The metal from the renowned and famous INS vikrant warship is made use for the fuel tank and that too for one among the Bajaj ensemble. It is for none other than the Bajaj V15. This smart and calculated move from Bajaj created huge expectations and is it able to convert that expectations into reality in form of powerful performance and superb handling?. Time to find out.
Value for Money
Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices
12PS @ 7,500rpm
12.7N.m @ 5,500rpm
LARGE FUEL TANK
SOLID FRONT FORKS
REMOVABLE REAR COWL
PREMIUM INSTRUMENT PANEL
LED TAIL LAMPS
|Engine Type||Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i|
|Power||12PS @ 7500rpm|
|Torque||12.7Nm @ 5500rpm|
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||No|
|Start Type||Electric / Kick Start|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic Front Fork dia.33 mm|
|Rear Suspension||Twin shocks, Nitrox(Gas filled)|
|Length x Width x Height||2040mm x 785mm x 1069mm|
|Tyres (F)||90/90 - 18, Tubeless|
|Tyres (R)||120/80-16, Tubeless|
|Brakes (F)||240 mm Disc|
|Brakes (R)||130 mm drum|
|Electrical System||12 V, 4 Ah|
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BAJAJ V15 TEST RIDE & REVIEW
NOT A COMMUTER BY DESIGN
The unique shaped headlamp of the Bajaj V15 is strictly distinctive in the design along with the almost oval shaped crash guard. A small semi fairing completes the front section of the motorcycle. Verdict – not impressive. Now coming on to the side profile things change altogether. There is a premium feeling with large chiselled fuel tank and fuel cap showing the connection of V15 to INS Vikrant warship. But the real show stealer is the detachable rear-seat cowl which adds sportiness to the style.
The rear section looks fantastic with wonderfully designed LED tail light and the badge on the seat cowl is eye soothing. The split 5 spoke alloy wheels also does take the design to high standards. Overall the Bajaj V15 never looks like a commuter motorcycle and it is way beyond that. The instrument cluster features an analogue speedometer, odometer and a fuel gauge but the absence of tripmeter is a disappointing thing. Also, they have not made compromises in the quality whether be the side panels, paint and switches etc.
TORQUEY & CALM ENGINE
The 149cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i engine makes 12PS of peak power @ 7,500rpm and 12.7N.m of peak torque @ 5,500rpm. This is really strange figures from Bajaj perspective as their engines do produce way more power and torque from the same displacement in other models. They had done this deliberately to provide cool sort of riding experience with linear power delivery and a thick layer of torque in the lower rpm for quick moves in cities.
But things change when V15 is taken onto the higher rpm as the vibrations start to creep in and feel stressed. Refinement is good and has got a good exhaust note. The mileage figures of 48 -57km/l in the cities and highways combined is a really cool one for mileage conscious commuters. The all up gearshift pattern from the 5-speed gearbox is what we do not like about and should have gone for the 1-down 4-up pattern. The clutch is light and the shifts are overall smooth with no false neutrals.
The dual-cradle chassis on the Bajaj V15 does the job of holding together the entire motorcycle. The fat telescopic front forks and the nitrox twin shocks at the rear completes the suspension package. So the end result – V15 is nimble and flickable with also low center of gravity making matters more in favour of V15. The suspension setup does handle the bad roads somewhat well and the setup is on the stiffer side. Also, the rear shocks are not adjustable which is a setback. The fat set of tubeless tyres from Eurogrip provides ample amounts of traction and grip.
The riding stance on the motorcycle is comfy with centered footpegs, lowered seat and slightly reachable handlebars. The rider seat is wide and plough and has no issues even after hours of riding but the same is not the case for the pillion as the seat is small and slightly inclined. In order to accommodate the pillion, the rear seat cowl can be easily detached via a small Allen key which comes mated with motorcycle’s key. The 240mm disc brake along with 130mm drum brake does the braking duties quite well and beyond expectations.
GOOD SET OF FEATURES
Pumped up fuel tank,solid front forks and muscular frame, wide tyres, DTS i engine, powerful headlamp, tubeless tyres, textured seats, premium instrument panel, comfortable backrest and LED tail lamps completes the features package.
BAJAJ V15 VERDICT
Bajaj V15 is purely meant to ride within city limits and not beyond that. The engine, ergonomic setup and all are designed in such a way and purpose. If this is kept in mind while buying then it is a great motorcycle. On the other side, riders who need much more performance, aggressiveness and looking for some long trip in mind then stay away from this model.
- Unique design
- Meant for street riding
- Premium build quality
- Good suspension setup
- Comfortable ergonomics
- Value for money
- All up gearshift pattern
- Poor headlamp design
- Non adjustable rear suspension
- Vibration in higher revs
- Small & inclined pillion seat
- Stressed engine in higher revs