Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear: Road Test Review

Published On Jun 27, 2019 By for Platina 110 H Gear at Zigwheels.com

Does the addition of a 5th gear make the Platina a better all-round 110cc bike?

Here’s an interesting fact. According to Bajaj, the new Platina 110 H-Gear does not have a 5th gear. Instead, the manufacturer calls it the ‘Highway Gear’. Bajaj’s says that the 5th gear in a commuter motorcycle like the Platina is meant more for highway use and by calling it a ‘Highway Gear’, it wants to change the Indian rider's mindset of shifting to the highest gear at low city speeds. So does the additional cog make the Platina 110 H-Gear an all-rounder capable of taking on narrow city streets as well as the highway? Let’s find out.

Pros:

  • Digital console with gear position indicator
  • Long and comfortable seat
  • Gets a larger disc brake

Cons:

  • False neutrals between 4th and 5th gear
  • Headlamp could have offered better illumination
  • No side stand indicator

Standout features:

The additional gear makes for a stress-free ride out on the highway. 

Design:

The Platina 110 H-Gear retains the standard Platina’s design but gets new graphics as well as a gold coloured 3D logo. Like the top-spec Platina 100, the new variant gets Y-spoke alloy wheels. It also gets a new semi-digital instrument console that is well-finished and looks upmarket. Black is the only paint option you get, but the new Platina does get three different decal colour options -- Blue, Burgundy or Wine Red. The rest of the bike gets a blacked-out treatment with the exception of the rear shock absorbers which get a gold finish for the springs. Overall, these changes make the Platina look premium. If we were to nitpick, we would have preferred a flush fitting fuel filler cap. 

Ergonomics:

Like most commuter motorcycles, the Platina 110 H-Gear has an upright riding stance. It gets tall handlebars that are easy to reach. 

 

Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear

TVS Radeon

Seat height

807mm

NA

Ground clearance

200mm

180mm

Fuel tank capacity

11-litre

10-litre

Kerb weight

118.5kg

112kg

The new seat gets a ribbed pattern with extra cushioning, improving both rider and pillion comfort. The pillion has very little to complain about on long journeys. The rider seat height is on the taller side, but the narrow front portion helps the rider place both feet on the ground with ease. The Platina also gets pillion foot pads instead of footpegs.

Technology and Features:

The Platina 110 H-Gear gets a new semi-digital instrument console with a gear position indicator. It also gets a shift indicator that informs the rider shift up or down the cogs at the appropriate time to save fuel. The gear position indicator is a isn’t load-based. Instead, it uses engine speed and wheel speed to calculate the appropriate time to shift up or down. Other than that, the instrument console houses an odometer, a trip meter and shows the time as well as the fuel level. It gets a bright LED DRL but the rest of the lighting system is still fairly conventional. The Platina 110 H-Gear gets a 240mm front disc (up from 220mm on the Platina 110) and combined braking system. This setup has a mechanical linkage that starts from the front brake lever and connects it to the rear brake. 

 

Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear

TVS Radeon

Semi-digital instrument console

Yes

No

LED DRL

Yes

Yes

Variants:

The Platina 110 H-Gear comes in two variants. The base-spec drum brake variant is priced at Rs 53,376 while the variant that comes with the front disc brake costs 55, 373 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

Engine and Performance:

 

Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear

TVS Radeon

Engine capacity

115cc

109.7 cc

Power

8.6PS @ 7000rpm

8.4PS @ 7000 rpm

Torque

9.81Nm @ 5000rpm

8.7Nm @ 5000 rpm

Gearbox

5-speed

4-speed

0-60kmph

7.99 seconds

7.88 seconds

30-70kmph in 3rd gear

9.18 seconds

10.92 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th gear

14.09 seconds

14.51 seconds

City FE

71.06kmpl

66.29kmpl

Highway FE

76.82kmph

63.97kmpl

Despite bearing the Platina 110 moniker, this bike actually has a 115cc motor. This air-cooled, single cylinder unit delivers 8.6PS and a best-in-class 9.81Nm of torque. It gets a 5-speed gearbox with a linkage from the gear shaft to the gear lever for a more positive shift feel. The shifter position remains the same as the regular Platina 110 though. 

Despite having better power figures, the Platina 110 H-Gear is a tad slower to 60kmph owing to its extra kerb weight. The shorter gearing of the initial set of cogs gives the Platina better low-speed drive than the Radeon, which in turn results in better tractability and roll-on times. In the city, you can ride the Platina in 4th gear. You can ride the bike in 5th at speeds as low as 35kmph if you want to, but 4th gear is where you really want to be in the city. The relaxed motor means that this Platina offers a better fuel efficiency figure than its competitors.

The motor is one of the most refined 110cc units we have tested so far. Out on the highway, thanks to the tall 5th gear, you can ride all day at speeds of 70kmph with the motor feeling unstressed. There is no strain or vibrations like other 100-110cc motors. Just a mild buzz at the footpegs and handlebars. At speeds of 60-65kmph, the Platina 110 H-Gear offers an impressive fuel economy of 76.82kmpl. These fuel efficiency figures make the Platina 110 H-Gear the most fuel efficient bike we have tested so far. 

Overall the motor is a refined unit but could do with some low-end grunt. But it impresses at highway speeds with its unstressed cruising nature. 

Ride and Handling:

Despite being one of the heaviest 110cc bike around, the Platina feels nimble on its feet. It is easy to ride around within city limits while its extremely small turning radius is quite handy. The skinny tyres work well on dry roads but do not inspire confidence in wet road conditions. 

On the suspension front, the Platina gets conventional forks and twin gas-charged rear shock absorbers. These are tuned keeping two-up riding in mind. Riding solo, you do feel a little jolt when going over sharp road imperfections. The ride feels sorted with a pillion on board. 

 

Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear

TVS Radeon

80-0kmph

40.55m

47.10m

60-0kmph

22.98m

23.74m

For braking, the Platina 110 H-Gear gets a large 260mm front disc and a 110mm rear drum brake. The braking figures are quite good for a 110cc motorcycle. Its mechanical-linkage type combined braking system makes the brakes very progressive but robs it of feel and bite. When you grab the front brake lever, you feel nothing but progressive deceleration. 

Verdict:

The Platina 110 H-Gear is meant for riders who do a lot of intercity trips with their commuter bikes. With the extra cog, the Platina 110 H-Gear’s motor feels unstressed on the highway. Also, the cushioned seat adds a degree of comfort on long rides. It is not at all shabby in the city either. The Platina feels quick in lower gears, allowing for swift overtakes. But what will please the potential buyer is the great mileage that the Platina possess. At Rs 53,376 for the drum brake variant, the Platina 110 H-Gear costs the same as the trusty Hero Splendor iSmart. And for Rs 2,000 more, you get the disc brake variant (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

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Pricing for the Bajaj Platina 110 H Gear (Ex-Showroom Price of Delhi)

VariantsEx-Showrom Price*
Bajaj Platina 110 H Gear Drum53,376
Bajaj Platina 110 H Gear Disc55,373
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