Commuter bikes are a lifeline in India. The elements of high fuel efficiency and reliability make for a formula that’s sure to succeed. However, for all these years, the need for a unique workhorse that also has the style and desirability factor to make customers covet them was never fulfilled. Giving this well-travelled and style-conscious new generation a personal transport with the personality to match was something that no manufacturer gave a serious thought to, but Bajaj paid attention to the market and turned it into reality with the V15.
The Bajaj V15 uses metal taken from the INS Vikrant and sports a pleasantly unusual design. The low-slung stance and rear seat cowl say café racer, while the wide handlebars and wide rear tyre read cruiser. The result strikes a good balance of the old and new.
The neutral riding posture is comfortable for city traffic and the suspension deals with bad roads well. Its 150cc, DTS-i engine makes 12PS of power and 13Nm of torque. The powertrain has been designedfor everyday usability, so you get power right from the get go, making it a hoot to ride in slow traffic.
The Bajaj V15 is a well-rounded machine that gives the modern Indian something special to ride. It offers novelty and affordability at a price of Rs 62,002 (ex-showroom, Delhi).