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What are the differences between Bajaj RE and traditional tricycles?

A modern alternative to a traditional mode of transport.

Bajaj modern tricycle alternative

Bajaj Philippines offers a low-maintenance tricycle alternative that has been taking the urban and rural streets by storm. The Bajaj RE has begun to overtake the traditional tricycle as a primary mode of transportation across cities and neighborhoods.

According to Bajaj, the RE provides better performance and mileage, without sacrificing stability nor style. It provides commuters with a safe, powerful, and economical mode of transportation.

But what are the advantages and disadvantages of a Bajaj RE versus a typical tricycle in the Philippines? Here’s a quick comparison.

Engine and power

Engine types vary from motorcycle to motorcycle but these generally come in either a 1, 2, or 4-stroke engine. These engines will produce around 9.6 hp and come with an estimated average of 9.36 Nm of torque. The Bajaj RE, on the other hand, comes with a twin spark four-stroke engine and produces 9.8 hp and 17.1 Nm of torque. Having more torque and power is especially handy if you are going to transport people and cargo – or both.

Fuel efficiency

Having a fuel-efficient vehicle can do wonders for a transport business. The less fuel a vehicle drinks, the more trips it can do. The more trips a vehicle can do the more money it can bring it. This is where the RE has an advantage. Bajaj says that its tricycle alternative can do between 28-30 km/L. Traditional tricycles, on the other hand, can on average only do about 24.4 km/L. 

Cabin Material

Strong and light cabin material is crucial to getting the most out of your fuel and in keeping your passengers safe. It also helps with the vehicle’s longevity as durable materials will let your vehicle last longer. 

The Bajaj RE comes with stainless steel construction. Traditional tricycles, on the other hand, come with steel alloy or aluminum construction. These may rust over time and may compromise structural integrity. 


Durability is a key factor you might want to consider when purchasing a vehicle. The longer a vehicle can run, the better. It will also save you in the long run as maintenance costs can build up over time. Bajaj says that the RE will only require minimal, routine maintenance every six months, similar to that of modern cars. Traditional tricycles, on the other hand, will require more maintenance. The amount of maintenance needed varies from motorcycle to motorcycle and also relies on the road condition and the material used for the sidecar. The age of moving parts is another factor that can affect maintenance.

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