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Bajaj Discover 150F: The Dual Hero

The Discover family has been a tried and tested workhorse in Bajaj’s lineage. The Discover series has completed more than a decade since it was born at Bajaj Auto. Since then, the series has seen many styling upgrades as well as a new engine. Moreover, Bajaj is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to launching new products with stylish looks, better performance and economical mileage. So, Can the swanky Discover 150F help Bajaj make another foothold in the 150cc motorcycle segment? We find out.1

STYLING AND INSTRUMENTS:

Bajaj has ditched the Discover’s plain-jane look to make the 150F a completely new product. The stubby half fairing will remind you of the Pulsar 220. This stylish half- fairing is surely an eye-catcher because it provides a sporty look to the bike. The half-fairing is neatly integrated with the redesigned 10-litre fuel-tank of the bike. The half-fairing houses digital-analog instrumentation panel. The stylish instrumentation panel houses both digital display and analog dials. The digital LCD display unit displays odometer, trip-meter, fuel-gauge and clock on board. Other elements on the dashboard include blinkers indicator, Headlight indicator, neutral light and battery indicator which are placed around the speedometer smartly. The digital meter also provides timely service alerts, now that’s something. However, the quality of the switchgear is a let-down and there is no engine kill switch either.bajajThe Discover 150F’s DC headlamps provide a steady beam of light and it doesn’t flicker even when the engine is idle or at slow speeds. The tail light which comes with LED lights is visible even from a distance. The 10-spoke alloy wheels provide a fresh appeal to the bike. Overall, Bajaj has successfully provided a premium feel to the bike.

ERGONOMICS:

The seating position is upright with low set foot pegs which are placed in the middle section. The handlebar with weight balancers compliments the upright seating position providing a relaxed riding stance. The bike has the longest wheelbase (1305mm) in its category which complements its ergonomically designed seat profile making it comfortable for both the rider and the pillion.2Suspension duty is carried out by telescopic forks up front, which absorb the bumps on the road well. The rear comes with Nitrogen filled Nitrox Mono-shock Suspension which provides a smoother and more consistent ride. Unlike the conventional oil-filled suspensions, the Nitrox suspension’s pressurized gas (nitrogen) prevents foaming of hydraulic oil that run the risk of frothing or bubble-formation resulting in more stable and consistent performance. This nitrogen gas also helps in absorbing the road undulations and provides a smooth ride for both the rider and the pillion. That combined with a supple ride quality make the Discover 150F a comfortable bike.

PERFORMANCE & RIDE QUALITY:

The Discover 150F has a bigger heart; a 144.8 cc motor which produces 14.3 bhp of power @ 8500 rpm and a peak torque of 12.7 Nm@ 6500 rpm. The peak power is enough for this segment. You may find the power slightly higher than other motorcycles from the same class. Bajaj has squeezed out more power from the mill without sacrificing the economy. While the engine refinement has improved over the early Discover models, there are still some vibrations, particularly the engine does feel grunty when revved hard at the top end in any gear. Actually, you can feel quite a few vibrations through the pegs and handlebars, but, if ridden sanely, that doesn’t make the bike jerky.5The 240 mm front Petal disc brake and 130 mm rear drum brakes are super responsive and efficient providing maximum braking force. This coupled with “MRF Nylogrip Zapper” unidirectional tubeless tyres on both ends stick to the ground on all road-conditions. The grippy MRF tyres instill confidence while riding the motorcycle.

VERDICT:

Bajaj’s news Discover 150F improves on its predecessor in every way. The bike fits well in the proposition of someone looking for a reasonably priced but stylish commuter bike. The Discover 150F might have ticked most of the right boxes but will it be able to make its mark on the resurgent 150 cc market, we’ll watch it closely. Value-for-money price-tag? Yes!643

 

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