A motorcycle is a tool to move the soul. You can get that from a motorcycle that costs more than a small car, or you could get that from a bike that costs less than some stupid mobile phone that will be obsolete the very day after you buy it.
I am happy to declare that the new Bajaj Boxer BM 150 is one such motorcycle. Funny thing is that the new Boxer has been targeted at motorcyclists in rural and semi-rural areas. Gaah, why should they have all the fun, huh?
Well, the good news is that the new Boxer is available to the city slicker too, and the variant with the electric starter will set him back by a mere Rs 42,000. Yep, that's the kind of money that some of the 100ccs demand in the market. So what you get is a 150cc motorcycle for silly 100cc money. Now that I have your attention, let's proceed, shall we?
The Boxer is a great looking motorcycle. The lines are so simple and clean that it makes the bike look timeless. None of those silly plastic extensions on the tank nor a pillion grab rail that looks like the proboscis of an alien gnat. The fairing, to me at least, looks almost like it was borrowed from the older Ducati Monster S4RS, just that it's a tad taller on the Bajaj. The graphics are subdued and classy with none of those ostentatious pink, yellow and gold stickers that cause temporary colour blindness. Besides, I think I can use that fairing on one of my upcoming projects. Yeah, now Kartik wants one too!
Like I mentioned earlier, the Boxer has been designed for the rural and semi-rural motorcyclist. Mr Bajaj went on to say that he had a vision of manufacturing a tractor on two wheels. Keeping all of that in mind, the Boxer boasts of a robust square-section frame that holds everything together. Almost all the body panels are metal, simply because the boys in the heart of India don't like to baby their bikes. You drop plastic, it breaks and that's the end of it. With metal, you dent it, hammer the ding out and Bob's your uncle.
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