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

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From commuters to the apex knee benders, Bajaj has got it covered to satisfy all strata of riders.

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.

The first generation of Bajaj Pulsar. This is where it all started.

April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India by when all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines.

In the two-wheeler segment, Honda was the first to launch the BS-IV Honda CB Hornet 160R motorcycle back in 2014-15 and the first manufacturer to completely change from BS-III to BS-IV was Bajaj. Bajaj started shipping the new products running on the lesser polluting motor since October 2016, and as of January 2017, all their manufacturing plants were busy with fitting the new engine to their products.

1. Pulsar 135 LS

Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS was introduced in the year 2009 in India which is placed among the Light Sports (LS) category. For the first time in the entire history of Pulsars, Bajaj moved down the ladder of performance segments and brought the ‘Pulsar’ brand in a much commuter oriented sub-150cc segment.

The bike featured a completely different design as compared to the other Pulsars, which was leaner and sharper than all of them. The salient features of the Pulsar 135 LS include a new headlamp with twin pilot lamps, fuel tank with pointy shrouds, split pillion grab rails, clip-on handlebars, part digital instrument console, aluminium number plate holder, LED tail lamps, self-cancelling indicators and a rear tyre hugger.

For 2017, the 135 LS the well-loved bike gets matte finish handlebar, black heat-shield, single piece longer and wider seats, larger windscreen, a single grab rail and gets the automatic headlamp on (AHO) safety feature.

In the heart of Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS, there lies the World’s first 4 Valve DTS-i engine with a displacement of 134.66cc, the extra valves added to the engine enhances the performance to a great extent and churns out a maximum power of 13.5bhp at 9000rpm and a maximum torque of 11.4Nm at 7500rpm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This time the engine is BS-IV compliant, and you can see a complicated plumbing and an evaporator canister for the same reason.

The Pulsar 135LS has been priced at ₹60718 (ex-showroom Delhi), roughly ₹1500 higher than the earlier model. It comes in three new colour option and decals that are influenced by the Laser Edge design philosophy. The new colours are Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red paint schemes.

The Pulsar 135LS is a good option for someone in the hunt for a commuter with a sporty DNA.
Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS
Length 1995mm
Width 765mm
Height 1045mm
Wheelbase 1325mm
Seat height 820mm
Wet weight 121kg
Fuel tank 8l

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS
Capacity cc 134.6
Output 13.5 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Torque 11 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Type 4-stroke, DTS-i, BSIV Compliant, air cooled. 4-valve single cylinder
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 5-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS
Suspension / Front Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Suspension / Rear 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber
Brakes / Front 240 mm Disc
Brakes / Rear 130 mm Drum
Tyres / Front 2.75 – 17
Tyres / Rear 100 / 90 – 17

2. Pulsar 150 DTS-i

The first Pulsar ever to break the curtains back in 2001, the Pulsar 150 was projected against the Hero Honda CBZ as an entry level 150cc sports bike. The motorcycle had a muscular stance which gave it an instant stardom among all the motorcycling enthusiasts who were craving for a beefy looking motorcycle at a much affordable price.

Down the line, the 150 got not one but four upgrades to enhance its oomph factor as it was a hotcake. This was a Bajaj’s premium commuter motorcycle, and although there are plenty of features to keep you hooked on to the motorcycle take the wolf eye lamp for example which still looks aggressive after all these years, somehow we feel that compared to its modern looking rivals, the Pulsar 150 looks backdated.

Coming to the updated 2017 Pulsar 150, there is much that has changed here. The split seats give way to a single long and wide seat to be more commuter friendly. The split pillion grab rails are also replaced by a single piece one. The motorcycle still possesses the aggressive styling the headlamps cluster, fuel tank shrouds and the light sensitive part digital part analogue instrument cluster still gets the orange backlit display. The motorcycle also gets a clip on handlebars finished in Black and the new AHO (auto headlamp on) feature.

As far as the powertrain is concerned, the updated Pulsar 150 gets a smaller bore, and a longer stroke along with the same 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder 149 cc engine; probably to get going with the BS-IV compliancy. This engine is capable of producing about 14 bhp of peak power at 9000 rpm (1 bhp lesser than the previous model) and 12.5 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine is nice and smooth and sounds throatier than the previous one. Bajaj has also updated the clutch for lighter action and less power consumption along with updates to the intake and exhaust configurations.

The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 is priced at ₹74603 (ex-showroom, Delhi), ₹ 800 more than the previous variant. What looks new on the motorcycle are these new graphics which has been added to the motorcycle and those new dual tone colour schemes and the matte black paint finish to the engine. The new colours are Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red paint schemes.

As before, the Pulsar 150 is a sporty commuter bike which is more oriented to the commuter class due to the single seat and grab rail configuration.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i
Length 2055mm
Width 755mm
Height 1060mm
Wheelbase 1320mm
Seat height 820mm
Wet weight 144kg
Fuel tank 15l

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i
Capacity cc 149
Output 14 bhp @ 8000 rpm
Torque 13.4 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Type 4-stroke, DTS-i, BSIV Compliant, Air cooled, Single cylinder
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 5-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i
Suspension / Front Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Suspension / Rear 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber
Brakes / Front 240 mm Disc
Brakes / Rear 130 mm Drum
Tyres / Front 80/100 – 17
Tyres / Rear 100 / 90 – 17

3. Pulsar 180 DTS-i

As we all know, it was Bajaj Auto which recreated the performance oriented motorcycling scenario in India back in 2001 with the launch of the Pulsar 180. It was the motorcycle to bring out the delirious side of the rider and clearly became the new favourite of motorcycling enthusiasts, as there was nothing in the market at that time which could overpass the Pulsar 180 regarding displacement and performance.

Again, whenever the 150 received an update, the 180 too got the same treatment, and now it is up for a sixth one. Regarding the styling, the Pulsar 180 looked almost identical to the Pulsar 150 and those people who were buying the Pulsar 180 while paying more money than the Pulsar 150 were obviously getting more power on tap than the smaller Pulsar but were disappointed with its styling.
For 2017, the distinctive tank shape has neatly been chiselled like the one on the 150. The stepped split seats have been retained here but get a slightly more comfortable silhouette. On the instrument cluster, you get faux carbon-fibre surrounding the panel and gets a blue lit screen rather than the orange. The bike gets rear disc brake this time and pin striping on the wheels.

The Bajaj Pulsar 180 has been featuring a single cylinder, air cooled, DTS-i, 178.6cc engine since 2007 – a unit which remains largely unchanged in this new generation model. However, this time around, the engine is BS-IV compliant, something which has made this very engine a bit greener as well as slightly more powerful and refined than the same engine on the previous model. The engine here on the new Pulsar 180 pumps out a higher power output of 17 bhp and torque output of 14.22 Nm. The engine continues to come mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission.

The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 is priced at ₹79545 (ex-showroom, Delhi), ₹3500 more than the previous variant. The bike now gets a mono tone paint scheme and decals borrowed from the updated 220f. The new colours are Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red paint schemes.

The Bajaj Pulsar 180 is a motorcycle which can be best said as a ‘too long in the tooth’ model, but the specifications of the motorcycle clearly say that there is still much life span left for it. This motorcycle is the one that started it all for Bajaj with making Pulsar a brand in itself. The fact that it was an 180 cc, it was the largest commuter at the time it was launched. Now, it the smallest one Bajaj considers it to have a sporty intent in its Pulsar line-up. So, if you are looking at something that has a sporty nature and also is in your budget, this one is for you.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i
Length 2035mm
Width 765mm
Height 1115mm
Wheelbase 1345mm
Seat height 820mm
Wet weight 145kg
Fuel tank 15l

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i
Capacity cc 178.6
Output 17 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Torque 14 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Type 4-stroke, DTS-i, BSIV Compliant, Air cooled, Single cylinder
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 5-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i
Suspension / Front Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Suspension / Rear 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber
Brakes / Front 240 mm Disc
Brakes / Rear 230 mm Disc
Tyres / Front 90/90 – 17
Tyres / Rear 120 / 80 – 17

4. Pulsar 220F

When Bajaj launched the Pulsar 220 for the very first time in 2007, it showcased the best of what Indian engineering on two wheels had to show at that time. Debuting many features for the very first time, such as clip-on handlebars, rear disc brake, fuel injection, tubeless tyres, oil cooling and projector headlamps, the Pulsar 220 became the benchmark of performance motorcycles which were entirely designed and engineered in India.

Now as the time progressed there were plenty of new changes made to this particular motorcycle, and if we are not too wrong, this surely is still counted as one of the most popular Pulsars ever. The Pulsar 220 is popular amongst the crowd for its handling characteristics. The Pulsar 220 is the first semi-faired motorcycle from the Pulsar brand this was launched in 2007 and although it was launched a long time ago, the overall styling of the motorcycle hasn’t changed much since its launch.

For 2017, besides new graphics, the motorcycle also gets a completely new exhausts system which now comes in powder coated carbon black colour and also gets chrome elements on it. The alloy wheels are also finished in Black as well. The other fitments are however carried over the older bike which includes a clip on handlebars, projector headlamps and also part digital part analogue instrument cluster. The instrument cluster however now gets the Blue backlit display and has a faux carbon-fibre surrounding the panel. As per government regulations, the motorcycle is equipped with Automatic Headlight On (AHO) function.

The biggest change that the motorcycle has received comes in the form of it getting the much-needed BSIV upgrade. What hasn’t changed though is the engine displacement and the power output. The updated 2017 Pulsar 220F is still powered by the same 220 cc, oil-cooled, single cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 21 bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 19.12 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine too is paired to the same 5-speed gearbox. This motorcycle not only is fast in a straight line but also handles corners with ease. Being a torquey mill, it also is a great bike to ride around city traffic, requiring minimal gearshifts.

The new 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F costs ₹ 91201 (ex-showroom Delhi), ₹2700 more than the previous model. The bike now gets a mono tone paint scheme, and the new colours are: Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red paint schemes.

Let’s be honest, the 220 makes a lot of sense for those looking for a well-priced entry-level performance motorcycle. And Bajaj seems to echo this fact. The overall design of the motorcycle is beginning to show its age, but nevertheless, is still bold and charming.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Length 2035mm
Width 750mm
Height 1165mm
Wheelbase 1350mm
Seat height 820mm
Wet weight 150kg
Fuel tank 15l

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Capacity cc 220
Output 21 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Torque 19 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Type 4-stroke, DTS-i, BSIV Compliant, Oil cooled, Single cylinder
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 5-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Suspension / Front Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Suspension / Rear 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber
Brakes / Front 260 mm Disc
Brakes / Rear 230 mm Disc
Tyres / Front 90/90 – 17
Tyres / Rear 120 / 80 – 17

5. 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 made a grand comeback in 2017 and Bajaj calls it the “an adrenaline pumping beast”, and it is all set to take performance biking to a new state of adrenaline. The bloke who designed this motorcycle must’ve loved his lines and angles because this NS 200 flaunts all of it with panache. The aggressive qualities of the bike are seen on the muscular tank design and through the chiselled tail section. Believe me, it looks drop dead gorgeous.

A trademark muscular tank with tank shrouds gives the bike a great presence on the road and lends the bike a little bit of ‘macho’. There is a new body coloured engine skidplate/underbelly panel that accentuates the stylish attire. The headlamp looks like it’s been inspired by the Honda 1000 R naked streetfighter and is back to win hearts all over the nation. A neat tank pad and the 200 moniker on the tank shrouds makes the bike look more matured and grown up than ever before. Split seats continue on the new edition and promise to provide great comfort and style. As per government regulations, the motorcycle is equipped with Automatic Headlight On (AHO) function and gets an optional centre stand which was missing in the previous edition.

On the mechanical front, this motorcycle gets an all-new 199.5 cc engine which is on par with BS IV emission norms while it still manages to churn out similar power and torque figures at 23bhp and 18.3 Nm respectively. The same engine will also be used in the upcoming 2017 edition of the KTM Duke 200. Unfortunately, the motorcycle misses on Fuel Injection and still runs on a carburettor. The 4-valve, triple spark technology of Bajaj is an unprecedented innovation that gives the bike increased power, throttle response and pick-up. All the power made is made to transfer through a 6-speed gearbox to the rear via chain-link.

The Pulsar NS 200 is priced at ₹ 97473 (ex-showroom, Bangalore). The new Pulsar NS 200 will come in three new colour palettes of dual tone Red-Grey, Black-Grey and White-Grey. Sharp angular colour accents highlight the bike’s aggressive street-fighter stance. Except for the RED colour, the Black and White are available immediately. Bajaj might launch Yellow Pulsar NS 200 in coming days.

It’s handsome. It’s charismatic. It’s luscious. It will swoon you every time you hop on it, and its streetfighter DNA, upright position and the clutter-free front view will let breeze you around the traffic snarls and the open roads. Perfect description for the streetfighter in you.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Length 2017mm
Width 804mm
Height 1075mm
Wheelbase 1363mm
Seat height 810mm
Wet weight 151kg
Fuel tank 12l

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Capacity cc 199.5
Bore/ Stroke mm 72/49
Output 24 bhp @ 9500 rpm
Torque 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Type single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 6-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Suspension / Front Telescopic Front Fork With Anti-Friction Bush
Suspension / Rear Mono Suspension With Nitrox
Brakes / Front 280mm Petal Disc With Floating Calliper
Brakes / Rear 230 Mm Petal Disc With Floating Calliper
Tyres / Front 100/80-17M/C 52P
Tyres / Rear 140/70-17M/C 62P

6. Pulsar RS 200

Seeing the competition becoming fiercer than before, Bajaj came up with the much awaited Pulsar RS 200. The Pulsar RS 200 was designed on the lines of the Pulsar SS 400 concept which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2014. Adorned with an extremely busy design which is a ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ example, the Pulsar RS 200 became the first ever fully faired motorcycle in the Pulsar family.

The motorcycle was built on the same platform of the Pulsar 200 NS, but featured a very different design and came equipped with a couple of new features such as fuel injection, perimeter frame, twin projector headlamps, LED turn indicators and the optional single channel ABS. Bajaj claims this motorcycle to be the fastest and most technologically advanced Pulsar till date.

What’s new for 2017 is predominantly its new paint scheme and the body decals. This tones down the rather loud body work this bike has. The many creases and lines on the fairings looked overdone, and this new decal gets the job done and make it looks less busy. The instrument cluster however now gets the Blue backlit display and has a faux carbon-fibre surrounding the panel. As per government regulations, the motorcycle is equipped with Automatic Headlight On (AHO) function and gets an optional centre stand which was missing in the previous edition. The front wheel gets a blue colour whereas the rear remains black.


Moving over from the complex design, the mechanicals of the Pulsar RS 200 are similar to the one on the NS 200. The single cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.5cc engine on the RS 200 is, unlike the carburetted engine of the NS 200, is fuel injected. The fuel injection along with three spark plugs ensures optimum fuel combustion as well as an increase in overall performance and fuel efficiency. This fact reflects in the numbers too - the Pulsar RS 200 produces 24.5 bhp, which is around one bhp more than the power produced by NS 200. Meanwhile, the maximum torque is rated at 18.6 Nm.

Regarding pricing, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 has created a couple of benchmarks which may give many bikes positioned above and below it some serious nightmares. The motorcycle has been launched in two variants – ABS and non-ABS. The 2017 RS200 (non-ABS) costs ₹1.22 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), and the ABS has a price of ₹133883 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both of which are close to ₹ 4000 more than the outgoing model. The 2017 model RS200 gets two new colour options in the form of Graphite Black and Racing Blue.

Needless to say, the Pulsar RS 200 is one path-breaking motorcycle in the history of Pulsars. Not only it features a dramatic styling and some features unseen on any Pulsar before, but also a very powerful engine which stays true to the credentials of a Pulsar of providing plenty of performance at a significantly lesser price for what it packs in. The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 will prove itself as a better case for those riders who wish for a powerful fully faired quarter litre motorcycle and find the other motorcycles in this segment a bit ‘out-of-reach’ of their budget.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
Length 1999mm
Width 765mm
Height 1114mm
Wheelbase 1355mm
Seat height 810mm
Wet weight 165kg
Fuel tank 13l

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
Capacity cc 199.5
Bore/ Stroke mm 72/49
Output 24 bhp @ 9500 rpm
Torque 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 4valve, Liquid cooled, triple spark ,FI
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 6-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
Suspension / Front Telescopic Front Fork With Anti-Friction Bush
Suspension / Rear Mono Suspension With Nitrox
Brakes / Front Single channel ABS, 300 mm dia disc
Brakes / Rear 230 mm Disc Single-piston floating calliper
Tyres / Front 100/80-17M/C 52P
Tyres / Rear 130/70-17M/C 62P

CONCLUSION


They say – heroes do live a limited life or take a rebirth, but legends never die. In the history of Indian motorcycling scenario, if there is a motorcycle which has gained a cult status and the position of a legend, it’s the Bajaj Pulsar. The evolution of the Bajaj Pulsar has been a glorious journey since its inception into the country more than 15 years ago.

Apart from the ones you see above, there was another motorcycle that Bajaj dropped this year. Especially after the return of the NS 200. The Adventure Sports Pulsar AS200. The Pulsar AS 200 is a semi-faired version of the Pulsar 200 NS, with the Pulsar AS 150 being a lesser powerful version of the former. But it was for the best that it was discontinued.

Bajaj is going to expand its family in the upcoming years. That includes the already launched NS 150 and the NS 160 that are running abroad. Apart from it, few sources also claim that the AS200 is going to make a comeback after getting a major rework overhaul.

The game for the Bajaj Pulsar isn’t over yet, because like we mentioned earlier, ‘legends never die’, and in the Indian motorcycling scenario, the Pulsar nameplate has indeed gained the status of a legend, a living legend.

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