Bajaj Discover 100M: First Ride
We take a spin on Bajaj's latest offering in the 100cc segment, the Discover 100M to find out how it stacks up against its rivals
The entry level two-wheeler segment is one of the most fiercely contested segments in the country. Despite motorcycles sales showing little improvement in last year, still this segment is the bread and butter sector for almost all the major two-wheeler manufacturer as it accounts for close to 60 per cent of the entire two-wheeler sales in the country and one can gauge the amount of volumes it generates. Bajaj Auto also wants to cash in on this segment and for this it has been concentrating aggressively in this sector and currently has three offerings in the 100cc class. It recently added one more model to the Discover portfolio by launching the 100M, which the company says sits between the Discover 100 and the 100T. According to Bajaj in this price sensitive segment there was a void left between both its 100cc offerings under the Discover umbrella and the 100M fills that gap, whether it really does so let’s find out..
At a glance, one could hardly make out any difference between the 100M and the 100T as the design language is heavily based on its pricier sibling. At front you have a bikini faring which houses the large headlight and twin pilot lamps along with a neatly sculpted windscreen, the headlight doesn’t run on DC supply akin to its elder sibling. Behind the headlights one can find familiar looking instrument panel which is easy to read and nicely layed out. The switchgear quality is up to the mark and the palm grips are soft to touch and comfortable to hold. The neatly sculpted muscular tank in conjunction with the snazzy body decals endows the Discover 100M with a big bike feel.
The bike also features 17-inch ten-spoke spider alloy wheels; aluminium cast side steps and electric starter as standard. At the rear, we find tail integrated LED lamps with clear lens indicators, which bestow the rear section with a clean and uncluttered look. To price it cheaper than 100T, Bajaj has skipped the fuel switch below the tank instead of which you get a traditional metal knob and chrome outline on the instrument cluster is also missing. Another major visual difference is that the centre panels are finished in body colour instead of silver like in its elder sibling. The traditional Discover DNA is present in the 100M and though it misses out on few parts compared to the 100T, still the 100M is among the most stylish commuter bikes on sale in the country.
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