Roaming around in Pune does prove fruitful, especially when you are roaming around for literally nothing! Similarly, I just headed out on the roads and incidentally a ‘commuter’ looking bike zipped passed by with a testing number plate. I suddenly shifted gears, but it did take some effort for my Pulsar 220 (with pillion) to catch hold of this bike on the Mumbai Pune highway.
Talking about this bike, frankly speaking, considering this bike as ‘Discover’ could be considered as speculation for the time being. But the following points make me convinced.
- Bajaj has promised a ‘commuter bike’ along with Pulsar 200NS very soon. This should be the ‘commuter bike’ Bajaj must be talking about.
- Bajaj considers Pulsars as sports bikes and ‘Discover’ as its commuter bike.
- According to the size of this bike, it doesn’t look like a Pulsar!
- The engine also doesn’t seem to be bigger!
- Possess a disc brake cover which resembles so much to the current discover. Also this is a smaller disc and not the regular 240mm found on general Pulsars.
- The silencer, although new, also looks belonging to a commuter bike
- The non-presence of clip-ons and presence of Discover-like handlebar along with very similar switchgear
- Rear Brake light resembles so much to the current discovers
OK, so from now we would refer to this bike as the next generation Discover.
Come up with more if you can spot any from the spy pics posted here.
What could be made out from the pics
- Gas Filled Monoshock: The first surprise is the introduction of mono-shocks on a commuter bike that too gas filled Bajaj’s Nitrox.
- New or Modified Chassis: As a result of monoshock, Bajaj would either have changed the complete chassis assembly else would have modified it to accommodate the weight distribution of monoshock on it.
- New Silencer: The silencer on the bike is new with an aluminum tip and a chrome plated heat shield
- Aluminum coated footpegs
- Newly designed mudguards; there are actually 3 of them. One protecting the mono-shock and the other two protecting the rear slush of mud. I am not sure if Bajaj would do away one of these two.
- Redesigned and normal grab rails: Thank God its not ‘Bajaj’s split! I have a horrifying time on my 220s split grabrails.
- More Flowing Rear Design: Although, it is hidden, but it seems that the rear panels and whole designing would be more contoured.
- Sculpted tank: This is the most startling thing for me. The tank has been sculpted and looks to be much bigger than the current Discover’s tanks.
- Console: While we can make out the rounded pod which seems to be the tachometer (hovering just around the red line), the one following is the analogue fuel meter. The one which is not visible should be a digital speedometer.
- The rear view mirrors are trapezoidal and look to offer a better view (from my experience on these kind)
- Rear tyre was a thin 3.0 (most probably Eurogrip)
- Pointed indicators taken from Pulsar 135
- More contoured seat
- Half chain cover
- Pulsar 200 like alloy wheels
- Powerful engine: I had a tough time chasing this bike and when it started from a slow speed (due to a turn), the acceleration was pretty good. A few pics have been taken at speeds hovering around 110 on my Pulsar 220.
If there is anything else you could make out do point out in the comments below. We will come up with more information about this bike as we get to hear anything concrete.
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