Bajaj updates its entire range of Pulsars to welcome the shift to BS IV norms with open arms.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen several bike manufacturers revise the engines of their current motorcycles in light of the upcoming BS IV mandate. Bajaj was one of the first to make the shift to BS IV compliant engines with its Avenger range in November last year. Now the Chakan-based bike maker has given its entire Pulsar range an update to bring them in line with the BS IV mandate. To do this they now have a new CDI for all its carburetted offerings, which makes use of five maps. Traditional motorcycles made use of two maps – at idling and wide-open throttle. This one, however, regulates the engine map with load sensing, throttle inputs and several such factors. Aside from being BS IV compliant, the 2017 Pulsar range also come fitted with an Auto Headlamp On (AHO) feature, with the exception of the Pulsar 135LS. While these are some of the common changes across the Pulsar Range, let’s take a look at some of the model specific updates.
Bajaj added the 135LS to the Pulsar range in the hope of getting the attention of the youth by offering performance at an extremely affordable price. Things didn’t quite pan out as they would have hoped, however, as the 135LS failed to make a considerable impact on the sales charts. As a corrective measure, the company then slashed the price of the 135LS by Rs 5,000, but that didn’t do the trick either. Taking all the learnings of the past years into consideration, Bajaj has now decided to reposition the 135LS. Rather than targeting the youth, Bajaj will now focus the 135LS to a more mature buyer. Before updating the 135LS, Bajaj has done some extensive research and the common feedback that they’ve received has led them to fit it with a taller windscreen, a single-piece seat, a grab rail, and a heel-toe shifter. The 135LS comes with what Bajaj calls ‘laser cut’ graphics. The updated 134.6cc unit now churns out 13.4bhp of max power and 11.4Nm of max torque – which is a marginal rise over the outgoing model. The Bajaj Pulsar 135LS has always been a fun-to-ride motorcycle thanks to its nimble characteristics, supple ride and light 122kg weight. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 135LS has been priced at Rs 60,178 (ex-showroom Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar 135LS
Engine: 134.6cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i
Power: 13.4bhp @ 9,000rpm
Torque: 11.4Nm @ 7,500rpm
Price: Rs 60, 178
Bajaj has made all the necessary changes to the Pulsar 150 to make sure that it’s in line with the upcoming BS IV norms. That aside, Bajaj’s policy for the Pulsar 150 is simple – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The current generation of the motorcycle has been around for donkey’s years, but despite that it continues to be the best-selling motorcycle in its class even today – and by a considerable margin. So, in this 2017 Pulsar 150, Bajaj has intentionally left the design untouched knowing that it’s easily the most recognisable motorcycle design in the country. That being said, this bike has also been decorated with laser cut graphics. The chassis remains the same too, and it does make it somewhat lazy to turn into corners. A lot of this character comes from the fact that, at 144kgs, it continues to be a heavy motorcycle – especially in comparison to some of its newer rivals. While a lot of things have been carried forward from the older generation model, the Pulsar 150’s engine has been heavily worked upon. The bottom-end of the engine, including the crankshaft and the bearings have been borrowed from Bajaj’s 180/220 motor. As opposed to the outgoing model, the 2017 Pulsar 150 now gets a narrower bore and a longer stroke. This has resulted in an increase of torque by 1Nm and reduction in power of 1bhp. In the short ride that we took at the Bajaj test track in Chakan, we couldn’t quite feel the difference in performance. However, we did get the chance to sample the new Pulsar 150 immediately after riding the older model, and the improvement in refinement is easily evident. The Pulsar 150’s clutch action is also lighter now, which should make it a lot easier to ride in traffic. This new Pulsar also comes equipped a multi-map CDI, which based on load sensing and throttle inputs, as well as a revamped exhaust and intake. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 is priced at Rs 74,603 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar 150
Engine: 149.5cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i
Power: 13.8bhp @ 8,000rpm
Torque: 13.4Nm @ 6,000rpm
Price: Rs 74,603
Like all the other 2017 Pulsar models, the Pulsar 180 also gets laser cut graphics. To ensure that the new Bajaj Pulsar 180 is in on par with its competition, it has now also been fitted with a rear disc brake. Other changes include a carbon fibre accent around the speedometer and new graphics on the instrument cluster. The new Bajaj Pulsar 180 is priced at Rs 79,545 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Bajaj Pulsar 180
Engine: 178.6cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i
Power: 16.7bhp @ 8,500rpm
Torque: 14.2Nm @ 6,500rpm
Price: Rs 79, 545
Pulsar NS200 and RS200
When Bajaj introduced the AS200, they discontinued production of the NS200. But now, due to popular demand, the NS200 has been reintroduced. Changes on the new NS200 are restricted to some new colour schemes and graphics and the adornment of a belly pan that not only enhances the overall look but also helps improve airflow. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 now costs Rs 96,453 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Changes on the new Pulsar RS200 are even more limited. Based on the feedback they received on the RS200 so far, Bajaj has now brought in the motorcycle with relatively subtle graphics. The flagship Pulsar carries a sticker price of Rs 1.21 lakhs (non-ABS) and Rs 1.33 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar NS200
Engine: 199.5cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i
Power: 23.1bhp @ 9,500rpm
Torque: 18.3Nm @ 8,000rpm
Price: Rs 96,453
Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Engine: 199.5cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i
Power: 24.1bhp @ 9,750rpm
Torque: 18.6Nm @ 8,000rpm
Price: Rs 1.33 lakhs (ABS)
Bajaj nailed affordable performance with the 220F, making it an ideal member of the Pulsar family. Keeping in mind that the motorcycle has been appreciated for its value-for-money by experts and enthusiasts alike, Bajaj hasn’t made any major changes to it. The Pulsar 220F now gets new graphics, a premium seat material and a carbon black exhaust. Priced at Rs 91,201, the Pulsar 220F continues to offer superb bang for your buck.
Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Engine: 220.0cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i
Power: 20.8bhp @ 8,500rpm
Torque: 18.6Nm @ 7,000rpm
Price: Rs 91,201