Even before they were revealed, Bajaj’s new 'V' family of motorcycles gained instant appreciation and fame for having been made from the metal of the scrapped warship, INS Vikrant. The video that teased the 'V' family gave us only a glimpse of the new motorcycle, or motorcycles, that were to come. Now Bajaj has taken the wraps off the new V range and here’s when we come to know just how exciting the motorcycles are. The V15 has been priced at Rs 62,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Cruiser? Or, Café racer
The new V is more café-racer albeit with a hint of cruiser. This is down to the stance because of the 18-inch front and 16-inch rear tyres. The V15’s wheelbase is also 10mm longer than the discover, giving it the solid stance. The 780mm seat height also highlights the low stance of the motorcycle, making the saddle some 15mm lower than that of the Discover! Its contemporary design mixes sporty and muscular bringing a new flavour to the commuter space. Bajaj has taken many cracks at the commuter space and this family of motorcycles looks set to live alongside their successful and more simple-looking Discover range. From the wind deflector on the headlamp to the boat-tail rear, and the swoopy design in between, there’s a lot to like on the V. The chrome dual shock absorbers at the rear, the white contrast stitching on the seat, the removable cowl for the rear seat and the smart instrument cluster, all make it very appealing. The instrument cluster features a fuel gauge that switches from green to red as the fuel level dips really low. Chunky tyres give it a stronger stance and the smart, slim ten-spoke alloy wheels are hung off telescopic forks with blacked-out siders.
Underneath it all…
When it comes to the chassis the V has a fairly conventional setup that is aimed to provide durability and reliability. The chassis is a dual-cradle setup and uses stouter than usual 33mm diameter telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The engine is an air-cooled DTS-i 150cc two-valve, four-stroke motor. This engine makes 11.8bhp of power. That puts the V about 2bhp down on power compared to its 150cc siblings in the Discover family.
The V also boasts of 1.3kgm of torque. Due to its two-valve head, it offers a solid 1.2kgm of torque from 3,000rpm, while peak torque is available at 5,500rpm. While this should also result in good fuel efficiency, the company hasn’t disclosed the ARAI test figures yet. Bajaj Auto. Eric Vaz, said that the V15 will offer a real word fuel economy figure of about 60kpl with pillion on board. He also stressed, that the V15 isn’t a motorcycle for high speed cruising but will offer hassle-free performance requiring minimal gear-changes.
In keeping with its commuter oriented positioning, the V15’s chunky tyres are Eurogrips that should offer good longevity as well. Also, the gear shifter has a heel shifter as well. Lastly, the footpegs and brake pedal are large and wrapped in soft rubber again pointing at convenience and hassle free use.
Production will commence on February 5, 2016, with the launch scheduled to take place towards the end of March. The V15 will be offered in one variant that comes packed with electric start and disc brakes as standard. Dealers all over India have started accepting bookings for the Bajaj V.
Read our Bajaj V15 review
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