The V15 is Bajaj’s first motorcycle under its new ‘V’ brand. Marketed as a stylish commuter, the V15 will sit between the Discover and the Pulsar range.
The most interesting aspect of the V15 is that the bike contains metal from the INS Vikrant – India’s first aircraft carrier. In terms of design, Bajaj has stuck to a classic retro appeal, something this segment doesn’t have. But at first glance you’ll be reminded of the Avenger because there’s a certain amount of design inspiration from the cruiser.
The Bajaj V15 gets a 150cc single-cylinder engine, based on the same DTSi engine from the Avenger. It delivers 12bhp at 7500rpm and peak torque of 13Nm at 5500rpm. This engine is mated to a five-speed transmission. There is a new-for-2019 version called the ‘Power Up’ which offers one extra bhp and a universal gearshift pattern. This brings it to 13 bhp and adds a ‘one down, four up’ gearshift pattern. The 18-inch front wheel rides on conventional 33mm telescopic front forks while the 16-inch rear wheel rides on dual springs. The brake setup is made up of a 240mm disc brake at the front and a 130mm drum in the rear. In terms of dimensions, the V15 is 2044mm long, 780mm wide and 1070mm tall. The wheelbase stands at 1355mm and the bike tips the scale at 135.5kg.
Bajaj Motorcycles is offering the new V15 in just two paint schemes – pearl white and ebony black. It competes with the Hero Achiever, Honda CB Unicorn and the Yamaha SZ-RR Version 2.0. The V15 is priced at approximately Rs 66,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).