Bajaj Discover 125 ST – Review

November 19th, 2012 | In Review | No Comments »

Introduction

In recent years, Bajaj has spawn out lots of variants of Pulsar and Discover. Though many are successful its little confusing for the end customers. Thats’y every Bajaj dealer has tough job in explaining each motorcycles to customers. Discover ST may lookalike current gen discover 100cc, 125cc and 150cc but its unique. Its a next gen bike made to keep the Bajaj successful in the commuter segment marathon for the next decade. Honda push of Dream Yuga and CB Twister has made the Hero nervous but the immediate threat is for the Bajaj as Honda is inching closer to the second positioned Bajaj in terms of market share. Can the Discover 125 ST bulldoze the new threats and upoming 125cc motorcycles during the next few years. We check it out

Styling

Unlike the pulsar 200NS which is radically different from its predecessors, Discover 125 ST is not revolutionary. Its evolved over the current gen discover series. Going by the Bajaj standards, we expected a better one on the likes of Pulsar 135ls or the Pulsar 200NS. The discover 125ST is mediocre and may not attract much eyeballs. Discover ST retains the typical discover styling which we have seen over the years. Blackened cowl and pilot lamps on both sides of elegant headlamp. Stylish alloys,exposed chain and silver garnish provides much needed oomph to the side profile of discover ST. The rear is simple with usual tyre hugger, full grab rail and led tail lamp (single strip).

Engine

Bajaj discover features an 125cc engine pumping out 12.8bhp of peak power at 9000rpm and 10.78Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. It is marginally higher to current gen discover 125cc. Yet what makes the discover 125ST truly next gen is the newer technologies it carries. It borrows the 4-valve design from its elder sibling pulsar 135Ns and CV type carburetor for better performance. The fuel cock made of a paper filter prevents fuel contamination. Pent roof combustion chamber and exhaust-tec also makes the Discover 125 ST hi-tech. 1-down 4-up gear box is mated with this power mill. Out on the road, clutch and efficiently spaced gear ratios makes the discover st drive a breeze on the road. Power deliver is linear and refined. With a top speed of little over 100kmph. Bajaj has armed Discover ST to its best to knockdown its peers.

Ride and Handling

Surprisingly, Discover ST runs on TVS tyre. It sports disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear. Discover ST features the telescopic fork suspension at the right. Come to the rear, Bajaj surprises you with the first-in-class nitrox filled monoshock suspension and engine as stressed member. The monoshock suspension at the rear lowers the centre of gravity and offers greater stability even at higher speeds. Result, discover st is more nimble than ever.

Quality

Paint quality is excellent. Fit and finish is top notch. Yet plastic and rubber quality could have been better.

Features

Instrumentation is simple as well with analogue speedometer, odometer, trip-counter and fuel gauge. Discover ST also features multi-spoke alloy wheel, led tail light and exposed chain.

Colours and Variants

Discover ST is available in four colours – blue,red, blue-black and red-black.As of now, discover ST comes in a single variant. In coming days, discover ST may come low spec variants with attractive price tag.

Verdict

Discover ST has no non-sense styling, spirited engine and excellent ride and handling as well. It is priced well too. With little over Rs.62,000 (on-road price, Chennai). Bajaj is sure to enhance the discover ST with new features like digital in future variants. With everything set well, Bajaj has a winner in its hands. But when look over the price list again, i could hardly resist Pulsar 135NS which is only Rs3000 higher than Discover 125 ST. Really, Bajaj faces a problem of too many!

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