Bajaj’s Discover nameplate has been in the Indian market for a decade now and has been a runaway success story, scoring heavily on the perfect blend of performance and fuel efficiency. This ‘Discover’ sub-brand of the manufacturer has existed in almost every commuter segment, ranging from 100cc to 150cc.
In order to leave no ‘commuter terrain’ untouched, Bajaj has launched not one, but two 150cc Discovers, in the faces of 150S and 150F, making a more substantial comeback in the 150cc segment for the ‘Discover’ brand, after discontinuing the previous generation Discover 150 long time back. Both the bikes are now the range-topping models of the refurbished Discover clan with the 150F being a semi-faired bike and the 150S a motorcycle with the standard fairing akin to the rest of the existing Discovers, incorporating the identical headlamp.
About the motorcycles, both are almost the same, but differentiated only on the basis of front fairing. Both the variants are powered by a 4-stroke, air-cooled, 144.8cc engine, figures which are healthier even than some of the existing premium 150cc motorcycles, equipped with Bajaj’s trademark DTS-i technology. The gearbox is a 5 speed unit in all-up pattern with a heel and toe shifter, with just precise shifts for city commuting. On the equipment front too, both the bikes have similar kit on offer, with the same front telescopic forks and a rear gas-charged monoshock, stepped rear LED tail lamp, pilot lamps incorporated in the headlamp, tubeless tyres, front petal disc brake (an optional equipment on 150S), corrugated fins in engine for better cooling and ten-spoke alloy wheels. Where the two bikes differ is the layout of instrument console – The 150S carries the same analog layout of meters like other existing Discovers, with an analog speedometer, odometer, trip meter and fuel gauge, and on the other hand, the 150F gets a more modern and comprehensive layout with an analog speedometer and a substantial LCD screen displaying digital odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, service reminder and clock.
The Discover 150S and 150F have upped the ante of practicality even higher than the benchmarks setup by its other downsized variants.
Exiting in a rather niche segment, the duo fairs impressive on almost every aspect. Both the bikes look modern, with the 150F following a youthful approach and the 150S a rather more conservative path. Being entry-level 150cc offerings, their performance and efficiency figures can make some of the existing and upper-specced competitors think about their potentials and the amount of equipment on offer firms up its ‘value-for-money’ stamp associated with the name ‘Discover’ right since its inception. The new Discovers are now available in showrooms with color options of Dark Blue, Wine Red, Ebony Black and Dark Bottle Green, with the prices starting at Rs. 51,720/- for the drum variant of 150S, going upwards with Rs. 54,725/- for the disc variant of 150S and Rs 58,739/- for the 150F (all prices ex-showroom Pune).
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