The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 has made its debut as the entry point of the NS range of motorcycles in the Pulsar vertical. Given that the 125cc segment has a variety of motorcycles and scooters, we have compiled a list to make it easier for you to consider your options in the segment.
Bajaj’s Pulsar range is not only popular in the country but also in international markets. The NS and the RS range within the Pulsar vertical have been successful as well. Now, to penetrate the Indian market deeper, Bajaj recently launched its most affordable naked sports motorcycle in the Pulsar range – the Pulsar NS125.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is to the NS200 what the KTM 125 Duke is to the 200 Duke. While both the NS125 and the 125 Duke are 125cc street naked motorcycles with similar features, KTM has priced its product at Rs 1.6 lakh (ex-showroom), which is substantially higher than that of the Pulsar NS125, which is Rs 93,690 (ex-showroom). Therefore, it wouldn’t be entirely fair to compare the two.
Now, the Pulsar NS125 has stepped into the market space, which is already occupied by various 125cc commuter motorcycles and scooters. Following is the list of 215cc motorcycles and scooters that are more or less similarly priced as the NS125.
Bajaj Pulsar 125
Let’s start the list with a case of sibling rivalry. The Pulsar 125 has been around since 2019. It appeals to buyers who are looking for a more conventional motorcycle for everyday use. It is marginally low on power and sports the tried-and-tested design of old Pulsars. The base variant of the Pulsar 125 starts at Rs 73,363, undercutting the NS125 by Rs 20,000. The higher models of the Pulsar 125 go up to Rs 79,693 (ex-showroom).
Honda SP125 and Shine 125
The SP125 sits above the Honda Shine 125, even though both motorcycles are positioned in the 125cc segment. The SP125 is priced at Rs 77,145 for the drum brake variant, while the higher disc brake model retails at Rs 81,441. The Honda Shine starts at Rs 71,550 (the drum brake variant) and goes all the way up to Rs 76,346 (the disc brake variant). The SP125 and the Shine 125 both offer a relaxed riding position and comfortable ergonomics.
Hero Glamour and Super Splendor
The prices of the Hero Glamour range from Rs 73,200 to 78,500. Honda offers three different models of the Glamour – the standard, Blaze Edition, and 100 Million Edition. All three models of the Glamour, along with the Super Splendor, are available in two variants – the drum brake variant and the disc brake variant. The prices for the Super Splendor range from Rs 71,100 to 74,600.
Suzuki Burgman Street
Suzuki two-wheelers offers the Burgman Street maxi-scooter in the 125cc segment. The standard model is priced at Rs 82,700, and the model with Bluetooth connectivity is priced at Rs 86,200. The scooter offers the convenience of an automatic transmission for buyers who mainly have to commute in urban conditions. The Burgman Street also gets a touring-friendly design, with a visor at the front, and comfortable ergonomics to help reduce rider fatigue.
Aprilia SXR 125
The SXR 125 is the most recent addition to the 125cc segment from Aprilia. It is the only product on the list that is more expensive than the Pulsar NS125. The SXR 125 is priced at Rs 1.15 lakh. Just like the Burgman Street, the SXR 125 is a touring-friendly maxi scooter. It’s loaded with features and equipment, including an all-digital instrument cluster that offers more than just basic information.