2009 Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS
Bajaj Auto is counted among the smart and sensible bike manufacturing company who have given the country the bikes which were fuel efficient and reasonably priced at the same time. But a few years ago, Bajaj surprised the country by introducing bigger and sportier motorcycles with larger capacities compared to commuter bikes; and named the range as Pulsar. This step was taken by Bajaj after the much success of Hero Honda CBZ, after its launch in India and realized the country’s need of performance bikes. Originally, the first bike among the Pulsar range was launched in India in the year 2001, since then Bajaj have constantly updated and upgraded their Pulsar bikes with newest possible technologies.
Bajaj launched Pulsar 135 LS was introduced in the year 2009 in India, this bike is placed among the Light Sports (LS) category. Under its skin, the bike has been loaded with a 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled. 4-valve single cylinder with a displacement of 134.66cc and churns out a maximum power of 13.3bhp at 9000rpm and a maximum torque of 11.4Nm at 7500rpm. With Pulsar 135 LS, it was Bajaj’s last effort to save its XCD from fading away. We’ll soon find it out if Bajaj has been able to save their old machine or not.
Pulsar, as a brand fromBajaj is known for its bikes which is a perfect amalgam of style and performance and Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS is no exception. The front houses a powerful and edgy headlamp in a stylish edgy fairing with integrataed twin pilot lamps also, above it there is an aerodynamic tinted visor which makes the bike look sporty. The palm grips are soft and the rear view mirrors have been styled nicely, the instrument cluster of the bike has been modified and it is now a fully digital display that includes an odometer, fuel level monitor, neutral blinker, self-cancelling indicators and a low-battery meter. The digitization of the instrument console has made it easier to read and use, it is quite likely that this feature shall win the hearts of many. The petal shaped turn indicators finds their place on twin separate pods and looks good. The fuel tank looks macho and resembles a lot with that of Hero Hunk’s, the tank has not adorned any graphic styling other than the ‘Pulsar’ 3d emblem sticker and this simplicity makes the styling look sober. The sporty split seat of the bike is comfortable and offers an upright seating position to the riders, the seat is followed by a sporty split grab rail which also looks sporty and matches with the overall theme of the motorcycle. The tail light looks trendy due to its sharp angular shape. Some features of the bike however fails to attract the eyes which includes the rear wheel cover which do not gel with the overall styling of the bike as it looks old, the side profile, tail lamp and the headlight seems to have been borrowed from the old XCD motorcycle. The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS creates a confusion in your head because of its styling still the sporty look of this baby pulsar is surely attractive.
Engine and Performance
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 13.3bhp at 9000rpm and a maximum torque of 11.4Nm at 7500rpm. As soon as the engine is ignited, one may easily feel that the rev produced is peppy. Once the bike starts to move, you’ll be made sure by its performance that it may resemble the old XCD but inside it is the mighty Pulsar. The engine is never too harsh, not even on the redline and it pulls the bike quite happily. Once the throttle is twisted, a smooth surge of acceleration is delivered which comes out with the lovely exhaust note; the punchy nature of the engine could be felt even at the handlebars. This bike performs almost like the Pulsar 150 due to its light weight; the bike has a kerb weight of 122kgs versus the Pulsar 150 which weighs around 137kgs. Power produced is 13.5bhp for the P135 while the same is 14bhp for the Pulsar 150, hence due to its supreme light weight, the P135 faces some more advantage. With all that power, the bike reaches the 80 mark quickly and this machine delivers about 60Kmpl of mileage also. Adequate amount of feel and noise could be felt from the gearbox, the single lever may not meet the standards while commuting but nevertheless this small problem could be ignored totally.
The engine specification of the motorcycle has been provided below:
|Type||-||4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled. 4-valve single cylinder|
|Max Power||-||13.5 @ 9000 (Ps @ RPM)|
|Max Torque||-||11.4 @ 7500 (Nm @ RPM)|
Ride and Handling
The bike has been designed in such a way so that it feels quick while moving through clumsy traffic or cornering, the weight of the bike is well balanced and makes one feel confident while the twists and turns on the road. The footpegs of this bike have been placed little bit towards the rear and the most attractive feature of this bike is that this bike has some great lean angles as well. On even roads the ride is smooth but on uneven roads, the suspension system of the bike fails to perform. The front of the bike has telescopic forks, with anti-friction bush while the rear has 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber. Yes, the suspension is the one which is used in most of the bikes of Bajaj, so it failed in Pulsar 135 may be due to the light weight nature of the bike unlike the other bikes of the Pulsar family. Often the bike feels to be out of balance on the mid-corners on the high speed curves. Yet another feature which makes this bike to differ from its sibling is that, it uses the engine as the stressed member, it means that instead of bringing the frame under the engine, the engine is used as a part of it as it makes the bike more rigid and helps the machine to shed weight. So dont be surprised if you pop some wheelies on your motorcycle without adding much effort.
The riding position is comfortable and sporty at the same time, the high positioned handlebars and rear footpeg would undoubtedly allow you cover long distances without getting exhausted. Pulsar 135 has disc brakes for its front and drum brakes for its rear, the front disc brakes are not quite responsive as expected. Bringing the bike to halt at around 80kmph is a big risk because when full breaking force is applied, the front dives in and due to the light weight; the rear tends to lift up. So at high speeds care must be taken of the rear wheel some might call it the sporty handling of the bike and may like it while some might not considering the safety issues, but during regular commuting the brakes will not disappoint you.
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS has been priced at Rs. 59,492 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS is available in the following color shades:
- Midnight Black
- Plasma Blue
- Cocktail Wine Red
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS competes with the bikes of 125cc in the market segment like Honda Twister, Hero MotoCorp Ignitor etc.
Bajaj’s move to resist the fading away of its XCD can be said to be as a risky move because launching a popular Pulsar sibling with XCD under its skin could have hampered the overall image of Pulsar family if things did not went right. But luckily, Bajaj was on the safe side as people welcomed Pulsar 135 LS with warm heart. It is true that this bike does have some glaring problems like the looks, its lightweight etc. but nonetheless the engine provided is extremely good and so is its performance. The ride quality too is nice, when it comes to open roads and highways you may take long tours without really getting exhausted. Reasonably priced, Bajaj Pulsar 135 ST is yet another bike from Bajaj Auto’s stable which can be owned for city commuting but with a sporty twist.
“The bike is a good performer for its engine capacity, but branding a bike a Pulsar that looks just like an XCD isn’t such a good move in our opinion. The performance and handling are quite worthy of the Pulsar tag, as for the looks, Bajaj could have done better. If you’re looking for an affordable bike with good performance and mileage, especially for use around the city and for short trips, the P135 is for you. It handles respectably and is nimble enough to give you the thrills, sometimes less can be more.” – Motor Beam
“The bike is powerful, slickly designed and comfortable to ride, with great fuel economy and some nice additional extras. The bike’s excellent specs and strong performance mean that it represents excellent value for money, particularly due to its outstanding fuel economy, which will help to keep running costs low. This bike is a worthy addition to Bajaj’s updated line, thanks to its high-performance engine and great looks.” - Autos Maxabout
- * Digital Instrument Panel.
- * ExhausTEC exhaust resonator.
- * Protection padding on fuel tank.
- * Light weight of the bike effects handling.
Source: Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS
Nothing takes away more from the pleasure of biking, than the biggest bane of urban life – traffic! Unending jams, errant drivers and potholed roads turn every ride into a battle, leaving the rider hassled and exhausted. Wouldn’t it be great to have a light, yet zippy set of wheels, something that would let you carve up traffic like a hot knife through butter? The all new Pulsar 135 LS (Light Sport), the first of its kind in India, is designed to do just that. This bike is designed to add a whole new dimension to the motorcycle market by creating a new Light Sports segment.
The Pulsar 135LS is powered with a state of the art 4-valve DTS-i engine delivering 13.5 Ps power. With its chiseled lines and aggressive stance, a sporty split-seat, aluminum clip-on handlebars and a host of other features this power packed 135cc Pulsar delivers performance comparable to other 150-cc. The light kerb weight of only 122 kg gives it a great Power-to-weight ratio of 110.6 Ps/tonne to make it optimum balance of agility and comfort to maneuver hustle-and-bustle of urban traffic.
Equipped with a light-weight yet rigid frame, aided by gas-charged Nitrox shock absorbers at the rear, the Pulsar 135LS is well up to the challenges thrown by the urban jungle. It delivers class-leading top-end power, due to its 2-inlet and 2-outlet valves and ample pulling power in the low and mid-range. This is possible due to the light-weight character of the four smaller valves (as opposed to two heavier valves), which allow the engine to effortlessly rev to an eye-popping 10,500 rpm (electronically limited). And since safety is paramount on any Pulsar, DC lighting and a 240mm disc brake up front comes as standard.
According to Mr. S Sridhar, CEO 2-Wheeler, Bajaj Auto, “The Pulsar brand has been strongly associated with creating the sports segment in this country and our vision is to make India a country of bikers from a country of commuters. The new Pulsar 135LS leads the charge in democratizing the thrill of biking and accelerating the growth of sports segment in this country, in line with the overall Pulsar strategy of broad basing performance.”
The bike will be manufactured from the Chakan Plant and will have a capacity of 35000 bikes per month. Pulsar 135LS is attractively priced at 51,000 ex showroom (Delhi).
About superior 4 -valve DTS-i engine in Pulsar 135LS
A 4-Valve engine is designed for better performance than regular a 2-Valve engine. Combined with the revolutionary DTS-i (Digital Twin Spark-ignition) technology which maximizes combustion to deliver enhanced power and superior mileage with low emissions, the Pulsar 135 LS has one of the most efficient production engines ever.
1. More power: The 4 valve provides for a greater intake and exhaust area resulting in more power, almost equivalent a 2 valve 150cc engine.
2. Sustained top end power: The light-weight character of the four smaller valves (as opposed to two heavier valves), which allow the engine to effortlessly rev to an eye-popping 10,500 rpm (electronically limited)!
3. Sporty ride: Given the wider rpm band, the engine can be revved hard and high in each gear resulting in a genuine sporty ride.
4. More Mileage: Established superiority of DTS-i blended with 4 valve not only enhances the performance but also returns a very good fuel economy (68.1 km/l certified by ARAI)
5. More green: Comfortably meets BSIII regulations.