Bajaj two-wheelers have always been popular in India, ever since the company launched the ubiquitous scooters that ruled the country’s streets in the second half of the 20th century.
The changing times brought more stylish and better technology in the form of motorcycles. Bajaj quickly adapted to this trend, teaming up with Kawasaki in 1996 to introduce the KB100. Later in the 1990s, more models came on the market. The Discover, the Pulsar, the Wind and more recently the Platina have been solid names over the years.
Launched in 2006, the Platina features a 100cc engine and was intended primarily as a bike for those looking for a reliable yet affordable vehicle. Priced between Rs.37000 to Rs.39000 ex-showroom, it is Bajaj’s cheapest motorcycle.
A 4-stroke engine that has done its job in the CT 100 is offered. This means that the performance data of both bikes are identical. With a constant mesh type gearbox, the engine here produces 8.2 hp with Digital CDI and Trics III technology. The hydraulic SNS telescopic suspension ensures the ride quality. The 1275mm wheelbase paired with drum brakes give the drive a smooth ride and ensure a stable ride. The ExhaustTEC brand technology ensures that the torque is maintained in the low range. The benefit of this is a bike ideally suited to the tough rush hour traffic and stop-and-go conditions of city riding.
The savings factor is well taken care of. The fuel tank has a capacity of 13 liters but may require less filling and that’s good news for those looking for an economical drive. The company advertises 80 km pl, which could be around 65-70 in real conditions.
Despite its lower price, the Platina gives the impression of a bike in the premium segment. The use of chrome and fluid styling along with a sleek heat shield give it a refreshing look. In addition, aluminum rims make the bike look sporty. Exterior color options include black, as well as a hybrid color mix of black maroon and flame red.
Nevertheless, the Bajaj Platina is an offer that can be described as good value on the whole. The engine can seem a bit underpowered given its specs, and the build quality matches its price. But the positives far outweigh the shortcomings. What the buyer can look forward to, of course, is aggressive pricing. Broadening the economic perspective is the promise of low maintenance costs and, more importantly, phenomenal mileage.
The Bajaj Platina is an important offering to behold and own from the leading two wheeler manufacturers.