Bajaj Pulsar might be the most popular motorcycle in the Indian market. It brought the idea of performance commuters to the general public. It has been almost 10 years since the Pulsar range got a new significant upgrade. Finally, the homegrown manufacturer is in its final stage of testing a new Pulsar. It is rumoured that the new motorcycle will be called Pulsar 250F. It was recently spied up close while it was on test in Pune.
The Pulsar 250F will be a semi faired motorcycle just like the Pulsar 220 F. It will be the first Pulsar to get an LED headlamp. We can see in the images that it using an LED projector setup. There would also be some LED Daytime Running Lamps. Even the turn indicators are now using LED bulbs.
The headlamp design itself is new. It still looks like a “wolf-eye” inspired design but has been modernized so that it looks modern. There is also a windscreen that is larger than the Pulsar 220 F. So, it should provide better protection to the rider from the windblast.
The fairing is also all-new and has an angular look to it and it also integrates better with the bodywork. There is a new engine cowl and new rearview mirrors. Just like the NS 200, it gets a slim leg guard. The riding triangle looks comfortable with footpegs being set not too far back. The clip-on handlebars now sit higher providing a more comfortable riding position to the rider.
The rear looks unmistakenly “Pulsar” with its clean tail and there is also a new LED tail lamp. It seems like the tail lamp now forms an “X”. The grab rail for the pillion is also a split unit. The Pulsar 250 F should be based on a new frame. The alloy wheels measure 17-inches in size and are derived from NS200. The same could also be true for the braking setup. So, there is a disc in the front as well as the rear. This will help Bajaj in saving some costs.
The 250F is still using conventional telescopic forks at the front but a new mono-shock at the rear that connects to the box-section swingarm. The exhaust is very similar to the Dominar 400 but is a sleeker and compact unit. It still has a double-barrel design that should sound throaty and bassy.
The engine will be one of the biggest changes. It is expected to be a 250 cc unit that will be air/oil-cooled. Bajaj will not be using a liquid cooler because it will increase the cost of the motorcycle and they do not want that despite liquid cooling would help them in extracting more power output from the engine.
Do not mistake the new 250 cc engine with the KTM’s 250 cc mill that Bajaj is using for the Dominar 250. The engine will produce less than 25 bhp of max power. Currently, the Pulsar 220 F produces 20.4 bhp of max power. It is not known if Bajaj will be upgrading to a 6-speed unit or not. The engine would also be using VVA technology.