In the past couple of years, Bajaj Auto has launched a lot of Discovers and that has led to a lot of confusion too, mainly for prospective buyers. When something did not work out, Bajaj was quick to discontinue it and launch another model, giving the product very little time to be accepted. After launching and discontinuing the Discover 125 ST, Bajaj Auto has now discontinued two more variants of the Discover, the 100T and 125T have been axed. The Discover 4G is still on sale though but will be withdrawn from the market later this year.
This means only four variants of the Discover will be kept on sale, ensuring there is no confusion between buyers. For the 100cc, Bajaj Auto offers the Discover 100M while in the 125cc, the Discover 125M is being offered. The other two Discovers in the line-up are the ones launched just a couple of days back, the Discover 150S and Discover 150F. The T and ST platforms have been transferred to the 150cc Discover, as this is the platform which has a longer wheelbase and a monoshock rear suspension. If the 150cc Discovers bring in good volumes (more than 1 lakh unit sales every month), there will be no further changes to the Discover line-up.
The recently launched Discover 150s are by far the best Discovers yet and we rode it yesterday and came out quite impressed. The bikes are smooth with good refinement and the learnings from the 150cc Discovers will be used on smaller Discovers in the future, to further improve them. Bajaj Auto was doing decent numbers in the motorcycle market but their domestic sales have dropped quite low, with only 1.25 lakh units being sold in the Indian market last month. In comparison, Hero sold 4.64 lakh bikes while Honda sold 1.48 lakh bikes. The Pulsar maker is by far the leader in export of motorcycles from India, which helps them get good overall sales. Only time will tell if it is now the time to Disco!