Aiming to leverage the popular Pulsar brand name, Bajaj had launched Pulsar 125 Neon in August. The most affordable Pulsar, 125 Neon takes on rivals such as Hero Glamour, Super Splendor, and Honda CB Shine SP.
Bajaj has now introduced an updated variant of Pulsar 125, which comes with new features such as split seats, engine belly pan, tank extension and split grab rails. Updated Pulsar 125 looks a lot sportier and may be offered at a premium, as compared to standard variant.
Cosmetic updates introduced in the new variant render a ‘big bike’ look and also enhance the motorcycle’s premiumness. It would appeal to customers who want their rides to be a lot more fun and exciting. This new variant will not be a replacement for 125 Neon; it will only be placed above Neon in the company’s portfolio.
Bajaj is also offering new colour options with the updated variant. Another distinguishing feature is that the updated variant will not be using the ‘Neon’ badging. It will only have ‘Pulsar 125’ badge. With this change, all Neon coloured badged have been replaced with chrome badges in updated variant.
Dimensions and mechanicals for updated variant will continue to be the same as 125 Neon. Powering the Neon is a 124.4 cc DTS-i BS-IV engine that churns out max power of 12 hp @ 8,500 rpm and max torque of 11 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Bajaj is currently evaluating market response for updated Pulsar 125 in specific states such as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These states have high demand for 125 cc motorcycles, which will allow the company to assess market potential of updated Pulsar 125. If the response is good, updated Pulsar 125 will be launched in other states in a phased manner.
With the updates, new Pulsar 125 is priced a bit higher than Pulsar 125 Neon, which retails at Rs 66.6k (ex-showroom, Delhi). As of now, the updated bike is available only at select Bajaj dealerships. Price of new Bajaj Pulsar 125 Classic is about Rs 70.5k, ex-sh.
Bajaj has also updated prices of all their motorcycles by up to 6%. The highest price hike has been given to Dominar, which now retails at Rs 1.9 lakhs ex-sh. Launched only in April 2019, at just Rs 1.74 lakhs, price of Dominar has been increased by Rs 16k in less than 5 months. Price of Avenger range too has been increased by about 1.2% while that of Pulsar range (150, 160, 180, 220, 200) has been increased by up to 5.62%. Price of the newly launched Pulsar 125 Neon has not been changed.