What you see here is the Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear. While most of us are familiar with the Platina moniker, the term H-Gear is something new. Simply put, H-Gear is short for highway gear or, as Bajaj also likes to call it, the ‘Happy Gear.’ Marketing jargons aside, it implies the addition of an extra fifth gear to aid in smoother cruising on the highway and fetching better mileage.
The Bajaj Platina was introduced in 2006 and was available only with a 100cc engine, until December last year, when it was accompanied by a 110cc variant. The added displacement is to enhance the rideability of the motorcycle, on the highway and in the city. And now, Bajaj has taken it a step further by adding a fifth gear. The commuter portfolio of the brand looks like this now; the no-nonsense CT100, the Platina 100 with slightly jazzier looks and more features, then the Platina 110 (four-speed gearbox) and at top of the line-up, the H-Gear. With that being said, let’s see how this fifth gear, along with other additional bits, fared during our short stint with the Platina 110 H-Gear.