2014 Bajaj Discover 125M first ride review
Launched in 2003, the eleven year old Discover 125 will be discontinued and replaced by Discover 125M with similar specs and a revised exterior. Discover series has proved to be beneficial for Bajaj, and new Discover 125M is expected to keep the momentum going in regards to being a high sales volume two wheeler in the segment.
Discover 125M features a 124.6cc four valve DTS-i twin spark engine now, which is twice as much as earlier engine of same displacement. Peak power is upped marginally from 11PS to 11.5PS @8000 rpm with max torque of 10.8Nm @6000 rpm. The gearbox is one gear short with only 4-speed (all up) now and top speed remains unchanged at 100 km/hr. Depending on road condition it’s much more comfortable to cruise along at 80 kmph. New Discover 125M is much more steady than the version being replaced with less engine vibration and a more sturdy feel at 98 kmph.
Riding upto 60-65 kmph, both Discover 125M and Honda CB shine offer similar pace and comfort. The changes are more noticeable upward of 80 kmph. The difference can be attributed to the difference in 2 valve and 4 valve engines.
The city manoeuvres more swiftly having shortened wheelbase of 1,255 mm from 1,305 mm. And also because of handle bars being shortened. There are no changes in the telescopic front forks and gas-charged Nitrox rear suspension. Kerb weight stands at 118 kg, and the bike has a power to weight ratio of 97.5. Electric start is available as standard. While 5 Y spokes design is continued, they’re thinner now.
Standard DC headlamp doesn’t dim when the bike is stationary and in neutral mode. There’s also an optional disc brake option (petal). 6 colour options include Platinum silver in Black gold or Black Ice Blue, Charcoal in Green Silver or Magenta Silver, Electron Blue and Wine Red.
New Discover 125M remains affordable at Rs. 47,186 (ex-showroom Pune) for the all drum brake version and Rs. 49,146 (e-showroom Pune) for the front disc brake variant. Ex showroom Delhi price is Rs 50,499.