If the CT100B is too old school for you, Bajaj Auto has just the right addition in their portfolio. Lo and behold the CT100, which might, at first, just seem like a minor update to the series. But in the flesh, it’s completely different and perhaps a wee bit flamboyant than the CT100B.
So, what exactly is the CT100? On the face of it, the CT100 is the same commuter motorcycle that was discontinued in 2006. So, the 2015 edition brings in a number of updates such as new graphics, alloy wheels, fatter rear tyres and yet again, it’s much more affordable than 100cc commuters in the market.
It also continues to sports a minimalistic design with the same boxy headlamp, twin-analogue instrument cluster and a plain Jane design. The alloy wheels are now five-spoke units, finished in silver, further adding contrast to the overall design.
It carries the same powertrain as the Platina 100. Therefore, the 99.27cc single-cylinder engine at its heart is capable of churning out 8.1bhp and 8.05Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a four-speed gearbox. While this isn’t a motorcycle that’s capable of munching miles out on the highway, it feels just about adequate in the city. The power delivery is linear and the smooth transmission just makes it easier to ride in the city.
The compact dimensions and minimal bodywork make the Bajaj CT100 the perfect commuter for the streets. The length is rated at 1,965mm, width at 770mm, and height at 1,072mm. It has a wheelbase of 1,235mm, ground clearance of 169mm, and a seat height of 678mm. The kerb weight is just 109kg.
Fuel tank capacity
The fuel tank capacity of the CT100 is rated at 10.5-litres. Also, the ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 89km/l makes it one of the most frugal motorcycles in the country.
The CT100 is not a corner carver. But it excels at what it’s supposed to deliver, the light handlebar makes it a breeze to take it and out of traffic. The telescopic forks suspension at the front and the rear monoshock ensures a comfortable ride throughout. Moreover, it sits on a tubular single down tube with lower cradle frame chassis. The brakes in action are 110mm drums at either end, with disc brakes not even available as an option. Cost-cutting, right? The 17-inch wheels are shod with 2.75*17 rubber at the front and 3.00*17 rubber at the back.
There are no fancy electronics or gizmos, although the top-of-the-line CT100 now gets Electric start as part of the package. The instrument cluster is a bare-bones unit with an analogue speedometer on the left and a number of telltale lights. The tachometer, however, is a sore miss. Another thing we miss are LED elements in the headlamp as well as the taillamp. As for safety, CBS is a standard fitment across the range.
You can grab the CT100 in four different colours: Ebony Black (Blue Decals), Ebony Black (Red Decals), Electron Blue, and Flame Red.
All the extensive information regarding CT100 can be found in the brochure. For instance, you can check the variants, various dimensions, features, styling information, and colours at a single place.
As of late-2019, the CT100 is available in three variants. The price for the bare-bones B-CBS variant is Rs. 33,786, while the prices for the more flamboyant KS Alloy – CBS and ES Alloy – CBS variants are Rs. 34,381 and Rs. 42, 221, respectively (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.
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