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Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.

Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield’s middleweight category.

The Japanese red is trying to pull off what Bajaj wanted to with the Dominar 400.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield's middleweight category.

When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away from the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them. The sales figures were the scary truth for Bajaj where they understood that they played the wrong card.

Now, the Japanese Red are planning to lock horns with RE to have their go at the middleweight segment and give a stiff fight to the Enfield’s 500-535cc motors.

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What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

The list includes a model from almost all the manufacturers from India. We ought to give them some slack.
What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

In our number of stories, we have repeatedly said that the Indian two wheeler market is one tough field to study. The kind of demands we Indians do ask from two-wheeler makers are quite hard to conquer, as we want literally everything in one product.

Keeping in view of such demands from a very competitive market, the manufacturers too are doing a tremendous job by offering products which are offering a good blend of all the traits in one single package. Out of all these products, some do hit the sales charts with massive popularity, while some of them end up being average or low sellers, despite being a brilliant piece of engineering and design.

In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on the latter category of motorcycles and scooters, ones which are not selling as expected despite being wonderful in one way or the other. Here’s a list of all such unfortunate and underrated motorcycles and scooters, and we seriously wish that they do post impressive numbers for their makers:-

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Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?

Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?

From commuters to the apex knee benders, Bajaj has got it covered to satisfy all strata of riders.
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?
Deciphering the Bajaj Pulsar line-up for 2017. Which is the one for you?

Born in 2001, the Pulsar was destined to be a superstar from the word ‘go’. Not only it spawned a host of motorcycles ranging in versatility and performance, but also introduced a long list of industry-first features and technology, making the Pulsar a pioneer among the performance motorcycles in India.

Now, in 2017, after many generations of updates and many new models added to the line-up down the line, the Pulsar series has got a BS-IV motor running under the belly along with yet another updated edition. Let us have a look at our 2017 Pulsar models. And Bajaj has made one for every kind of rider in the country, be it a commuter or a hard-core street guy.

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Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.

Royal Enfield’s sales is not disturbed by any competition.

Bajaj, together with its Pulsar and Dominar, is not even making a dent. The messers have become the messies.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.
Royal Enfield's sales is not disturbed by any competition.

When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. I, for one, was actually very confused at this conjecture made by both Bajaj and the moto fraternity on how they interpreted this rivalry. There wasn’t any in the first place if you ask me.

Both the bikes, though not poles apart, are not to be put against each other. Yes, they have similar engine capacity but that does not put them on the same page. It is like comparing cricket and baseball just because of a bat and a ball being in play.

Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them.

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Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?

Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?

Hear it from Rajiv Bajaj himself using cricket, food, razors, airlines and even Mahabharata as analogy to tell you why.
Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?
Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?
Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?
Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?

Do you remember the iconic Bajaj Chetak scooters your uncle used to ride back then? The one that was famous for coining the ‘Hamara Bajaj’ for the entire brand was a household workhorse back in the 80s’ and the 90s’. Along with that, there were also the likes of Wave, Legend, Saffire and Spirit that gave birth to the Bajaj we know today.

Then, the industry moved to geared motorcycles and scooters were gradually phased out. Bajaj too started developing this newfound interest in geared motorcycles and phased out their scooter section with the last one of them being the Bajaj Kristal DTS-i.

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Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal

Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal

The younger sibling of the 200 NS is making a scene in the land of the Buddha.
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal

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.

In 2017, that bike made a grand comeback and put Bajaj on the streetfighter map again. Calling it as the ’Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition’, Bajaj is set to take the performance biking to a whole new level. Now, there is another sibling for the NS200 and it is heading to Nepal. The Pulsar NS 160 rumbles on.

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Bajaj is not happy about the competition wanting amnesty on BS-IV implementation.

Bajaj is not happy about the competition wanting amnesty on BS-IV implementation.

It wants the authority to penalize those who cannot adhere to the rules
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.

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The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?

The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?

Bajaj Pulsar NS 150 vs Honda CB Hornet 160 R vs Suzuki Gixxer vs Yamaha FZ-S FI. Choose your weapon of choice to ride the streets
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
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:-

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2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150

The pocket streetfighter rises on the horizon.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
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:-

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2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

Your chance to get your ’stealth-mode’ on.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
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.

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Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video

Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video

Well how many of you wants to see Sumo Wrestlers performing stunts
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
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.

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Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.

Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.

Deliveries have already started for the Naked Sport
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
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.

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