The 125 cc segment is growing at a health rate in the country with numerous companies consistently adding a variety of models for commuters who want style, power and fuel efficiency. This segment is also no longer about fulfilling mere commuting needs with manufacturers putting a lot of importance to their bikes’ styling. But what probably works the most in their favour is the high mileage 125cc bikes offer.
Bajaj Discover 125ST
The Discover 125ST looks exactly as it should, modern, edgy and smart, while still being a Discover at heart. The engine of the bike employs an air-cooled, 124.6cc, 4-valve, twin-spark engine which is quite similar to that of the Discover 125 DTSi. The 125 ST is the first Discover to use a four-valve head. It delivers a peak power at a 12.82bhp at 9000rpm, giving maximum torque of 10.78Nm at 7000rpm, thus making it capable to rival some of the 150cc rides in the country. The biggest plus point of D125 ST is its fascinating looks. A uniquely styled front fascia, edgy turn-indicators, burly fuel tank, spider alloy wheels, alluring body graphics, silver-and-black exhaust and the silver central panel, and an attractive mudguard makes it different from similar other models in this category. The Discover 125 ST delivers an overall average of 68kmpl.
The Honda engine works reliably and offers great economy. Stunner’s refined engine and sporty looks make it ideas to zap the town. The stylish single cylinder Stunner from the Honda stable produces 11.15PS of power from its 124.7cc engine – the highest in this segment. It is also the fastest bike from the lot with 0-60km/h time of 6.1sec and a top speed of 100.3km/h. It has a tank capacity of 11 litres and will dish out 60.3 kmpl to a litre.
The Ignitor is based on the Stunner’s lines and comes with the power of new generation 125 cc ATFT engine which offers a peak power output of 11PS at 8000rpm. It is stylish bike that offers features like digital-analog combo meter console, split seat, front cowl, trapezoidal headlight, tail light, adjustable rear shock-absorbers, body-coloured rear grip and dual tone rear view mirrors. The Ignitor comes with racy graphics on its tank and side panels, along with a sporty stepped seat. The motorcycle is positioned as a performance bike which combines sturdiness and contemporary styling appealing to the youth. This Machine delivers an overall average of 61 kmpl.
The Hero Glamour from Hero Motor Corp. produces 9PS of power from its single cylinder 124.7cc air-cooled engine. The bike can do 0-60km/h in 7.1sec and achieve a top speed of 98.3km/h. The Glamour’s 13.6 litre fuel tank ensures the bike runs 938km without needing to refuel. While the Hero Glamour wins the fuel efficiency battle with a mileage of 69kmpl.
At first glance the Slingshot looks quite masculine. The bike features a newly designed sturdy upswept frame construct with a longer swing arm coupled with a preload adjustable rear suspension and a race inspired light weight alloy, sharp edgy head lamps, and an all new front fender design. It is suitable for Indian conditions since it is comfortable on city roads and offers comfortable posture for continuous long rides.
The new Gladiator SS has been given a great facelift coupled with designer colors and a pair of alloy wheels. Gladiator SS owns a 5-speed gear box with the great pick up – thus making it perfect for both the highway and city riding conditions. The bike sports a cool engine guard which comes only in the high end bikes. Other prominent features include: aluminium handlebar ends, new T-clamp, aluminium retractable footpegs and a self lubricating o-chain. The petrol tank of Gladiator SS has macho looks and beefy shrouds that sports company logo and racing stripes, it dishes out 65kmpl on average.
One of the most important segments in India is the commuter segment, which accounts for a major chunk of sales in the Indian two-wheeler market. The 125cc space is often referred to as the premium commuter segment as buyers want decent performance with good mileage. The Phoenix boasts of multi-coloured front mudguard, headlight, side panel along with a well designed fuel tank which has 125 neatly written on it. The alloy-wheels have 6-spokes unlike other bikes which have 5-spoke alloys. The headlight gets LED pilot lights too, an Apache influence.The 4-speed transmission offers smooth shifts although it’s not super slick like on its Japanese rivals. Mileage is around 55-60 km/l which is very good.