Bajaj Auto's tiny tornado is ultra-frugal and feature-packed.
Putting an end to all the rumours about Bajaj Auto exiting the 100cc commuter segment, the Bajaj Discover 100 DTS-Si has raked in solid sales figures for its maker. Crossing a record 1 lakh units in just a span of 50 days, the Discover 100 DTS-Si has bumped up Bajaj Auto’s market share from 25% to 34% in this segment. With remarkable fuel efficiency figure and equally impressive price-tag, the Bajaj Discover brand has made an enviable name for itself in the entry level motorcycle market.
The Discover is laden with indigineous technology developed by Bajaj Auto and the results can be seen in the way the bike delivers on every front. With an outstanding overall fuel efficiency figure of 87kmpl and a respectable 14 second fifth gear roll-on time coupled with a decent top whack of 91km/h, the Discover 100 DTS-Si beats its rivals hands down.
ZigWheels has tested this tiny tornado for over 500km and it has held on extremely well in all our tests regardless of how harsh the riding conditions were. One of the most striking improvement on this econo-commuter was its plush ride quality that is so critical in this segment considering it will be spending a lot of time on broken roads in the rural parts of the country.
Also noticeable are the ergonomics of the Discover 100 DTS-Si. An extremely relaxed riding position thanks to the raised handlebars and foot-forward pegs make it an ideal for city commuting. The styling of this bugdet buy is okay and feels a bit under-stated. Although bikini fairing upfront along with stylish five-spoke alloys present the bike with a sophisticated and classy poise. Several factors put together, make it a great all-round package. The Discover 100 is our choice in the Entry Level 100cc Motorcycle category as it offers exceptional value at a throw away price.
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 1305mm LxWxH: 2035 x 770 x 1075mm Weight: 115kg Performance 0-60 km/h: 7.83seconds Top speed: 91.29km/h Fuel efficiency (overall): 87 kmpl
Bajaj Discover 100 DTS-Si: 40,000 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi)
-Unmatched value for money and fuel economy makes it a superb buy in its class. -Offers ideal seating posture and plush ride quality coupled with neutral handling.
-Looks a bit under-stated and it could have done with fresh looks. -The Eurogrip tyres work fine on dry surfaces, but fail to provide good grip in wet conditions.
1st Runner Up:
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