Bajaj Discover 100T review, test ride
4th Mar 2013 6:10 pm
Bajaj is back with a vengeance in the 100cc segment. Can their Discover 100T make it big in this ultra competitive commuter segment?
The Discover launched back in 2004, becoming for Bajaj commuter bikers what the Pulsar is to performance bikers. The Discover meets conventional bike users requirements, and has improved steadily over the years. The Indian market certainly has evolved in this decade, but some basics remain, with a section of practical 100cc loyalists steadfastly refusing to embrace larger capacity bikes.
Does the 100T work well on the road?
The Discover 100T is held together by a dual-cradle frame, with a rectangular section swingarm. There’s telescopic fork front suspension and a pair of gas-charged rear shock absorbers. Its upright riding position proves comfortable over long distances, and there’s a nice feeling of sitting in your bike, not on it.
Handling is nimble. Ride quality is plush, good for the class, although Bajaj has used an obsolete ‘ribbed’ tread pattern tyre in front and a similar old-school tyre at rear. The 100T corners well at speeds under 50kph, but push beyond this, and both tyres soon run out of traction.
The 100T drum brakes work well, with reasonable feel, helping us stop the bike from 60kph in 25.37 meters during brake testing.
The Discover 100T ranks amongst the most fuel-efficient bikes in India. We got 60.3kpl when testing the new Bajaj for economy in real world city riding conditions. This improved to 64.5kpl when riding the bike on relatively less congested highways, the 100T feeling relaxed when cruising along in fifth gear.