Bajaj V15 gives tribute to a national hero

first_imgPositioning of a brand new product in the ever evolving and highly demanding Indian motorcycle market is a task that if mastered, can be greatly rewarding.Over the years, Bajaj Auto has been at the forefront of this game with newer products that have almost always managed to strike the right chord with their intended audiences. This time however, Bajaj has gone a step further by making their latest offering special.Simple instrumentation layout houses an analogue speedo and lit up fuel level bar, neutral indicator.The Bajaj V15 is the Pune-based company’s latest creation. The V is reference to the legendary INS Vikrant warship that was decommissioned in 1997. The warship was then preserved as a maritime museum before finally being laid to rest in 2014 where it was scrapped.Switchgear the same as found on other Bajaj motorcycles.Switchgear the same as found on other Bajaj motorcycles.ALSO READ:Bajaj Auto commence deliveries of V15In order to give it its due tribute, Bajaj bought the scrap metal and integrated it into building the V in honour of the INS Vikrant.This is not a familiar shape for a motorcycle that is being positioned as a commuter. The V15 definitely looks premium and targets an audience that wants to commute in style. The chunky tank, contoured headlamp, twin-spoke alloy wheels and dual-purpose Eurogrip tyres combined give the V a unique look.150cc engine is tuned for mid-range performance.The rear section of the motorcycle has closer resemblance to a cruiser with the tail tapering down to the retro-looking LED tail light. There’s also an easily removable pillion seat cowl la cafe racers.advertisementContoured seat sports quality leather cover. Slotting in between the Discover 150, a proper commuter motorcycle, and the Pulsar 150, a sportier motorcycle, the V fits right in as a niche product. The V15 is powered by a 149.5cc air-cooled, single-cylinder DTS-i engine producing 12bhp and 13Nm of torque.Cycle parts also include a 240mm front disc brake and rear drum brake setup along with conventional telescopic front fork and gas-charged twin coilover suspension at the rear. A dual cradle frame holds all of this together in a package that weighs 136kg with fuel and fluids.Sound has been engineered for a throaty note from the exhaust pipe.The fuel tank capacity of the V15 is 13 litres which should offer a decent range and Bajaj has also employed a powerful 55/60W headlamp for better illumination. 165mm of ground clearance should also see you go over bad roads with ease and a 780mm saddle height means that shorter riders will not have trouble putting down both feet on the ground while astride the bike.240mm front disc is standard.Bajaj was accepting pre-bookings for the V15 for Rs 5,000 from March 20- March 22, with the deliveries to start from March 23. The new Bajaj V has a price tag of Rs 61,000 (ex showroom, New Delhi) and Rs 61,832 (ex showroom, Mumbai).last_img