2015 Bajaj Pulsar 150
Some fifteen years ago, Bajaj did create a sort of history when it launched the brawny 150cc motorcycle named as ‘Pulsar’. In a market which was, and still is, way too obsessed with motorcycles delivering maximum miles to a liter, Bajaj made a bold move by enticing and all new segment of sporty 150cc motorcycles, with the Pulsar 150.
Very soon, the Pulsar 150 established itself as a sturdy and stylish motorcycle for the masses. And the motorcycle’s appeal just multiplied with the incorporation of the excellent technology of Digital Twin Spark Ignition (DTS-i) in the engine next generation model of the Pulsar 150. Few more years down the lane, Bajaj completely refurbished the Pulsar 150 by designing it even more aggressively.
Since then, the silhouette of the Pulsar 150 has remained intact, but Bajaj has ensured that the motorcycle’s age will not end this soon, by introducing minimal but important changes on the Pulsar 150. Here’s a quick look on what all things of the latest incarnation of the Pulsar 150 differentiate itself from all of its previous generation models:-
As said just now, the original design of the Pulsar 150 which was introduced in 2006 has remained almost unchanged in the last ten years. While this fact may seem to make it a very dated machine, the Pulsar 150 even after this long decade, remains an eye-pleasing design, credits of which majorly goes to the edgy and muscular appeal of the motorcycle.
The unmistakable front face of the Pulsar 150 still possesses the beefy bikini fairing, which incorporates the very famous ‘wolf-eyed’ headlamp. Though the fairing now gets contrasting stickers on both of its sides.
The same philosophy has been followed for the fuel tank, side body cowls and the rear side body panels as well. Although the overall design of these components still remain the same as before, they are now blessed with sporty graphics. To keep it up with the changing times, Bajaj has introduced dual tone shades on the new Pulsar 150, with the primary color being black in all the paint schemes. The rear of the bike has the familiar twin streak of LED tail lamps, assisted with the small single piece pillion grab rail above it.
The Pulsar 150 was the first motorcycle in the Indian mass market of motorcycles to feature a part digital instrument console, the original design of which still is the same. The unit consists of a circular tachometer on the left and a large orange backlit LCD panel, which displays digital readouts for speedometer, odometer, trip meters and fuel gauge. Though the unit now appears a bit dated and misses on a couple of crucial info such as clock and gear indicator. Other salient features of the Pulsar 150 are clip-on handlebars and backlit switchgear, which distinguishes itself from the rest of the crowd of 150cc motorcycles.
The overall changes to the design of the Pulsar 150 may not have been way too dramatic, and the same thing goes for its powertrain. The motorcycle still employs the tried and tested four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 149cc DTS-i engine, which now pumps out a slightly higher power output of 15.06 PS and a maximum torque output of 12.5 Nm. The engine is mated to a five speed gearbox.
There are no doubts regarding the capabilities of this 149cc mill, as in all these years, it has proven itself as the longest existing 150cc engine in the Indian motorcycling market. With a number of small tweaks introduced to improve its power delivery and emission outputs, the engine of the Pulsar 150 is punchy enough to tackle the in-city traffic as well as highway stretches with equal ease.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The suspension setup of hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and 5-way adjustable gas charged coil springs continue to deliver the plush ride quality which the Pulsar 150 has always been known for, without compromising on the front of dynamics by a large extent. The braking setup of a 240mm disc brake at the front and a 130mm drum brake at the rear continue to be employed for the halting duties. The 6-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels come shod with 2.75 x 17 tyre at the front and a 100/90 x 17 tyre at the rear, which now seem to be a bit skinny when compared with that of the competition.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 has created a very successful stature of being an extremely value for money offering, when it comes to price to package ratio. Currently, this age old 150cc warhorse from Bajaj is priced at Rs. 70,757, making it one of the cheapest 150cc motorcycles in the country today.
As mentioned before, this latest version of the Pulsar 150 is now available with dual tone shades, with the black color being the primary one, on the front of the bike. The dual tone color options on the offer for the Pulsar 150 are Pearl Metallic White, Sapphire Blue and Cocktail Wine Red, whereas a monotone shade of Ebony Black is also available.
Going by the current pricing of the Bajaj Pulsar 150, the motorcycle is positioned in the lower spectrum of the 150cc segment, which has another worthy machine in the form of Suzuki GS 150R.
The overall styling of the Suzuki GS 150R stays much similar to that of the Pulsar 150, and appears to be a slightly bigger motorcycle than the latter. The build quality as well as instrument console of the Suzuki are also better than that of the Bajaj.
The Suzuki GS 150R sources its power from a single cylinder, air cooled, 149.5cc engine, which gushes out 13.9PS of maximum power and 13.4 Nm of maximum torque. While the GS 150R trails behind the Pulsar 150 in terms of power, it edges the Pulsar in the aspect of maximum torque output.
The overall refinement and low end power of the GS 150R’s engine is better, whereas the Pulsar 150 advantages in the top end grunt and acceleration figures. The GS 150R has a 6-speed gearbox on offer, whereas the Pulsar 150 does away with a 5-speed unit. There is nothing much difference in the ride quality and dynamics, with both the motorcycles destined to be a powerful city commuter.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 may have appeared for a very long period of ten years in the current guise, but the strong monthly sales figures show that it still has got a lot of spark in itself. The muscular and distinctive styling continues to have a big fan following even after all these years, but despite of giving slight design and graphic tweaks, it would have been better if Bajaj had introduced a couple of substantial changes in the overall design of body panels.
The 149cc engine remains the same powerful and sturdy powerhouse as before, and has improved a lot in terms of refinement all these years. There was no fault in the ride quality and practicality of the Pulsar 150, and there are no faults even now. In short, the Pulsar 150 will continue to draw attention, which is what makes it such a successful motorcycle in the history books.
- * Performance
- * Ride Quality
- * Price
- * Dated Design
- * Skinny Tyres
- * Contemporary features