Bajaj is not happy about the competition wanting amnesty on BS-IV implementation.
April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India were all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines. Doing so, the Pune based manufacturer, Bajaj, has been the first and only manufacturer who has now switched all their two and three wheeler product line-up with engines that satisfy the new emission norms.
There are however a few manufacturers who are looking out to get an extension to produce BS-IV vehicles by a month or two, only so that they can exhaust their BS-III stocks. And this has infuriated the top heads at Bajaj and they strongly condemn this act.
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The segment of 150cc motorcycles has been completely revived after a very long time, as we can see a prominent presence of almost all the major players of Indian two wheeler motoring in this category of motorcycles. From a segment which was earlier, in initial stages, was believed to have a very niche audience which values performance more over the commonly perceived notions of low maintenance and high fuel economy, the 150cc segment has now spawned into a number of categories within itself. However, the most of the volumes of this segment come out of premium 150cc commuter streetfighters, which are perfectly well spaced between the entry level 150cc commuters as well as 150cc sports tourers and super sports.
Speaking of this segment in particular, it all started when Yamaha launched the very macho looking and attractive FZ-16 back in 2008, which, at the time of its launch, became an instant success, for the motorcycle brought some international levels of design traits, build quality and features, some things which made it look like a scaled-down version of the liter class roadster from Yamaha, the FZ1.
Today, this segment has become more of a single player territory, as almost all the biggies of this industry now have a presence. However, speaking of the favourites, the trio of Japanese makes – Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki – are ruling the roosts with their respective offerings, the CB Hornet 160 R, FZ-S FI Version 2.0 and Gixxer. With their brawny styling, typical Japanese build quality and refinement and adequate performance, all these three motorcycles are the most prominent and one of the best-selling motorcycles for their respective parent manufacturers.
Seeing the success of the Japanese motorcycles, how can Bajaj, the pioneer of the 150cc segment, can be left behind? After having a glorious journey of the very popular Pulsar brand, the manufacturer is all set to unleash its offering in the premium 150cc streetfighter category with the all-new Pulsar NS 150. A lesser powerful and lesser equipped version of the Pulsar NS 200, the Pulsar NS 150 will be positioned above the Pulsar 150 to take on the competition from Japanese rivals.
Now which one emerges to be a winner out of this tough battle? Let’s find out:-
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
In the past fifteen years, the ‘Pulsar’ nameplate has become one of the most versatile brands in the field of motorcycles. The name has spawned a variety of bikes, ranging from 135cc to 200cc naked streetfighters, a 220cc semi-faired sports tourer and recently, a 200cc fully faired supersport motorcycle. Talking about the current range, it was the Pulsar NS 200 which turned out to be the model which opened up doors for an all new generation platform, engineering and design philosophy. It was this bike that came with new underpinnings rather than being based on the first generation Pulsar 150, upon which all the other Pulsar models were built before its arrival.
After the arrival of the Pulsar NS 200 on the block, Bajaj came up with few more all new generation offerings, which included Pulsar RS 200, Pulsar AS 200 and Pulsar AS 150. Now, to make its range even more elaborated, Bajaj has added one more version of the Pulsar in the form of Pulsar NS 150. Now, the Pulsar NS 150 is to Pulsar AS 150, what the Pulsar NS 200 is to Pulsar AS 200, and by that we mean to say, that it is, more or less, a naked version of the already existing Pulsar NS 150, which is already selling in good numbers for Bajaj in India. The model has already gone on sale in some of the international markets, with an Indian launch scheduled this year. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Pulsar NS 150:-
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms for some, gearbox issues for others and few say for braking judders. Whatever they were, Bajaj took it off the shelves.
The bike is making a grand comeback in 2017, and we couldn’t have been more excited with Bajaj’s attempt to get back in the streetfighter segment, giving the competition a run for their money. The new edition will see an engine that is BS IV compliant and carries a bunch of cosmetic changes and a couple of mechanical upgrades.
Bajaj calls it the Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition, and it is all set to take performance biking to a new state of adrenaline. Bajaj termed it as “an adrenaline pumping beast” and we are here to find out why.
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Bajaj Auto launched the 2017 Pulsar NS200 in India recently and the new motorcycle is already available on sale across all Bajaj dealerships. Unfortunately, the new NS200 is launched minus the FI and ABS here in India which is a huge disappointment for many Pulsar fans across the country. The ABS is not even offered as an option like the ones they offer in the Dominar 400 or the Pulsar RS200.
For the Indian market, the updated Pulsar NS200 is offered with the same 199.5 cc, single cylinder engine which delivers around 23 Hp of peak power and 18.3 Nm of torque. The powerful unit, as usual, is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The kerb weight of the motorcycle is 145 kilograms. Apart from the new graphics and colours the only other feature which has been added to the motorcycle is the AHO (Always headlamp on). The motorcycle is offered with three colour options which include Wild Red, Mirage White, and Graphite Black. Surprisingly the same motorcycle is offered with a completely new 194.4 cc, fuel injected unit for the International markets. The new engine produces about 24.5 Ps of peak power and the same 18.3 Nm of torque like the Indian market.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms, few say.
Down the line, TVS launched the Apache RTR 200 4V and recently Yamaha with their FZ25. To get back at this homegrown competition, Bajaj is all set to re-enter the streetfighter segment with the launch of the 2017 Pulsar NS 200, which was teased a few weeks back. The official launch, however, will happen this month but Bajaj has silently started accepting booking for the motorcycles and some showrooms have already begun delivering them the very next day.
Get Up Close and Personal With The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar RS200: Video
Bajaj has almost updated their entire Pulsar range of motorcycles; they already introduced the updated Pulsar 135, 150, 180 and 220 variants in India and will soon launch the 200 NS as well. Now according to the recent reports they will also soon be launching the updated 2017 Pulsar RS200 as well. Recently a You Tuber Aditya’s Vworld has uploaded a walkaround video of this soon to be launched fully faired motorcycle.
In this clip you can clearly watch that the updated Pulsar RS 200 will be available with two new colour options including grey-black mix and a white-blue scheme about which we have reported recently. At present the RS 200 is available with three colour schemes. We definitely like the new Blue and White duel tone paint scheme on the motorcycle.
Apart from the addition of two new colour options we actually don’t notice any other cosmetic updates on the motorcycle.
The motorcycle still is powered by the same 199.5 cc, single cylinder, triple spark unit, paired to a 6 speed gearbox this unit is producing about 24.5 PS of peak power at 9,750 rpm and 18.6 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The updated motorcycle powertrain will obviously be BSIV compliant unit keeping in mind Governments rule of all the two wheelers meeting BSIV emission norms by April 2017.
Will you take your Dominar 400 served with fairings?
Snatching the flagship title from the RS 200, the Dominar 400 created the year’s biggest launch for the Indian manufacturer. It created shockwaves across the industry and has gotten all talking about this cruiser and created a benchmark in the segment.
If you wanted a bit more flair on the sports cruiser, you are in for a treat. Rendering artist Shoeb Kalania of SRK Designs has created a semi-faired version of India’s first 400cc motorbike and given it a whole new character.
Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Mahindra Mojo
It might have taken a long time, but then, the segment of naked sports tourers has finally begun to burgeon in India. It all started way back in 2012, when Mahindra previewed the Mojo concept for the first time in a raw form, something which still needed a finalised finishing to be launched in a full-fledged manner. Until this year, it was only Royal Enfield which had the presence in the entry level middleweight segment with its range of 350cc cruisers and roadsters.
In 2015, Mahindra finally introduced the Mojo as the only naked sports tourer which had the potential of rivalling the Royal Enfield offerings, with its distinctive styling, excellent engine and top notch hardware. Being the flagship product from Mahindra, the Mojo had to succeed in each and every aspect, owing to the fact that it took a long period of three years in the name of research, development and testing. And then, the end product turned out to be something which was beyond the expectations of enthusiasts, who had little hopes from Mahindra in the premium motorcycle category.
Now that the trumpet was blown by the Mahindra Mojo, how could the competition remain behind? Speaking of the premium sportbike makers, India’s most serious player in this particular segment, Bajaj Auto, had something cooking in its R&D centre. A preview of this process was shown at the Auto Expo 2014 when Bajaj showcased the Pulsar CS400 concept, which was aimed at naked sport tourer lovers. With its premium and unique design elements and the KTM connection in its mechanicals, the Pulsar CS400 generated huge hype around it, with the enthusiasts eagerly waiting it to be unleashed on the market.
And finally, towards the end of the year 2016, Bajaj surprised us with the all new Dominar 400, a product completely based on the Pulsar CS 400 concept. What was more astonishing is the fact that the motorcycle, more or less, is exactly the same machine as the Pulsar CS 400, barring a couple of changes. With a positively shocking starting price, the Dominar is all set to join the Mojo to expand the naked sports tourer segment. However, given the spirit of competition, we need to find out which one of the two emerges out to be the better machine, keeping all the aspects in mind.
In this feature story, we are going to compare two motorcycles in an all new segment of naked sports tourers – both coming from home-grown manufacturers, but do possess a lot of internationalism in their design and engineering. Here’s our comprehensive comparison between the all new Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Mahindra Mojo:-
Bajaj Introduces New Racing Blue Paint Scheme For The Pulsar RS200
Bajaj Auto has introduced a new paint scheme for their popular flagship Pulsar offering the RS200. Called the racing blue edition the price for the non ABS variant starts at Rs 1.47 lakh (on-road Mumbai) while the ABS variant is priced at INR. 1.62 lakh (on-road Mumbai).
One of the highlight of this all new paint scheme is that the front wheel along with the body panel is also painted in Blue while the rear wheel on the other hand gets the same Black paint finish to it. Apart from the Blue paint the Racing Blue Edition also gets white touches to it as well. So now after the introduction of yet another paint scheme the Indian customers now have options to choose from four different colour options which includes yellow, red, black and blue.
The bookings for the all new paint scheme have already started at all Bajaj showrooms. After almost 2 years of its introduction the Popularity of the Pulsar RS200 hasn’t faded a bit. This motorcycle went on to become the most awarded motorcycle of the year 2015 and swept away all the awards.
Powered by a 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled fuel injected unit this engine is capable of producing about 24.5 bhp of peak power at 9,750 rpm and 18.6 Nm of peak toque at 8,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The motorcycle gets a 300 mm disc brakes towards the front and 230 mm disc at the rear. The motorcycle also gets a single channel ABS setup for its front wheel.
Bajaj teases the updated 200 NS
Bajaj Auto has shared the first teaser image of their soon to be launched 2017 Pulsar NS 200 on their social network channels. The 200 NS first made its appearance back at in 2012 and for some reason Bajaj decided to discontinue the motorcycle from the Indian market instead of its popularity and impressive sales numbers. However the motorcycle is still exported to some other International markets from India.
Now with the increasing competition from TVS and KTM, Bajaj once again has decided to reintroduce the updated variant of the NS 200 in India. According to the latest reports the updated motorcycle will be launched soon in India and Bajaj has actually made some thorough changes to one of the most popular entry level naked streetfighters.
To begin with the updated 2017 Pulsar 200 NS gets fuel injection instead of carburettor now. The engine too is also completely new; the 194.4 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox now delivers 24.5 PS at 9500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. The power output as you all can clearly notice has increased by 1 Ps.
Although we are still not sure about the cosmetic changes the new Pulsar NS200 will receive though but expect it to get perhaps a new duel tone colour option, and a relocated Pulsar logo. There is also a fair chance that Bajaj might provide a single channel ABS as well just like the ones found on their RS200.
There are no details of the prices available yet but expect it to be priced slightly higher than the current bike. However expect the 2017 Pulsar 200 NS to be priced much lower the KTM Duke 200.
We will definitely update you with more details once the motorcycle is launched here in India within the next few weeks.
Bajaj V22 has been rendered
Over the last 15 years, Bajaj has improvised itself a lot in making motorcycles, so much that it has ditched its roots as a manufacturer of India’s first popular scooter and becoming a motorcycle only maker, just like Harley Davidson and Royal Enfield. Some feel that this is actually a huge risk by Bajaj by not existing in the booming scooter market, but Bajaj strongly feels that its motorcycles are capable enough to keep it in the game.
And somewhat it manages to stay true to its belief, as the manufacturer is constantly working on upgrading its product portfolio. Bajaj knows that the market is actually shifting from puny commuters, and to be in the game, it is now expanding its lineup of powerful commuters.
The latest additions of its lineage has been the V15 and the V12 motorcycles that has been successful in striking the chords of hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots with its INS Vikrant connection. A true marketing masterstroke, the motorcycle’s fuel tank contains the invincible metal of the now decommissioned warship INS Vikrant, which somewhat raises its hype and market value.
An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi and is also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looks of concepts which might be expected from the Bajaj V stable in the future. They include Roadster, Cafe Racer and Scrambler concepts and all of them have a bigger displacement engine.
2017 Bajaj V12
Bajaj definitely made many Indian bikers happy when they actually launched the V15 commuter in India. This was positioned below the Pulsar range of motorcycles and offered plenty of exciting new features not to mention its one of a kind styling was well appreciated too by many as well.
Quite honestly Bajaj was actually looking for a replacement for their commuter brand Discover which has been here for a long time and quite honestly their sales figures were going Southward due to increasing competition. Bajaj’s new strategy seemed to have worked in their favour because their newest 150 cc commuter surely became a hit in the Indian market. The newly launched 150 cc motorcycle had all the hit recipes like fuel efficient engine, cafe racer type styling, comfortable seats and that powerful 60 watt headlamp at the front.
Now Bajaj wants to expand the ‘V’ brand and while the rumours of a smaller 125 cc motorcycle was going rounds on the internet it seems like the motorcycle finally broke its cover when it was spotted recently at a dealership. The new motorcycle joins Bajaj’s ‘V’ range of motorcycles which currently consists of only one motorcycle. The smaller V12 is more affordable compared to the slightly premium V15 and thus will be in reach of many average Indian bike buyers who wants a .
Update 04.01.2017:-Bajaj launched the V12 in India, the new 125 cc motorcycle which has been positioned below the V15. The details and prices has been updated in this review
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Bajaj Silently Launches The V12 Priced At INR. 56,283
This is actually quite surprising that Bajaj did not make any sort of announcement before they introduced the V12 in India. We already have reported earlier that the Bajaj V12 was spotted at some dealerships some time back and looked identical to the more powerful variant.
The Bajaj V12 is priced at INR. 56,283 (ex showroom) and is powered by new powertrain. The V12 houses the 124.5 cc single cylinder, air cooled, DTS-i unit which most probably also powers the Discover 125. The engine is capable of producing about 10.7 PS of peak power at 7,500 rpm and 10.98 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 4 speed gearbox.
Now to keep the prices in check, Bajaj Auto has done some cost cutting as well. The V12 gets slightly thinner travel forks instead of the fatter 33 mm forks seen on the V15. The V12 also gets 35 watt headlamps instead of the 55 watt headlamps seen on the V15. Lastly the Bajaj V12 features tube based tyres instead of the tubeless tyres found on the slightly more premium V15.However the most disappointing thing is that the V12 does not get front disc brake even as an option. For stopping the V12 motorcycles relies on 130 mm drum brakes at both its front and rear.
The Bajaj V12 measures 2040 mm long, 785 mm wide, 1066 high. The new 125 cc motorcycle will take on other premium 125 cc commuter motorcycles of the Country like the TVS Phoenix and Hero Ignitor.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS
Recently we have reported that Bajaj Auto will be re launching their 200 cc streetfighter the Pulsar NS in January 2017. Gaadiwaadi was able to get some exclusive images from the local dealership meet where the updated Pulsar 200 NS for the model year 2017 was showcased.
There were rumours that Bajaj has actually axed their popular naked streetfighter which was launched back in the year 2012 in the year 2016 to make way for the slightly better equipped Pulsar AS200. However that is not the case Bajaj surely did cut the supply of the NS200 but they once again will be relaunching the motorcycle and this time this is definitely better equipped and also gets plenty of styling updates as well.
Now this is definitely a good time to relaunch the naked streetfighter as it can directly take on its biggest rival the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V which has definitely swiped away all the awards and became a hot favourite amongst the Indian biking enthusiast. Now that we know that the updated 2017 Pulsar 200 NS will be launching here in the Indian market next month eher are all the details available at this moment about the new naked streetfighter.
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Kawasaki and Bajaj break ties
Back in 2012, our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ and the Japanese green team Kawasaki joined hands to market mobikes globally across developing countries, including Asia and South America. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country, which also happens to see the Austrian KTM motorcycles sharing spaces. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.
Four years after this successful partnership, both Bajaj and Kawasaki want to part away for reasons not made official to us. But MotorBeam speculates that this could be because of two reasons. One, Kawasaki has been busy setting up its own dealer network and it is on its way to set its foot firmly in the country. The other could be KTM’s more affordable offerings under the same roof affecting sales for the Japanese.
Kawasaki will move all its sales to its dedicated showrooms selling all their motorcycles in the Indian product line-up. Although, assembly of their CKD products will still be undertaken at Bajaj’s new facility at Akurdi. But, will be handled completely by India Kawasaki Motors, a 100% subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan.
Coming to Baja’s point of view, it is an obvious rationale that KTM’s sales gave Bajaj a better financial stability that the Kawasaki’s expensive options. Moreover, Bajaj-KTM have a stronger bond with respect to partnership compliance and KTM is all setting up to bring its premium Husqvarna motorcycles to the Indian stride.
As the KTM Duke series is manufactured in India for global consumption, Husqvarna will also manufacture their models at Bajaj’s Chakan plant near Pune and call India their home. They will hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2017 across the globe and will be expected to be priced slightly above the KTM Duke 390.
And this break-up is going to benefit both Bajaj and KTM to have more office space to showcase the upcoming offerings and the Husqvarna brand of motorcycles.
This will benefit new Kawa customers as it will make Kawasaki drop a few thousands on their CKD products as Bajaj will no longer take any profit on their sales. You can expect all their bikes at dedicated Kawasaki showrooms including their CBU imports, like before. Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-10R will continue in those showrooms alsong with the 300 cc and 650 cc bikes. All said, Kawasaki has a huge mountain to cross before it can start competing furiously at the niche segment.
Overseas however, both these brands will still be going strong by selling the Kawasaki Bajaj badged Pulsar through the Kawasaki network in Asian countries and will be doing the same in Brazil as well.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180
As we all know, it was Bajaj Auto which recreated the performance oriented motorcycling scenario in India back in 2001 with the launch of two Pulsars, the Pulsar 150 and the Pulsar 180, with the numerical suffixes of theirs depicting the cubic capacity of the engines of the respective motorcycles. While both the versions of the motorcycle were launched with the intention of laying down the foundation of performance motorcycling in India, the character of both the motorcycles were quite different. The Pulsar 150 was on the perfect balance of performance and fuel economy, whereas the Pulsar 180 was the motorcycle to bring out the delirious side of the rider.
With a bigger engine on the board over the Pulsar 150, the Pulsar 180 clearly became the new favorite of motorcycling enthusiasts, as there was nothing in the market at that time which could overpass the Pulsar 180 in terms of displacement and performance. Over the years, the Pulsar 180 has been given a series of cosmetic and mechanical advancements, in parallel to the Pulsar 150. However, with the advent of more and more refined and powerful motorcycles in the space of 150-250cc category, the Pulsar 180 soon began to show its age and began to feel a bit dated and underpowered in front of its contemporary competition
For the year 2017, Bajaj has given a mild update to the Pulsar 180 in order to bring this once-a-game-changer back into the game of competition. The new Pulsar 180 now sports a few minute cosmetic and mechanical changes as well as a couple of equipment additions, which have made the motorcycle look a bit more premium than before, if not drastically. Here’s a brief review of the latest version of the Bajaj Pulsar 180:-
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new bike launches in the mass oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market, with some of them have been build up from scratch and are only redefining the segments and creating new records for value for money. Following are those all new bike launches meant for the common masses, with the criteria being sub-500cc category and below the price point of Rs. 2.5 lakh:-