For the background story everyone knows that INS Vikrant warship played heroic role in winning 1971 war against Pakistan. When this legend sent for dismantling, Bajaj did something unique and purchased its mettle to keep it alive in heart of every Indian. And forged it into mettle tank and launched a very unique 150 cc bike Bajaj Vikrant or as all know Bajaj V15. Later 125 cc variant also launched. We have riding the bike since a long time now and we would share the ownership experience after riding this invincible bike for 9000 kms.
Power delivery and performance
The Bajaj V15 is powered by 149.5 CC Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-I Engine mated to a 5 speed transmission. The engine has longer strokes which gives great torque at low rpm, has good power available at lower rpm and at top range. It will go 0 to 60 very quick, then crossing 80 will be not as quick as other bikes, once you cross 80kmph, vibration will be smoothen out and it can easily go up to 115kmph as per limit we tested. We tried running the bike through some rough terrains and believe us. The V15 shocked us with it bold performance, thanks to its larger front wheel and longer strokes which helps you gain good torque @ low rpm as well.
Bajaj V15 is comfortable for all various heighted people. V15 has mixed personality of cruiser due to rear 16 inch wheel and sportster due to front 18 inch wheel and wider handlebar. It’s not a café racer neither a complete cruiser but the bike has very balance character of both. The seating position feels good once you seat and start the ride. Wide handlebar gives relaxed front posture, legs can be rested properly due to wider tank and good foot rests on both side. Rider seat portion has been carved out and lower so it does not gives backache no matter how long you ride. Because you will be sitting almost straight in all the way while driving.
Comfort for pillion can be issue, pillion has to seat very close to rider otherwise smaller rear seat will not give proper support. Important part is that even though bike is priced very affordable, seat quality is excellent. The cushioning has been very well placed.
Both front and rear tyres are sufficiently wider. Front is 90 section 18 inch tyre while rear is 120/80 tyre which looks massive due to big tread and big wall and 16 inch rim adds more macho looks to it. Alloys wheels gives benefit of tubeless tyre so in long riding, puncture won’t sto you immediately.
Front 240mm disc brake gives good breaking while rear drum brake is good for breaking from 90 kmph. Due to good kerb weight of 137 kg it does feel planted on road when riding on highway. Big vehicle air blow does not disturbs your course of riding. 165 mm ground clearance looks small on paper, but practically we’ve ridden through rivers, off roads, mining areas and grit crusher mines and it never touched ground, all thanks to front 18 inch wheel which keeps body part higher. Rear broad tyre gives excellent grip on any terrain due to its design. The Bajaj V15 we rode, came fitted with Eurogrip tyres made by TVS which was good for grip but was too much prone to punctures as both front and rear got 4 to 5 punctures in 2 months. Thus I changed to MRF Kurve tyres, which is great in grip and after 4 months still not a puncture while riding path has been same. Some of our friends received the bike with Ceat tyres which gave vibration over 80kmph, so Eurogrip fitment was better as per my experience.
No doubt about the road presence Bajaj V15 has, it looks massive, sure to turn heads on road. Wider silencer gives awesome sound at Idle like thumping sound and at high revs it changes to sports bike sound which is both ear pleasing to a biker.
The big tank gives immense presence. As soon as you seat you can read certification embossed that it’s made with steel from INS VIKRANT which gives satisfaction to save the history. Speedometer is analogue but well readable, fuel meter is digital, sometimes not accurate. Battery warning option too given. Although Bajaj V15 misses out on tachometer but once you used to it you know exactly when to change gear.
Rear body is very much aerodynamic and small brake light gives it most unique look and it looks pleasingly beautiful from rear end in day light and during dark. Rear removable crawl comes along the bike and so if you want pillion your love with the crawls needs to end!
Why you should go for this?
Bajaj V15 is not usual 150 cc bike. You won’t be able to win drag races with this one. But it is powerful where it should be. It’s heavy so good for highway relaxed journeys. It’s got good low end torque so city riders will definitely love it. While long stroke engine helps immensely in off road so rural bikers and those who want to explore any terrain but on a budget will get best in this bike. There is no comparison to this bike because it is unique in its own. Bajaj V15 is city commuter as well as highway cruiser, the bike is claimed to reach the top speed of 109 kmph, while we managed to ride the bike at a top speed of 115 kmph. Once you cross 80 kmph, it will surely go race along with other 150 cc bikes. Additionally it will also help you go off road trips. It has different usage in one, its most unique bike with fusion of a cruiser and café racer. So if you want something to suite any road, turn head while in market, beat traffic and enjoys the long rides (We’ve done 410 km in single day.) but want affordable bike too then this is the perfect bike for you. Bajaj V15 has very minimum maintenance and never had stopped us anywhere.
|Engine Description||Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i|
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|Maximum Power||11.83 BHP @ 7500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||13 NM @ 5500 rpm|
|Bharat Stage IV (BS4)||Yes|
|No. of Gears||5|
|Clutch||Wet Multi Plate Type|
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT|
|Overall Length||2044 mm|
|Overall Width||780 mm|
|Overall Height||1070 mm|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Seat Height||780 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||135.5 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13 litres|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity||1.7 litres|
|Front Brake||240mm Disc|
|Rear Brake||130mm Drum|
|WHEELS & TYRES|
|Front Tyre||90/90 – 18 51P|
|Rear Tyre||120/80 -16 60P|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
|Front Suspension||33mm Telescopic Forks|
|Rear Suspension||Twin-Spring loaded hydraulic type- with gas filled|
|Fuel Gauge||Yes (colour changing LED indication)|
|Gear Indicator||Neutral Indicator|
|Low Battery Indicator||YES|
|COMFORT & CONVENIENCE|
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat||Yes (gets removable rear seat cowl)|
|Head Light||Halogen 55/60 W|
|Turn Signal Light (Front)||Clear lens|
|Turn Signal Light (Rear)||Clear lens|
|Head Light Type||Halogen|
|Projector Head Light||no|
|Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)||Always on Lights|