The Indian two-wheeler market is, without a doubt, a mass economic sector for commuter bikes. Almost every month, these commuters garner exemplary sales, which, only sports bike manufacturers could dream of. And that explains the very reason why every mainstream manufacturer has an entry-level commuter.
Bajaj Auto, one of the most well-regarded two-wheeler manufacturer in the country, entered this space in the early 2000s with the Discover. Even still, the Bajaj Discover wasn’t exactly able to make an impact as hard as the Hero Splendor. Since then, Bajaj shifted their prime focus towards the Platina series.
While the Platina ES was a 100cc commuter, Bajaj only launched a Platina 110 last year. And ever since, the Platina 110 has been performing well off the sales charts. Heck, it even comes with an embedded DRL now, which only makes it a bit sophisticated. Other than that, the design is similar to that of the Platina 100 ES. So, here’s a quick overview of the Platina 110.
Powering the Bajaj Platina 110 is a 115cc single-cylinder engine that we’ve previously tested in the Discover 110. At 8.5bhp and 9.81Nm of torque, this engine is the torquiest in the segment. The power is sent to the rear wheel via a four-speed gearbox. As expected, the Platina 110 is quick off the line and there is enough grunt up until you ride it in the city. The motor is also refined unless you hit 6,000rpm, for there are some vibes that can be felt through the motorcycle.
The commuter-like stance is further accompanied by compact dimensions. At 2,006mm of length, 704mm of width, and 1,076mm of height, it easily fits amongst other commuters. It has a ground clearance of 200mm, wheelbase of 1,255mm, and seat height of 804mm. The kerb weight, at 117kg, is also on par with other motorcycles in the segment.
Fuel tank capacity
With a fuel tank capacity of 11 litres and an ARAI-certified fuel-efficiency of 80km/l, the Bajaj Platina 110 is amongst the most economical motorcycles in the country.
The Bajaj Platina 110 rides on a tubular, semi double-cradle frame chassis. As for the suspension, there are telescopic forks at the front and gas-charged setup at the rear. The 17-inch wheels are shod with 80/100 rubber at the front as well as the rear. The braking duties are held by a 130mm drum at the front and a 110mm drum at the back. On the whole, the suspension setup is softly sprung so as to ensure a smooth ride quality in the city.
The Bajaj Platina 110 boasts a part-digital instrument cluster that comprises an analogue tachometer right next to a small digital display for other essential information. The headlamp and taillamp miss out on LEDs. For the safety, though, the Platina 110 gets anti-skid braking (Bajaj’s term for CBS) as standard. As expected with the update, the Bajaj Platina 110 sure confident under hard braking.
You can grab the Platina 110 in two different shades: Black and Red.
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