100M. Flip to next page for tech specs and pics
Bajaj Discover 100M Images-
Bajaj Discover 100M Technical Specifications
- Engine 4 Valve DTS-i
- Engine Displacement 102 cc
- Max.Net Power 9.3 Ps @ 8000 rpm
- Max.net Torque 9 N 9.02 Nm @ 6000 rpm
- Ignition System Digital CDI
- Choke Auto
- Starting Electric + Kick start
- Clutch Multi-plate Wet Clutch
- Transmission 4 gears (all up)
- Frame Semi Double cradle
- Front Suspension Telescopic 130mm travel
- Rear Suspension Nitrox Twin 110mm travel
- Front / Rear Brake Front Disc 200 mm Petal / 130 mm Drum.Rear Drum 110 mm
- Front wheel / tyre 1.4 X 17 Alloy / 2.75 X 17, 41P,Tubed
- Rear wheel / tyre 1.6 X 17 Alloy /3.00 X 17, 50P,Tubed
- Fuel Tank 9.5L (1.6 L usable reserve)
- Wheelbase 1255 mm
- Seat Height 795 mm
- Turning Circle Radius 1843 mm
- Ground Clearance 165 mm
- Kerb Weight 114 kg
- Max Speed 95 km/h*
- Battery 12V 5Ah Low Maintenance