Expert Review of Bajaj Pulsar
Bajaj, one of the leading automobile two wheeler companies in the Indian market is known for the best bikes it brings on the roads. Bajaj Pulsar series is one of the highest selling bikes in the history of Indian automobiles. Several models of Pulsar series are being launched by the company like the Bajaj Pulsar 220, Bajaj Pulsar 200, Bajaj Pulsar 180, Bajaj Pulsar 150 and Bajaj Pulsar 135.
Out of these, Bajaj 135 is the latest model in this series. The bike is loaded with a 135cc middle powered engine. The increasing demands and sells of Bajaj Pulsar 135 have made the company to launch several revamped variants of it. The appearance of Pulsar 135 isn’t much appealing like the other models. The headlight used is same as the XCD Sprint Concept. The engine equipped with patented DTSI technology by Bajaj makes Bajaj Pulsar 135, the best in its class. Inspite of the medium powered engine, the bike is capable giving a promising power of 13.3bhp @ 9000rpm with maximum torque of 11.4Nm at 7500rpm.
Bajaj has touched a new height of reputation and sales too in the Indian market after launching the Pulsar series on the Indian roads. The hot news waits with the upcoming models of this dynamic series.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Bajaj Pulsar 135 doesn’t only have pretty looks but it also cares for the most significant feature wanted by the Indian riders. Bajaj Pulsar 135, which is available in four different variants, delivers four different mileage figures. The first variant, Pulsar 135 which comes loaded with a 135cc petrol engine gives a maximum mileage of 54kmpl in harsh traffic.
The second variant, Pulsar 135 200NS, powered by a 200cc engine can deliver a maximum mileage of 58kmpl while driving at a speed around 55kmph. The third variant is the 180cc engine powered Bajaj Pulsar 180 delivering a mileage of 45.6kmpl in cities and 55.2kmpl in open highways.
The last but the most powerful revamped model of the Bajaj Pulsar 135 is the Pulsar 220. Being the most powerful engine installed bike in the Indian roads, it shows its muscular figure with a mileage of 38kmpl in cities and 47kmpl in highways.
The attractive mileage statistics of the bike is surely going to catch eyes of several bike lovers.
Bajaj Pulsar 135 lacks in body fairing and body covering. It rather gives a look of a sporty bike in the medium segment with lesser body frames. But this lacks is fulfilled by the company with the colors chosen for the bike. The motorcycles are available in different colors like: Cocktail Wine Red, Plasma Blue and Midnight Black. Out of all these shades, the bike looks super cool in the midnight black one.
Acceleration and Pick up
Inspite of the medium power delivering engine installed in Bajaj Pulsar 135; the acceleration and pick up statistics of the bike are quite impressive. Since, Pulsar 135 is available in four different variants, so we are going to figure out the pickup and acceleration of each variant individually.
Firstly, we talk on the Pulsar 135 200NS which is powered with a 200cc, 4 stroke, and liquid cool technology engine. This variant delivers a peak output power 23.24bhp at 9500rpm and generates a maximum torque of 18.3Nm at 8000rpm. The six speed gearbox helps the bike to gain a greater acceleration. The second variant Pulsar 135 flagship variant is powered with an engine of 150cc displacement. With the capability of reaching a top speed of 111kmph, the bike has the awesome acceleration of touching 0-60kmph in just 5.6 seconds. This is achieved due to the patented technology DTS-I by Bajaj. The pulsar 180cc comes in the third variant, which crosses the speed of 0-60kmph in just 5.08 seconds with a top speed of 115kmph which is marvelous. The top end variant, Pulsar 220 which has a 220cc DTS-I engine, is the most powerful in the series. It touches the figure of 0-60 in just 3.70 seconds with a top speed of 118kmph. Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS powered with a 134.6cc engine has the capability to reach 0-60 in 5.80 seconds with a top speed of 106kmph.
The appearance and the looks of Bajaj Pulsar never disappoints when we compare it with the price decided for the bike. The bike has a 15 litres fuel tank. The headlamps which signify the wolf-eyes are the most charming feature in the looks area. There isn’t lot of masking in the bike, but the front part gives a muscular sporty look. The tail-lamps and instruments with LCD display make the bike look advanced. Alloy wheels included in the bike give the bike a different appearance. The most powerful variant Pulsar 220 is the most dynamic looking bike. The front mask, the wolf-eyed three way headlight, six-spoke alloy wheels and the dynamic graphics give the motorcycle a different muscular look. On the other hand, the headlamp of the latest Pulsar 135 135 is same like XCD Sprint concept. The alloy wheels, tail lamps, stylish turn indicators, large split seats and sporty looking mud guards give the new player a complete new design.
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS is available in three speed line shades: Cocktail Wine Red, Midnight Black and Plasma Blue.
Bajaj Pulsar 135 also outshines in the comfort segment of the bike world. The DTS-I technology which is the patented one by Bajaj has made a revolutionary change in the bikes of this age. This technology makes a huge contribution in the comfort and handling of the bike. Bajaj has included many advanced and smart features like the fuel gauge, trip-meter and speedometer. All the displays are provided digital by the company for greater understanding in less time. The long seats are very soft which makes the rider happily cover a long journey without any aches. Tubeless tyre is another feature that offers tension free comfortable riding. Inclusion of features like low battery indicator and low oil indicator with red lights are very advanced. This is not it. Several other sorts of tools in the bike are electric start, telescopic front and adjustable nitrox suspension at rear wheel, front disc brakes for efficient braking. All these makes the bike a 5 star rated by many sources.
The dimensions of Bajaj Pulsar 135 are as follows: Length: 2035mm, Width: 750mm and Height: 1165mm. The bike has got the wheelbase of 1320mm. the other variants have a larger wheelbase like the wheelbase of Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 220 variant of Bajaj Pulsar 135 are 1345mm and 1350mm respectively. The curb weight of Bajaj Pulsar 150 and Bajaj Pulsar180 is 143kg each and that of Pulsar 220 is 152kg. The bike has got an awesome ground clearance of 165mm.
Availability of various variants of Pulsar 135 in the Indian automobile market also avails many engines of different specifications. All the variants of Pulsar 135 come loaded with different engines which are specified below.
Bajaj Pulsar 200 is installed with a powerful 200cc displacement. The specifications of the engine are: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC engine. The bike runs on petrol. A gear system of 6-speed is loaded on the bike. It has the capability of delivering a peak power of 23.24bhp at 9500rpm and pumps out 18.3Nm of maximum torque at 8000rpm. Bajaj Pulsar 135 200NS will be the world’s first bike which will come installed with triple spark technology.
Pulsar 135 LS is loaded with a 134.6cc, 4-valve, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder engine. The bike has a 5 speed gearbox. A peak power of 13.34bhp at 9000rpm and a maximum torque of 11.4Nm at 7500rpm are delivered by the bike.
The next flagship variant Pulsar 150 has an engine of 149.01cc, 4-stroke engine. It too has a five speed manual transmission gearbox. The top model in this series, Pulsar 220 has an engine of 220cc, DTS-i petrol engine. The bike delivers a peak power of 20.78bhp at 8500rpm and a maximum torque of 19.12Nm at 7000rpm. Thus, looking at the figures above, it’s sure that the Pulsar series would surely rock the Indian roads. It should be noted that all the models of Pulsar series are equipped with a DTS-I technology, a patented one by Bajaj.
For extra safety and good handling, Bajaj has gifted Pulsar 135 with large and awesome tyres. The tyres of all the variants are different in Pulsar 135. The alloy wheels increases the looks as well as the overall performance of the bike. The flagship variant of Bajaj Pulsar 135 comes with 90/90x17mm front and 100/90x17mm rear alloy wheels. On the other hand, Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 220 variants of Bajaj Pulsar 135 comes with 90/90 x 17mm front alloy wheel with 120/80mm rear alloy wheel. All the variants are includes tubeless tyres with them. The rear wheels of Pulsar 135 180cc and Pulsar 135 220cc are wide which enhances the handling of the bike but at the same time, it reduces the overall fuel economy as well. The rider must compromise in one way or the other.
The new variant Pulsar 135 200NS has a next generation reliable suspension to provide a better riding experience. The bike has a nitrox mono-shock suspension at rear and telescopic fork in front. But, the other variants too come with advanced suspension for less bumping in bad roads. The front wheel of Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS is equipped with the new Telescopic Fork with Anti-Friction Bush suspension system. The full specification of the suspension looks like this: trailing arm with co axial hydraulic cum gas filled adjustable shock absorbers and triple rate coil spring with nitrox.
Handling and Control
Bajaj has always been known for the awesome handling it provides to the riders in all of its products. In this bike too, we can see awesome performance with equal handling and better control. The addition of advanced suspension and disc brakes in both the rear and from tyres increases the handling and control to a greater extent. The switches on the handle are placed at very convenient places to use them without getting distracted from the view of the road. Thus, these features add extra points on the scorecard of the handling and control for Pulsar 135.
The bike looks awesome and muscular. Almost all the features like sports bike are provided in the baby Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS. The tri-spark technology for the first time in the world for a single cylinder bike has given a revolutionary change to it.
There are however no cons observed in the bike except the presence of rear disc brake would have made the bike a perfect sports bike. More shades in the bike would have increased the demands.