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2009 Bajaj XCD 135 review, test ride

24th Apr 2009 7:00 am

The new 135 is a stylish, sporty option buyers looking at the XCD brand could consider

  • Make : Bajaj
  • Model : XCD

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.

DTS-Si or Digital Twin Spark- Swirl induction is Bajaj’s patented engine technology to generate improved fuel economy. In keeping with the XCD 135 DTS-Si’s sporty ambitions, the original XCD’s four-stroke, 124.58cc engine has increased cubic capacity to 134.6cc. While the 54mm bore dimensions are retained, stroke has increased length to 58.8mm.

This single-cylinder engine runs air cooled with healthy swirl playing a crucial role in its character. Swirl is a manner of pumping air-fuel charge into combustion with good horizontal turbulence. One of the tools the XCD 135 DTS-Si uses to achieve this is offset ports. Twin spark plugs also sit offset at the front and rear of the engine while Bajaj informs us the DTS-Si motor is clever enough to individually control the interval as well as strength at which each plug fires. Bearing-equipped rocker arms cut down on friction within the twin-valve-equipped engine.

The self-starter-equipped XCD also uses an automatic choke that worked flawlessly throughout our test. And an exhausTEC resonance chamber sits piggyback on its silencer to boost low end power.

The new XCD develops maximum power of 10.2bhp at 7500rpm as compared to 9.5bhp built up at 7000rpm on the XCD 125. The XCD 135 engine makes a maximum torque of 1.18kgm at 5000rpm and is adequately smooth and vibe-free at all times during operation. There’s a good spread of power across the rev band, and throttle response is nice too.

The XCD 135 comes with an all-down pattern, smooth-shifting and five-speed gearbox. Clutch feel though can improve; there was a little lag apparent between releasing the lever and actual clutch actuation on our test bike.

On the performance front, the 135 is quicker than the 125, doing 0-60kph in 6.99 seconds (versus 7.09sec for the 125) and reaching a top speed of 97kph during our acceleration tests.

The XCD 135 DTS-Si comes with a larger engine and wider rear rubber than the XCD 125, which should logically translate into poorer fuel economy. But the fact of the matter is that the  DTS-Si technology works adroitly to allow the 135 still respectable mileage figures. The XCD 135 is capable of a decent 53.9kpl in city traffic conditions, and 56.1kpl on the highway.

ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Fuel Petrol - - - -
Installation Inclined from vertical - - - -
Bore/stroke 54/58.8mm - - - -
Compression ratio 9.8:1 - - - -
Valve gear 2 per cylinder, sohc - - - -
Power 10.2bhp at 7500rpm - - - -
Torque 1.18kgm at 5000rpm - - - -
Power to weight 87.9bhp per tonne - - - -
TRANSMISSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Gearbox 5-speed, 5-down - - - -
BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front 200mm disc/130mm drum - - - -
Rear 130mm drum - - - -
SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Telescopic forks - - - -
Rear Gas shocks, rectangular swingarm - - - -
Dimensions Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Length 1990mm - - - -
Width 760mm - - - -
Height 1080mm - - - -
Ground clearance 165mm - - - -
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
City 53.9kpl - - - -
Highway 56.1kpl - - - -
Tank size 8 litres - - - -
2009 Bajaj XCD 135 review, test ride
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