Oct 6, 2007

37 125 cc Bajaj XCD DTS-Si [Test Ride/Review]

Test Ride of the 125 cc Bajaj XCD..!!

I personally have never been a fan of 100 cc 4 stoke motorcycles. The only positive aspects that I can come up for a 100 cc bike is that they are extremely fuel-efficient and are comparatively cheaper to own and run. But that’s the best I can come up in defense of 100 cc bikes.

If you have the budget for a Passion/Splendor NXG, then take the 125 cc Bajaj XCD for a test ride.

Compare the XCD with current 100 cc bikes and You might probably be pleasantly surprised.

The list of dislikes for the 100 cc bikes runs a bit longer. For one, I have never been a fan of the nervous and relatively unstable handling of 100 cc bikes. The other culprit being the ride quality of those bikes, which can be best described as bouncy and choppy. And of course the lack of power and torque makes life on the fast road quite frustrating for a 100 cc rider.

So when Bajaj claims that they have plans to replace the 100 cc segment with its 125 cc XCD, I get curious and end up walking into a Bajaj Showroom and take the newly launched XCD for a test ride. So how does the XCD stack up against the 100 cc bikes..?? Read on to find out..



Looks, Build Quality:

The first impression I got on seeing the XCD in the flesh was, “It’s a Baby Pulsar.” The second though was, “Boy, the bike does look small..!!”



The XCD has familiar lines of the present line up of Bajaj Bikes. The Headlamp, Side-Panels, Tail Lamps gives you a sense of Deja-Vu and reminds you of the bigger Pulsars and the Discover (by the way, the production of the 112 cc and 125 cc Discover has been stopped leaving just the 135 cc DTS-I Discover now). A few people might complain about this saying that the XCD doesn’t look different from the other Bajaj models. But according to me this is actually a good thing. Famous auto brands world-over have a family look which extends to all its models. For example only a Ferrari looks like a Ferrari or for that matter a Lamborghini, Ducati or a Kawasaki. Anyway inspite of its small packaging, the XCD manages to looks sharp and Handsome.



The build quality is very good and looks and feels like a well put together motorcycle. The switches are among the best in its segment and are pretty comprehensive. Push to cancel turn indicator switch is present along with the high beam flasher and the “Ride Control” switch. The XCD also boasts of a “Self Starter” which according to be is a delightful feature to have. The XCD also features a “Digital Speedometer” which I thought looks plain and could have been better turned out. The XCD also features LED for its smallish tail lamp.


Rating:

    Looks: Decent
    Build Quality: Good



Engine/Performance/Gearbox:

The rather diminutive size of the XCD will give you an impression that you shouldn’t expect much from this petite bike. But this is exactly when you will be surprised. While evaluating the XCD just compare it with other 100 cc bikes rather than the current crop of 125 cc’s and I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.

The XCD just didn’t complain about the inclines, the weight , or being on the top gear at slow speeds.. Awesome..!!

The sitting position on the Bajaj XCD is upright with the foot pegs set forward to give a comfortable riding position. I start the XCD with the Self/Thumb starter (love that feature on a small bike) and the engine instantly came to life and settled into a smooth idle. The exhaust note is familiar like the Bajaj Discover.



On slotting the XCD into the first gear (all down pattern), the gearbox felt a bit notchy. But nevertheless it felt way better than the Pulsar Gearboxes. With the showroom salesman at the pillion seat, I twisted the accelerator with my right hand. The bike pulled cleanly through the gears and soon I was comfortably pottering around in the top (4’th) gear. The engine was relatively smooth and devoid of vibrations but it in terms of smoothness, the 125 cc Bajaj engine can still improve.

To my pleasant surprise the XCD pulled with little complain from ridiculously low speeds even in the top gear..!! It is worth mentioning that the combined weight of the riders (me and the salesman) was around 130-140 Kgs (mine being 64 Kgs) and that the test ride route was full of steep inclines. But the XCD just didn’t complain about the inclines, the weight , or being on the top gear at slow speeds.. Awesome..!!

Although, I can’t comment on the top speed, the XCD looks promising enough the company claimed top speeds of around 90 Km/hr. The XCD definitely is peppier than any 100 cc models (including the Hero Honda ones). The best thing I liked about the engine of the XCD was that Torque is available on demand at virtually any speeds and in every gear.

So there one of my dislikes (lack of poke) for 100 cc bikes has been ably met by the XCD.


Rating:

    Engine: Good
    Performance: Good
    Gearbox: Decent



Ride Quality/Handling:

As I had mentioned earlier, the XCD looks small. In fact it’s size is similar to the 100 cc Platina. Even the dry weight of the XCD is 112 Kgs which is 1 Kg less than the 113 Kg Platina..!! I therefore did not expect the Ride and Handling to improve much from the Platina. But then again the small looks of the XCD surprise you once again..!!

The Ride Quality of the XCD is very good and leagues ahead than any current 100 cc bike in the Indian market.

The Ride Quality of the XCD is very good and leagues ahead than any current 100 cc bike in the Indian market. The XCD feels like a bigger bike on the move. The XCD rewards you with a very good ride quality. It has almost become the norm about Bajaj having the best ride quality among Indian bikes. The Pulsars already have the best ride quality in the country today followed by the Discover 135 and now the XCD.



Even with two adults on it, the XCD displayed good combination of stability and agility. Compared to the front end of 100 cc bikes which becomes light with a pillion, the XCD displayed no nervousness in its handling.

So there, the rest of my complaints about the Poor Ride and Handling of 100 cc bikes have also been taken care by the XCD. Bravo..!!


Rating:

    Ride Quality: Excellent
    Handling: Good




Fuel Economy:

Now this is one very important aspect that I am not able to check out during this short test ride. But according to the September 2007 issue of Overdrive Magazine the initial Fuel Efficiency of the XCD has been found to be around 70 plus Km/l in real city conditions. Which according to Overdrive, puts the XCD among the most fuel efficient motorcycles in India along with the Fuel Injected “Glamour Fi”.



Braking:

The drum brakes lacked bite and didn’t inspire confidence at all

So far I had been quite impressed with the XCD. But it was the braking of the bike that shocked me. The braking of the XCD can be best described as POOR. The drum brakes lacked bite and didn’t inspire confidence at all. Bajaj has refrained to provide the XCD with front disc brakes even as an option. But that doesn’t mean that the drum brakes should be so ineffective. On pointing this out to the sales guys, they said that it was a test vehicle that has been abused for over a week. But that according to me is a poor excuse. Brakes (even drum) aren’t meant to fade away at least in a week. Hope Bajaj improves the brakes of the final production ones which will be delivered to the customers.


Rating:

    Braking: Poor




Price:

The 125 cc XCD is priced at around Rs.47K On – Road in Bangalore City. Which put the XCD very competitively to the Hero Honda “Passion Plus” (with Alloys) and the Splendor NXG.



Conclusion:

The 125 cc XCD is a very important model for Bajaj Auto. It is this particular model with which Bajaj Auto hopes to stem its present slide in its sales figures. Bajaj officials have gone on record by stating that the XCD will be a better and attractive alternative to the current 100 cc motorcycles.

The XCD has almost everything covered from the Ride Quality, Handling to Power/Pick Up.

It is definitely better than any 100 cc bike in India today.

But to take away the crown as the best selling bike of India, the XCD would probably have to prove that it is as reliable as the Hero Honda 100 cc bikes

There is a very good chance that Bajaj Auto might have read the market trend correctly because even if the 100 cc segment still accounts for about 2/3’rd of total motorcycle sales in India, this year has seen a decrease in the growth of 100 cc motorcycles and on the other hand the 125 cc and above segment has registered a positive growth.

Since the late nineties, Hero Honda has dominated the Indian two-wheeler segment for about a decade now with its 100 cc Splendor/CD100/Passion variants. Competitors, including Bajaj has never been able to find a fitting answer to the 100 cc Hero Honda motorcycles. The reason for the virtual dominance of Hero Honda with its 100 cc models was the fact that these 100 cc bikes had an excellent reliability record. Many of my friends have narrated stories of their CD100’s and Splendors delivering the same performance even after 5-10 years of use.

The XCD has everything covered from the Ride Quality, Handling, Power/Pick Up which definitely is was better than any 100 cc bike in India today. Probably the fuel efficiency of the XCD is also going to be very good. But to take away the crown as the best selling bike of India, the XCD would probably have to prove that it is as reliable as the Hero Honda 100 cc bikes.



Bajaj XCD 125 CC DTS-Si

    Positives: Looks like the younger brother of the Pulsar, Digital Speedo, LED Tail Lamps, Self Starter, Excellent Ride Quality, Good/Stable Handling, Good Pick up at slow speeds.

    Negatives: Small Looks, Poor Brakes, cannot comment on long term Reliability, probably not designed for the highways





Should you buy the XCD..??

If you have the budget for a Passion/Splendor NXG, then take the 125 cc Bajaj XCD for a test ride. Compare the XCD with current 100 cc bikes and You might probably be pleasantly surprised.

But buy the XCD only if you are satisfied with its brakes..!!



Technical Specification of the 125 cc Bajaj XCD Dts-si:

    Engine

  • Engine: Four-stroke, natural air-cooled
  • No of cylinders: One
  • Bore: 54 mm
  • Stroke: 54.4 mm
  • Displacement: 124.58 cc
  • Compression: 9.5:1
  • Idling speed: 1400 rpm
  • Maximum power: 9.5 bhp @ 7000 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 1.1 kgm@5000 rpm
  • Ignition system: Microprocessor controlled, digital CDI
  • Transmission: 4-speed (all-down) constant mesh
  • Primary reduction (3.47:1 66/19)

    Chassis

  • Type: Single down tube with engine as stressed member. Square section tubes

    Suspension

  • Front: Telescopic (125mm travel)
  • Rear: 5-step adjustable shock with dual SNS spring (105 mm travel)
  • Brakes: 130 mm drum type
  • Tyres: 2.75-17 (front), 3.00-17 (rear)

    Dimensions

  • Length: 1980 mm
  • Width: 760 mm
  • Height: 1200 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1275 mm
  • Ground clearance: 170 mm
  • Kerb Weight: 112 kg



  • Color Options:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Silver







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37 Comments:

Lost In Venus said...

Hi, nice review, heavely bajaj favoured review he he, no offesence ment, its good to be passionate about u r brand. waiting for u r review comment on the tvs flame?

Swaminathan said...

Hi dude

I went for a test ride Bajaj XCD. the first thing i noticed is...

# the bike is made with max plastic parts, so poor sturdyness and in event of accident, no proper protection to the rider.

# its priced less than 110CC discover which has good body strength.

# the electrical fittings really make a big load over the battery.

# bike looks some what stripped down version of discover with LCD speedo.

I feel this bike is fit for 3-4 years after that you have to throw it. Body strength is the most important factor.

Thank you
Swaminathan
beswaminathan@gmail.com

Payeng said...

Hi Venus,

I would say that I have been honest about the XCD in my review.. [I admit that I admire "Bajaj" the most :-) ] except the brakes.. the XCD is quite a promising bike at this price point.




Hi Sawmi,

# Apart from the Royal Enfield Bullet, all Indian Bikes have plastic parts in them... the Karizma by the way has the most plastic.. So does that make the Karizma a crappy bike..??


# Also only time will reveal the long term reliability of the XCD and not just speculation.


# I personally felt the XCD more solid than any 100 cc bike in India today.

Anonymous said...

At times it makes me think that you work for bajaj or may be Rahul Bajaj is funding you to do BBB*???(*Bajaj biased blogging)

I really enjoy reading your blogs.. Its is crispy and you make it very interesting by including appropriate pics.. Thats really cool.. The presentation of the review was really great..

I dunno y u go against HH.."If you have the budget for a Passion/Splendor NXG, then take the 125 cc Bajaj XCD for a test ride" This was quoted by u.. Y didn't u include TVS star city, Star city sport and other brands..

I own a Honda Unicorn for your info..

I think you will reply me soon..
mail id: nettarzan@gmail.com

Payeng said...

Hell No..!!
Bajaj isn't paying me a penny for maintaining this blog.


Also also I am not woking for Bajaj in any way..

But I do confess that I love the idea of working for this Company..!! I hope I get an opportunity someday.. [Bajaj are you listening..??] But I will never conceal my identity.


I am NOT against Hero Honda..

In fact if you just go back 3-4 to the previous posts, you will find a particular post in which I have voted the 100 cc Hero Honda CD100/Splendor as the best ever motorcycle of India..!!



"If you have the budget for a Passion/Splendor NXG, then take the 125 cc Bajaj XCD for a test ride"... I have made the above comment because every body knows the XCD has been designed and priced to be a competitor to the Hero Honda 100 cc models..





I haven't included TVS Star and its variants because of three reasons..

# I haven't yet taken it's test ride yet.

# TVS is about to bring out a new 110 cc Star..

# I still admit that among 100 bikes, Hero Honda makes the best ones.





And hey..!! Thanks for appreciating my effort.

Anonymous said...

Hey payeng,

Bajaj is well known for its crappy build quality and bikes that never last long.

Except the recent versions of PULSARS.(The only reason for bajaj givin beter build quality to recent pulsars is because PULSAR Family is earning them bread)And it is the only model that is being retained for some time with hell lot of changes.

A guy with a 5 to 6 month old PULSAR feels too old. The reason is well known BAJAJ upgrades. Bajaj works on everything except the crappy sloppy gear box.

"You have become GUINEA-PIG for bajaj by booking P220" It will take light years for them to bring P220 to perfection. You one among them.

What happened to the CT100's, Boxers, Calibers, Wind125's, BYK's, Waves, Spirits, Sunnys, Raves. Discover is already added to the list and soon will be Platina. And i expect the XCD's to die soon too. Poor Bajaj family looses family members very frequently. Not so healty. Dono how long "DAD PULSAR" is gonna survive??

Look at wat HH does(You call them sticker job expert)- Still there is CD100, Splendor, Passion, CBZ(new life), Achievers and so on with very few losses.

You pay the same amount for a caliber and splendor, but the guy who spent his hard earned money on bajaj caliber will be kicking his A**. What do you say?

Do you think 48k is a very small amount? May be you can afford since you earn a lot and can invest 90k on a PROTOTYPE or BETA version(p220). But dont expect all indians to do the same. For god sake dont recommend a product like XCD125. Let time tell the rest.

I know you are a BLB(Brand loyal Bajaj customer)Look at yor legendary Bajaj and its well known reliability!!

Its your blog and you can express your own views.. But anything public can be criticized. I have told wat ever i felt. Since i'm readin your blog for sometime.

Pls do reply me: Rajkumar(rajan253@rediffmail.com)

Payeng said...

Hi Rajkumar,

You said: Bajaj is well known for its crappy build quality and bikes that never last long. Except the recent versions of PULSARS

So you at least agree that the Pulsar's have good build quality.



I agree the Caliber/Boxer range from Bajaj hasn't been impressive. But every brand has its flop models. Even Hero Honda has had its share of flop models in the form of the CBZ (Original), Ambition, Hero Honda Street.


I have kicked myself once for buying the Hero Honda CBZ (My first motorcycle..!!) in 1999 for around 66K. The current CBZ XTreme has the Unicorn Engine and has nothing in common with the Old CBZ except the name.


The Pulsar is the Biggest brand of Bajaj.. and the CD100/Splendor is the biggest brand for Hero Honda.



"You have become GUINEA-PIG for bajaj by booking P220"

Lets see.. we'll all get to know very soon.. I promise that you'll all get to read my ownership experience first hand and unbiased. Bajaj, you better not dissappiont me..

nilu said...

Please for god's sake, stop abusing bajaj. Give SOME credit to the company for making it on their own. Atleast, they have their own R&D and pulsar can be safely termed as an INDIAN product and that too a product thats doing good outside India as well.

can you say the same about HH? Borrowing engines from sibling Honda and plonking them onto your own bike is RELATIVELY easy dear Rajkumar.I am no HH user, I ride a p200; but I dont go about discrediting HH.Infact, being a Pulsar user, I admire TVS too for making such good efforts to bring out classy bikes like the RTR 160. That is why i admire Bajaj, for having the balls to deal with guys like you- guys who havent riden a p220 yet, but having the nerve to speculate no end. C'mon give us a break now!

FYI, I have been to Ladakh on my p200 recently, and know what- Not a SINGLE problem with the bike. Not even with the self start at the freezing temperatures. No broken parts-nothing. But that doesnt make me say that HH or TVS make "crappy" bikes.

Will be mailing a write-up on the trip along with pics to Payeng soon.That should shut you up.

Payeng said...

Bajaj bashers..

there you have it, a Pulsar 200 owner speaking about his bike..

I will post about his experiences on his trip to Ladakh on his bike as soon as he mails it to me..


By the way I have known Nilu personally since our Engg. days..



Flash News: I have just come back from the Probiking Showroom here at Bangalore... I saw my RED Pulsar 220 today.. and TOMORROW I AM GETTING THE DELIVERY of my Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi..!!!

nilu said...

payeng: congrats!!!

btw, detailed chrono on my trip can be accessed at:

http://younglust-nilu.blogspot.com/


will be writing a p200-centric review on the trip and mailing you in a couple of days

Payeng said...

Thanks Nilu.. it has been a patient wait of 3 months for my Pulsar 220..!!


I have visited your blog before.. Looks like you guys had the experience of your life.. Maybe I'll join someday..

Meanwhile I am looking forward for your review of your trip and how your Pulsar 200 performed during the trip.

Rahul Devnath said...

Payeng, two most important part i felt about XCD. The low battery warning and all the electricals being on DC!!

Payeng said...

Thanks Rahul...

Gee I honestly didn't know about that.. thanks again for updating me.

I'll update that info on the above post by giving you the credits..!!

By the way, your write up on your Pulsar 180 was great to read.

Rahul said...

Thanks Payeng.. but i really feel sad about the P150 and P180 and even P200 owners who have AC electricals!!!

david said...

Hey, Thats a Great Complete Review.

Definitely XCD 125cc is better than 100ccs in all aspects, its fuel efficiency is another plus; but it has a tough competition from Suzuki Zeus and importantly Suzuki Heat in this segment, the only saving grace is the mileage factor.

Rahul said...

And another unique feature is the moving number plate!! I found it really amusing, don't know wther it's really neede though!

desi said...

@RajKumar

Hey dude, Bajaj has had a fair number of flops to its credit, accepted, but then only on experimentation ppl learn, lets not forget Bajaj is a relatively new entrant to bikes compared to HH. As some1 said HH also has had its fair number of flops like Achiever, Ambition, etc. Atleast Bajaj has the guts to learn from the mistakes, proof of which is there in the pulsars. I am not against HH, in fact am a proud owner of the Splendor. Lets give credit where its due, if splendor was the king of its times, pulsar is the king of present times. To honestly say, after Splendor's success and great fan following for the old CBZ's thanks to its stunning looks inspite of not being a huge success, HH hasn’t really delivered similar winning products since then. From a consumer point of view, I would say it rests on the laurels of Splendor and CBZ. As ev1s says their upgrades are at best, a sticker job. Today, its important to innovate and reinvent, even to just hold one’s position in the market from slipping down. Which is exactly what Bajaj is doing and TVS seems to be catching upon. Tell me, does the CBZ Xtreme justify the upgrade the old CBZ was supposed to have? I don’t think so, atleast from styling point of view. And the no-purpose pilot lamp on Xtreme, is that a technological step ahead, or Bajaj’s Swirl Induction, DTSi, DTS-Fi, LED lights, backlit switches? You decide.
Coming to the new Hunk; man, 1 need not go a step forward, atleast lets not retrace back, why have the split-grabs from Xtreme been replaced with ordinary ones? Why a bulb tail-lamp and opting against LEDs?
Alright, lets look @ things positively, HH could use the advantage of the JV, while the engine comes from Honda as in Xtreme, shouldn’t HH innovate on the other fronts? Don’t tell me its doing a gr8 sticker job!!lol!!

Lets atleast praise Bajaj for thinking ahead and bringing in innovation in the form of DTSi, DTS-Fi, STS-Si to name a few, and to compete and emerge a clear winner ( as in the case of DTSi in Pulsar) in the area where the Japanese are strong, the engines.

When Bajaj is bringing in Digital tacho and LED in XCD, a 125cc bike, it puzzles me and many in the blogging community, why HH would launch Hunk, an Xtreme twin, with analog instrument panel and bulb tail lamps. Am sure Payeng and many would agree with that!

I just hope that HH would come back to the form as they were during the good old splendor days!

Nagesh Durbhatkar said...

Hi Guys,
I do nearly 50 kms of highway and 20-30 kms of city driving daily.
And intend to buy XCD, or may Zeus.
I have read some where in this blog or somewhere else that XCD milleage is more on city road and is giving LESS milleage on Highways, What is the milleage of XCD on highways is it less than 70 kms/lit.

Please advice which will be a better bike for me.

Also i own a Victor, 2002 , what should be its resale value, (Battery not working , and tank leakage -repaired).
Hope you'll will reply

Anonymous said...

Hello Nagesh Durbhatkar

I would say go for Suzuki bike, at least you have option for disc brakes.

I cannot take bikes without disc brakes seriously, it is so important for safety.

As for the resale value, you have not mentioned the miles covered by the bike, but in general Rs. 5000 to 8000 should be decent.

Used bikes have poor resale value, you might as well "gift" it to some acquiantance or family relative.

Anonymous said...

One more thing Nagesh: the Suzuki bikes have proper 5 speed gearbox! Do not overlook that aspect as well.

Payeng said...

@Nagesh,

Fuel Efficiency depends on how you maintain your bike and also on your riding habits.

If you rev the bike too much Fuel Efficiency is bound to come down.

However is you are looking for a bike which will be used mainly on the highways, then it would be better to look for a bike with 5 gears.. (Options among the 125 cc bikes are the Zeus/Heat and the Gladiator)

Subhankar said...

Hey Payeng...I wanna know whether there's a only kick start version of the xcd or not? If yes then is the price of it lesser compared to self start?

Payeng said...

Hi Subhankar,

Right now the XCD comes in just 1 variant:

With Alloys,
With Electric Start,
With Drum Brakes

Subhankar said...

Thanks a lot for the reply bro. I dnt know why then the bajaj showroom guy asked me whether I want a kick start or a self start version. Are they trying to cheat people somehow?

Payeng said...

My apologies Shubhankar Bro..

Just now I have returned from the Bajaj Showroom.. Bajaj have indeed launched a Kick Start Only 125 cc XCD..!!

It is priced around Rs. 2,000 less than the Electric Start Version.

karthikeyan said...

hi... payeng i am going to buy hero honda splendour plus..... wat do u say about tat .....bcoz i need milage and long term use ....... and my budget is within 47,000..... plz.. guide me....

Payeng said...

@karthikeyan

the Hero Honda Splendor Plus is a proven bike.. go for it.

But I would still advocate everyone to go for a 125 cc bike instead..

If you have to have a Hero Honda, then go for the 125 cc Super Splendor. It might cost you about Rs. 51,000 (On Road in Bangalore).. but according to me its worth the money.

Mukesh said...

I am a prowd owner of Bajaj XCD.It gives 60+ mileage in city n 75+ in highways.Go 4 XCD rather going for outdated HH models...The HH times are all over....Passion plus without a electric start n on road price of 48K+ really sux...

naraian said...

I own an XCD. It has been over an year. The mileage aspect is very good... The performance has also been decent. But, what it lacks is the reliability. The maintenance cost is way too high. You need to keep servicing atleast 1.5 months once to get the same performance.

The features aspect is great. But, the headlights are not all that great... Especially in the night rides.
The brakes are really hopeless...

The power and mileage combination is the only saving grace.

Venkata said...

Hi Guys,

I have plan to buy bike with good mileage and
long life range up to 50k.
I have Dilemma between Bajaj XCD 125 and HH Passion PRO.I will driving in with in city limits only(Chennai) and daily usage arond 15 k.m .Please help me to find a good bike among these two bikes.
waiting for reply

universe said...

Hi Friends,
I have ben using Bajaj XCD 125 since last 16 months and I prefer it over any other Hero Honda 100cc or even 125cc Bikes.
The power along with its handling is excellent.

Please take a test ride of it before ging for any Hero honda bike as I feel that if will prove to be much more of a right decision for prefering XCD 125

Anonymous said...

hi ,
help me 2 buy a bike which gives excellent mileage(>70 km/lt), a long life(5 yrs)& riding comfort.I m a middle class salaried(13k/month),36 yrs old & have 2 travel around 80 kms thrice weekly on highways

SAHIL said...

Hi
I own a Bajaj XCD 125 DTS – Si from past 1 and ½ Years.
Initially I was also in Love with Bajaj (Hamara Bajaj) Like Payeng Bcoz My dad use to have bajaj chetak Scoter which he used for 10 – 15 yrs. And it use to give the average of 40 – 50 till we scraped it as it broke twice from center.
But XCD has changed my opinion about Bajaj to this extent that in future I won’t go for bajaj bike even if someone is giving it for free.
For 1st Six months XCD was Very Very good we can say Excellent (Comparing to the past one year) but there after it started giving me trouble like anything.
I have spent more than ¼th of total cost of bike on its maintenance. As my Clutch Plate Damaged 1st time after six Months and then after it is monthly routine which is still continuing I changed service station from local mechanic to Different Bajaj Service stations, I Bought spare parts on my own from proper bajaj store also checked its genuine hologram but all efforts are in vain.
So now I need one single reason WHY I SHOULD GO FOR BAJAJ AGAIN??????????????????????????????????????

Payeng said...

Hi Sahil, somehow I don't believe you..

You say that your bike is 1 and half years old.. in that case haven't you heard about WARRANTY..??

universe said...

Hi Friends,
I have ben using Bajaj XCD 125 since last 16 months and I prefer it over any other Hero Honda 100cc or even 125cc Bikes.
The power along with its handling is excellent.

Please take a test ride of it before ging for any Hero honda bike as I feel that if will prove to be much more of a right decision for prefering XCD 125

desi said...

@RajKumar

Hey dude, Bajaj has had a fair number of flops to its credit, accepted, but then only on experimentation ppl learn, lets not forget Bajaj is a relatively new entrant to bikes compared to HH. As some1 said HH also has had its fair number of flops like Achiever, Ambition, etc. Atleast Bajaj has the guts to learn from the mistakes, proof of which is there in the pulsars. I am not against HH, in fact am a proud owner of the Splendor. Lets give credit where its due, if splendor was the king of its times, pulsar is the king of present times. To honestly say, after Splendor's success and great fan following for the old CBZ's thanks to its stunning looks inspite of not being a huge success, HH hasn’t really delivered similar winning products since then. From a consumer point of view, I would say it rests on the laurels of Splendor and CBZ. As ev1s says their upgrades are at best, a sticker job. Today, its important to innovate and reinvent, even to just hold one’s position in the market from slipping down. Which is exactly what Bajaj is doing and TVS seems to be catching upon. Tell me, does the CBZ Xtreme justify the upgrade the old CBZ was supposed to have? I don’t think so, atleast from styling point of view. And the no-purpose pilot lamp on Xtreme, is that a technological step ahead, or Bajaj’s Swirl Induction, DTSi, DTS-Fi, LED lights, backlit switches? You decide.
Coming to the new Hunk; man, 1 need not go a step forward, atleast lets not retrace back, why have the split-grabs from Xtreme been replaced with ordinary ones? Why a bulb tail-lamp and opting against LEDs?
Alright, lets look @ things positively, HH could use the advantage of the JV, while the engine comes from Honda as in Xtreme, shouldn’t HH innovate on the other fronts? Don’t tell me its doing a gr8 sticker job!!lol!!

Lets atleast praise Bajaj for thinking ahead and bringing in innovation in the form of DTSi, DTS-Fi, STS-Si to name a few, and to compete and emerge a clear winner ( as in the case of DTSi in Pulsar) in the area where the Japanese are strong, the engines.

When Bajaj is bringing in Digital tacho and LED in XCD, a 125cc bike, it puzzles me and many in the blogging community, why HH would launch Hunk, an Xtreme twin, with analog instrument panel and bulb tail lamps. Am sure Payeng and many would agree with that!

I just hope that HH would come back to the form as they were during the good old splendor days!

Abhijit Nerurkar said...

I have a Bajaj Xcd 125 which I bought in 2010. Now the bike is 3 yrs old and has started showing its age after 30,000 Km on the odometer.
Bajaj has discontinued the bike and there is shortage of spare parts in Pune. Bajaj has been launching new products and then discontinuing them in a short period of time.
I would rather want to buy a HH or Honda product as they do not discontinue products and leave the past customers to suffer.
Honda is still manufacturing the Unicorn which was launched 8 yrs back

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