Bajaj Discover 125ST vs Hero Ignitor: Comparison
We settle the 125cc skirmish between the new Bajaj Discover 125ST and Hero Ignitor
Bang for the Buck
Since both bikes are pretty much neck and neck in the fight so far, it now narrows down to the value-for-money aspect. The Bajaj Discover features a 4-valve twin-spark engine that is extremely frugal yet powerful, a mono shock suspension that looks oh so beautiful under the seat, petal disc at the front, and those funky new alloys, all at a spot-on price of Rs 54,200, ex-showroom Delhi. The Hero Ignitor might appear equally enticing with its refined Honda powerplant, upmarket design and appeal, a digital console and the body coloured rear-view mirrors. But a price tag of Rs 57,900, ex-showroom Delhi means there is a significant difference of about Rs 3500 between the two motorcycles, enabling the Discover to comfortably clinch the top spot in the bang-for-your-buck fight with 9 out of 10 as opposed to the Ignitor’s 8.
The Last Word
While the previous generation Discover 125 had its piece of the pie in the 125cc segment, as did the Honda CBF Stunner, it has been dominated by the Honda Shine for long. That said, there are still a lot of unexplored waters in the class of 125s. Conscious of its potential, two-wheeler manufacturers like Bajaj Auto and Hero MotoCorp intend to capitalise on the constantly booming market of premium commuters. With respect to Bajaj's success with the Pulsar 200NS, we hoped that Bajaj would do the same with the new Discover 125ST. And after putting it through rigorous tests, the newest Discover has proved its mettle. The 125ST is a good amalgamation of a commuter with sporty appeal. With features like a petal disc, Nitrox mono shock suspension, and then some, it sure has a lot to offer. Considering the overall package the new Disco scores an average of 8.3.
Meanwhile, what Hero has done with the Ignitor is commendable too. It has made all the correct amendments to the already good looking CBF Stunner, to not just make it look better but also ensure that it continues to suit the needs of their customers. We give the bike a score of 7.9.
Although the Ignitor is on par with the Discover in most parameters, it costs Rs 3.5k more, which in this money conscious segment makes a considerable difference in the buying decision of the customer. On this count, our verdict is firmly in favour of the Discover 125ST.
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