The Pulsar 125 Neon is Bajaj’s latest commuter offering, banking heavily on the popularity of the sports commuter brand.
Amid the slowdown in the automobile market, Bajaj Auto has gone ahead and launched a motorcycle which is expected to bring them more numbers if the recently launched KTM twins is to go by. The new entry-level model of the ‘Definitely Male’ brand, the Pulsar 125 Neon has been launched at a price of Rs. 64,000/- for the drum brake variant while the front disc variant is priced at Rs. 66,618/- (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Pulsar 125 Neon is powered by a 124.4cc, single-cylinder, 2-valve air-cooled engine that produces 12 PS of power at 8500 RPM and 11 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM, it’s matched to a 5-speed gearbox. Using telescopic forks up front and twin gas shocks at the rear, the Pulsar 125 Neon runs on 80/100/17 and 100/90/17 tyres at the front and rear respectively. It has a ground clearance of 165 mm while the weight of the motorcycle is 140 kgs.
The Bajaj Pulsar 125 has a 11.5-litre fuel tank and the seat height is 790 mm. The bike comes with a 170 mm front drum brake and a 130 mm rear drum brake as standard while the disc variant gets a 240 mm front disc. The bike gets combi-brake system and the reason to launch a 125cc model is to get the cost advantage of not having to offer ABS.
Bajaj claims the Pulsar 125 Neon has class-leading features like clip-on handlebars, counter-balancer to ensure good NVH and a kick starter as well. The Pulsar 125 gets colour co-ordinated neon treatment on the 3D Pulsar logos on either side of the tank, grab-rail, variant badging as well a neon streak on the black alloy wheels, side panels and above the headlight. The other colour option is black with silver treatment.
The company is aiming the motorcycle at premium commuters like the Honda CB Shine SP. The Pulsar 125 Neon costs around Rs. 5000/- less than the Pulsar 150 Neon and both bikes look very similar as they miss out on tank extensions as well as a belly pan. Bajaj sells the Pulsar NS 125 in international markets that has a similar displacement and output numbers but gets a modern 4-valve engine, the said model was widely expected to be launched locally.
Do you think Bajaj is cannibalising sales in the 125cc segment by having too many models or is the launch of the Pulsar 125 diluting the Pulsar brand?
Pulsar 125 Neon
– The Pulsar 125 launched in India isn’t the one sold globally
– Aimed at boosting sales in a slow market
– Boasts of many segment-first features
– Touted to be a premium commuter, offered in 2 variants