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Bajaj Discover 100 ES
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1 3053 Tue February 10, 2015
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers Rs.52,000.00 10.0

 

Description:
Type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled
Displacement 94.38 cc
Compression ratio 9.8 : 01
Max. Power (Ps @ RPM) 7.7 @ 7500
Max. Torque (Nm @ RPM) 7.85 @ 5000

Clutch Wet multiplate
No. of gear 4/5
Gear shift pattern All down

Front Telescopic, wheel travel 130 mm
Rear Nitrox, wheel travel 110 mm


Front Drum, 130 mm
Rear Drum, 110 mm


Front 2.75 X 17" (Unidirectional)
Rear 3.00 X 17" (Unidirectional)

Fuel tank capacity 8 liter full (2.3 liter reserve)

Type Single down tube


Battery 12V, 5Ah
Head lamp 35 / 35 W
Tail / stop lamp LED type
Horn type & no. DC / one


Length 2040 mm
Width 760 mm
Height 1087 mm
Wheel base 1305 mm
Ground Clearance 162 mm
Kerb weight 115 kg
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dvigneshh
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Registered: February 2015
Location: Coimbatore
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue February 10, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Rs.52,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Fuel economy, Handling & Braking
Cons: Sticky Gearbox & Poor Low end Torque

 
HAPPY & 100kmpl
Happy as I would like to call my Discover was named so due to the smiley headlamp that it mounts. A pinch of history , coming from a Honda unicorn(2006-2014) I got the Discover 100 on July 10,2014 and have clocked 8000kms till date. My expectations of this fresh bike were to cut down my ruthless racing nature and to own a frugal commuter which was thoroughly capable in its own segment even if it were a tad under 100cc. My review will focus on Downsides & Cons separately because downsides are the restrictions of a bike which it was not built to do whereas Cons are the real areas in which it could have been more capable.

My Riding Habits:
Being on wheels has always been like being home for me. I have grown to become more sensible at riding knowing my speeds and my machine in and around city riding with a more soft throttle ranging exactly around 40~50kmpl. But it has never muted my urge to explore the extreme capabilities when im let loose on an open highway ranging well into the top whacks.

How does it look ?
Talking about looks the Honda Twister was always the most sportier looker in the commuter segment. The Discover has a more urban dedicated design with a nice upright handle, a catchy LED tail, a slightly wider tyre than its competetions and a twin pilot lamp to spread the vision. These elements add to the character of the bike setting it slightly beyond the rivals like the Budding Mahindra Centuro, Stone age Hero Splendor, Mediocre Dream Yuga ,Creepy Suzuki Hayate & Bored Hero Passion. Tvs Sport on the other hand does offer a good fight when aesthetics become primary. At the end looks were always subjective in the commuter segment and varies from person to person.

How does the engine make you feel ?
The self starter is a dream and no cold staring issues on my side with ignition happening at the first kick or with a slight push from the self starter . This 94.4cc heart is a crusty engine and by no means is it calm.. It will let you know when its alive and the twin spark technology does offer a good mid range when one tries to accelerate from 40kmph to 70kmph. As far as the initial pick up is concerned it really suffers to even stand on its feet due to the long stroke engine. This does help inversely on fuel economy though sacrificing power. It feels very sedate between 35~50kmph but anything beyond this range feels very stressed and unwilling. During random city signal drag races the engine lacks gallop thanks to the uncommitted Gearbox setup. So if you wanna try this at racing youre in for a deep wipe out. Discover is most presentable at city speeds where it excels is the way it makes you ride at consistent pace without the temptation of throttling it. It makes a decent top speed of 95kmph on average grounds and it climbed upto 106kmph on a super sloppy downhill. Overall the engine is desirable, very desirable.

What does the Gearbox do?
Gearbox is very sticky, it does tend to get stuck up in a gear say 2nd or 3rd and on deceleration it engages properly to allow shifting to the latter gear. This becomes very annoying while racing as it interrupts the engines power delivery. Its reasonably good in city runs when the shifts are slow but this still manages to pop up sometime or the other. Good news is it can be adapted over a time with sensible riding. My discover is a 4 speed version, Which turned out to be quite good considering the less number of shifts within city limits. The previous model had a 5 speed gear, I did regret missing the 5th gear but not now since 90% of my riding is in tight city traffic.

How does it handle?
Handling is very nimble and linear. This 115kg feels very light so tight cornering does feel inaccurate for the newbie. Mastering will take some time to get used to but once one gets the hold of it, it surely is a treat while whistling through hill stations. Its flickability is questionable because of the longer wheelbase in its class which restricts cutting through packed traffic. The handle bar positioning can also be a reason behind this as its not too close to the tank nor is it too far off which offers a crampy sharp turning experience. To add the 3.00X17 rear tyre does offer an extra grip during rainy season.

Is it comfortable?
Discover 100 is a very comfortable machine by all means. The rides are very planted and solid during city commutes. Long wheelbase in this segment offers good stability during braking. The seats are wide enough to keep the rider from complaining and the pillion also receives fair amount of space and comfort. However I have slapped on a Wire mesh seat cover which provides more air circulation and arrests the butt burners during long highway encounters. Vibrations do creep in beyond 60kmph which is significantly noticeable. The pillion experiences this more than the rider. I have done a 720 km stretch at ease on a highway riding solo. Commuters with such ability is seriously something special. The gas shock does offer a plush riding feel but it definitely is not meant for off roading. The Discover feels tested at off roading grounds and it needs to be muscled to progress.

What about safety?
Fortunately the Discover hasnt faced any accidents thanks to the sturdy front 130mm & rear 110mm drum brakes. The stopping force isnt sharp as like a disc though but still manages to halt very efficiently without any skids. Maintain good tyre condtion to extract best results. Primary elements which contribute to safety for me is that this machine deprives the urge to bring the racer out of you which I believe is the significant role player contributing to optimum safety.

How important is maintenance?
Maintenance was never a fantasy for me. Id rather see the way the machines fares through miles with just Normal oil change & Air filter cleans. Bajaj 10000 grade oil has been kept going for 8000kms and I still have 2000kms more to roll in the new oil. I did have a few electrical issues which I neglected like a dead LED brake lamp, the right pilot lamp stopped glowing and a sticky pass light switch. Atlast the total expense for the bike till now is :
A rear wheel puncture fix : 100 Rs. Thats it. No servicing whatsoever.

What are the serious cons?
1)The gearbox is very clicky and soft but it seriously needs to engage precisely to carry the power forward.
2)The LED brake lamp stopped the very 2nd day, right pilot lamp in 3 months.
3)Low end torque could have been slightly better and by no ways does the Exhaust-tec help to support the case. Not sure about its might on the Pulsars or the Discover 125 & 150. But definitely not on this Discover 100.

Fuel Economy The Finishing move
Discover 100 smokes out all its competition like a dragon when it comes to fuel economy. It went upto 101.3kmpl, when driven sedately @40kmph with proper engine braking, riding solo & accelerations done after 4th gear within the CITY. With such screaming figures this proves to be the finishing move for the Discover 100.The twin spark technology supports this scene with maximum combustion which is clearly evident. But these mileage figures are variable under various riding conditions as like the follows:
Riding solo @ full throttle on highway: 52kmpl
Riding solo b/w 40~50kmph in super traffic: 65kmpl
Riding with Pillion b/w 40~50kmph on highway: 82kmpl
Riding solo b/w 40~50kmph in normal traffic: 88kmpl
Riding solo at 40kmph in normal traffic: 93kmpl
Riding solo at 40kmph in normal traffic very sedately: 101.3kmpl

To end : Heaven is a long way, how can I leave without my Happy ( Discover 100  )
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