The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS is no more the smallest member of the immensely popular motorcycle family. The new variant, the Pulsar NS 125 has been introduced in Poland with a price tag of PLS 7,999 (around Rs 1.58 lakhs). The 135 cc has an awkward positioning, especially in international markets where 125 cc is an established norm for entry level commuters.
There is another strong reason for Bajaj to come up with Pulsar 125 which is expected to replace the 135 LS in India sooner than later. According to the Indian government’s enhanced safety norms, motorcycles with displacement of more than 125 cc are required to offer ABS as a safety feature and this would inflate the Pulsar 135 LS’ price tag quite significantly, moving it dangerously close to the Pulsar 150. However, sub-125 cc motorcycles are only required to offer the much cheaper combi-braking system (CBS) as standard feature.
The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 125 derives its design from the 135 LS but offers dual-tone graphics. The most important difference is, of course, the engine which now displaces 124.45 cc. The air-cooled single-cylinder DTS-i motor produces 12 PS and 11 Nm of torque. In comparison, the Pulsar 135 LS has 13.05 PS and 11.4 Nm of torque. The transmission is a 5-speed unit.
The Pulsar NS 125 is identical to its slightly bigger engined sibling in terms of dimensions but according to Bajaj’s Polish website, the new variant is about 4 kg heavier. The website also claims that the fuel tank capacity now stands at 10.5 liters as against the 135’s 8 liters.
The motorcycle employs traditional front telescopic fork and rear twin shock absorbers. The 17-inch alloy wheels are wrapped with 2.75 x 17 front and 100/90-17 rear tyres. Like the 135 LS, the Pulsar 125 also offers 240 mm front disc and 130 rear drum brakes. Three color-options are on offer – full black, red-black and blue-black.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 125 is expected to be introduced in India in the coming months. It will sit below the NS 160 which was launched some time back in India. Expect price to be in the range of Rs 60,000, just below the Pulsar 150 entry level variant which is priced at Rs 65,000.