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Key specs
  • Displacement124.5 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported55 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight133 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 60,296

Bajaj V12 is now discontinued in India.

Bajaj V12 Summary

V12 key highlights

Engine Capacity 124.5 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 55 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 133 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13 litres
Seat Height 780 mm

About V12

The Bajaj V12 is a scaled down version of the company's popular premium commuter – the V15. While it carries over most of styling cues, at the heart of the V12 is a 125cc engine which makes it a rival to the Hero Glamour, Honda CB Shine, Yamaha Saluto, TVS Phoenix and the Suzuki Slingshot+.
 
The Bajaj V12 gets a neo-retro look thanks to the muscular fuel tank, trendy removable rear cowl and the chrome-rimmed headlamp, all borrowed from the V15. However, a few bits like the alloy wheels and the instrument cluster have been revised to cut cost. It rides on tubed tyres in place of tubeless ones on the V15, while the aluminium finish on a few componensts have been replaced with a gloss black finish.
 
Powering the V12 is a 125cc single-cylinder engine, delivering 10.5bhp and 11Nm of torque. Unlike its rivals in the price range, the V12 gets a five-speed gearbox. However, a front disc brake is an option now. The engine has been tuned to offer ample torque in the low-end and mid-range. Efficiency is also a priority considering the target audience. The V12 is offered in four paint schemes – blue, red, black and white. The V12 is priced at Rs 58,300 for the drum brake version and Rs 61,000 for the disc brake version (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
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Bajaj V12 Review

The Bajaj V12 has an interesting recipe - the eye-catchy and successful styling of the V15 combined with a smaller and efficient 125cc mill at its heart. 

What is it?

Why would I buy the Bajaj V12 Disc?

The Bajaj V12 Disc stands out in a crowd full of conservatively designed and stereotypical commuter motorcycles. Plus, the disc brake is an added bonus. 

Why would I avoid the Bajaj V12 Disc?

Unconventional riding triangle and a stiff suspension setup. The Bajaj V12 Disc doesn’t have many features or technologies that it can boast of. 

The Bajaj V12 has an interesting recipe - the eye-catchy and successful styling of the V15 combined with a smaller and efficient 125cc mill at its heart. While the Discover 125 is targeted at an audience looking for a conservative motorcycle, the V12 is aimed at someone looking for exclusivity and style. However, since it was launched in January, the Bajaj V12 has failed to match the numbers generated by its rival, or its elder sibling for that matter. With the aim of catering to a wider range of audience, Bajaj launched a new disc brake variant of the V12 a couple of months ago. 

I wouldn’t go as far as calling it attractive, but the fact that the V12 is a conspicuous motorcycle is undeniable. Be it the well-publicised connection with INS Vikrant or the unconventional styling, the V12 grabs eyeballs everywhere it goes. This is a feat that a Discover, Honda CB Shine or the Hero Glamour can hardly pull off. 

How is it to ride?

The first thing that caught my attention while riding the Bajaj V12 Disc is the refinement. Bajaj engines are generally associated with vibrations, but the V12 is quite the opposite. It is only when you touch 70kmph in the fifth gear that a slight buzz creeps through the handlebar, footpegs and the tank. But this would be normal in any small capacity commuter bike.

At the heart of the Bajaj V12 Disc is a 124cc single-cylinder engine, which delivers 10.5bhp and 11nm of torque, most of which is concentrated in the low and mid-range. The flat torque spread is something you instantly notice when you are riding it - just the thing for the city. While we have to come to expect a burst of torque from small-capacity commuter bikes as you get off from a standstill (which makes them fun wheelie machines), the V12 Disc is relatively undramatic. The first three gear ratios are closely packed while the fourth and fifth are tall. The V12 effortlessly chugs through city traffic in any gear; it is even possible to do as little as 25kmph in the fifth gear. Mind you, the V12 is no fire-breather, but rev the engine generously and you can extract decent city speeds out of it. 

The suspension on the Bajaj V12 has been set up for a stiff ride, which is quite unexpected in a commuter motorcycle. While it does iron out the bumps and potholes at higher speeds, the low speed ride quality feels compromised. Nevertheless, this helps make the V12 feel planted through corners. The beefy tyres might give the V12 a hefty appearance, but they also affect the agility. The V12 feels nowhere as nimble in the traffic as a CB Shine or Glamour, and a part of the blame goes to these tyres and the long wheelbase.

The front disc brake is the biggest talking point of this motorcycle. The callipers bite well and there is enough stopping power. However, the setup lacks the progression that you would usually expect in a Bajaj bike. Nevertheless, the setup is good enough for the kind of speeds that the V12 is capable of. And besides, this is trend observed in all motorcycles across this segment.

Anything else I should know?

At first glance, the V12 might look identical to the V15, but there are a few points of distinction. The front fender is black instead of being body-coloured, the tail lamp misses out on the chrome surround; it gets a different set of alloy wheels and skinnier tubed tyres. The instrument cluster gets an analogue fuel gauge and the components like the rear foot peg hangers are finished in glossy black instead of the aluminium finish in V15. It does, however, retain the trendy cowl for the rear seat which transforms the bike into a single-seater. This cowl, along with the sculpted fuel tank and chrome-rimmed headlamp, give the V12 a neo-retro look. 

 

As with the Bajaj V15, the V12 Disc gets a low seat, neutral-set footpegs and a raised handlebar which make for an unusual seating position. This along with the cushy seat make it comfortable for small runs. However, spend an appreciable period of time and you might end up with a sore back, which is down to the unnaturally long reach to the handlebar. 

The V12 Disc is a barebones motorcycle. While the competition has upped the game and started offering technology like digital displays, i3S and combi brakes, there isn’t any equipment that the V12 Disc can boast of.

Should I buy one?

On paper, the Bajaj V12 Disc offers the best of both worlds – looks of the V15 and a smaller and efficient 124cc powertrain. However, there are a few chinks in the armour. The seating, for one, isn’t very comfortable on long rides and the suspension could do with better damping. It also needs a few creature comforts like a digital display, trip meter(s) and tubeless tyres which are now a norm in this segment.

Nevertheless, there are some things it does well – the front brake is markedly better than a drum setup, the styling is conspicuous and the engine is surprisingly refined. So if you need a flamboyant, hassle-free and efficient motorcycle for short runs, the V12 Disc fits the bill. 

Where does it fit in?

The Bajaj V12 is priced at Rs 59,552. It shares the lower rung of the motorcycle food chain with well-established 125cc commuter bikes like the Hero Glamour i3S Disc, Honda CB Shine CBS and the CB Shine SP Disc, which are priced at Rs 60,860, Rs 61,726 and Rs 63,181 respectively. For a similar budget, you also have the Bajaj Pulsar 135LS, a bigger and sportier offering, priced at Rs 60,704. All the prices are ex-showroom.

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Gear Check

1. Zeus ZS-811 Speedster helmet – 

Lightweight and comfortable budget helmet with good noise isolation. It gets ECE 22.05 safety rating and Double D-ring mechanism, which means you can use it on race tracks too. Price - Rs 4,600.

2. Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 jacket – 

An extremely versatile all-weather jacket. In this guise, it is being used as a ventilated mesh jacket, though it ships with two more liners - waterproof and thermal. Price – Rs 20,000.

3. Ixon Moto HP gloves – 

High quality full gauntlet leather gloves suited for city riding, touring and track use. Offers good ventilation and a high level of protection. Expensive though. Price - Rs 9,500.

4. AGV Sport Airtex pants – 

Riding pants with mesh in the crotch, calf, back of legs and thigh areas which is a real boon in our hot weather. Price -Rs 6,500.

5. Sidi B2 boots – 

All-round street and sportbike riding shoes also suitable for track days. Not ventilated, which can make it uncomfortable for everyday use. Price - Rs 17,000.

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Bajaj V12 mileage

As reported by V12 owners, the real mileage of Bajaj V12 is 55 kmpl. As per ARAI, the average of V12 is 65 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 10.6 bhp @ 7,500 rpm

    Max Torque 10.98 Nm @ 5,500 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 124.5 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore --

    Stroke --

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition DTS-i

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Carburetor

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 1.7 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 715 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 65 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 55 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 240 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 100/90-16

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres No

    Rear Brake Type Drum

    Rear Brake Size 130 mm

    Calliper Type --

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Front Tyre Size 2.75-18

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Telescopic Fork

    Rear Suspension Twin Shocks

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 133 kg

    Overall Length 2,040 mm

    Overall Width 785 mm

    Wheelbase 1,315 mm

    Ground Clearance 165 mm

    Seat Height 780 mm

    Overall Height 1,066 mm

    Chassis Type Double Cradle

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

    Standard Warranty --

Features

Odometer --

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer --

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters --

Tripmeter Type --

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator No

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchNo

ClockNo

Electric System12V DC

Battery4Ah VRLA

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type12V HS1 35/35W

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Bajaj V12 User Reviews

4.3 204 ratings 54 reviews
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  • 4

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  • 4

    Comfort

  • 3

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Value for Money

  • 5

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  •  5Unique & limited edition one of a kind bike. You will fall in lov 4 months ago by Pankaj Kapoor, Bhopal

    It's a mini bullet. It sounds very very good, you can feel it's beats when you ride, like bullet. Actually, I was planning for bullet but finally ended up with v12, which was a perfect decision for me. That's why I have started the review with this comparison. The bike

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      55 kmpl

  •  4Vikrant 12 1 year ago by Devendra, Bhuj

    I have a bajaj v12 bike from january 2018.Superb bike for city rides and long tour's.First thing , it is not sport bike u can say it bullet. Best sound heavy bike, speed. When you will run it feels like awesome.I love my bike. Average is also very good service charges v

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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      52 kmpl

  •  5Its just love!!!! 1 year ago by Harish Ahire, Nandurbar

    If you are looking for a bike which is compatible for every ride...Then this is the one... Ride it on highway... City...Or off road. It'll stand aggressively.. Looks are damn good as it has great torque in 125cc segment. Mileage is about 52-55 kmpl in city and on highwa

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      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      58 kmpl

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  •  5Feel the bajaj v12 1 year ago by Vaibhav Mishra, Varanasi

    The bike very good in every aspects. Their is no problem at all. Good mileage, performance, grip, weight etc. Fulfill every criteria for a customer. The engine sounds and the exhaust sound is much more like ( bullet )royal enfield. You have to do servicing timely for go

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    • Used it for

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    • Owned for

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    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      55 kmpl

  •  1Don't by v12 &v15 1 year ago by Dany Krishan, Ahmedabad

    I recommend to do not by v12 and v15. I have faced issues of engine,chain chakkar, self start etc. Common problems like oil leakage from engine,chain sound,engine vibration and sound, jerk from engine is found in all vikrant bikes. I self experienced at service center.I

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      45 kmpl

  •  2Beauty with no brains 2 years ago by Ankit Dhasmana, Pathankot

    I have been riding this bike for more than two years. Before buying, please consider my review, it will be helpful for you all. i have completed 22000 plus kms in this bike. I got attracted with its looks which is totally different than other 125cc bikes in the market.

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    • Owned for

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    • Ridden for

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    • Got mileage of

      45 kmpl

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Bajaj V12 News

  • Bajaj V12 Disc ride photo gallery
    Bajaj V12 Disc ride photo gallery
    18 August 2017
    Ranjan R. Bhat

    The V12 Disc is the latest addition to Bajaj’s V range of premium commuter bikes. Positioned between the Discover 125 and the V15, the V12 Disc is aimed at customers looking for a distinctive,  and fuel-efficient commuter motorcycle. Here is a photo gallery of the Bajaj V12...

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  • Bajaj V12 launched with front disc brake at Rs 64,372
    Bajaj V12 launched with front disc brake at Rs 64,372
    10 May 2017
    Nikhil Puthran

    Bajaj V12, a more affordable twin of the V15 has now been introduced with a front disc brake. The new disc brake version is priced at Rs 64,372 (ex-showroom, Mumbai), while the regular drum version comes for Rs 61,134. Apart from the addition of a new front disc brake, the...

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