The Bajaj CT 100 has been a respectable name in the commuter market since its launch in 2004. Bajaj Auto’s target consumers mostly consisted of the rural population in India. Consumers who value reliability, comfort, and hassle-free maintenance above all else. Bajaj catered precisely to the market demand in the form of the CT 100.
Relaunched rather recently in its BS6 version, the CT 100 is still true to the demands of the customers while delivering the same fuel efficiency, performance, and comfort. What’s new in this motorcycle? How is the competition? Is it practical? Read on to find out!
Pros: Comfortable Seating, Impressive Fuel-Efficiency, Peppy Motor, Affordable
Cons: Tube Tyres, Basic Build Quality
Bajaj CT 100 Variants
The CT 100 is available in two variants, each variant differs from the other in a few subtle aspects. The variants are:
- CT 100 KS
- CT 100 ES
Bajaj CT 100 Design
The CT 100 is not big on design, it’s simplistic and quite straightforward. In a way, the design itself conveys the mild nature of this motorcycle. At the front, we have a five-spoke alloy wheel and a cool looking fender. The headlight unit consists of a brightly lit DRL and the primary halogen bulb. The headlight dome in itself is elegantly wrapped with stickering accents. The fuel tank is sculpted in a rectangular fashion with stickering details on it. The handlebar and the front telescopic suspension are chromed, providing a unique contrast to the aesthetic appeal.
As we move along to the rear, the single-seat and the side panels below look quite cool against the backdrop of the engine area. The side-mounted exhaust equipped with a chromed-out crash/heat guard is also a pretty element. The stickering accents along the length of this motorcycle are pleasantly stylish. The rear indicators and the pillion grabrails complete the essence of this minimalistic motorcycle. The CT 100 and the elder brother- the CT 110 share majority of the design-defining components between them, making both look highly indistinguishable.
Bajaj CT 100 Features
Both the variants of the Bajaj CT 100 get a fully analogue instrument cluster. The odometer, speedometer, and trip-meters are all analogue in nature. The engine bash plate is a unique feature hardly seen on other motorcycles in this segment. The rear-view mirrors provide a good line of sight and look quite good in the black paint job. On the mechanical side of things, the CT 100 is equipped with a 102cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, electronic-injection engine featuring a convenient kick-start option that it shares with the Bajaj Platina 100.
The CT 100 KS is equipped with a kick-start mechanism while the CT 100 ES gets a self-start option
Bajaj CT 100 Engine Performance
All variants of the CT 100 are equipped with the same 102cc, electronic-injection, air-cooled engine mated to a four-speed gearbox producing 7.79 BHP at 7500 RPM and 8.34 Nm of torque at 5500 RPM. This motorcycle has a peppy and responsive low and mid-range that’s sufficient for commuting duties. On the highway, cruising at the speed of around 60-70 km/h is fairly easy. The top speed on this motorcycle is recorded at 80-90 km/h, but, is heavily riddled with vibrations at that range.
Bajaj CT 100 Mileage (or Fuel Efficiency)
The CT 100 is a highly fuel-efficient motorcycle. In the city, one can expect anywhere between 70-75 km/l. On the highway, you can expect around 75-80 km/l. The fuel tank of 10.5-litres offers a total riding range of up to 750-800 km.
Bajaj CT 100 Handling (or Dynamics)
The CT 100 is quick to respond and agile at handling. Aiding the same are telescopic forks at the front and SNS rear suspension that provides for smooth, grounded, and seamless ride quality. The tube cradle frame does a great job distributing the kerb weight of 114-115 kg across the body of this motorcycle.
Bajaj CT 100 Comfort (or Ergonomics)
The CT 100 is undoubtedly a comfortable motorcycle, for both, the pillion and the rider. The foot-pegs for both the occupants are front set and wide, resulting in a relaxed seating position. The seat height is 804 mm, a height that is practical for riders of all builds. The seat itself is a single piece, meaning it’s not split and also very soft.
Bajaj CT 100 Safety (or Brakes)
The Bajaj CT 100 has two variants on offer. Both of them offer the same braking setup. The two variants come equipped with a 130 mm front drum brake and a 110 mm rear drum brake. While both these variants supply sufficient feel and bite to the rider, the front disc brake as seen on the Platina ES Disc would have contributed immensely to braking. The inclusion of CBS (combined braking system) on the two variants ensures both the brakes are evenly applied for a stable and balanced braking performance.
Bajaj CT 100 Service
Bajaj being a well-established motorcycle brand has stood the test of time and proved resilient in all its endeavours. They offer a wide range of authorised service centres and showrooms across the country where you can buy the motorcycle and get them promptly serviced, at an affordable cost. The average service interval for the CT 100 is anywhere between 6000 to 8000 km, this particular two-wheeler should cost you somewhere between Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1500/- for its service.
Bajaj CT 100 Price
Following is the price of the CT 100 (on-road, Mumbai) –
- Bajaj CT 100 KS – Rs. 60,946/-
- Bajaj CT 100 ES – Rs. 63,474/-
Bajaj CT 100 Resale Value
Bajaj is a brand that promises motorcycles that are easy to maintain, sturdy, and have a respectable build quality. The CT 100 should have a fairly adequate resale value depending on the mileage on the odometer, accidents (if any), and overall maintenance.
Bajaj CT 100 Colours
The Bajaj CT 100 is available in the following colours.
- Gloss Ebony Black
- Matte Olive Green
- Gloss Flame Red
Bajaj CT 100 Specs
- Engine: 102cc, 2-valve, single-cylinder, air-cooled, electronic-injection
- Power: 7.79 bhp at 7500 RPM
- Torque: 8.34 Nm at 5500 RPM
- Transmission: 4-speed
- Top Speed: 80-90 km/hr
- Fuel Consumption: 75-80 km/l
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Frame: Lower Cradle Tubular Single Down Tube
- Suspension: Hydraulic Telescopic Forks (Front), SNS (Rear)
- Tyres: 2.75×17″ (Front), 3×17″ (Rear)
- Brakes: 130 mm Drum (Front) and 110 Drum (Rear) (KS & ES)
Bajaj CT 100 Dimensions
- Length x Width x Height: 1945 mm x 752 mm x 1072 mm (KS & ES)
- Wheelbase: 1235 mm
- Ground Clearance: 170 mm
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.5 litres
- Kerb Weight: 114 kg (KS)
- Kerb Weight: 115 kg (ES)
Bajaj CT 100 Rating
We give the Bajaj CT 100 a rating of 4.5/5.
Bajaj CT 100 vs Hero HF Deluxe
The Hero HF Deluxe is the second highest-selling motorcycle in Hero MotorCorp’s portfolio. All three variants of this motorcycle are powered by a 97.2cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine mated to a four-speed gearbox producing similar power figures as the Bajaj CT 100.
While factors like the kerb-weight and seat height are alike, the major factor that sets them apart is the pricing. The Kick-Start variant with alloy wheels is close to Rs. 5000/- more than the CT 100 KS. The Electric-start variant with alloy wheels is around Rs. 6000/- dearer than the CT 100 ES. What’s more? The CT 100 claims better fuel efficiency figures than the Hero motorcycle. So, what’s your pick?
Bajaj CT 100 vs Bajaj Platina 100
The Bajaj Platina 100 is Bajaj Auto’s second most affordable motorcycle followed by the CT 100. This motorcycle was launched shortly after the CT 100 in the year 2006. Both motorcycles share the same powertrain, engine, and several other components. The fuel-efficiency figures, too, are highly alike.
The major difference between the Platina 100 and the CT 100 is the overall design language, colour options and the lack of a disc-brake variant on the latter. However, the CT 100 presents a compelling argument in terms of pricing. The Platina 100 Kick-Start variant is close to Rs. 6000/- more than the CT 100 KS while the Platina 100 ES Drum variant is around Rs. 10,000/- costlier than the CT 100 ES that also sports front and rear drum brakes. What’s your pick?
The CT 100 is as good a bet as any in the commuter motorcycle market! In fact, the cheap maintenance cost coupled with the impressive fuel efficiency, the comfortable seating paired with the peppy engine, and the wide range of service centres make this motorcycle a complete package. We hope this article has helped provide some clarity and hopefully aided you before your big purchase. Thank you for reading and ride safely. Cheers!