In a surprising update, Bajaj Auto has unveiled the new Pulsar NS125. This update comes as a surprise as Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, had confirmed in an interview that the Pulsar 125 is an unattractive proposition. Below were Bajaj's words:
People would love to have a 125cc Pulsar, but for us it won’t be very attractive. So we must create different brands in that space.
After confirming that a 125cc Pulsar is not in the making, Bajaj further added that the company is working on a new motorcycle brand for the 125cc segment.
So can we expect this motorcycle to arrive in India or is it reserved only for exports? Bajaj Auto has had a tough time in the 125 cc motorcycle segment with tumbling sales of the Discover brand and lacklustre performance by the V12. Bringing back the Pulsar 135LS can be a costly affair as the motorcycle would require featuring ABS post-April 2019 to comply with the safety norms. The Pulsar NS125 can get away with a combi-braking system (CBS) that is cheaper than the ABS.
The motorcycle draws styling cues from the Pulsar 135 LS. Thus, you can spot a sharp design for the headlight, accompanied by dual tone mask and a windscreen on top. Behind the windscreen is a semi-digital instrument console – featuring an analogue tachometer and a digital display. The console gets a carbon-fibre texture that adds a sporty look to the cockpit.
The fuel tank gets a dual tone finish and a beefy look with the addition of shrouds. Following the fuel tank, unlike on the 135 LS, is a split seat setup and a two-piece pillion grab bar that look premium and remind of the units on the bigger NS series motorcycles.
Hardware list is basic and thus you would spot a conventional telescopic fork at the front and twin-sided Nitrox shock absorber at the rear. Stopping power is provided by a 240 mm single disc brake at the front and 130 mm drum unit at the rear.
Tech specs include a 124.45 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, DTS-i, fuel injected engine that delivers 12 PS of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 11 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is available in four colour options - Black, Red, White and Yellow. It costs PLN 7,999 (INR 1.58 lakh).