Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.
As you all know, starting from April 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court has ordered all manufacturers to stop registering and selling vehicles still running on BS-III engines. To clear them before the deadline all dealers who had stock started levying massive discounts on their products, and some even lost money in this process. The industry took a ₹ 600 crore hit due to the three-day discount fest.
Then there were few motorcycles that just did not sell despite the discounts. This was the cue for the manufacturers to take them off the shelves completely and get a new replacement machine for the same ones. While some of them have been replaced, few others just could not manage to burn the midnight oil and live up to expectation. They were just phased out of the assembly lines. Here is a list of those who couldn’t make it to the party this year:-
Over the last 15 years, Bajaj has improvised itself a lot in making motorcycles, so much that it has ditched its roots as a manufacturer of India’s first popular scooter and becoming a motorcycle only maker, just like Harley Davidson and Royal Enfield. Some feel that this is actually a huge risk by Bajaj by not existing in the booming scooter market, but Bajaj strongly feels that its motorcycles are capable enough to keep it in the game.
And somewhat it manages to stay true to its belief, as the manufacturer is constantly working on upgrading its product portfolio. Bajaj knows that the market is actually shifting from puny commuters, and to be in the game, it is now expanding its lienup of powerful commuters. And perhaps, this is the reason why Bajaj has not one or two, but five different 150cc motorcycles, each of which has a different flavor of its own.
All the five 150cc motorcycles are based on different platforms, and have different body styles. This move by Bajaj is somewhat paying it well too, as all of the five 150cc motorcycles are proving out to be the best sellers in their respective segments and price points. Here’s our comprehensive story on all the five different 150cc motorcycles from Bajaj Auto.
This news came as a real shocker to us when we actually came to know that, Bajaj has discontinued three Discover motorcycle models from Indian market which are Discover 100, 100 M and 125M.
Bajaj Discover is certainly one of the most popular commuter motorcycles of Indian market in recent years. Recently in the Avenger launch event Bajaj gave a hint that it may discontinue Discover models. Right of now, Bajaj will continue the 125 cc Discover, and bikes like Platina, CT100 are doing fine in the below 125 cc segment, they found it realistic to discontinue the base variants of Discover. So far, Bajaj will sell only old body new engine equipped Discover 125, Discover 150 F and S models in Indian market.
Well, it is nothing new for Bajaj, as whenever they launch something new, they withdraw something old. Discontinuing these Bajaj Discover models delivers the same old message. As these Discover models are discontinued from Bajaj’s lineup, there are chances to for the Pune based motorcycle maker to introduce new models in the commuter segment. Not only that, Bajaj is focusing hard to on their newly launched restyled Avenger range, which is yet to impress the customers vehemently. They are all set to increase the production limit of Avenger bikes. Beside that they are also emphasizing on the sports bike segment with their new Pulsar models and the KTM motorcycles too.
Bajaj has ruled the chunk of 150cc segment for a very long time, thanks to the famous Pulsar 150. But given the increasing threat from other manufacturers in the same segment, the dated Pulsar is beginning to lose its sheen. In order to bring back the sales growth in the same segment, Bajaj came up with the 150cc range of Discover. This shot by Bajaj also included one more aim of defining the brand Discover by giving it one full fledged variant, for those who want the best of both the worlds of performance and fuel efficiency - a world of sports commuting. The 150cc versions of the Discover also came at a point when the sales of other motorcycles of the Discover lineup were dwindling.
Basically, there are two versions of the 150cc Discover – a semi-faired version termed Discover 150F and a naked version named as Discover 150S. Out of these two, the Discover 150S is the more affordable version. The Discover 150S is very different from its other 150cc stable mate, Pulsar 150, in every aspect - styling, engine, suspension, brakes, equipment and price. Positioned below the Pulsar 150, is the Discover 150S capable of electrifying the entry-level 150cc segment? Below is a comprehensive answer to this.
The Bajaj Discover family has seen a lot of action ever since its inception in the year 2005 with the launch of Discover 125. After trying all the possible permutations and combinations, the sub-brand of Bajaj, the Discover family has seen various types of motorcycles ranging from 110cc to 150cc. In the course of time, Bajaj also introduced the all new generation models of Discover with more upmarket design and technology.
But the truth is the volume generator among all these models was the very first model of this family – Discover 125. Due to the confusing strategy of Bajaj of launching and then simultaneously discontinuation of models, the Discover 125 was discontinued a couple of years to make way for the Discover 125 M.
But since the sales of this new generation 125cc Discover 125 M haven’t been as enthusiastic as per the expectations of Bajaj, the company has relaunched the previous generation Discover 125 with some aesthetic as well as mechanical changes. Here’s a quick readout of what all things do the new Discover 125 possesses.
After reviving the good old CT 100 from the ashes, Bajaj has once again played the card of re-launching a previously discontinued model by introducing the Discover 125 once again in the Indian market. The motorcycle, which was discontinued in 2012 to make way for more premium next generation models of the Discover range like the Discover 125M and Discover 125T, has been brought back in the market with a price tag of Rs. 52,002 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
The motorcycle retains the basic silhouette and body panels from the previous Discover 125, though there are several changes which differentiate it from the latter. To start with, the headlamp is now a DC unit to avoid the fluctuations in its illumination. The body panels now get a new set of body decals. The five spoke alloy wheels and the engine are now finished in grey, unlike the black finish on both these components. The bike now comes with a 30 per cent wider rear tyre (100/90x17) and offers electric starter and front 200mm disc brake as a part of the standard equipment.
Powering the Discover 125 is a single cylinder, air cooled, 2-valve, 124.6cc DTS-i engine, which churns out a maximum power of 11 PS and peak torque output of 10.8 Nm. The engine is mated to a five speed gearbox. Bajaj claims a top speed of 100 kmph for the motorcycle, though the fuel efficiency figure is still undisclosed by the company. The bike is available in two paint schemes – ebony black with red graphics and ebony black with blue graphics.
The motorcycle has been listed on the official website of Bajaj Auto, and is being dispatched to all the dealers of Bajaj Auto across the nation. Like before, the Discover 125 will provide stiff competition to the Hero Super Splendor, TVS Phoenix and Yamaha Saluto.
After making scooters and the likes of Pulsars, Boxers and Calibers, Bajaj made its foray into the 125cc segment of motorcycles with a new brand ‘Discover’ in 2005. Within a short period of time, the 125cc Discover DTS-i strengthened the position of Bajaj in the commuter segment of motorcycles.
With the departure of Chetak scooter in the history books, Bajaj decided to shift its focus only towards motorcycles. The Discover was an apt platform to make Bajaj a strong player in the commuter segments, which is why in the last ten years, the Discover has seen a number of iterations, including of 94cc, 102cc, 112cc, 125cc, 135cc and 150cc.
In the midst of these ten years, the 125cc Discover was discontinued for a short time and relaunched again in the Indian market, considering the rising demand of 125cc motorcycles in India. After a number of versions, the 125cc motorcycle has spawn into an all new generation model, and has been named as Discover 125 M. What all newness does this latest 125cc Discover boasts of? Let’s find out.
The brand ‘Discover’ has seen a lot of iterations in the past decade since its inception in 2005. Starting as a 125cc motorcycle, the Discover has spawn into a number of versions, with the latest brigade of the brand being the all new generation models ranging between 100cc to 150cc.
The range starting model of the current generation of Discovers, Discover 100 M, is the oldest model of the current Discover lineup. The Discovers have always been regarded as true value for money products, which offer you the most bang for your buck. The Discover 100 M, in that sense, promises to be no different machine.
Currently, the flagship 100cc motorcycle of Bajaj’s product portfolio, the Discover 100 M was the model which did shut all the rumors of Bajaj exiting from the 100cc segment. With its premium packaging at a much more affordable package, the Discover 100 M challenges the current crop of both 100 as well as 110cc motorcycles. Here’s a quick review of Bajaj’s most premium 100cc motorcycle, Discover 100 M.
Bajaj has ruled the chunk of 150cc segment for a very long time, thanks to the famous Pulsar 150. But given the increasing threat from other manufacturers in the same segment, the dated Pulsar is beginning to lose its sheen. In order to bring back the sales growth Bajaj came up with the Discover 150F. This shot by Bajaj also included one more aim of defining the brand Discover by giving it one full fledged variant, for those who want the best of both the worlds of performance and fuel efficiency - a world of sports commuting.
The Discover 150F also came at a point when the sales of other motorcycles of the Discover lineup were dwindling.
The Discover 150F is very different from its other 150cc motorcycle, Pulsar 150, in every aspect - styling, engine, suspension, brakes, equipment and price. Positioned below the Pulsar 150, can the Discover 150F electrify the entry-level 150cc segment? Below is a comprehensive answer to this.
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According to a report by Zigwheels Bajaj has decided to stop the sale of their flagship model Discover 125 ST. The decision was taken by Bajaj after their product was unable to draw the expected crowd towards it.
The Discover 125 ST which was launched back in the year 2012 was one of the most powerful motorcycle of its segment which was also fitted with a monoshock absorbers at its rear which was also an unique feature for this segment beside the monoshock absorber it also had been fitted with petal disc brakes which too was segment first. But there were certain things which were a letdown for the motorcycle the first was its pricing, this motorcycle is priced at Rs. 55,168 (ex showroom Delhi) which is comparatively pricey compared to other motorcycles of its class. The rear seat was too high for a female pillion which was also a letdown afterall this motorcycle was mainly used by family members.
The Discover ST uses the modern Discover platform which is also shared by other commuters like the 125T and the 100T. The 125ST is powered by the 4 Valve twin spark air cooled engine which generated an amazing 13 Ps of maximum power at 9000 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm.
If Bajaj Pulls the 125 ST from the Indian market then the people will be left with 3 options based on the new Discover platform which will include the 100T, 100M and the 125T priced at INR 50,272, 48,028 (with Disc) and 46,023 (with Drum brakes), 54,659 (with discs) and 51,762 (with drum) respectively .
The Discover 100 is one of the largest selling commuter motorcycles in India from the stable of the Indian two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj. The Discover was launched back in the year 2004 with a displacement of 135 cc, that motorcycle was slightly more powerful than the regular 100 cc commuter motorcycles and also returned impressive fuel efficiency at the same time.
Later the same Discover received some cosmetic upgrades and a bigger 150 cc engine, the motorcycle did not became hit amongst the people because there was already more powerful 150 cc motorcycles present in the market. Later Bajaj launched a whole range of Discover motorcycles in India with various displacements starting from a 100 cc till 125 cc. The Bajaj Discover range also has many sub categories about which we will find out later.
Today in this review we will be talking about the Discover 100 which was launched back in the year 2009 powered by a single cylinder, 4 stroke air cooled engine which generates an healthy amount of power and the much needed torque figures, we will talk about the exact figures and rest of the engine details in our detailed review. It also has many new and exclusive features which anyone will hardly find in other commuter motorcycles of this segment. The Discover 100 is a good overall package which is also priced very aggressively.
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Bajaj had launched its first variant of its Discover way back in the year 2004, after that Bajaj kept on producing bikes of different ranges under Discover brand and simultaneously gained immense popularity. Bajaj had launched Discover with a displacement of 125cc previously, last year, the company re-vamped the bike and launched it again and christened it as Bajaj Discover 125 ST where ST means Sports Tourer. With this motorcycle, Bajaj has tried to introduce a new concept that is, ‘sports commuter’ with a hope to change the hardcore concept of commuting.
Based with twin spark technology, Bajaj has added Discover 125 ST with a 4 valve, 125 cc air cooled engine which churns out 12.8bhp of power at 9000rpm and 1.1kgm of torque at 7000rpm and its been mated with a 5-speed gearbox. The new model looks much different from the original one and the addition of the new monoshock nitrox suspension at the rear promises to make rides more comfortable. Let us check out whether the ‘evolved’ form of Bajaj Discover 125 is worth so much attention or not.