Bajaj Discover 125 ST: First Ride
Bajaj has just unveiled its all new "commuter sports tourer" called the Discover 125 ST. We take it for a quick spin
Mono suspension for the commuter
Beneath that sculpted body is a semi double cradle frame with a triangular structure connected by a vertical strut. As a result the best balance of durability and rigidity is achieved. For better NVH levels, the engine mounts are integrated for a vibe free performance. There is also a bigger tube cross section for the swingarm with needle bearings which aids extreme cornering stiffness.
But the show stealer here is the rear suspension set-up. For the first time, the 125cc segment sees the inclusion of a mono suspension unit. A piggyback nitrox gas canister takes care of the damping. The rigid chassis and the monoshock suspension set-up give the Discover ST a very nimble feel. Even when leaned over enthusiastically, the bike feels nice and planted. While a few did have problems with the TVS tyres, I think grip levels are more than acceptable.
But since we shot mostly on good tarmac, only a full test will reveal how the tyres perform over a variety of surfaces. The rear suspension is a bit on the stiff side but it evens out nicely with a pillion on board. The 200mm petal disc at the front coupled with the 130mm drums at the rear work well when the anchors are dropped. However, the front brakes could do with a little more bite.
While prices are yet to be revealed, expect the Discover ST to be priced at a slight premium over the current Discover 125. So who does the ST go up against considering the current Discover is already doing well against the competition? If you ignore the slow selling Gladiator 125, the ST does not really have any direct competition. In fact if it does well it will pretty much spawn a Sport Touring commuter segment. It definitely has the goods and Bajaj definitely seems to have another winner on its hands. Pricing however will be a key factor in the ST’s success. Watch out for a full blown road test soon!
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