After the ‘Freerider’, Bajaj Auto has trademarked the name for yet another two-wheeler. This time, it is a familiar-sounding word, and most Indians would've seen motorcycles carrying this name on our roads in the first decade of the 21st century.
Bajaj has recently trademarked the name ‘Caliber’. We already know that Bajaj sold a motorcycle of the same name around a decade and a half ago. The Bajaj Caliber saw a production run of eight years, from 1998 to 2006.
Re-registering the name hints at the revival of the ‘Caliber’ moniker. Currently, Bajaj sells the CT and Platina in the 100cc and 110cc segments. In the 125cc segment, there is the Bajaj Pulsar 125 and the NS125, which are priced at Rs 73,427 (ex-showroom) and Rs 98,234 (ex-showroom), respectively.
The Bajaj Caliber name tag is likely to be reserved for a new 125cc motorcycle from the company. There is a possibility of Bajaj Auto developing a replacement of the Discover 125, which will be Bajaj’s most affordable 125cc motorcycle.
The ‘Caliber’ isn’t the only name tag that Bajaj Auto has trademarked. Last month, the company registered the name ‘Freerider’, which we believe is reserved for an adventure tourer motorcycle. It's possible that it's the same bike that's right now in the pipeline, and if that's true, then it might rival the KTM 250 Adventure.
However, at the moment it is uncertain if Bajaj is entering the quarter-litre ADV segment. Recently, a Bajaj Dominar 400 equipped with touring accessories was spotted at Bajaj’s Chakan facility. There is a slim chance, the name ‘Freerider’ will be used for the more kitted out variant of the Dominar 400.