The earlier reports of Bajaj working out on refurbishing its Platina range of motorcycles have been confirmed, as the test mules of the new Platina have been spied around the outskirts of Pune. Team Gaadi has spotted two Platinas, one undisguised and one camouflaged, which were doing the test runs to examine the performance and engine efficiency of the new motorcycle.
The two Platinas in two different guises indicate that Bajaj is working on two different variants of the bike. The first one, the undisguised motorcycle, appears to be the same motorcycle as the current Platina 100 on the aspects of looks and design. The test bike had the same body panels, components and graphics as the current bike, but had an entirely different engine unit which is expected to be either an improvised version of the ExhausTEC engine of the current Platina or may be borrowed from the Discover 100M.
Needless to say, the new Platina 100 will churn out better performance and efficiency figures as well as NVH levels than the outgoing bike.
The second test mule, i.e., the camouflaged one, suggests that Bajaj is also working either on a premium variant of the 100cc Platina or is preparing to bring back the Platina 125 which was discontinued a couple of years ago. Though the body panels of this motorcycle were completely wrapped, the overall silhouette says that it will not be dramatically different from the current Platina, and will be the same design with different graphics.
The motorcycle may be powered by the 125cc engine which currently does the duty on the Discover 125M.
Other details which are evident from the spy pics say that both the bikes will borrow the chassis as well as suspension system (front telescopic forks and rear SNS coil springs) from the current Platina, on both the variants of the new Platina. Both the bikes are expected to be launched in the first half of 2015.
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