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Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear Review - autoX

If you’re open to a no-frills commuter and a motorcycle that straight-on excels in the fuel efficiency department, chances are you already have considered the Platina 110. As good as it might sound, the standard Platina 110 have suffered pitfalls in the past. But then again, you don’t have to shell out a fortune to own one of these commuters. You see, Bajaj had deployed a 5-speed Discover in the past with an additional fifth cog. Interestingly, the buyers in the niche segment, in a hope to save some additional drops of the fossil fuel, had put the bike through its fuel-efficiency tests by pitting through the higher gear at lower speeds.

As conservative as it sounds, this eventually resulted in a jerky and lugged down situation for the commuter. And as per buyer needs, Bajaj had pulled out the plugs to the 5-speed Discover. This time around, the Chakan-based automaker is hoping to educate buyers by stating the fifth gear as the Highway gear in the Platina 110. Well, we got out hands on one, and you know it’s time for our Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear review.

So, what’s new?

The Platina 110 H-Gear looks identical to its namesake. That said, the boxy headlamp, eyebrow-shaped LED DRL, five-spoke alloy wheels, long seats and the typical 3D badging on the fuel tank makes a return in the Platina 110 H-Gear. In fact, the Platina 110’s design is simply identical to the first time it was launched. Clearly, the design is not a deal-breaker for a no-frills commuter in the segment. What’s interesting though, Bajaj has managed to fit in a semi-digital instrument cluster which now gets a gear shift indicator apart from a usual gear position indicator. However, it isn’t the most accurate system though. In our Platina 110 H-Gear review, we often saw the display pointing to upshift from 4th even when the motorcycle was already in the top-cog.

Engine and Transmission

The Platina 110 H-Gear is powered by the same engine that propels in the Platina 110 and Discover 110. The engine is capable of churning out 8.5bhp and 9.81Nm of peak torque. This easily makes the Platina 110 the torquiest motor in its class. Right from the get-go, there is a nice spread of torque in the lower-end which makes up for a smooth experience in the city. For the most part in our Platina 110 H-Gear review, we were grinding through the 4th gear in city jaunts and in 5th through highway hauls. Interestingly, the Platina 110 H-Gear returns a commendable claimed efficiency figure of 84km/l, which in turn makes it a judicious sipper, as in compared to Platina 100’s 82.5km/l.

Stating the elephant in the room, the 5th gear is already a welcome change. In fact, at a time when 6-speed transmissions are considered mainstream and 5-speed transmissions are outdated, the Platina H-Gear turns out to be the only contender in the segment with that additional 5th cog. Switching between the gears is a smooth transition, however, the gearbox tends to leave you in a false neutral when shifting from fourth to fifth.

How does it ride?

The Platina 110 H-Gear rides fantastically well. I must say, the Bajaj commuter scores a solid 10 out of 10 in terms of comfort. The seat is adequately cushioned and spending long hours on the saddle is a rather stress-free task. Having said that, the bike remains equally cushioned for the pillion, thanks to the long seat and the wide rubber footpads.

What’s more? The Platina 110 H-Gear also gets the added safety net of a 240mm disc brake fitted on the right side of the front wheel. And of course, the rear wheel gets it done with a 110mm drum brake. In an effort to keep up with the regulations, the 110 H-Gear comes laden with an anti-skid braking system. Out on the road, the braking performance is significantly a step-up from the Platina 110.

Should you get one?

At an introductory price of Rs. 55,373, the disc-brake variant of the H-Gear is a fluke. And despite that jaw-dropping price, the H-Gear is decently kitted with a semi-digital instrument cluster with gear shift assist, gas-charged rear shocks and not to forget the eyebrow-shaped LED DRL. So, should you get one? If you still haven’t figured out, yes. To read the full Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear review, be sure to tune in to autoX.


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