The Bajaj Discover 100T, or the Ultimate100, as they call it, is not one of those power packed super machines. But, with great fuel economy, effective power output and comfort, Bajaj has once again proved that it knows the pulse of the daily commuter who needs a good ride! I’m impressed with the impact this 100cc motorcycle has had on me, after a quick ride over our Indian roads.
A few months ago, Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto said that he has very high expectations from the new 100cc bike that is being developed by Bajaj Auto, and that, in the technology segment; it will be the most advanced 100cc bike. The much awaited bike was finally launched in January 2013, in India. Bajaj also plans to export the 100T to Brazil, South Africa and South East Asian countries.
At the onset, the bike does resemble the Discover 125 ST but a closer look reveals several differentiating factors. Did you know that the ‘T’ stands for Touring?
Bajaj Discover 100T
Power, Performance and Delivery
The Discover 100T is powered by Bajaj’s patented 4-valve DTS-i technology which delivers an unbelievable 10.2 Ps of power. In simple words, that is 30 per cent more than any other motorcycle in the 100cc segment. Be it a single rider or along with a pillion, the bike hardly even struggles when it comes to power and performance aspects. The low as well as mid level torque output is pretty decent. What you can actually feel is the ultra smooth engine under you.
DTSI Twin Spark
For a 100cc bike, the power, performance and delivery in Discover 100T is dreamlike. The bike can reach a speed of 80km / 45 miles per hour rather swiftly. The 5 speed gear system (all up) is effortless. Pull the clutch in and just a simple touch of the toe shifts the gear. The tall gearing ratios have been set so as to give you the most out of the engine.
Fuel economy tag put on the bike is 87kpl / 204mpg.
Most Advance 100cc Engine
Handling and Comfort
The light weight bike has an upright seating position and is easily flick-able when it comes to manoeuvring through traffic. The super soft cushioning is something you are bound to like. The foot peg positions are positioned such that once your feet rest on them, the knee grabs the tank unknowingly. I could feel the confidence while turning irrespective of the speed.
Styling and Lineaments
From a distance, it looks much like the Discover 125ST. Get a closer peek, and notice the difference in its rear mudguard, chain cover and a few other aesthetics along with its nitrox rear suspension. The trendy looking 10-spoke new design alloy wheels and aluminium side sets along with contrasting two tone graphics make the 100T, a premium two wheeler in its class. DC ignition and headlamp gives flicker-free lighting, even at low speeds. A feature, rarely seen on bikes in the 100cc segment.
In Appearance Similar To Discover ST
Braking and Suspension
The wheels have drum brakes and are very effective. Surely, you won’t miss the presence of disc brakes, a feature which comes with all bikes, at least on the front wheel.
New Nitrox Rear Suspension
The new nitrox rear suspension and a quality built fork in the front provide a bump free riding experience. The suspension has been tuned well for pain free riding even on district or village roads , i.e., harsh roads, where you tend to find uneven surfaces. There is enough stability at all speeds, including corners.
Here’s a tip: At turns, make sure you have a tight grip and total control over the handle. An inexperienced rider might find it difficult to manoeuvre the bike properly on U-pin curves, especially with a pillion behind.
Drum Brakes Given At Front And Rear Wheel
Instrument cluster and console
The console has the same standard features and info as the Discover 125. Analogue speedometer, odometer, single trip meter, neutral light, upper beam indicator and battery condition info. To add style, the Bajaj logo glows on the right corner. The appearance and presentation of all the info in the instrument cluster is pretty neat.
Simple And Neat Analog Console
Bikes of 100cc are not meant to be in the league of powerful machines and their primary USP is the bountiful fuel economy. Bajaj has managed to get the mileage and satisfying power in one motor itself. The unbeatable mileage and a very effective power output, which is more than any other 100cc bike, makes the Bajaj Discover 100T a truly premium entry level motorcycle.
As always, Bajaj has lived up to its promise. The bike is certainly a daily commuter’s delight and is sure to be a winner among riders in both cities as well as in remote regions of the country.
In India, the bike will cost INR 58850/- on-road. Pricing in Brazil, South Africa and South East Asian countries will be known once the export plan is revealed.
Bajaj Discover 100T
After the launch of Bajaj’s first premium entry level 100cc bike, the automobile industry in India seems to be waking up and shaking up! Is it then a wonder that several other brands are following a similar path to launch bikes classified under the premium 100cc – 125cc segments?
High Five for
- Superb mileage
- Comfort and styling
Wish it had
- A tachometer
- Digital console (At least in one pod)
Going Offroad On The Ultimate 100
Engine – 4 Valve DTS-i
Engine Displacement – 102 cc
Max.Net Power – 10.2 Ps @ 9000 rpm
Max.net Torque – 9 N 9.2 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Ignition System – Digital CDI
Choke – Auto
Starting – Self + Kick start
Clutch – Multiplate Wet Clutch
Transmission – 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Frame – Semi Double Cradle
Front Suspension – Telescopic Fork with Anti-friction Bush
Rear Suspension – Nitrox Twin Shocks with Gas Canister
Front/Rear Brake – Drum 130/110 mm
Front wheel / tyre – New design alloy / 2.75 X 17” 41P Tubed
Rear wheel / tyre – New design alloy / 3.00 X 17” 50P Tubed
Fuel Tank – 10 L (3.5 L usable reserve)
Wheelbase – 1305 mm
Seat Height – 780 mm
Turning Circle Radius – 1915 mm
Ground Clearance – 165 mm
Kerb Weight – 121 kg
Max Speed – 100 kph*
System – DC Ignition
Battery – 12V 5AH
The Ultimate 100
Penned by me and published in MyBikeMyWorld.