Ergonomics – The ergonomics of the Platina H Gear have been retained and the motorcycle is easily accessible for everyone. The seating posture is upright while you also get front-set footpegs. The seat height is increased by 3 mm which is just the addition of rib-type cushioning in the seat. Pillion comfort is also great and the seat is wide as well as long, enough to seat two people in utmost comfort. The handlebar and the mirrors have been borrowed too and they solve their purpose of practicality pretty well.
Performance – Powered by the same 115.5cc motor, the Bajaj Platina produces 8.5 BHP and 9.81 Nm of torque. The engine feels quite refined and has a decent throttle response for a 110cc motorcycle. As an addition, the Platina now gets a 5-speed gearbox. If you look properly there is no mention of H Gear on the side of the engine, it rather says – N-1-2-3-4-5. With the addition of a 5th gear, the Platina has a comfortable riding spot at 80 km/hr while it doesn’t stress as much while hitting the ton. The 4th gear, however, feels more lively and the Platina can do highway commutes now. The gearbox is smooth shifting while the exhaust has a good note to it. With the inclusion again, there is a high likelihood of an increase in mileage however, we did not get a chance to test that.
Riding Dynamics – The ergonomics have been continued and hence the riding dynamics of the Platina are just like any other commuter motorcycle. Although there has been a very minor increase in weight, the dynamics don’t differ. The bike feels comfortable in the city while the suspension does its job really well in any kind of road conditions. As the motorcycle is light it tips into corners quickly, however, the skinny 80-section tubeless tyres don’t provide much confidence. The Platina now gets an optional 240 mm disc brake at the front making it feedback rich while braking. Bajaj has also given the Platina anti-skid braking as standard which is just another term for a combi-braking system.