Bajaj Auto has introduced a new 110cc Discover as part of a strategy to streamline the range of offerings under the Discover brand. These include different iterations of the Discover with engine capacities ranging from 100cc to 135cc. Bajaj Auto is claimed to have engineered a strategy to have just two offerings under the Discover brand; the Discover 110 is the second of the two. Staying loyal to the conservative styling theme all commuter bikes have come to flaunt, the bike looks modern and smart nevertheless.
17-inch di-alloy wheels
Displacing 115cc to be precise, the Discover 110, at front, sports a clear-lens head lamp assembly with LED daytime running lights. The assembly is part of a fairing that looks familiar. The 17-inch dia alloy wheels (found on the now-defunct 125S/ST), finished in matt black, provide a good colour contrast. In terms of styling, the Discover 110 comes with new side panels finished in a stylish contrasting colour. The upswept exhaust, like the alloy wheels, is finished in black. The heat shield is chrome and the rear tail lamp also has a chrome bezel.
The upright riding posture instantly reminds one of the commuter nature of this bike. The digital-analogue meter console is easy to read and draws attention. To ensure the console does not come in contact with the fairing there is an insulation layer of foam between the two. Re-contoured and re-textured to look different perhaps, the seat shape does little to hide the possibility of it being borrowed from the Discover 125, but is supportive.
The eight-litre tank of the Discover 110 is the smallest in its category. The 115.4cc single-cylinder air cooled engine produces 8.6bhp of peak power at 7000rpm and 9.81Nm of peak torque at 5000rpm. It is mated to a four-speed gearbox, and the characteristics of the long-stroke engine and the low gearing of the transmission complement each other. Feeling refined at idle, the engine responds well. The shift action of the gearbox is positive and precise, and the clutch feels progressive. Taking off without any fuss, the Discover 110 accelerates well to achieve good commuting speeds. An amount of vibration manages to sneak through the handlebar, seat and foot pegs as the revs rise. It, however, does not get to a level where they turn annoying.
Displaying an uncanny ability to ride at low speeds in higher gears, the bike exhibits superior ride-ability. It is possible to shift into the fourth gear at speeds as low as 20-25kmph and stay in top gear for a good while as well. The sweet riding range of the bike is between 50 and 75kmph. Push beyond 75kmph, and the bike gathers speeds in excess of 95kmph.
Front brake feels soft
Complementing the performance of the Discover 110 is its dynamic ability. The bike feels agile and easy to ride. It supports good cornering, and can help achieve a good amount of lean. The telescopic front forks and twin rear shock absorbers contribute to the good handling. Less-than-ideal surfaces are well tackled, and the Discover 110 impresses with its stability (the bike has the longest wheelbase in its segment). With a kerb weight of 118kg, the bike feels solid when riding over rough surfaces, only the more severe ones make themselves felt.
Good ground clearance helps whereas the drum brakes at both the ends provide adequate stopping power. The front brake feels a bit soft, and is not exactly confidence inspiring. The rear brake exerts itself well in comparison; its excessive use however at times tend to create a situation where the rear threatens to step out of line, especially on tricky surfaces, and in tricky situations. A disc brake option at front would work wonders.
The bike makes an interesting premium commuter machine. Priced at Rs 50,200 ex-showroom Delhi, the Discover 110 may still confirm to the conservative styling thought process, but it performs well, is efficient and has a good dynamic ability.