Leading Indian indigenous two-wheeler manufacturer, Bajaj Auto, has launched the antilock braking system (ABS) version of the Pulsar NS160 and the Pulsar 150 Twin Disc. Some Bajaj dealerships have confirmed that the company has introduced the new safety feature in these two Pulsar models. The motorcycles are expected to reach dealers in the next few days.
Both the NS 160 and the 150 Twin Disc now have single-channel ABS that comply with the new safety standards implemented in India from 1 April. The ABS-fitted Pulsar 150 Twin Disc is priced at INR84,461 and includes a INR3,400 premium over its non-ABS model. The Pulsar NS 160 ABS now commands a price of INR92,595, a hike of around INR6,500.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is hauled by an oil-cooled, single-cylinder 160.3cc engine which produces 15.5PS maximum power at 8,500rpm and 14.6Nm peak torque at 6,500rpm. The Pulsar 150 Twin Disc is hauled by a single-cylinder, air-cooled 149.5cc motor which outputs 14PS maximum power at 8,000rpm and 13.4Nm peak torque at 6,000rpm. The engines of both bikes are mated to a 5-speed gear system.
The Pune-based manufacturer is reportedly adding the combined braking system (CBS) on all sub-125cc two-wheelers. Bajaj bikes having an engine displacement of above 125cc will be getting the ABS. There are still some motorcycles in the Bajaj family that are not equipped with ABS. These include the Pulsar 150 standard, the Pulsar 180 Neon, the Platina 100ES, and the V series. The Avenger 180, which was recently tested with the ABS, is yet to get the new safety unit in the mass factory output model.
Major rivals of Bajaj Auto have already equipped their two-wheelers with ABS. KTM and the Chennai-based Royal Enfield have upgraded their entire fleet with the new safety unit, while others like Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda are closing in.