First Impression – 150F is the supreme variant in Discover lineup, which can be understood from the way it looks at you. Front fascia is beautifully designed with good amount of chrome bordering headlight and pilot lamps, which altogether looks like a Transformers character. This is easily the most matured look in entire Discover portfolio. Frontal look is beefed up by new half-fairing, which is sculpted well to go along with fuel tank and rest of body panels. Thankfully the fairing doesn’t look much like something peculiar clinging on the front; it blends into the overall design well.
Rest of the bike looks a lot similar to Discover 125 ST which was discontinued a few months back after launch of Discover 125 M. Parts which are similar to those in 125 ST are subtly muscular fuel tank, plain side cowl, sleek tail piece, LED tail lamp, clear lens indicators, rear monoshock, alloy wheels, front disc brake and the like. Overall, Bajaj Discover 150F is stylish, well built and offers better status to the nameplate.
Engine & Performance – Bajaj Discover 150F gets all-new 144.8 cc single cylinder mono-spark ignition air cooled engine producing 14.5 PS max. power @ 8500 rpm and 12.75 Nm peak torque @ 6500 rpm, mated to 5 speed gearbox with all-up shift pattern. Considering power and kerb weight of 130 kg, Discover 150F should zoom past Pulsar 150, but the former is strictly commuter-tuned, which gives good grunt in low and mid range and profound fading effect at high engine speeds. There is a great chance that if you step down from a usual 150 cc class motorcycle and swing your leg over Discover 150F, you’re going to naturally search for one higher gear. Engine performance, noise, vibration and harshness are similar to typical a 125 cc bike. What differentiate Discover 150F from the rest are that extra punch of power while picking up from halt and better level of calmness while cruising at decent speeds.
Ride, Handling & Braking – Ride quality of Bajaj Discover 150F is better than lower displacement Discover variants. The 150F does give better confidence and control while running into rough patch, thanks to monoshock suspension, when compared to same models as before. But the 150 cc tag does not put this bike and rest of 150 cc entry level performance rides shoulder-to-shoulder. At high speeds, Bajaj Discover 150F gives decent amount of quivering, that is not normally seen in bikes of this displacement class.
In handling department, for starters, Discover 150F does not feel as planted on the road as Bajaj Pulsar 150, although former gets wider front tires (80/100-17) than the latter with 2.75″-17; rear tires are identical (100/90-17). Discover feels top heavy and does not inspire highly dextrous moves. However, in city conditions, this is a good bike to navigate swiftly through creeks and launch before light turns yellow. Riding position is comfortable for short and long distance rides, also for aforementioned dexterity.
Braking quality is also reminiscent of lower segment bikes, inspite of equipping 240 mm disc and 130 mm drum kits, same as those that did duty in Discover ST.
Verdict – Bajaj Discover 150F is marketed is a premium commuter bike and it surely keeps up to that tag. One should not make the mistake of assuming Discover 150F is a proper 150 cc class motorcycle at a much affordable price. It is rather a high standard Discover variant with appreciable level of style, build quality and features for the premium it demands. At ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs. 59,034, Bajaj Discover 150F is a good value for money product. Bajaj Discover 150S is priced at Rs. 52,030 (Drum) and Rs. 55,030 (Disc), which features regular bikini fairing and older ana-digi instrument cluster.