As if Bajaj did not have enough Discovers in the market already, it has introduced yet another version. This one is called the 125 ST and promises to be more than just a daily commuter.
The trick to managing higher sales, it seems, is to have numerous models catering to a single segment. And Bajaj certainly wants more numbers, if for nothing else, just to wrest back its number two spot from Honda. So, following in Maruti-Suzuki's footsteps, which has almost 10 models (not including variants) in the small car sphere, Bajaj is gunning for the commuter motorcycle segment with a similar strategy. But, it will do so with just two brands—Platina and Discover — with multiple variants for both. Take the Discover for instance; there are already four versions of it on sale. There’s the 100 with a four-speed and five-speed gearbox option, there is the 150 and in between, there’s the 125. And, now there’s another new version called the Discover 125 ST.
The ST is essentially the Discover 125, albeit in new clothes and with some heavy technical modifications in both engine and chassis departments. The styling is more modern now and it looks more imposing and muscular, even though it is smaller than the current Discovers in overall dimensions barring the wheelbase. It does, however, get a bigger fuel tank and a wider tailpiece. The overall width though is narrower, courtesy the reduced width of the handlebar.
It’s also easier to mount, thanks to a lower seat height, and the seat itself is more comfortable. Overall ergonomics though are still very commuter like and work well while tackling city traffic. It also has light controls; the clutch is effortless to engage and changing gear requires no real force. It feels very light on the move too, feeling nimble and less tedious to ride around in the city.