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Bajaj Discover 100 - True love, rediscovered
Finally, we ride a little Bajaj that makes us bat our eyelids and pout
By : Kyle Pereira | Published : October 10, 2009 | Photos : Aneesh Shivanekar
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Bajaj Discover 100 Road Test, Mileage, Reviews & Features
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It's been awhile since there has been a motorcycle out of the Bajaj stable that has dragged me by the collar into a showroom. The first Pulsar did that, and I also remember very vividly how I stared with my face touching the glass, at the first Eliminator at the Planet Bajaj showroom. I didn't land up owning either, but every time I saw one go by, I wished the small change in my pocket had somehow multiplied a thousand-fold. Predictably it didn't, but then, Bajaj hadn't come up with anything that truly made me get up and take notice after that.

But here is a bike that looks like the Discover, shares the name of the Discover but is nothing like the Discovers of yore. There I am, my boots soaked with drool as I stare with a stupid grin at the matte grey engine - it's the start of yet another blooming love story with a Bajaj.

The specs don't seem to be out of the world - a 94.4cc, two-valved single that makes 7.5 bhp at 7500 rpm with 0.8 kgm of torque at 5000 rpm. So what exactly makes me love this motor so much? For that, you need to thumb the engine to life. The little DTS-Si engine is punchy at low rpm, pulls away cleanly through each of the five gears and the best part is that it's creamy smooth all through. No, it's not lifeless like a bowl of chopped cabbage; it grunts and sends sweet tingles through the foot pegs, but in just the right quantities - so much so that it feels almost like a premium 150cc till you look down at the speedo. This is the sort of engine that you love climbing up steep sweeping twisties with, and as you ascend at an increasing pace, each and every click upward through the gearbox brings with it a feeling of pure exhilarating joy. 

Performance isn't the best there is, but it's healthy enough to keep up with city traffic, and some more. Standstill to 60 kph takes about 13 secs (it was a rainy and miserable day, so it could better when the sun's out) and I managed to push the little Bajaj to about 79 kph with a tad more to go. These aren't exactly world beating figures, but Bajaj claims that the Discover is probably the most fuel efficient motorcycle there is today, with 89 kpl in real world riding conditions. I think the thing burns less fuel than me walking!

The gearbox, however is a bit of a letdown. Although it's a fine shifter, with every cog slipping in true every time, the all-down shift pattern is where my grouse lies. Call it dangerous or just plain inconvenient, whichever way you look at it, it's got to get the boot. The one-down-and-rest up pattern is where things are at, and I sincerely hope Bajaj is listening. I'm glad the Discovery got the number of gears it does, the five toothed wheels do wonders to bring out the best from that very delightful engine, endowing it with its brilliant long-legged feel.

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  Posted by Discover 100 es at 11th March,2012
Most important thing to remember when you clean bajaj discover 100 air filter foam, clean it only with wool cleaner liquid detergent like 'ezee' and dry under sunlight, don't use petrol to clean it. Never apply any oil to the filter foam, it is unnecessary and will block smooth air flow acting as a choke always on and affecting the proper air fuel mixture and affecting mileage too. The filter foam of discover 100 is well made and designed to block fine dust without applying oil.
  Posted by Satya at 2nd March,2012
Yes, you need to clean the discover 100 carburetor main jet pilot jet and choke assembly after it becomes dirty. After cleaning you will feel the smoothness of the engine much better than when your bike was new. Great performance bike really a worth buy.
  Posted by Indrajit Singh at 1st March,2012
I have been an owner of bajaj discover 100 for 10 months and like to share some of my experiences. When my bike was new I had a problem locking the gear shifter when rapid down shifting and was worry for my decision buying this bike but after 4000 km of run the gears shift smooth when engine is on, reason is gear box also needs proper run in to get smooth like the engine. I tracked knocking noise from engine after 3000 km run and fixed it by the service personnel, it was loose valve. After run in you must adjust the valves after 3000 km and should continue this procedure between 3k km intervals because valves tend to get loose over time. After 8 months of usage I felt starting problem and lagging acceleration but was fixed cleaning the carburetor pilot jet, auto choke valve and re adjusting the pilot mix screw. My bike still gives 75+ mileage on mixed driving condition. I achieved top speed of 120 kmph after cleaning the carb. Breaking is excellent. Check battery electrolyte level and
  Posted by Ishan vikram singh at 29th February,2012
My discover 100cc milege is minimum 80 kmpl and i love this bike
  Posted by Rahul Gupta at 27th November,2011
I have BAJAJ Discover DTSI 100 cc. I had heard about its excellent mileage so I bought this bike. I am very sorry to say that my bike gives a mileage of not more than 20-25kmpl in city and 45-50kmpl on long routes. Other than it you cannot start this bike without taking accelerator if allowed to stand for about 1 hour. I am not satisfied with this bike.
  Posted by sanjeev at 6th May,2011
my discover 100 is giving mileage of 50 in city but runs at 105 km/hr on highway and 0 to 60 at no more than 6 seconds..
  Posted by Rajan at 7th November,2010
If I am Rahul Bajaj or Tech team of Bajaj I will launch Pulsar 75CC , 60 CC , Twin Barrel Pulsar with 35 CC per cylinder and with 6 gear box , Discbreaks for front and rear. I just see Automobile engine comes with higher CC but no one comes with Down size CC. [ I prefer to do Bajaj pulsar with 50CC Starting with where in customer can have thier own Cyliderbarre and pistion rings and Increase CC as per Thier requirement. So Fuel is saved for out country like India.
  Posted by kapil upadhyay at 27th July,2010
hey guys my bike is bout to come in 4 hrs....lets see..... i hope every thing will gonna b fine....! now its my turn to check over dis bike...i will provide u my feed backs after a ride
  Posted by PRASHANT KAMBLE at 20th April,2010
NICE BIKE. I REALLY LIKE. i am taking this bike.
  Posted by Durga Nand Yadav at 26th March,2010
I wants to Purchase Discover 100cc bike so Please give me information about Millage and Delhi Price.
  Posted by Krishna at 21st March,2010
Personally I dont like Bajaj nowadays (I certainly liked it during the chetak days). They always mess up with a successful model and make copy their own name to another new product in market. Discover 135 was a very good bike in its range, then came discover 150 (i guess so) and now a 100 cc variant. Platina was the best in its class, then came platina 125, same goes with pulsar, 150, 180, 220 cc versions. They did the same with XCD. It was a good 125 cc bike, it was changed to 135 cc. You can not name a single bike in Bajaj and know its capacity or "range" with just the name. It needs a numerical suffix to know what the capacity of bike is. Moreover, I wonder why so many changes within a short period of time. When I was about to buy a new bike, I was looking for feedback as everyone does always. To my disappointment, whatever the bike in Bajaj was, that variant was in market for less than two years. You can see sooo many variants with same name (even with same cubic capacity). Bajaj -
  Posted by Md.Anisur Rahman at 25th January,2010
price
  Posted by BHANU PRASAD GANGASANI at 25th January,2010
PLEASE ANNOUNCE THE RATE PUBLIC AS ON DATE 25.01.2010 MY VEHICLE COST TAKEN WITH OUT EXTRA FITTINGS,ON ROAD 50,500/RS IN SUB DEALER WYRA SHOW ROOM,KMM DIST, AP; MILLAGE AND SUSPENSION IS GOOD
  Posted by k.asi krishna at 4th November,2009
hey man really a nice review...but i struggled a lot in understanding your english...u would have preferred simple english for people like me....its ok....i am a proud owner of this bike..and i am extremely satisfied with the work the bike does in city traffic conditions....compared to present 100cc bike segment scenario i think this bike is the best from the rest...i am not correct then reply to this address kvn.saikrishna@gmail.com ...let me wait for your mail.....and once again your review is simple superb...
  Posted by k.asi krishna at 4th November,2009
hey man really a nice review...but i struggled a lot in understanding your english...u would have preferred simple english for people like me....its ok....i am a proud owner of this bike..and i am extremely satisfied with the work the bike does in city traffic conditions....compared to present 100cc bike segment scenario i think this bike is the best from the rest...i am not correct then reply to this address kvn.saikrishna@gmail.com ...let me wait for your mail.....and once again your review is simple superb...
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