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Bajaj XCD 125 DTS - Si

Revving it up: The new Bajaj XCD 135 comes with an extremely fuel-efficient engine that-s perfect for city commutes

The XCD 125 introduced Bajaj Auto-s ultra-frugal DTS-Si engine to Indian riders. It helped Bajaj add to the Discover, enhancing its model line-up to lure buyers from 100cc motorcycles. The XCD 125 had gained much favour among bikers.

But Bajaj being Bajaj has gone a step further to roll out the new 135cc XCD DTS-Si. Is the new bike really different or is it just a cosmetic upgrade?

The XCD 135 DTS-Si looks larger than the original XCD. Stylish and muscular looking, it retains compact dimensions and is smaller than larger 125cc bikes like the Honda Stunner and Yamaha Gladiator.

The shapely front mudguard looks sporty, as do its small bikini fairing and low-set tinted visor. The bike uses a powerful, halogen bulb-equipped headlight and contemporary turn-signal indicators. The XCD 135 has a comfortable-feeling fuel tank, with nifty tank extensions, a smart new alloy fuel filler lid and an alloy sub-frame that holds the pillion footrests.

The riding saddle is ergonomic and has a subtle step to separate rider and pillion. A rubberised brake pedal and gear shifter are standard. The side panels on this bike are massive and flow seamlessly into a shapely tail and an outstanding brake warning lamp. The 135 employs a sheared silencer and tyre hugger for its rear wheel.

Paint quality, rubber and plastic parts used are first rate.

DTS-Si or Digital Twin Spark-Swirl induction is Bajaj-s patented engine technology to generate improved fuel economy. According to the XCD 135 DTS-Si-s sporty ambitions, the original XCD-s four-stroke, 124.58cc engine has increased cubic capacity to 134.6cc. The 54mm bore dimensions are retained and stroke has increased length to 58.8mm.

This single-cylinder engine runs air-cooled with swirl playing a crucial role. Swirl is a way of pumping air-fuel charge into combustion with good horizontal turbulence. The XCD 135 uses offset ports to achieve this.

Twin-spark plugs also sit offset at the front and rear of the engine and Bajaj says that the DTS-Si motor is clever enough to individually control the interval and the strength at which each plug fires. Bearing-equipped rocker arms cut down on friction within the twin-valve-equipped engine.

The new XCD develops maximum power of 10.2bhp at 7500rpm as compared to 9.5bhp built up at 7000rpm on the XCD 125. The XCD 135 engine makes a maximum torque of 1.18kgm at 5000rpm and is smooth and vibe-free. There-s a good spread of power across the rev band and throttle response is nice.

The XCD 135 comes with an all-down pattern, smooth-shifting, five-speed gearbox. Clutch feel can improve — there was a little lag between releasing the lever and actual clutch actuation on the test bike.

Although the XCD 135 DTS-Si is 10mm longer and taller than the 125, it-s still a motorcycle with petite proportions. Taller riders though will find themselves dwarfing the new bike. The XCD 135 has the standard upright ergonomics, agreeable with the traffic-congested city roads.

Also, the bike deploys a tall handlebar that makes it easy to flick around in city traffic. The XCD-s lightweight feel is likeable, thanks to the use of a thin-walled, box-section single downtube frame and swingarm. Seventeen-inch rims further aid its responsive steering and the wheelbase stays at 1275mm.

It has conventional twin telescopic suspension in the front, while Bajaj has upgraded its rear shocks to gas-charged units. A thicker 100/90 rear section tyre is par for the course. The XCD 135 gives a decent 53.9kpl in the city and 56.1kpl on the highway.

The new 135 is a stylish, sporty option. It will sell alongside the XCD 125 with a larger, yet fuel efficient 134.6cc DTS-Si engine, giving it more pep, better performance and the attraction of a fifth gear. It-s light, comfortable and perfect for city commutes.

Bajaj XCD 125 DTS - Si

It-s well priced too, with an adequate specification list to boot. Only, be prepared to be confused at the Bajaj showroom, with so many models to choose from in more or less the same segment.

spec check

bajaj XCD 135

• Price: Rs 43,925-Rs 48,015 (ex-showroom, Pune)

• Engine: 134.6CC

• Power: 10.2BHP

• Torque: 1.18KGM

• L/W/H: 1990/ 760/1080MM

• Brakes (F/R): Discs/ Drums

Bajaj XCD 125 DTS - Si

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