Bajaj Chetak

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Chetak
Bajaj chetak scooter 01.jpg
Manufacturer Bajaj
Production 1972-2009
Predecessor Bajaj Super
Successor Bajaj Chetak 4 stroke
Class Scooter
Engine 145 cc four-stroke (after 2002), two-stroke (before 2002)
Top speed 80 km/h
Power 7.5 BHP
Torque 1.1kgm@ 3500 rpm
Transmission 4 speed, manual with shifter in the left hand grip
Suspension Swingarm
Brakes Drum
Tires 3.50X10
Wheelbase 1230 mm
Weight 103 kg [1] (dry)
Fuel capacity 6 Litres, slightly over 1.25 gallon
Related Bajaj Legend, LML NV, LML T5

The Bajaj Chetak was a popular Indian-made motor scooter produced by the Bajaj Auto company.[2] The Chetak is named after Chetak, the legendary horse of Indian warrior Rana Pratap Singh.

Originally based on Italian Vespa Sprint, Chetak was an affordable means of transportation for millions of Indian families for decades and is lovingly called Hamara Bajaj (Our Bajaj).[3]

Around 1980, the Vespa-licensed design was replaced with an all new in-house design that shared the same general appearance and style. During its heyday its chief competitor was LML NV made by LML India as a licensed copy of the Vespa PX 150. In the face of rising competition from bikes and cars, Chetak lost ground in India, and production was discontinued in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BAJAJ CHETAK 2S TECHNICAL SPECS". Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved Aug 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bye bye Bajaj: Sun sets on India's beloved scooter". The Seattle Times. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Kumar, Anuj (16 December 2009). "Bye bye Bajaj". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 5 April 2010.