2024 Bajaj Freedom is world’s first CNG motorcycle

2024 Bajaj Freedom is world’s first CNG motorcycle

Getting its India market launch is the 2024 Bajaj Freedom, the world’s first CNG-petrol powered motorcycle. Pricing for the Freedom is listed as 110,000 Indian rupees (RM6,205), ex-showroom.

As shown in the teaser photo, the Freedom is dual-powered, with primary power coming from a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tank with secondary power from petrol. Both fuel sources drive an air-cooled internal combustion engine displacing 124.58 cc.

Power is rated at 9.8 PS at 8,000 rpm with 9.7 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The CNG tank – nestled under the seat and cradled by the trellis frame rails – holds 12.5-litres weighing two kilograms while the fuel tank contains 2-litres.

Switching between either fuelling mode is done with a switch mounted on the left handlebar pod. Bajaj claims the Freedom will travel 200 km on CNG while petrol is meant as a “limp home” mode or reserve tank, with 130 km of range.

2024 Bajaj Freedom is world’s first CNG motorcycle

As for speed, the Freedom is limited to 90.5 km/h when using CNG and 93.4 km/h while on petrol. Uniquely designed for the Indian motorcycle market, the seat on the Freedom is long, covering the bike from just behind the handlebars and extending to the rear which Bajaj says is to “facilitate extra seating space”.

Wheel sizing on the Freedom is a little strange, with a 17-inch front and 16-inch, a combination rarely seen. Braking is with drum brakes front and rear while suspension is done with telescopic forks and a monoshock at the back.

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Mohan K Ramanujam

Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he's a slow rider.

 

Comments

  • Mat rempit on Jul 09, 2024 at 9:32 pm

    Won’t sell in high volumes with those pathetic top speeds. Then again, I see our indian brethens modifying the heck out of those bikes by strapping cooking gas canisters to extend the range, better yet swapping the cng tanks with nitrous tanks

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  • skuterbiru on Jul 09, 2024 at 10:34 pm

    If succeeds in India, maybe Modenas can em bring in. Better than battery powered bikes, constant fear of going up in flames!

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  • Jack Maverick on Jul 10, 2024 at 9:28 am

    I dunno, but putting a canister of compressed flammable gas between legs on a bike that can go 90km/h seems.. questionable.

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  • anti EV on Jul 10, 2024 at 11:18 am

    Next, a bigger CC bike may be a 550 OR 750

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  • @NotBruceWayne on Jul 10, 2024 at 1:40 pm

    that’s a great type of hybrid which could work well in Msia ; only if the gomen allows it.

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