Bajaj launched a new premium commuter motorcycle earlier in the week which fills the gap between the Discover and the Pulsar. The bike pays homage to the decommissioned INS Vikrant warship whose scrap metal was partially used in building the bike.

The Bajaj V15, a premium commuter bike, has been launched India and is priced at Rs 62,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

The V15 borrows the letter ‘V’ from the decommissioned INS Vikrant aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. Bajaj has purchased a part of the scrap metal from the warship, melted it, and used it to build the motorcycle.

The Bajaj V15 is a muscular looking bike which can be closely linked to a cafe-racer. The bike is equipped with an 18-inch alloy wheel at the front and 16-inch alloy wheels at the rear. The muscular look is further enhanced by the use of chunky Eurogrip tyres at both ends. The Bajaj V15 is equipped with a 120mm disc brake at the front and 130 mm drum brake at the rear.

In terms of looks, the Bajaj V15 sports a bikini fairing around the trapezoidal headlamp. The new headlamp design is claimed to provide 60 per cent better visibility than other bikes in the segment. The instrumental cluster is semi-digital, equipped with an analogue speedometer and a colour-changing LED fuel gauge. The fuel tank lid has the marine-themed logo embossed on it signifying its relation to the INS Vikrant. The V15 has a sloping seat which tapers towards the rear. The pillion seat can be covered with a cowl transforming the motorcycle into a single seater.

Bajaj has opted to power the V15 with its trusted 150cc DTS-i four stroke engine which belts out 12PS of power and 13Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is a 5-speed type which transfers the power to the rear wheel.

Currently on display at authorised Bajaj dealerships, the V15 can be booked at a minimum amount of Rs 1,000. The deliveries of the bikes will take place from 23rd March onwards.

Since it was unveiled for the 1st time, the Bajaj V15 has received over 3,000 bookings till date. Bookings were open in small towns initially and deliveries across India will begin from 23rd March, 2016.

Currently, the bikes are being dispatched to dealerships.

Bajaj is positioning the V15 at the top end of the commuter motorcycle, and not as a 150cc entry-level sportsbike. The bike is priced at Rs. 61,000 ex-showroom and one has to buy additional accessories worth Rs. 999 which include a crash guard, saree guard, cafe racer pillion cowl & grab rail.

Powering the bike is a 149.5cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, DTS-i petrol motor producing 12 PS of power @ 7,500 RPM & 13 Nm of torque @ 5,500 RPM.

Bajaj has set a production capacity of around 20,000 units / month for the V15.

Bajaj still refrains from commenting on the amount of metal from the INS Vikrant used in the fuel tank of the V15 & how long it will last. Anyway, we don’t care as it is one of the best marketing talking points on a Indian two-wheeler till date.

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