Bajaj Auto, of the biggest two-wheeler manufacturers in the world, may launch the Pulsar 125 motorcycle in India soon. Bajaj Auto executive director Rakesh Sharma recently hinted to the media that a new two-wheeler in the mid-segment (125cc) can be expected shortly.
Bajaj recently rolled out the Pulsar NS125 in Columbia. The bike is hauled by an air-cooled, carburetted, 125cc motor which is likely to be retained in the vehicle’s India-specific version since the NS125 launched in Columbia was exported from India. Retaining the same engine will cut costs and make it easier to upgrade the bike to the upcoming BS-VI emission standard.
The Pulsar NS125’s motor in the Columbian version produces 11.9PS maximum power at 8,500rpm and 10.8Nm peak torque at 7,000rpm. The 4-valve engine is mated to a 5-speed gear system. The motorcycle is supported by a front telescopic fork and gas-charged twin rear shock absorbers. The braking duties of the NS125 are handled by a drum unit and a disc brake on the rear and front wheels respectively. The two-wheeler will have the combined braking system (CBS) as standard, conforming to the mandate of the ministry of road transport and highways. The CBS setup of the new bike is expected to be similar to the unit on the Platina 110 H-Gear.
The new Pulsar 125 may command an ex-showroom price between INR60,000 to INR65,000. It would be the most affordable two-wheeler in the Pulsar range to be sold in India. The new Pulsar, as and when it hits the streets, will face competition from the Honda CB Shine SP and Hero Glamour FI.
Reports, meanwhile, suggest that the scrapping of the INS Viraat may lend a solid business opportunity to Bajaj. The company had earlier manufactured the V12 and V15 motorcycles from the scrapped aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. Both bikes were discontinued later.