Bajaj Auto will soon start selling a facelifted version of the best-selling Pulsar 150 sporty commuter motorcycle. An uncamouflaged Pulsar 150 Facelift was spied and the motorcycle gets a host of changes. Many of the changes seem to be inspired by the styling and features of the bigger engined Pulsar 180. The facelifted Pulsar receives fatter, 37 mm front forks, split seats and a split grab rail – all features directly lifted off the 180cc model. The foot peg assembly, pedals, exhaust finished in matte black, 17 inch alloy wheels with a matte-black finish and a wider rear tyre are the major changes on the new motorcycle. Braking too gets a boost with twin disc brakes.
We’ll know if the 150cc four stroke engine has received any changes only after Bajaj officially lists the technical specifications of the motorcycle. For now, we can clearly make out that the engine continues to be air-cooled, with a carburetor feeding it. The 5 speed gearbox is likely to be carried over as well.
The motorcycle currently features a 149cc motor with 14 Bhp of peak power produced at 8,000 rpm and 13.4 Nm of peak torque torque produced at 6,000 rpm. Bajaj is expected to officially launch the refreshed Pulsar 150 before the 1st of April 2018, in time to duck under the cut-off date for introduction of ABS as standard.
What this means is Bajaj gets another year’s time before it can equip the Pulsar 150 with ABS, at least a single channel unit. All motorcycles above 125cc sold in India need to be equipped at least with single channel ABS by law from the 1st of April, 2018. This applies to new motorcycles launched after April 1st.
Bikes that are already in the market have until the 1st of April 2019 to feature ABS. Motorcycles below 125cc need to be equipped with CBS or combi-braking system. While not as effective as ABS, CBS is moderately effective in preventing skids during emergency braking.