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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  • 2017 Bajaj V12
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Displacement:
    125 L
  • Top Speed:
    100 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 56832 (Est.)
  • Overall:
    7.7/10

STYLING

2017 Bajaj V12 Exterior
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Bajaj surely wanted the smaller 125 cc motorcycle to look exactly like the more premium V15. The motorcycle gets almost the same headlamp cluster like the bigger motorcycle. While the rest of the motorcycle too exactly looks like the V15 which includes the instrument cluster, fuel tank and seats. What is also interesting is also the fact that it also gets a seat cowl for the rear seats which can be detached with the help of the Allen key available with the ignition key. Though what has changed are the alloy wheels, the new motorcycle gets completely different set of alloy wheels which looks different than the ones seen on the V15.

POWERTRAIN

The Bajaj V gets a completely different powertrain, the 124.5 cc, Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i unit which is capable of producing about 10.7 Ps of peak power at 7, 500 rpm and 10.98 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox. This is perhaps the same powertrain which has been borrowed from the Discover 125 as well.

SPECIFICATION

Engine air cooled, single-cylinder
Displacement 125 cc
Maximum Power 10 BHP (est)
Peak Torque 11.5 Nm (est)
Gearbox 5-Speed Manual
Brakes 130 mm Drum (front and rear)/ 230 mm disc(optional front)

ESTIMATED FUEL EFFICIENCY FIGURES

City 60 KMPL
Highway 70 KMPL
Overall 65 KMPL

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Bajaj V12 features a slightly thinner setup with 110 mm travel while the rear gets twin shocks, Nitrox(Gas filled), 106 mm rear wheel travel setup. For stopping the V12 unfortunately does not get a front disc brake even as an option and thus relies on a 130 mm dia drum brakes both towards the front as well as rear.

Unlike the V15 which gets tubeless tyres towards both its front and rear the V12 gets tyres with tubes.

PRICE

The Bajaj V12 is priced at INR. 56. 283 (ex showroom). The motorcycle is available with three colour options which includes the combination of Red and Black, Blueb and White and White and Red.

COMPETITION

TVS PHOENIX

2015 TVS Phoenix 125
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TVS launched the updated Phoenix in last year and this their premium 125 cc commuter which gets plenty of interesting updates and equipment list. Powered by a single cylinder, air cooled, 124.5cc Ecothrust engine which is capable of producing about 11 Ps of peak power and 10.8 Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox. The motorcycle claims to have impressive fuel efficiency figures of 67 Kmpl.

HONDA SHINE

2012 Honda CB Shine
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This is definitely one of the oldest motorcycle of the lot but still is one of the oldest motorcycle of the lot but still is popular and crowd favourite. Powered by a 124 cc, air cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine this engine is capable of producing about 10.12bhp at 7500rpm and a maximum torque of 10.54Nm at 5500rpm. The engine is paired to a 4 speed gearbox.

CONCLUSION

2017 Bajaj V12 Exterior
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Bajaj has introduced the slightly smaller variant of the V12 in India, this will definitely be helpful for those who wants a sober looking motorcycle within a budget. Although the motorcycle surely lacks some features like disc brakes towards the front and tyres with tubes but this has been done deliberately to reduce the overall price. Whatever be the case those who wants a commuter motorcycle within a budget there is no doubt that this is definitely a good choice.

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