MY17 Bajaj Pulsar Range First Ride: Review

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Bajaj has dominated the Indian bike market for many years now. Their bikes serve almost any type of user. The first pulsars came out in 2006 and they have no plan of stopping this wind of machines. Since the day Bajaj came out with pulsars, stopping them has become next to impossible. But Bajaj has been busy making more than a few changes in their bikes. They have introduced BS-4 compliant engines by the order of the Supreme Court, and are the first company to use this technology in their bikes. The MY17 bikes are a game changer for them. Bajaj is making bikes which will be easier and stylish to use for every person. They have launched new features in their 2017 line-up comprising of new graphic designs which they are calling their “Laser edge graphics”.

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The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS, Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 have a few engine and cosmetic tweaks as well, along with a hike in their pricing. The rims also get new decals on them to complete the new graphics. There is no change in the engine of the new Pulsar. The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS gets a newly designed seat as well as a new metre design which has a carbon fibre insert around it. It also has a change in the backlight from orange to blue. And a single-piece grab rail design unlike its previous model. The exhaust gets a new matte black finish to go along with the new graphics. The engine casings get a new Gun-Metal finish which looks very good. The 2017 Pulsar 135 LS is priced at Rs. 60,178/- (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is around Rs. 2000/- more than the outgoing model. The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS was introduced long back in 2009 and has since sold well, though not as strongly as one would expect in this segment. This is also the first time that you can call it a commuter due to the upright front visor and the longer single piece seat. The 134.66cc single cylinder motor on the bike develops 13.56 PS and 11.4 Nm.


The Pulsar 150 is the original avatar of this iconic bike that was launched way back in 2001. The original “Definitely Male” bike became quite a sensation back then with even the Indian Army ordering for 1,500 bikes in its launch year itself. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 retains the same 149cc with a few parts borrowed from its elder sibling, the Pulsar 180. There are no vibrations from the engine, unlike the previous model where there are vibrations and the fare has also changed. The chassis is also re-enforced by Bajaj which absorbs most of the vibrations coming from the engine. The other change is that it gets tubeless tyres as standard, unlike before, where it was optional. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 costs Rs. 74,603/- (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is about Rs. 1900/- more than the running model.


The next from the original Pulsar range is the Pulsar 180. This bike offered more power and targeted at enthusiasts looking for more performance on the Pulsar 150. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 is also offered with the same cosmetics and new changes in the MY17 Pulsars. It comes with a complete seat unlike the old models. Another new change is that the rear wheel gets a disc brake to ensure better braking in the MY17 edition, which was not there in the older models. The 2017 Pulsar 180 is priced at Rs. 79,545/- (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is around Rs. 3000/- more than the latest model.

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Bajaj released the Pular 220F back in 2007 with fuel injection. A carburetted version was available and also came with projector headlamps for the first time on a Pulsar. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F now comes with the BS-4 emission norms. Other than that there are no more mechanical or design changes. The bike comes with new colour schemes. The seat is re-designed to make it more comfortable and the new design also gives a good look to the bike. This Pulsar’s got the same exhaust colour and gun metal casings which makes the bike look amazing. Bajaj Auto has released the 2017 Pulsar 220F at a price of Rs. 91,201/- (ex-showroom, Delhi).


Bajaj MY17 line-up reintroduces the Pulsar NS200 with new colour schemes and graphics which makes it look like a class apart. Other than the cosmetic changes there is no other engine wise change in the bike. The new changes in the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 introduces it to a whole new price line. The bike gets a new belly added, which completes the new 2017 look. The bike will look good on Indian roads and is sure to make a good impact in the market. The 199.5cc 4-stroke engine is derived from the KTM Duke 200 with Triple Spark technology that helps it develop 23.5 PS and 18.3 Nm. Suspension duties are carried out by Telescopic forks upfront and a Nitrox mono shock aabsorber at the rear. There is a dual disc brake set up too, with a 280mm disc up front and a 230mm disc at the rear. The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is introduced at a price of Rs. 96,453/- (ex-showroom, Delhi).


And finally in the MY17 line-up, the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 also gets new colour schemes and graphics too. It was first showcased in 2014 at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo as the SS400 concept. The MY17 bike mechanically runs the same as the previous model, no changes done internally. The 2017 Pulsar RS200 is introduced at a price of Rs. 1,21,881/- (Non-ABS) and Rs. 1,33,883/- (ABS) (ex-showroom, Delhi). The headlight switch in all the bikes has been taken out, so now their headlights will stay on as per the new law. The bike gets the same engine and gearbox combo as the Pulsar NS200 but here power and torque figures are slightly up at 24.5 PS and 18.6 Nm. The engine also gets fuel injection and liquid cooling as standard. The bike comes with a twin projector headlamp setup and a LED taillight.

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