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2016 Bajaj V15 : Driven

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  • Bajaj V15 : Driven
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • MPG(Cty):
    131.7 (Est.)
  • MPG(Hwy):
    138.8 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    149.5 cc
  • Top Speed:
    56 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 62002

A commuter which manages to stand out in the crowd

Bajaj launched their newest commuter in India called the’ V’ which perhaps breaks the stereotypes of commuter motorcycles in India. This new offering from Bajaj looks different from the rest of the lot and also carries a premium feel with it. What sets this motorcycle apart from the rest is the fact that each and everytime you swing your leg over the motorcycle you are opening an important chapter of history. The Bajaj V as you all know by now carries the metal from the scrapped INS Vikrant warship which served Indian navy in one of the most prestigious battle between Indian and Pakistan in 1971.

After the first aircraft carrier of India was relieved from its duty it was preserved as a museum ship in Mumbai. Later the museum was closed for safety of the visitors and in January 2014 this aircraft carrier was scrapped for metal. Bajaj brought the scrap metal ship and decided to engrave the same metal onto the fuel tank of their latest commuter motorcycle and thus "the legend is born once again".

After the successful stint with the Pulsar 150, Bajaj needed a new commuter which could win the hearts of the people equally. If we take a closer look the new V15 has been positioned cleverly in between the Discover and the Pulsar range giving a hint that the ’V’ is not exactly your daily commuter like the Discover series neither it wants to become a sporty commuter like the Pulsar series. So there you have it, a completely new 150 cc motorcycle which stands out in the group.

Recently I was able to get my hands on this motorcycle for an entire day so read the whole review to find out whether this new entrant in the 150 cc space has what it takes to make its presence felt in one of the most competitive motorcycle segments of the Country or not.

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Bajaj V22 has been rendered

Bajaj V22 has been rendered

Roadster, Cafe Racer and Scrambler editions have been imagined

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 lineup of powerful commuters.

The latest additions of its lineage has been the V15 and the V12 motorcycles that has been successful in striking the chords of hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots with its INS Vikrant connection. A true marketing masterstroke, the motorcycle’s fuel tank contains the invincible metal of the now decommissioned warship INS Vikrant, which somewhat raises its hype and market value.

An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi and is also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looks of concepts which might be expected from the Bajaj V stable in the future. They include Roadster, Cafe Racer and Scrambler concepts and all of them have a bigger displacement engine.

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2017 Bajaj V12

2017 Bajaj V12

A new 125 cc commuter from Bajaj with all the ingredients for success

Bajaj definitely made many Indian bikers happy when they actually launched the V15 commuter in India. This was positioned below the Pulsar range of motorcycles and offered plenty of exciting new features not to mention its one of a kind styling was well appreciated too by many as well.

Quite honestly Bajaj was actually looking for a replacement for their commuter brand Discover which has been here for a long time and quite honestly their sales figures were going Southward due to increasing competition. Bajaj’s new strategy seemed to have worked in their favour because their newest 150 cc commuter surely became a hit in the Indian market. The newly launched 150 cc motorcycle had all the hit recipes like fuel efficient engine, cafe racer type styling, comfortable seats and that powerful 60 watt headlamp at the front.

Now Bajaj wants to expand the ‘V’ brand and while the rumours of a smaller 125 cc motorcycle was going rounds on the internet it seems like the motorcycle finally broke its cover when it was spotted recently at a dealership. The new motorcycle joins Bajaj’s ‘V’ range of motorcycles which currently consists of only one motorcycle. The smaller V12 is more affordable compared to the slightly premium V15 and thus will be in reach of many average Indian bike buyers who wants a .

Update 04.01.2017:-Bajaj launched the V12 in India, the new 125 cc motorcycle which has been positioned below the V15. The details and prices has been updated in this review

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Bajaj Silently Launches The V12 Priced At INR. 56,283

Bajaj Silently Launches The V12 Priced At INR. 56,283

The Completely new V looks identical its bigger sibling

This is actually quite surprising that Bajaj did not make any sort of announcement before they introduced the V12 in India. We already have reported earlier that the Bajaj V12 was spotted at some dealerships some time back and looked identical to the more powerful variant.

The Bajaj V12 is priced at INR. 56,283 (ex showroom) and is powered by new powertrain. The V12 houses the 124.5 cc single cylinder, air cooled, DTS-i unit which most probably also powers the Discover 125. The engine is capable of producing about 10.7 PS of peak power at 7,500 rpm and 10.98 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 4 speed gearbox.

Now to keep the prices in check, Bajaj Auto has done some cost cutting as well. The V12 gets slightly thinner travel forks instead of the fatter 33 mm forks seen on the V15. The V12 also gets 35 watt headlamps instead of the 55 watt headlamps seen on the V15. Lastly the Bajaj V12 features tube based tyres instead of the tubeless tyres found on the slightly more premium V15.However the most disappointing thing is that the V12 does not get front disc brake even as an option. For stopping the V12 motorcycles relies on 130 mm drum brakes at both its front and rear.

The Bajaj V12 measures 2040 mm long, 785 mm wide, 1066 high. The new 125 cc motorcycle will take on other premium 125 cc commuter motorcycles of the Country like the TVS Phoenix and Hero Ignitor.

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Bajaj to launch new 125cc V12 in December 7 things to know about it

Bajaj to launch new 125cc V12 in December 7 things to know about it

The motorcycle will definitely be more fuel efficient and will be positioned below the existing V

When Bajaj launched the V15 for the first time in India, it was quite surprising, as the company had no official announcement that it will be adding one more 150cc commuter to the already over-crowded 150cc lineup of Bajaj Auto. However, things became pretty clear at the time of the launch, and the V15 appeared as a special commuter, which had the mixed stance of a café racer and a cruiser, but in the shape of a daily commuter. What made the V15 even more special, despite the fact that it lacked in terms of features, is the fact that it contains a portion of the invincible metal of the now defunct INS Vikrant warship, which played a huge role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, making it one soulful motorcycle with a touch of patriotism, something which wasn’t seen before, and was accepted with open hands.

This unconventional move by Bajaj Auto has paid it quite well, for the fact that Bajaj has already sold 1.6 lakh units of the V15 till date, with the company expecting to take this figure to 2 lakh units by the end of 2016. Like its every other premium commuter, Bajaj did announce at the time of the launch of V15 that the motorcycle will spawn more variants in the upcoming times. Seems that the time has come for it, for Bajaj has finally announced its first derivative, the all new V12.

No, Bajaj is not going to launch any new V12 engine for a supercar, but as they have officially announced, it will be an all new 125cc motorcycle which will be positioned below the V15 and is based on it. Bajaj has already begun to feel the heat from its rivals in the 100-125cc segments, and has moved back to the segment after paying thorough attention to 150-200cc categories of entry level sportbikes. Recently, Bajaj organized a special screening event with the name ‘Invincible Indians’, which showcased the stories of five different ordinary Indians, who have made the country proud. At this every event, Bajaj announced that it is going to expand its ‘V’ lineup by adding a 125cc commuter to it, which will be based on the V15.

There are many things related to this motorcycle which will be unfolded very soon, when the bike will officially hit the showroom floors in the month of December, but as of now, the company has given a number of small indications revealing the details of the motorcycle. Following are the comprehensive details on all the points which Bajaj has disclosed for the V12, its all new premium 125cc motorcycle:-

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Comparison of entry level 150cc commuters – Hero Achiever vs Bajaj V15 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Honda Unicorn

Comparison of entry level 150cc commuters – Hero Achiever vs Bajaj V15 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Honda Unicorn

Find out who wins the top spot

In the last couple of years, the Indian market of two wheelers has seen an upward growth in terms of both sales numbers as well as maturity. Talking about the latter aspect, the urban Indian buyer is gradually beginning to think beyond the sole factor of fuel efficiency, as he wants something more from his machine – factors like comfort, features, added power and a bit more muscle in the machine he rides. For all these factors, it is the segment of 150cc commuters which, in these days, is serving them in the most apt way. This particular category of motorcycles may not serve the fuel economy of a 100/110/125cc motorcycle, but then, it surely gives the consumer a feel of riding a bigger motorcycle, without sacrificing much on his pocket.

On closely inspecting this segment, we do find that the motorcycles of the higher and premium end of this segment, which comprises of motorcycles like the CB Hornet 160R, Yamaha FZ-S FI and Suzuki Gixxer, are now churning up impressive numbers. But then, it is the lower end of the segment which is forming up the biggest chunk of this segment, as far as volume is concerned. The oldest player of this field, Honda CB Unicorn, continues to impress its target audience with its no-nonsense approach towards design, strengthened by its robust build quality, refinement and the credit of introduction of the technology of rear monoshock in the Indian market. Yamaha also opened its cards by launching the SZ-RR Version 2.0 below the FZ range, which serves as its most affordable 150cc offering. And then, to cater to the reducing customer interest in Pulsar, Bajaj tried to retain its potential customers with the all new V15, a motorcycle which is quite unique to this entry-level 150cc segment, thanks to its individualistic design and the fact that it contains the metal of the very famous INS Vikrant.

After all the action from its arch rivals in the budget segments, how can Hero be so silent? Just recently, Hero revamped its most affordable 150cc offering for the Indian market, the Achiever, with an all new design and retuned powertrain, which makes it feel like an all new motorcycle. In this story, we are going to compare all these four motorcycles which form the lower end of the 150cc segment, to find out which one fits the tag of the segment leader in actual sense.

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Bajaj Sells Two Lakh Units Of The V Also Launches New Color: Video

Bajaj Sells Two Lakh Units Of The V Also Launches New Color: Video

The motorcycle uses metals from INS Vikrant on its fuel tank

Bajaj introduced the V in February in India and since then this has been one of the largest selling motorcycle from the Bajaj lineup. Until now Bajaj has sold a total of two lakh units of the motorcycle till date.

The cafe racer cum cruiser definitely won hearts of many with its unique styling, value for money preposition. One of the main reasons of its success is also the fact the way it was marketed; Bajaj has used the metal of INS Vikrant in the motorcycle which was India’s first warship that played a major role in the war of 1971.

Now you all must be well aware of its styling feature, the Bajaj V gets its design inspiration from some classic cruisers while the rear profile will somehow remind of a modern scrambler. The only odd thing about the new motorcycles styling is its headlamp shape. The motorcycle shares the same chassis with Pulsars. The motorcycle promises to provide comfortable ride from its telescopic suspension setup and gas charged rear shock absorbers.

Powering the motorcycle is a completely new 149.5 cc, single cylinder, air cooled, four stroke engine which produces about 12 Hp of peak power at 7, 500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 5, 500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox with all up gear pattern. The motorcycle weighs only about 135 kilograms.

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Bajaj V15 vs Honda Unicorn 150 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Hero Hunk

Bajaj V15 vs Honda Unicorn 150 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Hero Hunk

Comparison of entry level 150cc commuters

If there is one segment in the Indian two wheeler industry which has seen a massive evolution and number of changes, it has to be the segment of 150cc commuters. From a segment which was restricted to only two choices at the time of inception, Bajaj Pulsar and Hero Honda CBZ, the segment now spans with a total range of Rs. 25000, i.e, you can buy a 150cc commuter motorcycle as cheap as Hero Achiever or as sophisticated as the new Honda CB Hornet 160R. In effect, we have a wide range of 150cc motorcycles to choose from, depending upon the features, performance and usability of yours.

On closely inspecting this segment, we do find that the motorcycles of the higher and premium end of this segment, which comprises of motorcycles like the CB Hornet 160R, Yamaha FZ-S FI and Suzuki Gixxer, are now churning up impressive numbers. But then, it is the lower end of the segment which is forming up the biggest chunk of this segment, as far as volume is concerned. Till date, the pioneer of this segment, the Bajaj Pulsar, was undisputedly reigning this segment, but now, with the arrival of newer competitors, the going for Bajaj Pulsar is not easy anymore. The motorcycle did found an apt competitor in the form of Honda CB Unicorn almost a decade ago. The Honda doesn’t come with flashy features, but then, has a huge following for itself as well, thanks to the no-nonsense approach strengthened by its robust build quality, refinement and the introducer of the technology of rear monoshock in the Indian market. Then Hero came with the Hunk, a highly underrated motorcycle, which shares its engine with the Unicorn, but then comes with the feature set list similar to that of the Bajaj Pulsar. Lately, Yamaha also opened its cards by launching the SZ-RR Version 2.0 below the FZ range, which serves as its most affordable 150cc offering.

And now, to cater to the reducing customer interest in Pulsar, Bajaj is trying to retain its potential customers with the all new V15, a motorcycle which is quite unique to this entry-level 150cc segment, thanks to its individualistic design and the fact that it contains the metal of the very famous INS Vikrant. There is one thing common between all these motorcycles – they are now too long in the tooth. In this story, we are going to compare all these four motorcycles which form the lower end of the 150cc segment, to find out which one fits the tag of the segment leader in actual sense:-

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2016 Bajaj V15 By Eimor Custom

2016 Bajaj V15 By Eimor Custom

A Motorcycle which helds our heads high gets a complete makeover

Bajaj surely knows how to keep their customers happy by providing them interesting and completely different products. We have seen them launch the new generation Pulsars not so long ago which has been ruling the entry level sporstbike segment of the Country. Not so long ago the same popular two wheeler maker introduced the Bajaj V.

The Bajaj V attracted huge attention because it engraved the metal of INS Vikrant which was one of the greatest warships of India used in some of the most significant battle. What else also attracted the attention is the fact that the Bajaj V which actually has been positioned in between the Discover and the Pulsar series looked nothing like a daily commuter. As a matter of fact this shares lot of resemblance with a cruiser and a café racer because of its unique styling. The low seat height, the extra seat cowl for the pillion seat, the throaty exhaust sound really caught the attention.

We already rode the motorcycle and also provided you our impression of that motorcycle but recently we also came to know that a Hyderabad based custom motorcycle builders has actually customized the Bajaj V and transformed it completely. This thing definitely looks wicked Find out everything about thr customized Bajaj V whose new paint scheme surely will blow your mind.

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Bajaj V15 Gets A New Color Option

Bajaj V15 Gets A New Color Option

The Bajaj V now gets a total of 3 color options

Bajaj launched the V15 with two different color options including the Ebony Black and Pearl white but now they have decided to add one more color to the list. Called the Cocktail Wine Red., this color definitely looks good and gets the same graphics as already seen on the V15 motorcycles.

Since its launch the V15 definitely has attracted lot of attention and also has helped Bajaj with sales numbers. As you already may be aware of the fact that the Bajaj V15 uses metals from the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier which played a major role in the Indo-Pak war. The Bajaj V15 is the latest commuter from Bajaj which has been positioned in between their Discover and Pulsar series.

The Bajaj V15 is powered by a an 150cc single-cylinder air cooled unit which makes about 12 Ps of peak power at 7500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The engine as you all can expect is paired to a 5 speed gearbox. The Bajaj V15 gets 60 watt halogen headlamps towards the front, it also gets an analogue instrument cluster, wide handlebars and a seat which adds a premium feel to the motorcycle. The motorcycle also gets disc brake towards the front and drum brakes towards the rear, there is also a 33mm diameter telescopic fork and Twin-Spring loaded hydraulic type- with gas filled suspension setup for its rear. The other two features which are unique in this motorcycle is the inclusion of a rear seat cowl which can be placed or taken off with the help of a key and a retro styled taillamps.

Obviously there will be no extra charges for the new color and thus it is priced at around INR. 61,999, (ex-Showroom, New Delhi).

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2016 Bajaj V15 : Driven

2016 Bajaj V15 : Driven

A commuter which manages to stand out in the crowd

Bajaj launched their newest commuter in India called the’ V’ which perhaps breaks the stereotypes of commuter motorcycles in India. This new offering from Bajaj looks different from the rest of the lot and also carries a premium feel with it. What sets this motorcycle apart from the rest is the fact that each and everytime you swing your leg over the motorcycle you are opening an important chapter of history. The Bajaj V as you all know by now carries the metal from the scrapped INS Vikrant warship which served Indian navy in one of the most prestigious battle between Indian and Pakistan in 1971.

After the first aircraft carrier of India was relieved from its duty it was preserved as a museum ship in Mumbai. Later the museum was closed for safety of the visitors and in January 2014 this aircraft carrier was scrapped for metal. Bajaj brought the scrap metal ship and decided to engrave the same metal onto the fuel tank of their latest commuter motorcycle and thus "the legend is born once again".

After the successful stint with the Pulsar 150, Bajaj needed a new commuter which could win the hearts of the people equally. If we take a closer look the new V15 has been positioned cleverly in between the Discover and the Pulsar range giving a hint that the ’V’ is not exactly your daily commuter like the Discover series neither it wants to become a sporty commuter like the Pulsar series. So there you have it, a completely new 150 cc motorcycle which stands out in the group.

Recently I was able to get my hands on this motorcycle for an entire day so read the whole review to find out whether this new entrant in the 150 cc space has what it takes to make its presence felt in one of the most competitive motorcycle segments of the Country or not.

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The Very First Bajaj V TVC: Video

The Very First Bajaj V TVC: Video

The Bajaj V uses metals from India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant

After the launch of the much awaited new commuter motorcycle the two wheeler manufacturer has released a new official TVC for their recently launched motorcycle V. The Bajaj V has infused metals from India’s first aircraft carrier- INS Vikrant which happens to be this motorcycles biggest USP.

The motorcycle manufacturer is using all the techniques written in the promotional book to promote their new motorcycle and it seemed to have worked in favor of the machine which already has a huge fan following in India including some celebrities as well.

In this first TVC video you can watch how the Bajaj V is being made by using the metal bits from the aircraft carries on the fuel tank. While in the next part you can watch how the motorcycle is being tested inside their testing facility. While lastly you can watch a rider rides the motorcycle through some treacherous roads of our country which definitely proves what it is really capable of.

The Bajaj V is powered by a Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i engine which makes about 12PS at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 13 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The motorcycle right now is available in two color schemes which include Pearl White and Ebony Black. The bike is priced at INR. 62,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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Bajaj V- Five things you'll like and four things you won't

Bajaj V- Five things you’ll like and four things you won’t

The new commuter with INS Vikrant Link

In the last few months, Bajaj has been surprising everyone by launching a spree of products, which are gradually creating new niche and benchmarks in the respective segments in which they are entering. With the arrival of Pulsar RS 200, Pulsar AS 150 and the new range of Avengers, Bajaj is now back in the game of launching motorcycles opposite to the common notions and creating new segments.

Now, Bajaj has kickstarted the year 2016 on a very interesting note by launching the all new V15. Like majority of its motorcycles, the V15 too is unique on its own, due to a couple of reasons. First is its unexplored combination of a cruiser, a commuter and a café racer, and secondly, is its connection with the INS Vikrant.

In this feature story, we will be throwing some light on the five most likeable aspects of the V15 and four shortcomings of V15 which may curb its initial hype. Here we go:-

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Bajaj's comprehensive lineup of 150cc motorcycles

Bajaj’s comprehensive lineup of 150cc motorcycles

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.

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Bookings For The Bajaj V Commences; Motorcycle Reaches Dealers

Bookings For The Bajaj V Commences; Motorcycle Reaches Dealers

Bajaj V surely attracted lot of attention when it was actually revealed infront of the crazy motorcycle enthusiast of the country. The reason is because of the fact that it definitely uses metals from the scrapped warship INS Vikrant and also because of the fact that the motorcycle is definitely one strange looking motorcycle which actually does not follow any conventional styling.

We too were actually equally confused with the odd shape of the motorcycle because it neither looks like a proper café racer nor does the new V carries any signature cruiser character with it. Then what is it exactly?

Let’s just begin with some interesting facts the Bajaj V actually has an 18 inch front wheels and 16 inch rear wheels. The motorcycle also has a low seat height of just 780 mm which will actually be beneficial for any person. Somehow if you take a closer look at the new “V” you will realize that it takes some of its styling inspiration from the Discover.

The wind deflector towards the front, the odd shaped headlamp design will somehow reminds you of the existing commuter Discover. However what separate the V from the rest is definitely its premium finish and that impressive looking taillamp. Some other noticeable features too come in the form of contrast stitching on the seats and removable cowl for the rear seat.

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2016 Bajaj V15

2016 Bajaj V15

When it comes to making motorcycles with passion and creativity, there are very few manufacturers who succeed in their intention. One such manufacturer is Bajaj Auto. One of the most renowned brands in the field of two wheelers, Bajaj, in the past, has given a number of successful products which not only changed our vision of seeing two wheelers, but also has managed to be successfully acceptable on the expectations of the consumers and be emotionally attached with them.

Bajaj Auto has once again proved that it doesn’t lack the spirit of making motorcycles with soul and vehemence, with the all new V15. So, what’s special about this all new motorcycle from Bajaj, you ask? Well, this premium commuter motorcycle has contains the invincible metal of the mighty INS Vikrant, the famous warship/aircraft carrier, which was one of heroes of the memorable 1971 Indo-Pak battle.

With the intention of not letting history fade into the oblivion, Bajaj has utilized the remains of INS Vikrant, which was dismantled in 2014, in its all new V15. But there’s a lot more to the V15, which also happens to be the first ever café racer from Bajaj Auto. Here’s our comprehensive take on the all new Bajaj V15.

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