One look at the Bajaj Discover 100 and it's evident that this one could well be the best looking 100cc commuter in the market. Of course, similarities to its bigger sibling, the Discover 125ST cannot be denied, but that's no bad thing really. Look closely and you will see twin Nitrox shock absorbers rather than a monoshock, while there are drum brakes at the front and rear. The motorcycle gets alloys as standard, and also looks crisp and sporty, with some rather aggressive lines unlike the rest of the 100cc competition.
On the saddle
The first thing that you notice when you get astride the Discover 100 is that Bajaj has got the ergonomics spot on. The seat is comfortable for the rider, the instrument cluster is easy to read and there is good pillion space on offer too.
On the move
Start the motorcycle up and you'll notice that the engine is typically Bajaj - sounding a bit gruff, but still managing acceptable NVH levels. With more power a bit of bottom end liveliness has been sacrificed, but mid range and top end are impressive, even though peak torque arrives relatively high up the rev range. Gearshift quality could be smoother, and all-up shifter is a bit of a pain, specially with 5 gears. Nevertheless, it's par for the course.
Ride and handling
Handling and ride quality are both good, with the bike feeling light and flickable and soaking up bumps well at speed. The drum brakes are adequate, but the option of a disc should have been offered.
Look out for a comprehensive first ride in a few days' time.