Recently, a report claimed that Bajaj Auto is working on its own adventure-tourer motorcycle that will follow the KTM 390 Adventure in the Indian market. Now, a new report says that this bike will arrive with a quarter-litre engine under the Pulsar brand.
The new report suggests that Bajaj Auto will retain the Pulsar AS moniker to introduce the quarter-litre adventure tourer. The Pulsar AS or Adventure Sports tag was used on two motorcycles - AS 150 and AS 200. However, the two bikes were road-focused and featured a semi-fairing design on the NS200’s styling. The upcoming adventure motorcycle will feature new styling and updated hardware.
The adventure-spec 250 cc motorcycle, as claimed by the source, will pack a longer travel suspension and dual-purpose tyres. We expect Bajaj Auto to offer it with alloy wheels, with a bigger, 19-inch unit at the front.
Do note that Bajaj Auto is already working on a quarter-litre Pulsar roadster that will reportedly arrive in 2020. The Pulsar 250’s engine will be based on the KTM Duke 250’s motor, and the same will be seen on the adventure motorcycle. For reference, the 248.8 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, engine with fuel injection system makes 30 PS of power at 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm in the KTM Duke 250.
The feature list will most likely include a LED headlight and tail lamp, a semi-fairing design, a fully-digital instrument console and a single-channel ABS. According to the new report says adds that the motorcycle will use clip-on style handlebar, but we expect a flat, single-piece unit on the adventure-spec 250.
The quarter-litre Pulsar adventure bike will be pitted against the Hero XPulse 200 and the XPulse 200T. The performance numbers are likely to be much higher than the XPulse duo. The Hero MotoCorp adventure motorcycle, for reference, uses a 199.6 single-cylinder, oil-cooled motor that churns out 18.4 PS at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
If the aforementioned motorcycle is under development, we expect to see it to debut with the quarter-litre Pulsar roadster. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, had confirmed in an interview last year that the company would use the BS-VI emission upgrade as an opportunity to introduce the new Pulsar range.