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Thread: Bajaj Platina ES Launched @ INR 45,290/-

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    Default Re: Bajaj Launches Platina ES @ INR 45,290 (ex-showroom, Karnataka) - Promises 96.9 k

    Quote Originally Posted by MHG View Post
    I would certainly buy a commuter with a large body size, big seats, small engine, around 7 horse power atleast, some 80+ km/L real-world mileage (in traffic), disc brakes all around, ABS, traction control, FI, tubeless tyres, DC electricals, dual projector lamps and a super efficient automatic gearbox thrown in. This would be what I'll really be able to call a true Indian commuter. Mass produced, such a bike shouldn't cost over 90k on-road which looks pretty reasonable.
    Nice sarcasm.

    I did a re-thinking on my point, and I guess, I take it back. Fi might be great for the environment, but not for the common man, unless the Fi systems are made cheaper.
    Let's get real on the savings part:

    According to a rough calculation I did, a Fi motorcycle owner would be able to cut his overall fuel bills by around 10%.
    But he pays a premium of Rs. 12,000 approx.

    So it means, he must save atleast Rs. 12,000 (10%) which means, he should spend around Rs. 1,20,000 on fuel to get some benefit. Divide this by Rs. 70/ litre to get an approximate litre consumption figure, which 1714 liters.

    Imagine if his bike gives a mileage of 80 kmpl, then he must travel more than 1,37,120 kilometres to make the Fuel injection system economically worthwhile.

    Frankly speaking, too much to expect from a commuter in today's era of mass produced motorcycles... Although I was wondering on how a 90cc Fi bike might turn out, but I think Fi is not practical for the common man.

    However, if Bajaj or another company can somehow reduce the premium for Fuel injection systems, to around 5k or so, then we may have an arguably valid long term proposition.
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    Default Re: Bajaj Platina ES Launched @ INR 45,290/-

    2-valve means better torque down low and a curtailed topend.
    Also 0.88 Kgm is 8.62 Nm and not 12.75 Nm as stated in first post.
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    Default Re: Bajaj Launches Platina ES @ INR 45,290 (ex-showroom, Karnataka) - Promises 96.9 k

    Quote Originally Posted by MHG View Post
    From my experience Bajaj showroom sales folk DO quote real world mileage and not the ARAI figures.
    BANG ON!
    I remember i bought Bajaj Boxer AR in 2002 and ditch Mighty HH Splender just bcoz Bajaj Sales person quoted more than 75 KMPL real time millage against Bajaj Claimed 91 KMPL for their new K-Tech engine.

    Since i was in my Graduation days that time i got convinced from the millage figures and bought Boxer AR.

    And dont know why i never got more than 55 kmpl from that machine, whereas my friends was easily counting more than 70kmpl on their HH CD100.

    Later i sold and bought HH Glamour and CBZ (now) where i am getting similar millage figures with ultra smooth engine and transmission.

    Never thought of buying Bajaj again.

    Its not like their commuter bikes are bad, but its just bcoz they set high expectation on millage (one of the key factor to decide) and later buyer (Like me) gets disappointed of opting this against better products available through today.

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