Why do we even need to bother about 100cc bikes, when riders have been gradually upgrading to the 150cc-200cc segment? Thatâ€™s mainly because there are people who still want to own a motorcycle within a tight budget without constantly worrying on increasing petrol prices every now and then. It is for those riders that a 100cc motorcycle makes most sense. Melroy Alphonso gives you insights on the popular bike models in the 100/110cc segment available in India.
Bajaj Discover 100T
Bajaj Auto, the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the country, is taking all efforts in the quest of becoming a dominant motorcycle manufacturer in this segment. The Discover 100T comes with good looking decals which look similar to its 125 ST sibling. With the new foot pegs being fitted add to a premium look.
Discover 100T has a 102cc DTSI, 4-valve, 4-stroke, Air-cooled engine which produces 10bhp power at 9,000rpm with 9Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. The 4 valve DTS-I engine fires up smoothly with the electric starter, which again is another nice addition. The engine propels the bike forward with a smooth throttle response. Bajaj Auto claims a top speed of 100kmph and we can say that definitely this is the fastest motorcycle in its class. The Discover 100T has weight of 121kgs. The bike has a ground clearance of 165 mm which helps it avoid damages. It has a low turning radius which helps easy maneuvering in city traffic. List of features offered are an electric start, alloy wheels, DC head lamps and also a pass light switch.
With its performance specs and numerous features offered, coupled with good looks, this bike surely offers a lot value for its money. The on road price of 100T is Rs.58850/- You can also read the Discover 100 T review here on MBMW.
Hero MotoCorp Splendor Plus
Hero MotoCorp has carried forward this bike legacy from the earlier venture i.e Hero Honda. This has been one of the oldest and largest selling bike in this segment. The Splendor Plus proves itself with its good reliability along with zero maintenance.
The Hero Splendor Plus has a 97cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine producing power of 7bhp which seems a bit miserly on paper but the performance is adequate for daily commuting purpose. The Splendor Plus does come in alloys wheels but it offered as an option. The bike has an 11litre fuel tank offering 70kmpl fuel efficiency, which makes sure that you wouldnâ€™t be visiting the petrol pump that frequently. The Splendor Plus feels surprisingly agile although the tyres and brakes are a let-down. The bike weighs 109kgs which makes it feel extremely light and as a result offers good city riding manners. The suspension system is well tuned for most of the Indian roads.
At a pricing at Rs 45,000 (Ex-showroom Mumbai) it doesnâ€™t feel a lot of money for such a tried and tested motorcycle, thus making the Splendor Plus an irresistible buy.
Honda Dream Yuga
Honda Dream Yuga is the companyâ€™s second offering in this class segment. Honda has retained the fun-to-ride quotient in the Dream Yuga. The Dream Yugaâ€™s tiny proportions make you feel that you can easily slip past and in-between most of the vehicles while riding through congested traffic.
Dream Yuga comes powered with a 109cc, 4-stroke engine which produces power of 8bhp at 7,500rpm and 8Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. The 110cc engine which feels quite peppy is the same unit that comes on the CB Twister, but is tuned for a bit more of efficiency.
The engine feels smooth and refined as most of other Honda bikes. The instrument console is well laid out and has a nice twin pod with speedometer and odometer on the left and a fuel gauge with tell-tale lights on the right. The bike features a pass light switch but misses out on the engine kill button. The gearshifts are smooth and precise, having an all-up shift pattern. Mileage given is around 60-65kmpl in city. The Dream Yuga comes fitted with 18-inch wheels. Riding position is neutral and reach to the handle bar is just right. The ride quality is adequate over bad surface roads.
If the premium pricing is lowered a bit and a few more features are offered then this motorcycle would be a perfect choice. Dream Yuga price starts at Rs.47058/-
One of the most recent motorcycles to be marketed in the commuter segment is the Mahindra Pantero. This isnâ€™t the companyâ€™s first bike in this segment, as earlier the Stallio model was launched in 2010. Most of the design elements like the front cowl and muscular lines along with the overall body look have been carried forward from the Stallio.
The Mahindra Pantero has a 106cc engine that had been featured on the earlier Stallio model, although Mahindra engineers state that everything from its pistons to the 4-speed gearbox has been redesigned. The engine delivers 8bhp of power at 7,500rpm with 8Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. The Pantero comes with a double cradle tubular steel frame and weighs 120kgs.The front suspensions are spring coiled, telescopic while the rear has 5 step adjustable coils. The Panteroâ€™s body has been entirely doused in a matte black look, right from its 5 spoke designed alloy wheels, to its engine and muffler with the body plastic panels also coloured in black. The silencer heat guard and foot pedals are in chrome and the headlamp is accompanied with white LED pilot lamps. The suspension setup soaks up most bumps and potholes quite efficiently.
We should be happy to know that the engine is more refined and the earlier gearbox problems are now absent. Pantero’s price slope begins from Rs.44061/-
The Suzuki Hayate design language seems edgy and quirky. The seating position is upright and comfortable. The foot pegs placement is the same for the rider and pillion. The rear view mirror is wide which helps in better vision.
Suzuki Hayate engine is powered by 112cc SOHC, four-stroke engine with power of 8bhp at 7,500rpm and 8Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. It comes with a basic set of tyres, 2.75 front width and 3.00 rear width. The bike has 17inch wheels which are aided by front telescopic forks and a rear adjustable hydraulic suspension. The bike gives a feeling that it has been built to last. The rear fender and other plastics also feel solid and wonâ€™t break easily. The Hayateâ€™s instrument cluster has a sporty look to it. Fonts are of blue & white color with a unique layout. The Suzuki Hayate lacks engine-kill switch and also a pass light switch, which is now offered by most competitors.
What Suzuki India lacks and needs to build on is to widen their dealership and service network, to gain a better market share. On road price of the Mahindra Pantero base model starts at Rs.48291/-