The XCD 135 DTS-Si looks larger and sportier compared to the original XCD. Stylish and muscular looking, it still retains compact dimensions and is relatively smaller than larger 125cc bikes like the Honda Stunner and Yamaha Gladiator. The XCD 135 dons a black look for its five-spoke alloy wheels, suspension, engine, silencer and chain cover.
The shapely front mudguard looks sporty, as does its small bikini fairing and low-set tinted visor. The bike uses a powerful, halogen bulb-equipped headlight and contemporary turn signal indicators.
Instruments on the latest Bajaj are digital, inclusive of a large tachometer with redline starting at 9000rpm. Included in the package are a clever battery-low warning icon, odometer, trip facility and fuel gauge. Grips, levers and switchgear with a blue ride control switch are the standard Bajaj fare. Ride control is a mode to assist riders with tactile guidance via the throttle when riding in the interests of good mileage. Wide mirrors, again standard fitment across most Bajaj bikes, provide clear, vibe-free vision but their rubber boots fit poorly and are prone to working their way off.
The XCD 135 has a comfortable feeling fuel tank, with nifty tank extensions and a smart new alloy fuel filler lid. Alloy is also the choice of metal for the sub-frame that holds the pillion footrests.
The riding saddle is ergonomic and has a subtle step to separate rider and pillion. A rubberised brake pedal and gear shifter are standard. The side panels on the new bike are massive and flow seamlessly into a shapely tail and outstanding brake warning lamp, typical of Bajaj. The 135 employs a sheared silencer and tyre hugger for its rear wheel.
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Issue: 166 | June 2013
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