Bajaj Auto seems to be testing a lower powered Pulsar Adventure Sport motorcycle near Pune. It is most likely the Pulsar 150 AS which would be a more affordable sibling of the Pulsar 200 AS.
Bajaj Auto is on a roll and is planning to launch six new motorcycles this year in the Indian market. Majority of those will be based on the 200 NS platform to keep costs low and spend least time on development. It has been testing most of the bikes in and around Pune and they have been spotted various times. But the launch dates of most have still not been decided. It has been a long wait for enthusiasts who want to lay their hands on the VFM Bajaj offerings. Bajaj might launch a couple of bikes in the upcoming months.
The recent test mule that has been spotted would pass off as a Pulsar 200 AS on the first look. But when we looked closely, we found that the rear brake is a drum unit instead of a disc and the front disc is also smaller. The engine doesn’t look liquid-cooled which reaffirms the fact that this is a lower capacity model. Plenty of smaller changes like slimmer tyres, smaller swing arm, different rear chain sprocket, saree guard of a different design and a centre stand also differentiate the 150 AS from the 200 AS. However it retains the projector headlamp setup from the elder sibling.
As per the leaked specifications, the Pulsar 150 AS will be powered by a 149.5cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 17 PS of power and 13 Nm of torque which will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. We expect the bike to be priced under Rs. 90,000/- which will help the Indian bike maker gain good volumes. A smaller capacity Adventure Sport model would lure the ones who want a stylish bike for Indian roads on a budget. Bajaj deserves appreciation for exploring new segments in the 2-wheeler market.
Source – Motoroids.com