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Bajaj issues investigation report of RS200 alloy breakage incident

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 accident alloy failure investigation report

Bajaj’s team of experts investigated the alloy wheel breakage incident in just two days and concluded that it is not a case of failure but a huge side impact.

In response to the alloy wheel breakage issue of the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 accident that made the news earlier this week, the Pune-based automaker has released a second statement, announcing that its team of investigators have already finished examining the damaged motorcycle in question and found it to be a case of high speed side impact and not an alloy wheel failure as claimed by the rider.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 accident alloy failure investigation report

Bajaj says that the spokes came off the rim due to a heavy side impact from right to left by a rigid object at 80 kmph.

According to the investigation report, the company claims that a ‘rigid object’ impacted the front wheel at a speed of 80 kph, from right to left in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the wheel. The impact is said to have caused the fracture of three nearest spokes while the rest of the spokes yielded due to dynamic overload.

Further, in order to establish that it is in fact a side impact, the report claims that the visible marks left on the rim as well as┬ábending of the fork towards the left are consistent with huge force acting from right to left. In case of a wheel failure, the crack would’ve propagated from front to the rear of the spokes, i.e. visible marks would have been collinear to the plane of the wheel.

Bajaj Pulsar Alloy wheel failure accident

The motorcycle had suffered huge damage to its front fascia.

We cant help but visualize a 80 kph side impact from an unspecified ‘rigid object’ on the front wheel of a moving motorcycle. Such a impact would have catastrophic result on the motorcycle as well as the rider and pillion as it would’ve displaced the vehicle laterally by a fair distance.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 accident alloy wheel accident

The claimed 80 kmph impact from a rigid object on the right hand side had somehow spared the side panels of the fairing and rest of the bike!

Needless to say, the impacted side of the motorcycle (right) would have been severely damaged. However, as the images show, limited damage to the easily breakable side panel (right) of the fairing which is in close proximity to the front wheel is not consistent with such a huge side impact. In fact, save for the front wheel and front fascia, damages to rest of the bike are very limited.

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Right Side view of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 for your reference.

The fact that Bajaj’s team was able to reconstruct the accident based on its investigation in a matter of just two days is surprising since it usually takes numerous simulations and trials. Anyway, more information on┬áthe so called rigid object (its estimated size and weight) and a simple animation or graphical interpretation of the impact would have helped us appreciate Bajaj’s side of the story better!

Bajaj’s full investigation report can be read below. Kindly share your insights with us in the comment section.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Accident – Investigation report


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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • Vysakh As

    rigid object? what is that meant to be? where did it came from?

  • Mohit Agarwal

    I think that rigid object is a invisible space craft of alien’s which is come from any galaxy to destroy the spoke of bike & not to damage the rim which is totally in good shape even after this huge impact………..Actually Bajaj is hiding many things but for the shake of safety Bajaj have to improve it on quality front……

  • Debayan Ganguly

    My two cents: If there was a side impact the front suspension fork would also bend or break. Breaking of the forks is visible. Also the condition of the left side of the handle bar is consistent with the manufacturer’s statement. But the condition of the fairing is creating confusion. Moreover the past reports of such failure in KTMs also create a doubt against the manufacturer. IMHO, the manufacturer should be transparent in such cases and resolve the problem, if any at their end, which will ensure customer satisfaction & brand image better.

  • Anil

    Haha,, even i want to know ,from where this extremely rigid came from.
    Mistakes happens , but it would be better if bajaj focuses on the safety as well as spare parts quality instead of trying to hide their mistakes,

    Even i am a huge pulsar fan. I dont want to see any more such cases which might ruin the love for pulsars.