Bajaj Auto Limited has launched the combi-brake system (CBS) equipped Bajaj Platina in the Indian market. This comes before the government rules make it mandatory to offer CBS in the scooters and bikes that are powered by the below-125cc engine in India. From April 1, all the two-wheelers powered by the below 125cc engine will have to offer CBS as a standard feature while all the two-wheelers above 125cc will have to offer mandatory Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) in India.
Bajaj has only revealed the price of the Kick Start variant of the bike at the moment. The without CBS version of the Platina is only sold with electric starter and is priced at Rs. 47,405. It is possible that Bajaj will launch an electric start version of the bike with CBS soon.
Commenting on the introduction of the new variant, Mr Sarang Kanade, President Motorcycle Business said,
“Platina is known for delivering supreme comfort along with great mileage to commuters. With the introduction of the Platina 100KS, we are now able to offer great value at an unbeatable price point.”
The bike is available in two colours – Ebony black with silver decals, and Cocktail wine red. Visually, the bike remains unchanged. Bajaj claims that the Platina 100 KS offers 20% fewer jerks because of the ‘ComforTec’ technology. The bike gets longer front and rear suspension that ensures a comfortable ride. Other features under the ComforTec technology consist of rubber footpads, directional tyres and spring soft seat. At the front, it gets LED DRL, which meets the new regulation of Always-Headlamp-On (AHO) but does not require the main headlamp to be on all the time. This makes the bike look fancy and also saves the headlamp from dying prematurely.
The engine of the bike also remains untouched. It gets powered by a 102cc, single-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum power of 7.9 Bhp at 7,500 rpm and 8.3 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. It gets a four-speed gearbox. The bike gets drum brakes at both the wheels. The Combi-Brake System works by engaging both the front and rear brakes when the rear brake lever is used. This ensures better distribution of the brake force and allows the two-wheelers to stop at a shorter and safer distance. New riders, who do not distribute the braking force individually to the front and rear wheel will particularly feel safer with the CBS.
The Bajaj Platina 100 KS returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 104 km/l, which is extremely good. It gets a fuel tank of 11.5 litres that ensures that the bike can really much some miles before the pitstop at a fuel bunk. With the CBS and ABS becoming mandatory, the prices of the two-wheelers will go up marginally but the factors are not expected to affect the sales of the products.