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2013 Bajaj Discover 100M India road test

The Bajaj Discover onslaught continues unabated and the latest is the new 100M which makes its intentions clear — the M stands for mileage. Available in disc and drum front brake variants, Bajaj says the bike will play in the mileage segment one step off the bottom, a segment that, according to the Pune-based manufacturer, accounts for 46 per cent of the Indian motorcycle market. The Discover 100 and the 100T also play in this segment, but so far market share is 20 per cent and Bajaj wants more. Will the 100M deliver? Let’s find out. Styling, build and finish

The 100M, despite the lower intended price, is as well made as any of the other Discos, be it in terms of finish levels or in terms of paint quality

What familiarly breeds in this case is up to you. but the 100M is smaller than its siblings. the seat is also shorter in length end to end and so forth. is that the 100M. The biggest clue is the tank which is dimensionally smaller than its other eponymous siblings though it is the same shape overall. What is also the same. but the 100M is smaller than its siblings. Similarly.Bajaj have chosen to stick with the design of the Discover. . is as well made as any of the other Discos. despite the lower intended price. The overall impact of the motorcycle dissipates a bit because it might be a new bike but it manages to look startlingly like every other Discover. and this is a good thing. but it can also cause ennui and disinterest. be it in terms of finish levels or in terms of paint quality. Strong visual associations can reinforce the values a brand stand for. Bajaj have chosen to stick with the design of the Discover.

02Nm at 6. . What is really impressive though is the torque. First feels a bit low in gearing terms but with a light clutch and nice spread of torque. though I still don’t like all-up shift pattern. Top speed is 92. The motorcycle makes 9. this bears out because you can ride the motorcycle really quickly and smoothly without using the revs for support or a lot of gearchanges.000rpm. but it’s a much flatter curve. calm motorcycle to commute on. but it’s a sensation that exists not an annoyance. the 9.Engine. though the revs were being kept tightly in check.000rpm is still better than almost everyone else in the segment.3PS at 8. In the real world.05kmpl in the city – the Discover felt rapid through traffic.4kmph. During our economy run – 68. There is. just a hint of vibration in the pegs in some parts of the rev range and the vibration really becomes noticeable once you cross 70-80kmph. The gearbox also is more precise in shifting. says Bajaj. this is an easy. That said. gearbox and performance The undersquare 102cc engine The undersquare 102cc engine is based firmly on the new Discovers but has been retuned for economy. however. trading in a bit of power in the process.

.Ride. I was expecting a softer motorcycle but the 100M isn’t. handling and braking Given its intended role.

But Bajaj say it is. . I was expecting a softer motorcycle but the 100M isn’t. Given its intended role. a single downtube that splits into a twin-tube cradle underneath the engine.5 degree rake and 0. It is a little hard to believe that a motorcycle that has the 26.6mm less trail than the 100T is a new platform. similarly. extremely agile. Slicing through traffic is as easy as pie and the 100M really flies through traffic if you are in that kind of mood. the swingarm has dropped from the 527mm of the 100T to 495mm on the 100M. Handling is also.Handling is extremely agile This is the newest part of the motorcycle. It feels stiffer and while it absorbs bumps it feels taut. On the other hand. What I was surprised by is the stiff-sporty feeling from the 100M. The frame itself is the same configuration. They started with the intention of using a smaller wheelbase — the 100M spans 1255mm to the 100T’s 1305mm — but ended with more or less the exact same front-end geometry as the 100T.


The front disc brake is set up with a strong initial bite Adding to that sense of sportiness is the front disc brake.000 ex-Delhi for the drum variant. Bajaj also indicated that they are expecting some cannibalisation between the 100M and the (older) 100 which remains on sale at about Rs 1. Its fortunes will be closely watched and have big implications. It sounds odd but while the Eurogrip tyres on the bike are far better than Eurogrips from as little as two-three years ago. which is set up with a strong initial bite. economy and value-oriented segment. Verdict The 100M is a neat motorcycle that understands its role but brings a bit of sizzle with a bit of extra power. Splendor Pro and the Passion Pro. lots of torque and extremely agile handling to a generally staid. We think the 100M is a very interesting economy segment option and we feel a full-on 100cc segment comparison test is now due. although I think new riders using their first disc brakes will need to learn the nature of the disc before they can use it effectively — it’s just the slightest bit too sharp on the initial bite. .500 less than the drum 100M. but as is. puts it in the cutthroat ballpark that is home to the likes of the Dream Yuga. Dream Neo. A softer fork setup might have caused excessive dive. Rs 49. Its price. Almost literally the heart of the Indian motorcycle market. I’d bet that the 100M on stickier tyres would actually be very interesting to ride quickly around a twisty stretch. They’d be happy to see the market move whole and soul to the 100M. the 100M feels great on the brakes.000 ex-Delhi for the disc version and Rs 46.