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    Default Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    Remember the visuals of India’s first and much celebrated aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, flashing on your TV and computer screens in the last week of January this year? A brief intro of the INS Vikrant was followed by the painful images of her getting scraped. And before you could finish cursing the authorities for not taking care of our 1971 war hero, there came a reassuring message as to how Bajaj had acquired the metal from the dismantled Vikrant and melt it and was using this metal to make a new motorcycle – giving new life to a legend or making it immortal! What a masterpiece of a marketing strategy! And what better time to unleash it than the Republic Day! I so badly wanted to own one of that mystery motorcycles even before it was born! The mystery motorcycle was ultimately unveiled by Bajaj just before the Auto Expo 2016. This turned out to be a 150 cc motorcycle with which Bajaj wanted to target the creamy layer of commuter segment (the commuters who would want a ‘little more’ than just commuting from home to work and vice versa). The bike was christened as V15 and got people talking about it due to its rather unusual appearance, which doesn’t fit anywhere in our usual classification of motorcycles. It is a bit of commuter and a bit of café racer and a bit of cruiser as well! We got to ride the V15 in Pune yesterday and here’s what we could make out of it.

    As we said, the Bajaj V15 is a rather unusual looking creature. You find it hard to understand its form and categorize it as a café racer or a simple commuter, but it does manage to stimulate your senses. It manages to capture your attention for a lot longer than you would otherwise give to a commuter motorcycle. And after you are done trying to understand it, there are certain elements in the V15 which force you to appreciate the thought process behind its design – be it the muscular tank, the generous amount of chrome, the neatly designed instrument console, the trendy rear with LED tail lamp, that 3-dimensional ‘V’ logo on the tank, or that ‘made with INS Vikrant steel’ logo unit inscribed on the chrome fuel tank cap. It has a road presence that would be enviable for any motorcycle slotted into the commuter segment. While we were riding it in the Pune city and out of the city near the villages, we got so many curious questions from both young and old people who stopped us and enquired about the bike. At one point, I was riding behind an army truck for some time near Baner and the soldiers sitting in it had their eyes consistently glued to the bike. I so badly wanted to stop them and tell them the ‘war machine’ background of the V15 and see their reactions! I am sure a few of them would’ve been instantly interested in buying it just because of its INS Vikrant story.












    A rear seat cowl comes bundled with the standard accessory set of the V15, which is rather easy to put on the bike. All you need to do is to slide it in and tighten two screws with the help of the tiny Allen key integrated in the key of the bike itself. The fat tyres on the 18-inch wheel at the front and a 16-incher at the rear enhance its cruiser appeal.








    Minus the rear cowl


    A special mention here needs to be given to the exhaust note of the bike, which plays a big role in the overall imagery of the bike. Bajaj has spent quite a bit of time to design the sound emanating from the V15’s exhaust and as a result we have an exhaust note which feels meaty and bassy.


    The plastic quality on the switchgear was acceptable. The overall fit and finish & the paint quality of the V15 is just top notch.









    But there are things in V15 that looked a bit overkill. The headlamp assembly in particular looked out of proportion when seen from certain angles. Also you badly miss the engine kill switch on it. Essential goodies like trip meter and a tachometer have also been given a miss on the V15.








    The Bajaj V15 comes fitted with an all-new 149.5 cc power plant that makes 12 bhp at 7500 RPM and 13 Nm of torque at just 5500 RPM. The 12 odd horses that V15 produces doesn’t sound a whole lot when you compare it with other 150 cc machines that are there in the market right now. With these horses, it manages to reach around 80 kmph mark before it starts losing its breath and starts sounding harsh. But Bajaj says, this motorcycle is intentionally made not to go really fast. They say that if you want to judge it, judge it from the amount of torque its produces and how easily and early it comes. And evidently, the V15 has ample amount of low and mid range torque that makes it such a pleasure to ride within the city limits. The frequent overtakes were a breeze without having to shift down. The bike is capable of managing mild city traffic in fourth gear with occasional downshifts to third gear most of the time. Oh, by the way, the V15 is fitted with a 5-speed, all-up-pattern gearbox that was not really the best we’ve seen from Bajaj of late. The gearbox did not provide satisfactory or reassuring feedback and we found it particularly tough to downshift when standing still. The clutch had a late biting point as well and the bike wouldn’t move an inch until the clutch is fully released – It was a minor adjustment issue but was extremely irritating one. Otherwise, the engine felt really smooth and the power delivery was linear as long as you are not trying to ride it beyond the 75-80 kmph mark. You could also feel some vibrations in the bike beyond this point.




    Riding Shots Courtesy: Preetam Bora

    The low seat height, wide handlebars, and the footpeg position give it very distinctive commuterish stance. The seat was comfy and offered generous amount of saddle space to the rider as well as the pillion. The handling of the V15 is quite neutral and you are warned not to treat it as a corner craver, but it is not as lazy as a cruiser either and you can manage to cut through city traffic rather effortlessly. The skeleton of the V15 is made up of a new double cradle chassis that is mounted on conventional gas charged shock absorbers at the rear and telescopic suspension at the front. This setup, though on the stiffer side, manages to neutralize most of the potholes and speed breakers thrown at it with much ease. It feels stable and planted at straight line high speeds and manages to hold the line into corners as well if ridden sensibly. The brakes (a 240 mm disc at the front and a 130 mm drum 0 at the rear) felt adequate enough for the kind of velocity this bike can attain.










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    Bajaj V15 Vs. Other 150-160 cc. Click to enlarge

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    The spec comparo sheet provided by Bajaj. It is clear from this sheet as to where they want to position the bike. Click to enlarge!

    The Bajaj V15 is priced at INR 61,000 ex-showroom Delhi, plus INR 999 for the standard set of accessories that includes a rear seat cowl and a rear grab rail. At this price point, the V15 is really a sweet deal for customers who are primarily looking to buy a motorcycle that will be ridden within the city limits 90% of the time, who don’t really prefer riding fast, and who want to make style statement every time they take out the bike. It has good road presence, which just cannot be ignored. And for whomsoever it matters, Bajaj will also be a giving a certificate to the V15 buyers. This certificate will be a testimony to the fact that some amount of precious metal from the INS Vikrant has gone into making of this bike. A few early bird customers will also be given a special Vikrant keychain, we are told by Bajaj. It is certainly an option worth considering for people opting for the Glamours or the Super Splendors of the world or who are looking to upgrade from their current commuter. It is not really an out-and-out performance motorcycle. It is a very capable city tool with a very distinct robust personality – nothing more, nothing less.


    p.s.: In case you are wondering, the Bajaj V15 uses a small amount of the metal from Vikrant only in its fuel tank assembly and not anywhere else in the bike.
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    Icon14 Re: Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    nice review, this bike can be a good alternative to usual commuter bikes.

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    Default Re: Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    Good Review

    I was waiting for this review since long time.

    It will soon be seen on roads and will definitely be an eye catcher... Question is.. will it beat avenger 150 Sales???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arpit Mehta View Post
    Good Review

    I was waiting for this review since long time.

    It will soon be seen on roads and will definitely be an eye catcher... Question is.. will it beat avenger 150 Sales???
    Nice review since I have booked this bike.

    It doesn't need to beat Avenger since both the bikes serve different purposes, one is a street cruiser and the other is a street commuter. While Avenger costs about 85,000 on road and V15 costs 75,000. At this price point people who normally go for a commuter(with amazing looks) would pick V 15 while people who want a cruiser for comfort would go for Avenger instead.

    One thing is for sure a lot of commuter bikes out there will be taking a huge beating by V 15 just for it's looks and style alone + Bajaj has a winner engine on it's bike.
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    Default Re: Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    V15 is very attractive and good looking bike. Nice review


    Quote Originally Posted by shadcool786 View Post
    Nice review since I have booked this bike.

    It doesn't need to beat Avenger since both the bikes serve different purposes, one is a street cruiser and the other is a street commuter. While Avenger costs about 85,000 on road and V15 costs 75,000. At this price point people who normally go for a commuter(with amazing looks) would pick V 15 while people who want a cruiser for comfort would go for Avenger instead.

    One thing is for sure a lot of commuter bikes out there will be taking a huge beating by V 15 just for it's looks and style alone + Bajaj has a winner engine on it's bike.

    Probably in 5 years down the time I want to buy this bike. Now I have some financial crunch and few days back I have booked the Jackpot (CT 100).

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    Default Re: Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by prashanth.rva View Post
    V15 is very attractive and good looking bike. Nice review





    Probably in 5 years down the time I want to buy this bike. Now I have some financial crunch and few days back I have booked the Jackpot (CT 100).
    Hi friend are you booked ct100 or ct100B kindly share some ownership experience after u get the jackpot.
    Because I'm also sailing the same boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aravindhn View Post
    Hi friend are you booked ct100 or ct100B kindly share some ownership experience after u get the jackpot.
    Because I'm also sailing the same boat.
    I have booked CT100.

    Sure I will do.

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    Default Re: Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    Buying a piece of INS VIKRANT is reasopn enough for most buyers of this bike. Im sure it does well in the usual aspects too.
    Brilliant move by Bajaj. Respect.

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    Good Review

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    Default Re: Torque of the Town - Bajaj V15 Review

    Nice review. A trip meter would've been a good addition though.

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