Bajaj Platina 125 Review

by Deepak on July 25, 2010

We still think about why the Discover 125 was ever stopped? After all it was the largest selling 125cc motorcycle in the country. After the Discover era, Bajaj rolled out XCD in its place and soon replaced it with Platina. And now comes retuned Platina 125 replacing the engine. Four different bikes inside 4 years. Clear indication of things not going that smoothly for Bajaj in this segment?

The Platina series was developed on the Bajaj Wind 125 base with the CT100 engine and has been much popular after its launch in April 2006. At a catchy price tag of Rs 36000, Bajaj sold 5,00,000 units in first eight months. The 125cc version was launched in Sept 2008 with sales of more than 30,000 units per month. And the new Platina 125 is expected to carry on the baton from here.

The Bike: The natural air cooled 124.6ccc engine is capable of giving you 8.5ps of power. It has a 5 speed gearbox (all down). It features a longer wheelbase and wider rear tyre than its 100cc version. The bike has a 0.5litre larger reserve capacity which doesn’t matter much because the fuel tanks capacity is still kept same at 13litres.However Platina 1265 weighs 3kgs lighter than its old version. Bright headlamps, Ride control switch along with a 12 V 5Ah Maintenance free battery are sure to give you some peace of mind. The ride control switch helps the rider to ride in ‘Fuel Economy zone’ which is also indicated in the fuel gauge meter. Besides that a low fuel indicator is also provided. We didn’t doubt its claimed top speed of 95kmph but we did try to find out its efficiency and were pretty satisfied with its mileage. It returned about 65kmpl in aggressive city riding conditions.
There’s a good chance for that figure to improve if you ride it more sensibly.

Performance: Not living upto anywhere living to expectations we had, Sadly Platina 125 is pretty much disappointing in this segment. There’s only a marginal increase in power from its older version or we say there’s a good chance that you would mistake this vehicle to be a 100cc one. The bike doesn’t feels planted at high speeds(70-80kmph) and further more you will have to settle with its ‘dull’ cornering abilities thanks to its not so good ‘Birla Roadmax’ tyres which can leave you craving for more grip on road. It has an upright seating position in line with other commuter bikes. Moreover unlike its 1000cc version it doesn’t succeed in giving you a plush ride without sacrificing its handling. Another thing we noticed while test riding it was it looks plain and too much stressful riding it without Disc brakes. Platina 125 misses Disc brakes badly. There are no trip meters or tachometers on this bike. A deliberate attempt to keep its cost minimized. But it even with all those, it serves well the purpose of being a commuter bike. It has wide seats and is equipped with 125mm telescopic front and SNS (spring and spring) rear suspension. Handling is not that good when compared with other 125cc bikes. An electric start option is a great relief. Other prominent feature of this bike includes Anti friction bushes in front fork which improves suspension life and an auto choke.

Technology At A Glance

1) Ride Control switch: This features has been specifically introduced to enable the rider to have a non distracting/non intrusive indication of an impending change between Economy zone cruising and Power zone cruising.
It indicates optimum throttle opening for best mileage.

2) Ex-haus TEC: World’s first, the ex-haus TEC (tec expands to torque expansion chamber) improves engine torque at low rpm and is optimized to get maximum performance from engine.

3) SNS Suspension: The spring ‘n’ spring suspension ensures a comfortable ride every time you test it. The SNS rear suspension with longest travel in its class of 100mm, Bajaj used it on several other bikes as well like the DISCOVER 125

Specifications of Bajaj Platina 125:

  • Tyre – 124.6cc Naturaal air cooled, park Ignition engine
  • Max power – 8.5ps
  • Transmission – 5speed gearbox(all down)
  • Suspension Front – Telescopic type,125mm
  • Rear – SNS(Sping and Spring), 100mm
  • Brakes (front and rear)- 100mm Drum
  • Tyres Front- 2.75 * 17
  • Rear- 3.00 * 17
  • Fuel Tank – 10 Litres
  • Reserve – 2.5 Litres
  • Wheelbase – 1275mm
  • Width – 770mm
  • Saddle Height – 785mm
  • Ground Clearance – 160mm
  • Kerb weight – 110kg
  • Top Speed – 95kmph
  • Manufacturers Warranty- 2 years, 30000kms
  • Price – Rs 41,331 (On road, gurgaon, Haryana)

Styling: Premium rugged looks, Contemporary graphics and stylish alloy wheels are the main highlights of Platina 125’s looks. The Platina 100 when first launched in platinum silver color with silver chrome graphics was a huge hit. But here all black styling replaces this theme. Black grab rails, matt finished black silencer with chrome finished foot rest looks good on this bike. The only disappointing thing we noticed was that bike had given away its clear lens indicators and opted for orange ones. Also a new simpler looking fuel lid replaces old but somewhat more stylish fuel lid.

We were quick to enquire this only to get a disappointing answer that now even the Platina 100 would have same changes. Pretty Strange? Apart from that every other detail remains untouched. Even the speedometers and fuel gauge are the same ones. It would have been much more sensible if Bajaj would have striked some similarity between these two variants.

BikeAdvice Verdict: Honestly speaking, Bajaj Platina 125 doesn’t really live upto the Bajaj image. Although new and pretty descent one to ride, the bike needs to undergo several more up gradations before it can really compete with any of the other bikes in the market. Many other 125cc bikes can give you better mileage and with better styling. It’s definitely not recommended for long drives as alloy wheels are of medium quality and drum brakes work pathetic. Sometimes the bike would not start in spite of repeated kicking. But the only good thing about it is its price. Priced at just Rs 41,331 on road against Rs 39,399 (Platina 100) it is aimed at 100cc segment buyers who may look for cheap upgrade to 125cc.Infact its even cheaper than Hero honda splendor motorycle.

While looking competition wise, the bike is expected to take on the like of Super Splendor and Suzuki Zeus. Go for it only if you are a Platina fan or for that matter a Bajaj fan. And more surprisingly the much awaited Platina LPG version seems to be stuck in the garage (like the Sonic) for a long time. Bajaj had already completed its test runs in cities like Ahemdabad and Sangli long time back. But if it comes on road, it will be a boon for many customers who would prefer more value for money bike. While it was still being tested, it had a 5Litre gas tank along with a 10 Litre petrol tank. Also there would be 20% drop in power delivery while it would incur 35-40% less running cost. With rising crude prices, the commercial success of such a bike is anybody’s guess. But we still would have to wait for some time as Bajaj is believed to be sourcing some of the components for the LPG kits from Italian suppliers, is negotiating with the vendors to rationalise costs. Moreover there aren’t enough LPG pumps across the country as of now.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

devan July 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

its a cycle, dont compare with zeus or splender

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devgan July 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

If its a cycle, then s.splendor must be a tricycle. Moreover costs rs7000 more

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Captain Obvious July 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Control over Typing, Platina 1265, 1000cc version.. Makes huge difference.

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akash July 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

Bajaj Platina have a great mileage.It was light weighted bike. It have a dis brake in 125cc. It looks was not good. Its engine was good for road of city.

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akash July 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Bajaj Platina is a great mileage & light weighted bike.It is not a good looking as a Pulsar.Its mileage was good on the road of city. It was suitable for man of feild works.

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sujit July 27, 2010 at 3:17 am

milage good initially.afterwords not good

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shubham July 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm

good post …….i like that

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shubham August 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

i believe your work!!!!

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bullet September 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

can anyone share with us regarding the newly launched (2010). platina 125cc, about its mileage in city and highway?
also, when driving rashly, what mileage does it gives and when driving in best economy zone , whats the highest mileage it can deliver?

main thing, i want to know is how much stamina does this bike has? how much kms can this bike run in a single long journey?

will it show any signs of fatigue while travelling a long journey of 400+ kms in a single day?

plz post your valuable comments.

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ram December 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

platina 125cc is a good bike….it looks stylish and gives 60kmpl
i bought last month and hav no probolms………go for platina 125cc

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utkarsh sharma December 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I am disappointed by this bike I have run 20,000 kms . three time clutch plate Replaced , centre stand replaced, high tension coil replaced, one spark plug replaced, steering needs greasing ( earlier I had bajaj Boxer & drived 66,000 kms with out any replacement of these spares)
Now engine strated giving smoke.
Poor product from Bajaj, never buy

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Arghya January 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

platina’s colour gets blurred and catches dust the shining does not remain for long……is that true……….some people have told me dat….please confirm….but no talks about its mileage……does the 125cc version have disc brakes??????

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jagadish March 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

what is the exact mileage of bajaj platina 125cc and 100cc?

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jagadish March 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

what is the exact mileage of platina 100cc and 125cc?

mail id: jack15karthi@gmail.com

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jagadish March 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

90km/ltr

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vijender June 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Bajaj Platna-125 have good equipied and running averagefull , Good bike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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prakash singh rawat June 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Bad bike but looks good than other bike

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Vijender kumar uttam nagar June 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

This is economically and well equipied performing good milege with strong capacity,

I would prefer to say every economy or middle family should purchase this bike,

All the best

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Vijender kumar uttam nagar June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I Aggree with you

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Sasmita Padhy July 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Bajaj Platina is a good bike. It provides good milage with low price.

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rajesh August 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I have platina 125 bike, the performance of the bike is very good and it gives above 60 km/pl.
in city riding. I should say comparing to other bikes it is very very best bike price wise, average wise, maintenance wise and also bajaj spares available everywhere and very cheap. Now days no body using any branded bikes not more than 2 – 3 years and after they go to exchange with any of latest bikes. so that for the short period time being this is the only bike I can suggest best available in the price range to 40 to 50 thousands.

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nikhil September 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

My Father owns this bike….i have traveled more than 200kms….mileage is good but handling is aweful…dont waste u r hard earned money on this duffer bike….try twister….twister has not so good handling but same mileage of platina ….and looks r also great

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ravi kumar November 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

platina was good milage but it condition was not good

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Krishna Kumar May 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

Its anice bike…gives good milege and it is the best in 125 segment…
Althogh it is not heavy but performs well..,,
i m riding it since last two years and i havent found any problem..and one more thing is that it has a nice pick…
So just go for platina…

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jay kumar meena January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

why did platina125cc stop.when willbe relaunch this bike .

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darshan May 19, 2013 at 12:23 am

platina 125 is good bikr for who want to run bike in city.for long drive it in not so much good, but avg is good i got 68km/lt. And i spend money for only tyre puncture and clutch wire in 3 years i complited 10000 km running. But no any probleb at all, if we compair it with ct 100, i wil say ct 100 was best.

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vishal kumar August 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

i m regular used platina 125cc from last 3years and best performance for chain set 51000kms and present time runing condition and pls advise for new chain set change

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