Cruisers are plenty in the Indian motorcycle space, but a power cruiser? Well, the Triumph Rocket IIIs, Ducati Diavels and the Harley Davidson V-Rods do exist, but there’s nothing for folks who can’t spend upwards of 20 lakh rupees. And Bajaj Auto wants to change that with the Pulsar CS400, a motorcycle that was first showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo.
Back then the Pulsar CS400 was a big draw, and now we have word about when this motorcycle will finally be available to bikers in India. March 2016 hints Eric Vas, the President of Bajaj Auto’s motorcycle division. Expect the production version of this motorcycle to be Bajaj’s show stopper at next year’s Auto Expo. The price? How does a figure near the 2 lakh rupee mark sound?
The Pulsar CS400 combines a comfortable riding position, a powerful, liquid cooled single cylinder engine and new age styling, in an everyday package. Take the CS400 to work through the week and hit the open road on the weekends is the message that Bajaj Auto seems to be sending out with their latest offering, one that could spawn an all new segment called “affordable power cruisers”.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbirds can’t really be called power cruisers, for torque is the byword in Bullet land. However, in price terms, Bajaj Auto is likely to train its guns on the Royal Enfield Thunderbird, which is a very popular cruiser offering among the masses. To do this, the Pulsar CS400 will use a 373cc, single cylinder engine, derived from that of the KTM Duke 390, and one that will also power the upcoming Pulsar SS400.
With over 35 Bhp on tap, the Pulsar CS400 is very likely to run rings around the Thunderbird when push comes to shove. It remains to be seen if Bajaj Auto has the foresight to equip the CS400 with a large, tour ready fuel tank, multiple trip meters and of course provision for mounting luggage. A touring ready motorcycle does need these essentials in place. A lot’s riding on Bajaj Auto ability to deliver the chops when the chips are down.
Talking of which, Bajaj is sagging as a brand that’s capable of purveying high performance motorcycles, even as KTM, in which the former holds a sizeable stake, is dominating the affordable sport biking segment in the country. The halo product from Bajaj will come soon, in the form of the SS400, but it’ll take another segment to really expand Bajaj’s market share in the sportsbike category. The Pulsar CS400 therefore, could hold a few aces.