There are only a certain number of motorcycles that bring the sheer joy of riding in the city at an affordable price tag. Living in the 21st century means you have tons of options when it comes to deciding one, but ever wondered how we got here?
The sub-500cc segment was kickstarted by the KTMs. And yet again, it’s those KTMs that remains to be the default choice in the segment. But, even with that stellar price tag, KTMs are still expensive for some. And that’s where the Pulsar series comes into the picture.
Billed as ‘The Fastest Indian’, the Pulsar series is the default choice for the enthusiasts that are tight-set on a budget. The one you see here, Bajaj Pulsar 150, lies in the middle of the range. But, as far as sales numbers are concerned, the Pulsar 150 is the leader of the pack. So, let’s have a look what lies beneath ‘The Fastest Indian’.
At the heart of the Pulsar 150, as the name suggests, is a 149cc single-cylinder engine that’s good for 13.8bhp and 13.4Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. In 2017, Bajaj had updated the engine to meet BS-IV emission norms. Upon testing, the Pulsar rode like a wind. The throttle response is brisk and precise. The low-end is extremely impressive, although the top-end is marginally lower than the BS-III spec model.
The design is a decade old, however, the Pulsar still has the arms and muscles of a big motorcycle, rather than a commuter. Dimension-wise, the Pulsar 150 is 2,055mm in overall length, 755mm of overall width and 1,170mm of overall height. It has a kerb weight of 143kg and a wheelbase of 1,320mm. The ground clearance is 165mm.
Fuel tank capacity
According to ARAI, the Pulsar 150 is good for 65km on a litre of fuel. The fuel tank, on the other hand, can hold 15-litres of fuel.
The party piece of the Pulsar series had always been the taut handling and the agility in which it attacks the corners. The Pulsar 150, in that regard, is no different. The telescopic forks at the front and twin gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear offer a relaxed and pliant ride quality. The bike sits on a double-cradle frame chassis. As for the tyres, the 17-inch wheels are shod with 2.75×17 tyre at the front and 100/90×17 tyre at the rear. The braking hardware comprises a 240mm disc at the front and a 130mm drum at the back.
For the price, the Pulsar 150 is a decently-loaded motorcycle. For the safety net, single-channel ABS is standard across all variants. The instrument cluster comprises an analogue tachometer and a digital display that’s good for a wide array of essential information. Constituting the electricals is a halogen-powered headlamp and an LED taillamp.
You can grab the Pulsar 150 in seven different colours: Black Blue, Black Red, Neon Red, Neon Silver, Neon Lime Green, Black Grey, and Black & Red.
All the extensive information regarding Pulsar 150 can be found in the brochure. For instance, you can check the variants, various dimensions, features, styling information, and colours at a single place.
As of late-2019, the Pulsar 150 is available in three variants. The price for the lower-end Neon-ABS variant is Rs. 75,584, the Single Disc – ABS variant costs Rs. 80,774, and the top-end Twin Disc – ABS variant will set you back by Rs. 84,774 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.
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