100cc to 110cc Commuter Bike Shootout
We pit the two new commuter motorcycles, the Honda Dream Yuga and the Suzuki Hayate, against the proven Hero MotoCorp Splendor+, the tough Bajaj Discover 100 and the stylish TVS Star City to crown our king of the commuters
India’s Best Econo-commuters
Who are the contemporary title holders of the famed "fill it, shut it, forget it" mantra for the masses? None else than the Bajaj Discover 100 and the spanking new Honda Dream Yuga, says Adil Jal Darukhanawala of the duo who not only stretch a litre of fuel to new heights but are also the ones who redefine the econo-commuter art in the present day
Earlier it was always thought best to be miserly to succeed. It is very much an Indian thing, one to use less to do more, to avoid profligacy across the board and also sometimes go beyond adversity to come out on top. In the halcyon days of the 1980s, of a period in time when per capita income was low, the price of petrol and the power of the Honda brand name made many new heroes. This is not meant to be disparaging for the entity known as Hero Honda but in an emerging new India there suddenly appeared a bike which tugged at the very core of the nation’s conscience. The reason was simple and delivered very succinctly: fill it, shut it, forget it!
The Honda CD100 was at the basis of it all and the marketing savvy team at the firm continued to milk this for all it was worth. That they do so even to this day by harking back to the halcyon days is evident even in its new found advertising on the idiot box but that’s beside the point. For years many bike makers, from TVS to Bajaj tried to be the new age heroes but even with better fuel efficiency they couldn’t deliver the complete package to the punters who thrived on the CD formula. Until now that is when we have not one but two true genuine challengers to the original misers and spearheading the change on the econo-miser bike front are the Bajaj Discover 100 and the spanking new Honda Dream Yuga.
Both bikes were part of our mega commuter shoot-out and I wanted to check out the best of the lot myself to understand how this class of machine has progressed in design, engineering and other terms over the past 25 years. The Discover 100 and the Dream Yuga may be contemporaries in class and build but they have completely different characters and the methods they employ to deliver are different as well.
Let’s take the Honda first and one can quite clearly understand who they are up against – their very own creation! The engineering of the Dream Yuga sees a longer wheelbase for better stability but with a leaner build to keep weight pegged low. Adoption of the right sized wheels and tyres to traverse indifferent Indian terrain along with a simple engine, with enough power and torque, to deliver driveability in ample measure results in not just a good overall riding experience but also that magic high end fuel efficiency, 67.4kmpl in-town and 89.7kmpl on the highway. Comparative figures turned in by the Hero Splendor being 65.3kmpl and 85.1kmpl respectively which shows how good the CD100 design continues to be to this day.
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