Bajaj Auto has launched the Pulsar 125 in Poland at a price of around Rs. 1.6 lakhs. The smallest Pulsar to be made to date will replace the ageing Pulsar 135 LS. It is expected to be launched in the Indian market soon before the mandatory ABS rules are applied in the market.
The Indian government has made the ABS mandatory for all the two-wheelers above 125cc in India. The new rule will be applicable from 2019. Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS, which is 10cc more than the cut-off for mandatory ABS would have become much more expensive with the ABS.
Not losing the competitive pricing advantage, Bajaj will replace the 135cc Pulsar with the Pulsar 125. In Poland, the Pulsar 125 gets fuel-injection but that is unlikely to be launched in the Indian market to keep the prices competitive. Interestingly, the Pulsar 125 gets the Combi-brake system, which will be mandatory for all the two-wheelers up to 125cc in the Indian market.
The bike looks quite similar to the Pulsar NS 160 and NS 200 when it comes to the styling bit. Only change is the dual-seat set-up. The bike also gets dual-tone body graphics and matte finish as seen on the NS range of products in India.
Bajaj uses a 124.4cc, DTS-i engine in the all-new product. It generates a maximum of 12 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and 11 Nm at 6,000 Nm. It gets a 5-speed transmission. The bike gets a telescopic front fork and a mono-suspension in the rear. There is a 240mm disc brake at the front while the rear wheel gets a 130mm drum brake set-up. There are 17-inch tyres at front and rear wrapped in the 5-spoke alloy wheels. The exhaust and the engine get the matte black finish, giving it a sporty look. It also gets the analogue-digital instrument cluster like the other Pulsar models.
Bajaj is yet to announce anything official on the launch of the product in India. However, it is expected to be priced at around Rs. 58,000. It will take on the likes of Hero Honda Glamour and Yamaha Saluto in the segment but the Pulsar 125 looks the sportiest when compared to any other model in the segment.