Bajaj Auto has launched the 150 Neon and 180F bikes in its popular Pulsar range fitted with single-channel antilock braking system (ABS) as standard. While there has been no official confirmation from Bajaj regarding the launch of the two bikes, some dealerships have claimed that the motorcycles would hit the streets soon. The Pulsar 150F Neon is now priced at INR67,386 and the 180F is pegged at INR94,278.
The 150 Neon is hauled by an air-cooled, single-cylinder 149.5cc motor which produces 14PS maximum power at 8,000rpm and 13.4Nm peak torque at 6,000rpm. The 180F, on the other hand, is hauled by a single-cylinder, air-cooled 178.6cc motor which produces 17.02PS maximum power, and 14.22Nm peak torque at 6,600rpm. Engines of both motorcycles are mated to a 5-speed gear system.
Both the 150 Neon and the 180F bikes are supported by telescopic front forks and twin rear shock absorbers. The entry-level Pulsar 150 Neon has a 130mm drum brake at the back and a 240mm disc brake in the front. Braking duties in the Pulsar 180F are handled by a 230mm and 260mm rear and front discs respectively. While both motorcycles use 17-inch alloy wheels, they differ in sizes. The 150 Neon has 80/100-section and 100/90-section tyres in the front and back respectively. The Pulsar 180F, on its part, uses 90/90-section and 120/80-section tyres in the front and back respectively.
The update will help Bajaj inch closer to equip its entire range of motorcycles above 125cc with ABS. Bajaj, however, still has a few bikes in its portfolio that are yet to get the mandatory ABS or the combined braking system (CBS) update. These include the Platina 100ES, Pulsar 150 Classic, and the V series. Also, Bajaj is likely to discontinue the Avenger Street 180 and replace it with a 160cc version, hauled by the same motor that powers the Pulsar NS160.