New Discover 125cc (Old Wine in a New Bottle)

by mahavir on April 4, 2011

As expected earlier, Bajaj auto launched Discover 125cc on 31st March 2011 with the ex-showroom price of Rs. 45,500/- for Drum brake and Rs. 48,000/- for Disc brake version. Bajaj Auto expects to sell 40,000 units per month of new Discover 125cc. This will take the brand Discover average monthly sales figure to 1,50,000 per month from present average monthly sales of 1,10,000 units per month.

On the launch of Discover 125cc Bajaj Auto President Motorcycle Business Mr.S.Sridhar said “Although we are riding high on the success of the Discover 100 and the Discover 150, there is still a significant base of commuters who prefer an optimum combination of mileage and power. The Discover 125 is expected to cater to the unfulfilled need of the above set of commuters and spread the Discover excitement across the commuter segment”

He also added that the current Discover volumes stand close to 1.2 lakh units per month and it has already become world’s second largest two-wheeler brand. With the launch of this model they plan to clock volumes of 1.5 lakh per month for fiscal 2011-12.

The new Discover 125cc is powered by a 124.6cc, 2 valve air cooled SOHC, DTSi engine. The  new engine is capable of generating maximum power of 11 bhp@8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 10.8NM @5500 rpm. The bike weighs just 118.5 kg which gives it a decent power- to- weight ratio of 92.8Ps/ton. The new figure of power and torque has nothing new from the first Discover 125cc launched in 2004 except maximum torque is generated at 1000 rpm lower compared to previous Discover 125cc. The bike is expected to deliver fuel efficiency of 82.4 KM / liter with top speed of 100 KMPH. It has all the other features same as the Discover 100cc and 150cc like Nitrox gas charged suspension, electric start, 8 liter fuel tank and two tone colour.

- Mahavir Kothari

New Discover 125cc Technical Specs


  • Type : Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled
  • Displacement: 124.6 CC
  • Max. Power (bhp @ RPM): 11bhp@8,000
  • Max. Torque (Nm @ RPM): 10.8@5500


  • Clutch: Wet multiplate
  • No. of gear: 5
  • Gear shift pattern: All down


  • Front: Telescopic, wheel travel 130 mm
  • Rear: Nitrox, wheel travel 110 mm


  • Front: Drum, 130 mm, 240mm Disk brake (Optional)
  • Rear: Drum, 110 mm


  • Front: 2.75 X 17″ (Unidirectional)
  • Rear: 3.00 X 17″ (Unidirectional)

Fuel Tank

  • Fuel tank capacity:  8 liter full (2.3 liter reserve)


  • Type: Single down tube


  • Battery: 12V, 5Ah
  • Head lamp: 35 / 35 W
  • Tail / stop lamp: LED type
  • Horn type & no.: DC / one


  • Length: 2040 mm
  • Width: 760 mm
  • Height: 1087 mm
  • Wheel base: 1305 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 162 mm
  • Kerb weight: 118.5 kg


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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Pulsar boy April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

This was obvious thing to do.. Disco 125 will succeed easily riding on the back of Discover brand. At least they chose to plug the gap btn 100 & 150cc Disco’s by introducing 125.. and this one will surely attract some of the customers who would be looking at super splendor/glamour/sling shot/shine/ybr 125.


star4ulove April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

Spot on Pulsar Boy…. Bajaj wanted to fill this gap. as platina Brand is doing nothing in 125cc segment. So they want 125cc Customer in their pocket, Discover is best option have over there….. Lets see what happens now..??????


Tanmoy Sengupta April 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Agree with Deepak Sir….


Payeng April 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Look closely..

Same old bottle: The styling, the body parts is virtually same as the first Discover launhed years back

Look closely again..

New wine: The Chassis has changed from a twin downtube to a single downtube frame. The original Engine which was based on the Pulsar has been replaced by Engines based on the XCD

So shouldn’t the title be “New wine in Old Bottle”..??

Unless of course you are just going by the brand name of Discover 125 like the “aam aadmi”


Melroy Menezes April 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Guys, Trust me the Honda Stunner is much muuch better !!!! Take take a look at it once & u will agree with me !!!


Yila April 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

Do you know the price difference between Discover 125 and Stunner 125? It is about Rs.20000 to 25000 (FI). This is equivalent to 4 to 5 years of petrol expense at the rate of 5000 kmpy. Unbelievable, but true. What does the cost-benefit analysis say about both bikes? Kind Regards.


star4ulove April 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

Good said.. Dude you are right….

Abhilash Bharadwaj April 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

U can buy a shine..

RIAZ HOSSAIN April 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

@ Pulsar boy, Right.I also think that.It is a good news for the customers who want a good bike in 125 cc range


turboss16789 April 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Well, it seems Bajaj is playing it safe and leaving no room for anyone. It is trying to complete the Discover portfolio. But after having a glimpse of the bike, I personally feel that the exhausts could have been replaced by that of the old Discover or that of the new Pulsar 150. It could have got some visual upgrades as customers are looking forward.
Anyways, I just wish Bajaj all the luck for coming years and in whatever they do. Take care.


fas April 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

They keep launching new Discovers all the time.


Jay April 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

I agree fas!
They possibly might stop support to 150 Discover or 135 Discover, if Discover 125 can replace XCD. :)


Srinivas April 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

Deepak Sir’s comment is really contemporary and dynamic. Every one should agree with this awesome automotive analyst. Bajaj is creating new segements and cashing in on the same. The high petroleum prices created a need for bikes with exceptional mileage while not compromising with poor pick up and performance. This is where the new Discover 125 exactly sets in.


Srinivas April 5, 2011 at 8:07 am


The new Discover 125 is sure to win the hearts and makes discover really a 2 million brand becoz it definitely gives good mileage along with amazing performance.


Avijit Achariya April 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hey, i have just applied to HDFC bank for Discover 150cc, but whether Discover 125 launched, Does it has Digital Meter???????????? please someone tell me then i have to change my loan application form…

Please reply within today….


Srinivas April 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hai Avijit,

Modify your loan application towards Disco 125 becoz you can enjoy both high mileage and high performance with Discover 125.


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Sachin April 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

Specifications looks ok on paper.lets wait for mileage & performance.its good to see maximum torque comming at 5500RPM.but then similar 125cc bikes like suzuki slingshot make maximum torque at only 3500RPM.


sreekanth April 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

@ sachin : see the mileage difference :)
i feel discover125 will atleast give 70-75kmpl :)


deepak April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

i dont find any new change in this bike…
the only diff i found here is the rear mudgard and the front healamps…

thats it..
overall gud for thos who want less power and gr8tr milage with comfort.


Sumon Datta April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

That’s why I hate bajaj. Same thing for long time but no improvement other than graphics and less confidence.


sreekanth April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

@ suman :ohhh!!! but wat changes did hero honda or honda make other than stickering and alloys??? think…unicorn had been given upgrades..but only graphics…so its all the same…stop hating bajaj…!!!


Alekh April 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

125cc exist since Disc125, Bajaj failed in this segment and is revisiting this segment as the sales of both D100 & D150 have fallen over last two months.
After every launch bajaj sales increases and within few months they dip and many models are sacked altogether.
Bajaj bikes re-sale is disgusting, Bajaj spares shop gets confused with so many models which are minted with the intention of lifting sales on temporary basis.
This ‘New Upgrade a Six month’ Mantra is fast losing it’s sanity. Bajaj better pack your bags and belog to auto rickshaw !!!


sreekanth April 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

its not that alekh. wat will anybody do if something doesnt work?? try put new and different…so is bajaj doing…and u will realise it soon…wen oil prices are rising like hell bajaj will be preferred…and coming to spares they are easily available… so dont misguide people….thank u :)


vipin_s April 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Please don’t buy Bajaj products,
> Very bad reliability
> Very very poor re-sale value
> Poor mileage after few months of usage
> Gearbox issues, engine noise galore
> Poor after sales/services
> Poor quality parts to you & HIGH margin of profit for Bajaj


sreekanth April 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

Big time bajaj hater :):D
u have bajaj with u??


karthik.S October 22, 2011 at 7:45 am

The words of wisdom Brother. I am with you.


KIRTI KUNAL April 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

One word ‘cheap’.


sreekanth April 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

@ deepak: why do u accept such comments???


Arjun April 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Good move by bajaj,amazing figures for a 125cc bike with the exact mileage and performance packs as expected by all Indian commuters…Sure to kick on Bajaj market….


Aditya April 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

When will Bajaj understand that they need to better the dated looks of the discover. They struck success with Discover and Pulsar so they plan to stick with the same name tag for eternity?
Also common frame and body with cost cutting ! …….. they should have at-least made the new discover look more modern and sporty or atleast give a different look to various models of discover/ new name.
Hero Honda manufactured several models of bikes with the same engine 97.2 cc 4-stroke. Different body, same engine. Now Bajaj same body different cc engine. Way-da-go ! Strange market strategy …..I say!


amitRU April 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hey everyone listen, some folks out there (like me) cant afford much priced (honda,hero-honda or yamaha’s) bikes and they like to ride a bike. In Bangladesh a pulsar150 priced at 1,70,000 where a yamaha r15 cost more than 3,60,000. Man can u match the price of ‘aam aadmi’, I think not and cheers to BAJAJ family to make bikes for us in lesser price.
It’s all I have to say to all…………………


sreekanth April 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

@aditya : hahaha :) well noticed…but its jus that bajaj wants to give a wide range of products for customers to choose from…!!! though HH changed bodies it couldnt get a grip on people with all those models….only Splendor, Passion and karizma have done well…. :)
and bajaj is coming up with next gen pulsars and discovers by this year end :) so wait for them :) till then enjoy the wine in a new bottle :)


anupam April 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

don’t like it


Anil Kumar Panda April 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

What is this yarr same bike is again and again. Not to very difference between 100,150. I want change yarr. I dont like this. Please change it in new style.


Paranthaman V C April 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

does discover 125cc has a digital with a tachometer ?


Aditya April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

My take on this. Discover 100 & 150 both did not have digital meter.
And considering the lesser price of Discover 125, it might NOT have a digital meter.


Sujit Thonse April 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I personally dont like discover


Srinivas April 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Today I had a test ride on HH Glamour and with in minutes, all my liking for Discover has gone. I request every body here to have a test ride on Glamour before visiting Bajaj showroom. You wwill never think of Bajaj again in life time


Honda April 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Test shine n then say which is better.


G Factor April 20, 2011 at 2:45 am

I am Honda Stunner owner.
After all this comments, I realised that everyone has a different opinion.
I am satisfied with my bike but it dosen’t meen it is extremely good one.
So much lacking features involved in it.

The notification are:-
I went Pune from Mumbai last month with my friends by Malshej ghat (around 180km single running), my friend had Discover 135.
I was on my stunner single and he was on the discover with a pillion, even after his bike gives a average of 70-75 kmpl, and mine gives only around 50 kmpl.
Just a lacking problem was the pick up difference. But I didn’t think that’s matters the most.

All I want to say that the bikes in India were launched with a prefferal kinds or the phrase of people. Someone wants the average, someone wants styles, good design, better looks, good power,etc.

Just wants to tell u all guys, go for whichever bike u likes or wants to buy, and don’t believe on rumors.

So many of my friends told me that don’t go for stunner, its not a good bike, before I buy it, but I was totally decided. but now they came at my home and requests “Yaar bike de na gilrfriend ko ghumane leke jaane ka hai”
Me: tera bike hai naa..??
Nahi yaar, tera hi de wo chalane me maja aata hai.

What more I can say.

Then guys choose as per ur need and don’t believe on rumors.


Dev April 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

“choose as per ur need and don’t believe on rumors”

You are absolutely right man


vaibhav thakur May 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Out of all the comments G Factor’s comment is the only Good Comment.


Subodh Kumar Pundir May 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

Dear Biker
Give me your view about hero honda achiever 150cc. How ever bike is not sold frequently from the dealers, but available on bulk orders.
regards ..!


subodh kumar pundir June 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Dear Biker,
In view of power and peformance the OLD Disdover 125cc is good, however the look is so-so. But the engine in both version is same or diffeence , it is to specify and clear before owning, bcoz, the shape and looks of old and new engine is totally different.


Dev June 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

After a long wait bajaj has updated its website about the new discover 125


Tushar August 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Value for money bike…
Few things Bajaj should pay attention to
1) Poor graphics
2) Not so good color combination
3) Very bad headlamp (Ugliest Headlamps I ever seen)

But In 125CC segment bikes it is the best bike one can buy.
Gives more power with mileage compared to other bikes.
Go for it guyz


om September 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

hi gyes i am purches disscover125
it is nice


karthik.S October 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

Bajaj is exactly like a road side mechanic. The road mechanics they modify a small CC bike by changing, bore, piston,sprocket,carburetor,air-filter etc and convert 100cc bike into a 125 or 135cc bike. Likewise bajaj is converting a same engine into different CC’s and selling then to dominate Hero and Tvs. Never seen a Honda coming up with a Unicorn 135, 180, 220 before.


SUNIL THAKUR December 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

i bought platina 125 cc.on dated 19th feb 2011.but it is not able to satisfy me .kya krein yaar ……………koi sukhi hai hi thing is more bajaj is not look after their customer after selling the bike………this is the huge mistake by dealer……….


liptu paul December 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Discover is awesome i like it


Nataraj December 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

Hii have old discover 2007 model performance wise is its ok but for all bajaj bikes for maintanance is too costly and its coming very early engine works and we have splendor 2004 still its running very very good condition for this milage was 72km


NARESH March 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

discover 100cc is a very bakwash bike is a bajaj company, if you run 50kmph then she vibrate but 125 not vibrate, i love 125 bajaj discover


sudarshan March 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

i had take disc125 test drive just for 16 mins. Its amaging. I like its nice pickup,n power. N it didn’t vibrates even in 70 kmph. I accelerate that bike for 78kmph, it has gud pickup till speed of 78kmph. May be it can give gud pick up till 80 kmph. it is luxury. N easy to take for long drive. Firstly i want to buy supersplendor, aftr driving disc125 my mind changes to disc. Ok frnds take test drive for more bikes n decide to take gud one. Just like my disc125. U’ll surely love it.


santhosh April 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hi Discover 125 is a good bike.But the wheel base is less


vivek May 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm

i need to know discor 125cc milage


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