Bajaj has launched top of the line Platina 100 variant with disc brake
One of the bestselling Bajaj motorcycles, Platina 100 ES (electric start) disc variant has been launched at Rs 60,698. It gets 240 mm disc at the front, whereas rear tyres have 110 mm drum brakes with anti-skid braking system. In comparison, Platina 100 ES drum brake variant comes with a price tag of Rs 58,477. There’s Platina kick-start alloy variant as well, which is priced at Rs 50,464. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.
As may be recalled, Bajaj had introduced electric start in Platina in 2015. Most recently, the motorcycle was updated to comply with BS6 emission norms in May 2020. In its current form, Platina is one of the most fuel efficient motorcycles in the country. Claimed mileage is more than 90 km, which is one of the key reasons for the bike’s popularity. However, actual mileage could be around 70-80 kmpl.
Built for comfort
Bajaj Platina 100 ES sports an attractive look and feel, as evident in the sleek headlamp design and LED DRL. Colour options include black and red. However, the primary USP of the bike is its focus on providing enhanced comfort to users on long journeys. This has been achieved by equipping the bike with a range of features. Key among them is the first-in-class Nitrox suspension that improves ride comfort by around 15% in comparison to SnS suspension.
The rear suspension is a 110 mm spring on spring (SoS) unit while the front has 135 mm telescopic suspension. Both front and rear suspension have long suspension travel, which ensures smoother rides when negotiating uneven roads and potholes. Other features that make the rides more comfortable on Platina 100 ES include long and soft seat, wide rubber footpads, and tank pads.
To prove the added comfort available with Platina, the company had earlier conducted a comfort challenge across 550 towns, involving more than 45,800 participants. Users were asked to rate the ride quality of Platina as compared to rival product. According to Bajaj, more than 90% of participants had found Platina to be more comfortable.
Powering Platina 100 ES is a 102 cc, 4-stroke, DTS-i, single cylinder engine that churns out 7.9 ps of max power at 7500 rpm and 8.3 Nm of max torque at 5500 rpm. Engine is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. Internally tested top speed is 90 kmph.
Launched in 2006, Bajaj Platina has remained a popular commuter motorcycle over the years. Platina has consistently featured in the top ten list of bestselling motorcycles in the country. It is currently the second bestselling Bajaj motorcycle, the top selling being the Pulsar range. Platina is also exported to several overseas markets. However, in exports, Platina trails behind other products such as Boxer, CT, Pulsar and Discover.