Bajaj has for long laid their trust on its Discover range of commuter bikes, and that faith is still growing. The Discover 150S and the Discover 150F are the two latest additions to the gargantuan Discover family, taking over the discontinued Discover 125 ST as the flagship models in the range.
The external look of the 150S is particularly similar to the 125 ST but it possesses a black alloy grab rail, new body graphics and a closed chain guard to offer some distinction. The instrument panel on the 150S comes fully-equipped with an analogue speedometer, trip meter, fuel gauge and odometer, standard features expected of any commuter. The 150F sports a similar external appearance but it has been handed a semi-fairing on the front to give it that macho and sporty look.
On the engine front, both bikes have a 144.8cc single cylinder 4-valve engine with a peak power of 14.3bhp, slightly short of the power output on the Pulsar 150 DTS-i. The vehicle is supported on a semi-double-cradle frame and a five-speed gearbox is used for power delivery to the rear wheel. There have been no changes made in the suspension characteristics from the earlier 125 ST model, with the bikes retaining the same telescopic front forks and gas-charged rear monoshock set-up.
The Discover 150S is available in two variants – a drum brake option priced at Rs. 51,720 (ex-showroom Pune) and a disc brake model priced at Rs. 54,725 (ex-showroom Pune), which makes it the most affordable 150cc bike in the Indian market. The semi faired 150F carries a price tag of Rs. 58,739 (ex-showroom Pune), and comes with a disc brake as standard. The bikes can be purchased in the following colours - Dark Blue/ Wine Red/ Ebony Black/Dark Bottle Green.
Initially introduced in 2004, the Discovers have long been known as reliable commuters but with the affordably-priced 150F and 150S, the Indian manufacturer has given the series that much needed invigoration to boost lagging sales.
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