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    Bajaj Pulsar 250 Launch In 2021 – To Be Cheaper Than Dominar 250

    Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Image – MRD Vlogs
    Bajaj Auto currently retails six iterations of Pulsar in different engine configurations including 125cc, 150cc, 160cc, 180cc, 200cc and 220cc

    Bajaj is working on the development of its next generation of Pulsar bikes which will be powered by a 250cc engine. This will expand the bikemaker’s most popular range of motorcycles in India. Although no exact launch timelines have been confirmed yet, the new bikes are expected to hit showrooms sometime later this year.
    Latest reports suggest that the new Pulsar 250 will be offered in both naked sport and racing sport iterations, i.e., NS250 and RS250 respectively. These motorcycles will share most of their mechanical with KTM 250 Duke as they will utilise the latter’s platform as well as engine.
    Bajaj manufactures the quarter-litre naked streetfighter for the Austrian bikemaker in India at its Chakan-based facility near Pune, Maharashtra. While the fully-faired RS250 will rival the likes of Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, the naked street NS250 will lock horns with Yamaha FZ250 and Suzuki Gixxer 250. Both motorcycles will sport revised styling and will be equipped better in terms of features in comparison to their Pulsar 200 counterparts.
    New features onboard are likely to include a new LED headlight and all-digital instrument console with colour display and Bluetooth connectivity. Bajaj is also likely to offer new smartphone connectivity tech with these new bikes.
    Bajaj Dominar 250
    Engine Specification
    Coming to their powertrain specs, NS250 and RS250 will draw their power from a 248.8cc, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which also powers KTM 250 Duke, 250 Adventure and Bajaj Dominar 250. This unit is capable enough to produce 29 bhp at 8500 rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm.
    Although in Dominar this unit is slightly detuned to return an output of 27 bhp and 23.5 Nm of torque in order to suit its cruiser-friendly nature. This powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
    Hardware Configurations
    The new Pulsar range of bikes will offer slightly more torque at lower end in order to meet its city commuting requirements. A slipper clutch along with a dual-channel ABS is also expected to be offered as standard. Unlike Dominar 250, the new Pulsar NS250 and RS250 are not likely to be equipped with upside-down USD forks at front. It will get a preload adjustable mono-shock unit at rear. The suspension setup will be slightly tweaked for a sportier ride.
    Both Pulsar NS250 and RS250 are expected to be priced between Rs 1.60-1.80 lakh (ex-showroom) upon its launch in India. NS250 will be cheaper than Dominar 250 while RS 250 will be more expensive than Dominar 250, but cheaper than KTM Duke 250. Earlier, reports also suggested that Bajaj is also working on the development of an all new Pulsar AS 250 Adventure.
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    Bajaj Pulsar Sales, Exports Dec 2020 – 125, 150, 180F, 220F, NS160, NS200, RS200

    Image – Firoz
    The Bajaj Pulsar brand of commuter bikes has seen increased demand both in domestic and export markets in the past month

    Bajaj Auto Limited reported total sales of 1,28,642 units in December 2020, up from 1,24,125 units sold in Dec 19. This was a 3.6 percent growth even as the company reported a 0.42 percent decline in market share from 11.82 percent to 11.41 percent. The two wheeler maker finished fourth in the lineup among best-selling two wheelers manufacturers in the country behind Hero, Honda and TVS.
    Bajaj Pulsar Brand
    The Bajaj Pulsar brand consists of 7 models in a price range of Rs.71,616 for the Pulsar 125, going up to the most expensive Pulsar RS200 sports bike available at Rs.1,52,179. The entire range offers high value for money, both in terms of performance and maintenance and is hence considered an important brand for Bajaj Auto. Their stand in terms of sales in December 2020 can be seen from the attached table.
    Pulsar sales in domestic markets in Dec 20 increased 48.08 percent to 75,421 units as against 50,931 units sold in Dec 19. MoM sales however, dipped 28.10 percent as compared to 1,04,904 units sold in Nov 20. Every model in the Pulsar lineup noted MoM de-growth.
    The Pulsar 125 was the most sold model in the Pulsar lineup with a YoY growth of 183.03 percent to 42,686 units in Dec 20. Even as sales of the Pulsar 150 dipped 25.47 percent to 19,958 units, sales of the Pulsar 160,180 and 200 increased to 8,279 units, up 58.51 percent as compared to 5,223 units sold in Dec 19.
    Bajaj Pulsar Domestic Sales Dec 2020
    The Pulsar 220F also noted a surge in sales to 4,498 units sold in the past month. For the 2021 model year, the company has introduced several updates on the 220F with an updated instrument cluster giving better and clearer readouts. The new Pulsar 220F is priced at Rs.1.25 lakhs and competes against the 2021 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.
    Bajaj Pulsar Exports
    Every model in the Bajaj Pulsar lineup noted increased exports both in terms of YoY and MoM except for the Pulsar 125 which saw a 21.74 percent de-growth in Dec 20 over exports in Nov 20.
    Commanding the export list were the Pulsar 160, 180 and 200, with 42.27 percent market share and growth in terms of exports by 16.98 percent YoY. Total shipments to global markets stood at 15,573 units, up from 13,312 units shipped in Dec 19. MoM exports increased 9.68 percent as compared to 14,198 units exported in Nov 20.
    Bajaj Pulsar Exports Dec 2020
    Pulsar 150, 125 and 220F all noted increased YoY exports with exports of the Pulsar 150 noting a 100 percent increase from 7,008 units exported in Dec 19 to 14,043 units shipped in the past month. MoM exports were equally promising except for the Pulsar 125 which noted a 212.74 percent de-growth in Dec 20 to 4,555 units over 5,820 units exported in Nov 20.
    Earlier this month, Bajaj Auto increased prices across the Pulsar range. This was following the previous price hike that happened less than a month ago. Almost the entire Pulsar range except for the Pulsar 125 (drum variant) and RS 200 have seen a surge in prices. The price hike varies between Rs. 1,000 and a little over Rs. 2,000. However, Bajaj reduced price of Pulsar 125 Neon by Rs. 506 for an earlier Rs.72,122 to Rs 71,616. More

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    2021 Bajaj Pulsar 220F New Model Reaches Dealer Showroom – First Look Walkaround

    2021 Bajaj Pulsar 220F
    Along with adding new features to the Pulsar 220F, Bajaj has also increased prices by Rs 2,003

    A popular dual-purpose, performance oriented commuter bike, Bajaj Pulsar 220F is now available in its 2021 iteration. The updated model has started arriving at showrooms and is available for test rides. Pulsar 220F new model comes with new features and improved engine performance.
    Bajaj Pulsar 220F 2021 new features
    One of the key updates is the repositioning of the odometer wire. As compared to the earlier model that had the odometer wire connected to the front wheel, the new model has the wire connected to the rear wheel. This is part of the digital upgrade of the motorcycle, which also includes an updated instrument console.
    The speedometer is placed at the left whereas the info screen is on the right. It displays a range of information such as trip meter, fuel economy per trip and distance to empty. The only things that seem to be lacking is a gear indicator and clock. These weren’t available in the earlier model either.
    Bajaj Pulsar 220F 2021 engine
    Updated Pulsar 220F will continue using the same 220 cc DTS-i BS6, oil-cooled engine that is capable of delivering 20.4 ps of max power and 18.55 Nm of max torque. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Below is the detailed walkaround video by MRD Vlogs.
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    However, based on test rides by YouTuber MRD Vlogs, performance and acceleration have been improved on the new model. The engine also seems smoother, as compared to the existing model. It is possible that the engine may have been fine-tuned to deliver improved performance.
    As shown in the test ride video, the bike accelerates from 0 to 70 kmph in just around 4-5 seconds.  It also achieves a top speed of 112 kmph in a seemingly effortless manner.
    Bajaj Pulsar 220F 2021 design and styling
    There are no major changes in the design and styling of updated 220F. It continues with its sporty profile, as is evident in its projector headlamps, aerodynamic semi-fairing, split seats, sleek LED tail lamp, laser edged graphics, split rear grab rails, upswept silencer with deep carbon black wrapping, and colour coded alloy wheel decals. Colour options of Back Blue and Black Red are also the same as earlier.
    2021 Bajaj Pulsar 220F
    Apart from the new features and enhanced engine performance, all other features and cycle parts are the same as earlier. The bike utilizes telescopic front suspension with anti-friction brush and 5-way adjustable Nitrox shock absorber at the rear. Braking duties are performed by 280 mm disc at the front and 230 mm disc at the rear.
    With the updates, Bajaj Pulsar 220F new 2021 model could become pricier by around Rs 2k. The current model is available at a starting price of Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). More

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    Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 Adventure Tourer Body Kit Launched By Autologue

    Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 Adventure Kit
    Bodykits provided by Autologue Design for Pulsar NS 200 make it look an attractive adventure tourer

    Bajaj Auto does not have an adventure motorcycle in its portfolio as of yet, even though it manufactures a couple of them at its facility in Chakan for its Austrian partner KTM. Adv tourers have off late been the go-to segment of motorcycles for adventure junkies.
    Many people from the biking community have wondered what has kept Bajaj from manufacturing an adventure bike under its own brand when it already has the requisite technology in hand. Well, that is a question that only folks at Bajaj Auto could answer. Meanwhile, Autologue Design is providing aftermarket body kits for Pulsar NS200.
    Contents of body kit
    Rechristened NS Xplorer, this body kit add ons make the stock naked streetfighter look like a typical adventure motorcycle. 30 units of these aftermarket body kits have been made available at an introductory price of Rs 9,999. After that, price will be increased to Rs 13,500. Prices are excluding taxes.
    Deliveries of the kits will begin from 10 February 2020. Each kit consists of tank shrouds, a beak-like front fender, a large visor to prevent wind burst and an underbelly engine protector. Graphics cost is extra.
    Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 Adventure Kit
    There are five colour options for these body kits including red/black/silver, red/white/silver, black/yellow/silver, blue/white/silver and red/white/silver. Images here also show wheel rims with coloured stripes. No changes have been made to its mechanical configurations, therefore it is still very much a road-biased street naked motorcycle underneath.
    Pulsar NS 200 Details
    Speaking of its mechanicals, it is based on a pressed steel perimeter frame which is suspended by conventional telescopic forks at front and a preload adjustable mono-shock at rear. Braking setup consists of a 280mm disc up front and 230m disc at rear which is assisted by a single-channel ABS and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels front and rear.
    Coming to its powertrain, it is powered by a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 23 bhp and 18 Nm of peak and comes paired with a six-speed gearbox. This unit also performs duties on KTM Duke 200.
    Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 Adventure Kit
    KTM 250 Adventure Details
    KTM recently launched its entry-level adventure tourer 250 Adventure a couple of months ago at a price of Rs 2.52 lakh (ex-showroom). This bike is manufactured by Bajaj at its facility outside Pune in Maharashtra.
    This bike is powered by a 248.76cc BS6 compliant liquid-cooled engine which cranks out a power of 29.5 bhp and a peak torque of 24 Nm. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox. It features WP branded USB forks at front and a mono-shock at rear. Anchorage setup consists of a 280mm disc at front and a 230mm disc brake at rear along with single-channel ABS.

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    Bajaj Pulsar Completes 20 Years – All Pulsar Variants Launched Till Date

    First Bajaj Pulsar With the Latest Pulsar
    Ever since launch in 2001, Pulsar has been the benchmark for sport commuter motorcycles in the Indian two-wheeler market

    The late 1980s and 90s two-wheeler segment was completely dominated by Bajaj Auto due to durable and reliable scooters. But as the century came to close popularity of manually geared scooters took a huge hit and were replaced by gearless scooters.
    However, all buyers did not feel inclined to an automatic scooter that was referred to as underbone. This is when motorcycles started making a resurgence. Lightweight commuter motorcycles were already present in huge numbers in the market. What was missing was a sporty commuter bike which was not only practical but also gave the pleasure of motorcycling to a certain extent.
    Bajaj Pulsar 2001 to 2006
    This is when Bajaj introduced the first sporty commuter motorcycle in the form of Pulsar which was to become a household name in the Indian two-wheeler market in future. Motorcycles prior to this were mostly on the extreme sides- some provided excellent performance while others returned a praiseworthy economy. Pulsar, however, was the best of both worlds.
    2001-2003: Introduction of a whole new segment of motorcycles
    First introduced in 2001 as 150cc and 180cc derivatives of it, this bike featured a retro classic design with a rounded headlamp and a tall-riding position and caught the attraction of many. Behind this pleasing design was a strong engine which put out a powerful performance at an output of 12 bhp and 15 bhp for the 150cc and 180cc versions respectively. Both units came mated to a 5-speed gearbox a rarity until then.
    Bajaj Pulsar 2007 to 2011
    The first major update came in 2003 with the birth of the iconic headlamp fairing and twin pilot lamps. Not only was the design updated but Bajaj introduced its very own DTS-i Digital Twin Spark Ignition technology along with a kill switch for the first time. This resulted in an increase in power output. Therefore, this update made it look more appealing as well as made it punchier than before.
    2004-2007: Major updates turned commuter bikes fun to ride
    The next update came a year later when Bajaj introduced 17-inch alloy wheels to the Pulsar. It also adopted twin Nitrox suspension and a patented exhaust technology. This was followed by one which is considered to be one of the biggest updates till date. In 2006, Pulsar got an all-digital speedometer which made it the first bike in India to display speed in numbers, instead of needles. Backlit switches also added to the convenience of riders. The design got sharper with edgier body styling and wolf-eyed’ twin pilot lamps.
    Bajaj Pulsar 2012 to 2016
    Following year was another milestone for the Pulsar family as Bajaj entered into the sports bike segment with the introduction of 200cc and 220cc bikes. Pulsar 200 and Pulsar 220-Fi were launched. The former was launched with an oil-cooled engine and carried a muscular styling. The latter came with a fuel-injected motor which would later prove to be so significant in stricter emission norms. Clip-on handlebars and a faired design also lent it a sports bike look.
    2009-Present: Expansion of Pulsar Range of Bikes
    In 2009, Bajaj introduced a lighter and smaller 135cc derivative of Pulsar called Pulsar 135 LS although it couldn’t spread the same magic as its peers. In 2012, Pulsar saw another major update when Bajaj introduced its Naked Sports range of motorcycles. The first bike under this was Pulsar NS200 which used a 200cc Liquid-cooled, DTS-i, triple spark engine. For the first time in this segment, a motorcycle used a liquid-cooled engine. The NS range further expanded with the introduction of NS160 in 2017.
    Bajaj Pulsar 2018 – 2019
    In 2015, Bajaj launched another Pulsar range with a focus on track friendly machines. This led to the birth of RS range with the introduction of RS200 in which ‘RS’ stood for Racing Sports and became the quickest Pulsar to be made till date as it could touch speeds beyond 150 kmph. It was launched with a fully-faired body and came to a six-speed gearbox.
    The next big landmark came in 2018 when Bajaj launched the smallest and the most affordable Pulsar in the form of Pulsar 125. It sported the exact styling of its elder sibling Pulsar 150. It was powered by a 124cc engine and received neon coloured highlights for better visual appeal. More

  • Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS, 200 RS & NS – New Colours Delivery From 23rd Oct

    Bajaj has updated the colour schemes on offer with the RS and NS range ahead of the upcoming festive season to increase customer footfall
    Bajaj Pulsar New Colours

    Bajaj has introduced new sets of paint schemes to its Pulsar NS and RS series. The NS range consists of NS 160 and NS 200 whereas the RS range comprises the RS 200. NS stands for Naked Sports therefore consists of naked bikes whereas RS stands for Racing Sports which consists of faired racing motorcycles.
    Updates on RS and NS series
    Both bike ranges will now be offered with a different colour palette. While the RS 200 will now be available in three new colour schemes namely- Metallic Pearl White, Pewter Grey and Burnt Red (Matte Finish) whereas the NS series will have an additional option of Plasma Satin Blue.
    Therefore the rejigged colour palette of now comprises three colours in the RS range and four colours in the NS range. The new paint schemes are well rounded off with the addition of new while alloy wheels. The company claims that the new colour palette has been inspired from trendy ‘colour blocking’ design language which accentuate sportiness and agility of the motorcycles.
    Apart from this, front and rear fenders of the bikes are now finished in carbon fibre texture. To add a distinctive flair to the sporty bikes, a hot stamping pattern has been added on the seats as well. The same set of updates could be seen on the bikes shown in the latest TV commercial released by Bajaj recently.
    Bajaj Pulsar New Colours
    New Colour Prices
    Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is offered at a price of Rs 1,52,179 while the NS200 and NS160 are priced at Rs 1,31,219 and Rs 1,08,589 respectively. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom.
    On the occasion of launch of the new colours, Narayan Sundararaman, Head-Marketing, Bajaj Auto commented that these colours have been added keeping the upcoming festive season in mind. The company believes that these new paint schemes will attract more consumers thanks to the eye-catching looks.

    Powertrain & Transmission
    Pulsar RS200 is a fully-faired sports bike which is powered by a 199.5cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-valve motor derived from the KTM 200 range. This BS6 complaint motor churns out 24.5 PS of power and 18.7 Nm of peak torque. This unit is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It gets discs on both ends with a 300mm disc on front and 230mm at rear while offering dual-channel ABS.
    Like the RS200, the NS200 is based on a perimeter frame but gets a naked body with minimum panels. It draws its power from the 199.5cc motor as RS200 with identical outputs and is paired with the same 6-speed gearbox.

    Pulsar NS160, on the other hand, is powered by a 160.4cc four-valve, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine which pushes out 17.2 PS of power and 14.6 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duty in this case is carried out by 5-speed gearbox. More

  • Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat Drum Brake Priced Rs 7k Cheaper Than Disc

    Save for the front drum brake with CBS, there are no other changes
    Image – Nilesh Shergill

    The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat is now also available in a new entry level variant with front drum brake. This has brought the entry price point of the Pulsar Split Seat to INR 73,274 (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The move seems to be aimed at drawing more prospective customers to the Bajaj outlets this festive season.
    Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat
    The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat distinguishes itself from the regular Neon variant by means of, you guessed it, a split seat. The variant also receives a belly plan, split grab rails and contrast red or silver accents on a black base.
    The new entry level drum brake variant manages to undercut the disc brake variant by almost INR 7k, making it much more accessible to prospective customers on a budget. However, if the availability of the Pulsar 125 Neon drum brake variant is anything to go by, good luck finding a Split Seat 125 drum variant in stock at showrooms.
    At this point, we think the new variant with a tempting price tag is purely a bait which will increase the footfall at the outlets so that the sales executives can upsell the disc brake variant. We will change our mind if one could actually spot a drum brake-equipped Pulsar in flesh. Below is a first look video, credit to Youtube channel The Bikers Diary.
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    Specifications at a glance
    Save for the replacement of front disc with a drum, there are no other changes to the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat base variant. Needless to say, it is equipped with the mandatory CBS (Combi-Braking).
    To recap, the commuter motorcycle is powered by a 124.4 cc air-cooled motor which is good for 11.8 hp and 10.8 Nm of torque. Gearbox is a 5-speed unit. Most of the other mechanical bits are shared with the 150 cc variant.
    The bike employs traditional telescopic front forks, twin rear shock absorbers, 17-inch alloy wheels, 80/100 x 17 front and 100/90 x 17 rear tubeless tyres and a 11.5 liter fuel tank.
    Bajaj Pulsar Prices Oct 2020
    The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat rivals the Hero Glamour and Honds SP125. The new drum variant puts the Pulsar right in the sweet spot, at least for the marketing purposes. In a related news, Hero Motocorp recently introduced a special edition variant of the Glamour named the Blaze which offers front disc brake and a USB charger at INR 72,200 (Ex-showroom). With Yamaha, Suzuki and TVS deciding to leave the 125 cc commuter segment alone, it is a three-way battle now. More