Bajaj Discover 125ST vs Hero Ignitor: Comparison
From the time the Bajaj Discover was launched in 2004, it has been well appreciated by the commuter janata. That it recently dethroned the Hero Honda Splendor (now Hero Splendor), long standing numero uno of the commuter segment on the sales charts, in a relatively short span of eight years, speaks volumes. Bajaj Auto is well set then to take on the 125cc motorcycle segment with the new Discover 125ST that takes the game even further.
Hero MotoCorp on the other hand has started building its new identity after the split with Honda. That said, the two companies are not completely disconnected yet, since Hero continues to source engines from the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer. With the Ignitor, Hero wants to capitalise on the 125cc segment that has for long been shy of a fresh impetus.
Will the new Discover 125ST attain the standards its predecessors have set, or will Hero MotoCorp’s newest offering, the Ignitor rule the roost in the premium 125cc motorcycle segment, and give it a much needed sparkle? Let’s find out.
Which one's a looker?
While the first two generations of the Discover were pretty much alike, the 125ST speaks a new design language altogether. The headlight and the wide fairing give the bike an aggressive look and the sharp lines on the front mudguard add more character. The chrome plated heat shield and the end can cap finished in silver compliment the matte black exhaust. Moving away from the standard six-spoke alloys, the 125ST’s five-spoke spider web mag wheels endow the motorcycle with a fresh, youthful appeal. Comfort has always been a Discover forte and the 125ST is no exception.
The wide seat pampers the rider as does the pillion seat. The knee recesses on the tank are weirdly shaped, and are difficult to grip especially during spirited riding. The graphics on the tank are similar to those on the older generation bikes but the new paint schemes make up for it somewhat. The Discover 125ST scores a decent 7/10 on the looks front then, on our cards.
Though the Ignitor looks pretty much like the Honda CBF Stunner, it does exude a fresh aura. Amazingly, Hero has managed to endow the Ignitor with a distinctive identity and not merely rebadged or re-stickered it. The quarter fairing’s sharp lines gel with the tank, and the dark, curvy windscreen and imitation air intakes lend the Ignitor a younger and much more aggressive stance. The matte black exhaust and alloys enhance the appeal of the red shock absorbers.
Where the Ignitor scores heavily over the Discover thanks to its funky digital speedometer with a trip meter and a first in class clock. The rather dated rear end is a straight lift from the CBF Stunner; a few tweaks would have worked wonders. The saddle is pretty well sorted for the rider in terms of comfort, but pillion comfort is compromised owing to the split seats. Also, Hero MotoCorp has chosen to continue with a chain guard considering a good chunk of their customers hail from areas which can be harsh on motorcycles. It is this kind of thinking, backed by an apt knowledge of their customer base that has helped them build the Ignitor. The Ignitor scores a handsome 8.5 thanks to its overall appeal.