Starting its life as Bajaj Boxer, this bike had a name change as the Bajaj CT 100. Bajaj stopped production in 2006 to give way for the Bajaj Platina. But in 2015 due to nostalgic feel and demand Bajaj launched this evergreen bike again. This Bajaj CT 100 has had a career longer than that of the Undertaker and has been unbeaten. Built to rival tanks, loved in rural and urban markets and passed by many fathers to their son’s. Are just a few traits of the CT 100. I was not fortunate enough to learn on the Bajaj CT 100 but I surely learnt on the Bajaj Chetak. Now in 2017 just two years after the re-launch let’s have a look at how this bike is doing.
Bajaj CT 100 Price
|New Delhi||INR 33,955|
At this price this bike gives some bicycles a run for their money. I remember the MT-80 being the cheapest to use and ride. The CT 100 is the MT-80 of 2017 yet have and carries much more value and durability. I remember an international web site testing the strongest bike of all time and doing drop tests and the no 1 bike was the CT 100. Now that says a lot about its heritage.
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Bajaj CT 100 Top Speed
The Bajaj CT100 achieves a top speed of 90 km/h. Now that is a lot for a 100 cc commuter which started life almost three decades back. Still being able to keep up with modern generation is nothing short of a miracle.
Bajaj CT 100 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||169 mm|
|Kerb Weight||109 kgs|
|Seat Height||678 mm|
With just 109 kgs this is a super light weight. Whats magical here is the 678 mm seat height which is excellent for an average Indian rider. The handle is broad and easier to maneuver around at 770 mm. The Bajaj CT100 has been the ideal bike and dimensions have been near perfect. The bikes we see today are a result of companies trying really hard to improve and improvise on the Bajaj CT100.
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Bajaj CT 100 Design
The Bajaj CT100 has two headlamps one is an old school round clear headlamp (CT100B) and other is encompassed in a small fairing. There is also a difference in wheels as the 100B is the classic looking one with spoke wheels and the regular Bajaj CT100 has alloys like a modern motorcycle. The tank is the same and has a narrow scoop for the knees for support. The suspension has an added spring that is typical of Bajaj and as we also found on the Platina for added comfort and stability.
Bajaj has tried to add premiumness with a chrome exhaust. The engine casing is a mixture of black and silver and the contrast looks good. The tank has the vintage decals that scream for the Bajaj CT100. This is a bare basic design that is focused on robustness and longevity. The seat has ample cushioning for riders who will ride for long hours and would make the journey a breeze.
Bajaj CT 100 Colours
The colours available in the Bajaj CT 100 are as below.
- Flame Red
- Ebony Black (Red Decals)
- Ebony Black (Blue Decals)
Yes there is a black but with vintage Bajaj CT 100 red and blue decals.
Bajaj CT 100 Specifications
|Power||8.10 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8.05 Nm @ 4500 rpm|
|Top Speed||90 km/h|
Being just 100 cc generating the same power as a 110cc bike the Bajaj CT100 is a marvel. The 4-speed gear box is not one of the smoothest but gets the work done. The bike feels raw but is extremely reliable. The gearshifts are at long intervals hence the shifts are less. This is not a quick bike but has torque for city traffic, rural bad roads or even where roads don’t exist.
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Bajaj CT 100 Mileage
With an excellent efficiency of 89 km/l this is over a month’s running for me. There is enough fuel for places with lack petrol pumps. Long distance is an easy done with the 870 km range. This is an amazing range for any bike now a days. The Bajaj CT100 tries to carry all its old traits and yet try to be the modern bike that it is supposed to be.
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Bajaj CT 100 Ride and Handling
The Bajaj CT 100 has been aimed at daily ease at commute. A commute without hassle, a commute without worries. The wide handlebars make the bike easier to maneuver around in city. The seat height is low making it easy for average Indians and the lightweight is a blessing in disguise. For such a light weight this bike is still one of the most robust and tough bikes around. I wish it came with disc brakes at least optional, but at the minimalistic price what else can you expect.
The Bajaj CT100 is a simple bike personified to do the daily runs and to be passed on to the next generation. For fathers to teach their sons and daughters who love to ride. Because there is not much that can damage this bike. Small things like a fall would merely scratch the decals. The dual spring suspension makes for a plush ride along with the really soft seat. If any softer I would go to sleep.
This is by far the cheapest engine on two wheels you can buy. And it has been around for decades to prove its metal. Still winning hearts and now almost a living legend the Bajaj CT 100 has achieved it all. Bajaj has set a very good example that durability need not be expensive. This is one of those bikes that makes me an emotional fool to buy and have in my stable.
- Value for money