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BIKE OF THE YEAR - UPTO 125cc
BAJAJ XCD DTS-Si
“The award for the Bike of the Year upto 125cc goes to Bajaj XCD125”. The 125cc segment is a key segment for many manufacturers. Bajaj is one such manufacturer who is popular amongst commuters and enthusiasts alike. Needless to say, the company is focusing hard on this fast growing segment. The XCD125 which was launched in October last year was meant for the executive commuter class. It features a 125cc DTS-Si engine which develops 9.53PS and 10.85Nm of torque. The linear power delivery and the healthy torque curve helped by the swirl induction technology allows for minimal gearshifts in the city. The XCD125 has one of the smoothest gearshifts in its segment, thanks to a well-engineered, four-speed constant mesh transmission. Being a 125cc machine the performance is a lot better than a regulation 100cc commuter bike.
The bike does a top speed of 93km/h, which though not the best in the segment, is still quite respectable. The advantages it offers over the conventional 100cc commuters are greater power, more torque and better riderbility at the same price and without compromising on fuel efficiency. The bike also has an appealing design, which further strengthens its case amongst the competitors. The square-section single down tube chassis on the bike has engine as the stressed member. Bajaj have taken special care to keep the weight of the bike in check and the XCD weighs a mere 113kgs, making it the lightest bike in the 125cc segment. At Rs 46,000 (approximately) the XCD is one of the most economical 125cc options available to the buyer.
The list of advantages that the XCD has on offer doesn’t stop just at the price and performance though. The bike features a digital instrumentation console which is rare in the 125cc segment. The digital display has a fuel gauge, speedometer and odometer, all tucked away nicely in the bikini fairing. LED tail lamps which are usually found only on 150cc bikes and above have found their way on the XCD tail too. Though tiny in terms of looks they do their job well. The XCD 125 even though the sole competitor in its segment throws in the extra goodies without charging for them. We’re sure the bike would have come out tops even if there was competition thrown in!