Bajaj Platina ES is the new offering from Bajaj Auto. The company has even introduced the CT100 and technically the old Platina and the CT100 have the same heart. The new ES however, has got an upgrade in a lot of areas. Is this new 100cc bike promising? Or is it just like any another 100cc bike, keeps you happy with its performance and mileage. We find this out while we ride the new Platina ES.
Bajaj Platina ES Design
The Platina was first introduced in the market in 2006. Its design was based on the earlier Wind 125, whereas the engine was sourced from the CT 100. The new Platina ES though gets a host of upgrades. It now has a wider body than before. The colour scheme has changed and even the shades on offer are a lot trendier than before. The new Platina ES comes with three colour options, with a new bright ‘Electron Blue’ shade. It also gets new graphics. Other elements that highlight the looks of the bike are the five-spoke matte black alloy wheels, graphite-coloured engine and a black exhaust with a chrome heat shield. Though the main criteria of choosing a bike in this category is price and mileage, the looks are pretty neat for an entry-level motorcycle. The bike does feel broader than the Platina, which is still very flat and basic in styling.
Bajaj Platina ES Aesthetics
The instrumentation is basic with a speedometer on the left and a fuel gauge with a neutral indicator on the right side. Getting started on the bike is now a smooth affair, as it comes with an electric starter. A slight push of the starter button and it fires up instantly. The seating posture is upright and the saddle height (798mm) is ideal for riders with average height. With a kerb weight of 108kg, it is a very light bike to handle and maneuver too, though, it has a flip side of not being very stable at speeds above 60km/h and has a top speed of 90km/hr. The skinny tyres don’t help too much either, as they are added for better fuel efficiency and lighter weight.
Bajaj Platina ES Engine
The New Platina 100 ES receives two major upgrades, first is the new 102cc DTS-i engine, which produces 8bhp of power at 7500rpm and 8.6Nm of maximum torque. The Platina gets 99.27cc engine and both are different. The DTS-i gets the twin spark-plug technology that helps in better combustion, which means better performance and fuel efficiency too. The second change is the introduction of an electric starter, which isn’t available on the Platina. A four speed transmission, with an‘all down’ pattern is mated to this engine.
I must mention that the suspension of the Platina is absolutely impressive. The way it handled potholes and broken roads with aplomb, was a surprise and frankly, I didn’t expect this from an entry level motorcycle. The SNS (spring in spring) suspension does a fantastic job. Engineers at Bajaj have definitely understood the Indian rider’s plight due to bad roads. Also, the seat is pretty comfortable even on a prolonged ride and long enough to seat two comfortably.
Bajaj Platina ES Ride
On the road, the bike comfortably cruises at 50-60 km/hr, though overtaking does need some planning. The vibrations from the engine are well contained. Somehow, I struggled to keep the rear view mirrors in a fixed position as they kept changing directions at will. Better quality of mirrors is certainly desired.
The brakes, 110mm drums, front and rear are ordinary and the stopping power could have been better. However, the bike I rode was a brand new one, so probably the bite would get better after some more running, once the brake liners settle in.
Another highlight of this bike is its high ground clearance. At 190mm, the highest in the segment, it is a boon on semi-urban and rural terrains. It was evident in the way the bike climbed up a footpath with a height of almost 10 inches, without touching anywhere.
Bajaj Platina ES Mileage
Bajaj claims a fuel efficiency of 96.9 km/l for the Platina ES, which is by far the highest as compared to competition and also its USP. The fuel tank has a capacity of 11.5 litres. A 12V, 3Ah zero maintenance battery is now offered on this bike.
Bajaj Platina ES Price
Bajaj Platina ES Price
|Variant||Price (on-road, Mumbai)|
|Platina ES||INR 52,000|
With a price tag of about Rs 52,000 (on-road, Mumbai), the Platina ES is well priced and with the high fuel efficiency, is a good value for money product too. Where other brands excel is engine refinement, but that does come at a higher price tag too.
Bajaj Platina ES Colours
The new Platina ES comes with three colour options. The are Ebony Black, Blue and Candy Red shades. It also offers a choice of graphics.
Bajaj Platina ES Dimensions
|Wheel base||1255 mm|
|Saddle height||798 mm|
|Ground Clearance||190 mm|
|Kerb weight||108 Kg|
Bajaj Platina ES Images
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