We have now seen multiple spy shots of the upcoming Pulsar 250. There will be two versions of the new motorcycle. There will be a Pulsar 250F and an NS250. Now, we do know that the new motorcycles will be launching on 28th October.
The new motorcycles will have an all-new design that will look a lot more modern than the current range of Pulsars. The Pulsar 250F will come with a semi fairing and it will replace the Pulsar 220F eventually. There will also be an NS250 that will be a naked version of the 250F.
The front-end design looks a lot more aggressive but we can still see some design traits of the wolf eye design that Bajaj has used till now. It gets a single projector setup that uses an LED bulb and it is flanked by two LED Daytime Running Lamp strips. The alloy wheels are borrowed from the NS200 to save production costs.
Other things that we can make out from the spy shots is a redesigned engine cowl, new fuel tank design, slightly rear-set footpegs to provide a sporty riding position, raised rear end, rear tyre hugger and a split seat setup. The clip-on handlebars are also slightly raised so the rider should be fairly comfortable. There is also a new LED tail lamp and an upswept exhaust with dual ports. There will also be a redesigned digital instrument cluster and we are also expecting Bajaj to finally add Bluetooth connectivity.
Suspension duties will be carried by telescopic front forks and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking duties are done by a disc in the front and a disc at the rear. Bajaj will also offer a dual-channel Anti-lock braking system as standard.
Besides, the design, the biggest change will be the new 250 cc engine. This is not the 250 cc mill that we have seen on the KTM Duke 250, Adventure 250 or the Dominar 250. It is an all-new unit and is an air/oil-cooled single-cylinder engine. Bajaj will not be using liquid cooling because that will increase the price significantly. Liquid-cooling does help in extracting more power from the engine but it does complicate things by a fair margin.
The new engine would also come with VVA or Variable Valve Actuation. So, the power would be spread evenly across the rev range. The current engines have most of their power reserved in the top-end of the rev range so you have to rev the engine to extract its power.
We expect the new 250 cc engines to produce around 25 bhp of max power. We do not have any confirmation if Bajaj will now be using a 6-speed gearbox or not. Currently, there is Pulsar 220F and it puts out 20.4 bhp and the most powerful Pulsars are the NS200 and RS200 that uses the 200 cc engine from KTM Duke 200. Both the motorcycles put out 24.5 bhp of max power. Bajaj Pulsar 250 will be competing against Suzuki Gixxer 250 and Yamaha FZ 25.