Bajaj Discover 125M review, test ride
5th Apr 2014 5:24 am
We’ve just ridden Bajaj’s latest Discover, the 125M, and here’s a brief report.
Close on the heels of the Discover’s T and ST, Bajaj has introduced a new 125cc Discover, the Discover 125M, soon to replace the current Discover 125.
The Bajaj Discover 125M retains its family DNA, with a familiar angular headlight and twin pilot lamps nestling within a bikini fairing. The instruments house a speedometer, odometer, fuel-gauge and other basic warning icons. Switchgear is good quality, and new, softer palm grips provide good comfort, fitted to a short handlebar with broad rear view mirrors. The masculine bike’s new fuel-tank slopes back to a somewhat flat riding saddle.
Bajaj is offering ten-spoke alloy wheels finished in black, similar to the motorcycle engine and exhaust. Overall quality is good, at par with the best in the market.
The 125M features a 124.6cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled and carburetted DTS-i engine, with a four-valve head. This new Discover can be brought to life via an electric or kick starter. Maximum power produced is 11.3bhp at 8000rpm, while peak torque is 1.10kgm at 6000rpm, that sums the Discover 125M up as a rather nippy motorcycle on the streets, if not the quickest out there. Power delivery is linear, and the four-speed gearbox shifts reasonably well, in an all four-up shift pattern.
The 125M offers commuter friendly ergonomics, a well padded seat and comfortable riding posture. It comes with telescopic front forks and dual gas-charged rear shock absorbers that provide good ride quality, even over potholes and undulating roads. The Discover 125M handles well around corners. Bajaj has provided the Discover 125M with a 200mm front petal disc and a 130mm rear drum, both working efficiently in tandem to provide good stopping power on the new motorcycle.
The Discover 125M will be available in a variety of colour options; blue, red, magenta, green and silver, in blue and orange combinations. The drum brake variant Discover 125M is priced at Rs 48,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), while a disc brake-equipped version sells for Rs 50,499 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Bajaj will sell the new bike alongside the Discover 125ST and 125T.