Bajaj Auto has been at the forefront of launching tech laden motorcycles in the Indian two wheeler market. The Pulsar 200 NS is one such example. Now, Bajaj Auto has decided to bring some much needed upgraded technology to the 100cc commuter motorcycle space, in the form of India’s most technologically advanced motorcycle in the world. The 2013 Bajaj Discover T commuter motorcycle comes packed with technology and is easily the most advanced commuter motorcycle to be sold in India, what with a 100cc four stroke engine running a 4 valve head.
L to R: Rajiv Bajaj and K.Srinivas with the 2013 Bajaj Discover 100T Commuter Motorcycle
The T moniker accompanying the Discover badge signifies touring. The four stroke engine of the Bajaj Discover T, which uses twin spark plugs, is mated to a five speed manual gearbox, another class leading attribute that Bajaj first introduced a couple of summers ago through the Discover 100. The engine of the Bajaj Discover T is derived from the Pulsar 135, which was incidentally the first Bajaj motorcycle to feature a 4 valve head. The motorcycle uses a carburetor for fueling duties and this carburetor comes with the auto-choke function, which was first seen on the Pulsar 220 DTSi.
The 100cc four stroke engine outputs 10.2 PS of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 9.2 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm, with both figures leading the commuter class. Given that fuel economy makes or breaks the fortune of a motorcycle in the entry level commuter motorcycle, the Bajaj Discover T 100 has been tuned to stretch the liter to the farthest possible distance. Bajaj Auto claims a fuel economy figure of 87 Kmpl for the Discover T commuter motorcycle. While the fuel economy is very impressive to say the least, performance is something that the Discover T will deliver is ample measure, with a top speed rated at 100 Kph.
This makes the Discover T the fastest motorcycle in the 100cc commuter motorcycle space. Given the high level of performance that the Discover T offers, Bajaj Auto has priced the motorcycle very competitively, at a price of INR 50,500, ex-showroom Delhi. This is one sucker punch that Bajaj never fails to administer, often leaving its competition reeling from the sheer competitiveness of the pricing. For that kind of money, you get an electric start as standard, alloy wheels, a DC headlamp and Nitrox shock absorbers. The motorcycle gets a 130mm drum brake at front and a 110mm drum brake at the rear.
The styling of the Discover T is quite sharp, for it is based on the recently launched Discover 125 ST. Since the Discover 100 T is based on the new Discover platform that it shares with the Discover 125 ST, the motorcycle’s development costs have been quite minimal, at about INR 5-6 crores. As is the case with the Discover 100 T, other Bajaj motorcycles to be launched in the future will also share the platform sharing approach to keep development costs low. The upcoming Pulsar 375, which is expected to be launched by the end of 2013, will also use the platform sharing approach.