Pros and Cons: Bajaj V15

Bajaj is the new emerging force among youngsters as till date, the brand features nearly every type of motorcycle available in the Indian market. Range starts from the most affordable Indian commuter while goes riding through a variety of cruisers, street racers and sport-bikes. Not to skip, they also feature adventure series and a patriotic symbol named Bajaj V15. Here are the reasons to choose or refuse the newcomer.

The motorcycle is powered by a 149.5 cc, 1-cylinder, air cooled engine producing 11.83 BHP and 13 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and returns a company claimed top speed of 109 kmph. It uses a front 240 mm disc brake while the rear is a 130 mm drum unit.

Strong Points for the V15

  • Bajaj V15 is affordable. Unlike most 150 cc bikes which are overpriced, the V15 carries a great INR 62,002 price tag. You get the power of a 150 cc motor under the price of a 125 cc commuter.
  • The engine on the new Bajaj V15 brings its maximum torque of 13 Nm at just 5500 rpm. While most bikes achieve this at 6500-7500 rpm, the V15 provides easy riding with lesser throttle while overtaking and easy cruiser style riding experience.
  • V15 weighs just 135.5 kg whereas many expensive bikes are above 140 kg with the same category engines. This not just enhances performance but helps in maintaining a good fuel efficiency figure.
  • The 13 liter fuel tank can help a rider achieve 600 kilometers on a single tank. This not just only saves time on refills but also makes it easy to make a fuel budget.
  • Despite of being smaller than normal everyday bikes, it carries a comfortable seat for two and provides a good 165 mm of ground clearance.
  • The tyres on the V15 are wider than every bike in the category. They offer more riding confidence and beauty through the neat alloy wheel design.
  • The fuel tank looks exotic and keeps it away from being recognized as any other commuter in the traffic. The same fuel tank carries the metal from INS Vikrant.
  • The rear view mirrors offer a wide view to the traffic behind the motorcycle.
  • The cowl looks sporty and adds the cafe racer feel without loosing the practicality of the rear seat.
  • The bulb used in the headlight is a 55/60 W unit. Illumination is better than all the bikes in its class.

Weak Points for the V15

  • The front and rear end end of the bike has not even a single thing in common with each other. Headlight matches to that of a monkey bike while the rear LED light looks cruiser styled.
  • As the LED section ends, the plastic number-plate holder looks out of place. Bajaj should have ended the bike with a thin tail and should have used a Himalayan style tail light with Pulsar 135LS style number-plate holder.
  • Headlight is not as smart as it should have been on a bike with the Vikrant name. A classy round unit would have served it better with the above given tail description.
  • The instrument console is incomplete as a tachometer and fuel gauge with needle could have boosted the classic appeal of the motorcycle.
  • Limited number of shades is a matter of concern while Bajaj is addressing the issue and will soon provide Cocktail Wine Red shade on the motorcycle.
  • The rear cowl can be removed easily but there is no other place than the pillion’s hand to place it after the removal.
  • The engine could have been painted Black for further refinement of the looks.

Bajaj V15 was the first entry into the V series of bikes. We can expect a V20 or even a V40 from Bajaj in the coming time. While all of this is imagination till date, hope Bajaj caters the need of people and provides them with a perfect companion with its next V motorcycle.

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