The commuter motorcycle segment has evolved by leaps and bounds in the past few years. While the CBF Stunner failed to set the cash registers ringing for Honda, it did polarise the 125cc commuter segment into two categories – executive and premium. So now, you have barebones workhorses at one end of the spectrum and more premium offerings with features likes a fifth cog and front disc brake at the other end.
Bajaj added the V12 Disc to its ‘V’ range of premium commuter motorcycles, earlier this year. It is essentially a Bajaj V15 with a smaller engine. Now, cynics might argue that this isn’t a wise move. The difference here might just be 25cc, but a 125cc buyer is quite unlike a 150cc buyer. He is a middle-class guy looking for a motorcycle that is easy on the pocket – both to buy and to run, and styling doesn’t rank high on his priority list. In fact, the buyers in this segment prefer a conservative-looking motorcycle rather than a radical one (the failure of Honda CBF Stunner would be a good example). Besides, the meager sales numbers of the V12 Disc also justify this argument.
However, we can discuss the pros and cons of this move all day long and it wouldn’t matter. For now, it is time to pit the Bajaj V12 Disc against one of the best 125cc commuter bikes in the Indian market – the CB Shine SP. Our previous comparison test between the CB Shine SP and the V15 gave us a prime example of how small commuter bikes have started punching above their weight. This time around, the CB Shine SP must prove its mettle against a more direct rival.