Bajaj XCD 125 DTS-Si

 

 

 

 

Make Model

Bajaj XCD 125 DTS-Si

Year

2008 - 10

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve

Capacity

124.5 cc / 7.6 cu in

Bore x Stroke

54 x 54.4 mm

Compression System

9.5:1

Cooling System

Air/oil cooled

Lubrication System

Wet sump, forced

Exhaust

Exhaust-TEC

Induction

Carburetor, side draught, UCSL Mikuni VM16

Ignition

Microprocessor controlled Digital CDI

Battery

12V, 5Ah

Starting

Electric & Kick start

Max Power

7.0 kW / 9.4 hp @ 7000 rpm

Max Torque

10.8 Nm / 1.1 kgf-m / 8.0 ft. lbs @ 6500 rpm

Clutch

Wet, multiplate

Transmission

4 Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive

Chain

Frame

Single down tube with engine as stress member

Dimensions

Length: 1980 mm / 78.0 in
Width: 760 mm / 29.9 in
Height: 1200 mm / 47.2 in

Wheelbase

1275 mm / 50.2 in

Ground Clearance

170 mm / 6.7 in

Front Suspension

Telescopic forks

Front Wheel Travel

125 mm / 4.9 in

Rear Suspension

Trailing arm with dual SNS type springs with hydraulic shock absorbers, adjustable

Rear Wheel Travel

105 mm / 4.1 in

Front Brakes

130 mm drum

Rear Brakes

130 mm drum

Wheels

Aluminium alloy, 6-spoke

Front Wheel

2.75-17

Rear Wheel

3.00-17

Dry Weight

112 kg / 247 lbs

Fuel Capacity

8 L / 2.1 US gal

Fuel Reserve

1.8 L / 0.48 US gal

Top Speed

90 km/h / 56 mph

Colours

Black, Red, Silver, Blue

Review

BS Motoring

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the XCD 125 is that feels like a genuine 125cc-class motorcycle. It offers similar power, great low-rev response, sports all the kit and is also easy on the eye. I can imagine replacing a Disco with the XCD and enjoying lower revs, less effort for the same sort of ride about town. Perhaps the only the thing I'd miss is the Disco's top-end. You see, the XCD's power peaks at 7000 rpm, early by 125cc standards and a good 1.5 bhp under the Disco too.

Still, that's the beauty of the proposition. The feature-rich, slick XCD is not aimed at the Super Splendor-Glamour-Gladiator-Discover set. In fact, the gunner's been lowering the sights until they're locked in on the Platina-Splendor-Victor-Star playing field. What Bajaj, effectively, have pulled off, is selling a genuine 125cc motorcycle for just-over 100cc prices, with greater economy and features that we've so far seen only in the 150cc class or above.

The XCD looks sleek and mean, which is unlike what its competition offers. I am talking about a fairly upmarket looking motorcycle, built to compete against more normal looking ones like the Splendor or the CT100, or come to think of it, the Suzuki Heat. The stickers look classy – done with help from Kawasaki, the tank extensions are, um, an extension of the Pulsar 200's equivalents, the fairing looks mean (I thought it had faint Prowler and Discover cues). The side-panels are quite similar to the Discos, and the sleek tail-end is very Pulsar-like, except for the shaped LED tail lamp.On the move, the standard electric start wakes up a normal sounding Bajaj motor, which can really work at low revs. Progress is brisk by 100cc standards and I am certain that many 9.5 bhp-125cc motorcycles will find it hard to match the 112 kg XCD up to 60 kph. Gears slot in neatly and overall, the motorcycle feels solid. Ride quality is quite good, as we've come to expect from Bajaj's recent models and overall, I'd say they've done a bang up job.