Cafe Racer’s the retro looking motorcycle design are making their way back into the 21st century. In India, Royal Enfield was the first to restart the trend, with the launch of Continental GT back in late 2013. A few months later, Hero MotoCorp showed what their version of Cafe Racer (Splendor) at the Delhi Auto Expo. Mahindra too showcased a few Cafe Racer concepts based on their Centuro motorcycle last year.
So when majority of Indian two wheeler manufacturers are in the fray where Cafe Racer’s are concerned, how can Bajaj Auto be left behind.
The motorcycle you see in the image above is Bajaj Auto’s attempt at a Cafe Racer. Based on the Boxer 150 which is on sale in Turkey (discontinued in India about a year after its launch), the motorcycle is on display at the 2015 Turkey Motor Show along side other fan-favourites like the new Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS and Bajaj Pulsar 150 NS.
Engine specs of Bajaj Cafe Racer Boxer 150 include 144.8 cc single cylinder air cooled delivering 12 hp at 7500 rpm and 12 Nm torque at 4500 rpm. It has a wheelbase of 1285 mm and a kerb weight of 123 kgs, while fuel tank capacity is at 11 litres. 17 inch alloys are wrapped in sporty tubeless tyres, while no kick-start variant is on offer.
Design-wise, the dark blue coloured Bajaj Cafe Racer Boxer 150 does look attractive, at least more than the red coloured Splendor Pro Classic. Adding to its style quotient is the circular headlight structure, black matte cladding on the tank, under-belly exhaust with carbon-fibre coating, and circular side indicators. What holds the design down are the missing disc brakes, and the exposed rear swingarm due to the missing conventional silencer.
What do you think of Bajaj’s attempt? Should they launch this one in India? Please leave your comments in the box below, but before that, have a look at the images of Bajaj Cafe Racer Boxer 150 in the gallery below.
UPDATE: It has now been revealed that the motorcycle above is not a new variant, but a customer modified Boxer 150 motorcycle which was put on display at the Bajaj stand during Turkey Motor Show. Probably to gauge consumer response for a future Bajaj product.