The range ‘Pulsar’ from Bajaj’s end consists of many power-packed and stylish bikes which have become very popular amongst the Indian masses. The Pulsar range of Bajaj has a line-up of bikes of different displacements and design for riders of various age-groups. Pulsar range of motorcycles have been designed taking inspiration from the sports bikes and look very smart and dashing. The Bajaj Pulsar 150 is too not an exception; this 150cc bike was the first ever launched in the Indian market and now has new rivals such as Honda’s CBF Stunner and Suzuki ’s GS150R, but the Pulsar 150 is the largest selling bike in the 150 cc catagory of motorcycles. The reason why peoplw love tyhis 150 cc motorcycle because it is powerful, the design and styling of this bike is exceptional and sporty and it has been priced keeping the Indian motorcycle market in mind and well withing the reach of normal people.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 has been powered with a powerful 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder, 149.01cc engine which produces a n impressive power of 15.06Ps at 9000rpm and a maximum torque of 12.5Nm at 6500rpm. A lot of its styling cues has been borrowed from its sibling Bajaj Pulsar 180. Let us get into the details of this much popular bike in India which almost changed the concept of biking in India.
To enhance the sporty look of the bike,Bajaj has set an all black theme to its Pulsar 150 and looks very different from the other bikes of the commuter segment. The front of this bike wears an aggressive wolf like eyes with twin pilot lamps housed in it, the 12 V full DC headlamp ensures a constant beam over the road during the dark. This headlamp cluster is placed in an attractive and aerodynamic fairing with a tinted visor that protects from the strong winds during the ride. The twin turn indicators have been placed on twin separate pods, the rear view mirrors looks useful and the bike comes with the clip-on handlebar which also has complete with pass switch, electric start and engine kill switch whose quality is decent. The fuel tank looks muscular and wears a chrome logo of the company and the name of its range, the seat is comfortable with thigh support but Bajaj could have used the split seat design of the Pulsar 180, yet the seat offers an upright seating position for its riders. The rear has been redesigned lately so the tail lamp is sharp and edgy type and is distinctive and sharp, further the look of the bike is wrapped up by rear the wheel cover of the bike.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 comes with a light sensitive digital instrument console and houses meters like digital speedometer, odometer, low-fuel warning and fuel gauge which are clearly readable in both day as well as night time, it also has few warning lamps integrated in it.
The dimensions of Pulsar 150 are given below:
Engine and Performance
As we have mentioned above that Bajaj have powered Pulsar 150 with a 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder, 149.01cc engine which produces a maximum power of 15.06Ps at 9000rpm and a maximum torque of 12.5Nm at 6500rpm via a five speed manual transmission gearbox. The previous Pulsar 150 had complaints regarding the gearshifts which were noisy and awkward to handle, but Bajaj has solved this problem and have provided the revamped bike with the 1-up, 4-down configuration gearbox which resembles a lot with that of the Bajaj 180. The engine is very powerful among its segment and this is proved when the engine reaches up to a 60kmph mark within a time of approx 5.6 seconds from a standstill. The engine also provides the riders with an strong linear acceleration in any gear, an excellent pick up is also delivered. Bajaj Pulsar 150 reaches a maximum speed of approx 115kmph though there is a noticeable drop of the acceleration at around 95kmph. The bike returns a mileage of approx 40-50kmpl on the city roads while the figure averages at approx of 62kmpl on the highways.
Though the motorcycles from Bajaj happen to be fuel efficient, Pulsar 150 fails on this front, it pushes the cost of the running of the bikes higher thus making the common masses to think twice before using this bike for daily commuting.
The engine specification is given below:
|Engine Type||-||4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder|
|Max. Power||-||15.06 @ 9000 (Ps @ RPM)|
|Max. Torque||-||12.5 @ 6500 (Nm @ RPM)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||-||15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable)|
Ride and Handling
Bajaj Pulsar 150 is a bike which has a sporty nature and thus delivers a very high quality ride; the handling of this bike is comparatively better and also handles unruly surfaces quite calmly. Keeping the monoshock aside, Bajaj has used telescopic suspension with anti-friction bush for the front and 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber for the rear of the bike. The suspension set up works wonderfully while riding on the smooth road condition, as soon as the rough road starts, the suspension set up continues to deliver effective balance to the ride. The wider and fat tyres further help the bike to maintain the neutral and well balanced stance throughout. The bike has disc brakes for both its rear as well as front; the brake system is effective and halts the bike as soon as they are applied.
The handling ability of Pulsar 150 is supported by the smaller diameter alloy wheels, the low and narrow clip on handlebars which are of lower leverage, but return more feedback and allow more control at the same time. The smaller rims though they are heavier than a 17-inch spoked wheel, lower steering effort altogether make the Pulsar 150 feel quite effortless to handle on the road.
|Front Suspension||-||Telescopic, with anti-friction bush|
|Rear Suspension||-||5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber|
|Front Brake||-||240 mm Disc|
|Rear Brake||-||130 mm Drum|
Bajaj Pulsar 150 comes with a price tag of Rs. 67,643 (Ex Showroom Delhi) and is available in the following color shades:
Cocktail Wine Red
Bajaj Pulsar 150 competes with many 150cc bikes in the Indian market segment while Yamaha Fazer is one among them.
Fazer is a touring bike which has everything in it starting from looks and performance. In terms of ride and handling, Fazer beats Bajaj Pulsar 150 quite easily due to the presence of the 7-times adjustable monocross suspension. Pulsar has less speed than that of Fazer and fails to deliver a decent mileage output, Fazer scores more due to the advanced and new engine set up by the Japanese manufacturer Yamaha. If the price would not have been a factor for anyone, then Fazer certainly would have been a better option than Bajaj Pulsar 150.
|Yamaha Fazer||Bajaj Pulsar 150|
|Engine||4-stroke, air cooled, single cylinder, 153cc, SOHC||4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder|
|Power||14 Bhp @ 7500rpm||15.06Ps @ 9000rpm|
|Torque||13.6 Nm @ 6000rpm||12.5Nm @ 6500rpm|
Bajaj’s effort to retain the quality of their product intact was shown by them when they re-launched Pulsar 150 by removing the complaints regarding the gearboxes and acceleration. With a competitive pricing, you may own Bajaj Pulsar 150 if you want a sporty bike for commuting. The ride quality is very good and you’ll not be disappointed by its performance on any kind of road conditions.
“With a nice eye-catching design and greatly enhanced performance, the Pulsar 150 is a superb ride for inner city commuters who don’t require too many additional features.” - Autoz Maxabout
"The Bajaj Pulsar is the first bike in India which came in direct competition with the Hero Honda CBZ." – Bikeadvice
"Bajaj New Pulsar 150cc Dtsi is available with four variants which are powered by four different capacity engines so the performance and mileage they offers also differs" – Bikedekho
"Now is the time for you to drive in style the new Bajaj Pulsar 150cc DTS-i in India." - Infibeam
- Stylish design Ride quality Digital instrument console
- Fuel efficiency Quality of plastics
Bajaj Auto has launched the 2010 edition of the Pulsar 150 & introduced an additional variant of Pulsar 220 DTS-i to keep product excitement alive in the market.
Pulsar 220 DTS-i
The new variant of Pulsar 220 DTS-i sports naked styling while retaining the performance characteristics of its existing semi faired sibling. It is powered by a 21 Ps engine with its kerb weight reduced to 148 kg to give it a better power to weight ratio. The soft compound tubeless tyres coupled with front & rear disc brake makes it a genuine street fighter.
On performance front it is unmatched with a top speed of 144 kmph & 0-60 kmph acceleration in almost 4 sec; truly "The Fastest Indian".
This variant is available in 4 colors viz. Midnight Black, Plasma Blue, Cocktail Red & Mist Grey Silver and priced at an attractive 68498 (Ex Showroom price – New Delhi).
There will be now two Pulsar 220 variants one available in Bajaj Showrooms-the new street-fighter styling and the other with the original fairing to meet different customer preferences.
Pulsar 150 DTS-i
The Pulsar 150 goes for increased power & further styling enhancement.
The enhanced power of 15.06 Ps has made the Pulsar 150 more potent than ever before. This new refined version now comes with a bigger 29 mm venturi carburetor thereby giving better throttle response. New Clip-on handle bar also adds to the sporty look of Pulsar 150.
Pulsar 150 is available in 4 colors viz. Midnight Black, Plasma Blue, Cocktail Red & Mist Grey Silver and priced at 60020 (Ex Showroom price – New Delhi)