Bajaj Discover 100T : First Ride
But swing a leg over the machine and the extra weight disappears altogether with the Discover feeling incredibly nimble and easy to ride. The semi-double cradle frame is borrowed from the Discover 125ST’s parts bin and sees minor amendments to the sub-frame in order to accommodate the twin rear gas-charged Nitrox suspension and to make for a lower and less sporty rear-end stance suitable for pillions to easily get on and off the motorcycle.
There are 30mm dia telescopic forks employed on the front to take care of the damping and they do a fantastic job at soaking in the road undulations while the rear suspension too has been tuned for comfort but not at the cost of the overall handling of the bike allowing the spirited riders to freely enjoy the excitement that comes complimentary with every motorcycle. Big or small.
And small it might be in its form but the Discover 100T has big ambitions to bring the conservative 100cc buyer upto speed with modern day technologies while delivering on all counts that matter to the end user living in this country. And which is where our grouse with the Discover resides – lack of disc brake even as optional equipment on the motorcycle.
Currently employing OE-fitted 130mm dia drum brakes on both ends that provide sufficient bite under braking, a disc brake would have been the ultimate icing on the cake on this Ultimate 100 from Bajaj Auto. However, a rather impressive development is the level of grip available on the Eurogrip tyres, which now offer better feedback and feel than the ones we have tested on some of the other motorcycles previously.
Available in only one variant at Rs. 50,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and electric start as standard feature, with the Discover 100T Bajaj Auto has made a bold statement stepping onto the toes of well-heeled rivals as well as potent new entrants at the same time by distinguishing itself with the Discover brand as it heralds change in a segment which has been allergic to innovation and originality since its inception.