If there is one name in the Indian motorcycle segment that everyone knows without a doubt it’s the name Pulsar. For over a decade this brand has defined performance motorcycling in India while paving the path for healthy competition. Currently the word Pulsar stands for affordable performance and that’s the same thought process behind the birth of the new Pulsar 125 Neon. It has been priced at INR 63,616/- ex-showroom Delhi.
The 125 cc segment is one that does a lot of business for manufacturers. While Bajaj has experimented and tried to “Discover” the right approach for this segment multiple times they now have unleashed their top brand name to do the task.
The design is truly Pulsar and as iconic as it can get. For the untrained eye the differences between the 125 cc and the 150 cc Neon version would almost be impossible to spot. In fact even when you look at the engine the change is limited to the stroke while the bore remains the same. But all this is not a bad thing at all, the Pulsar 125 Neon has the best specs for a 125cc machine in the commuter segment yet. (12 PS @ 8500 rpm and 11 Nm @ 6500).
The 12 Ps and 11 Nm of torque are delivered in a smooth and refined way thanks to the counter balanced crank shaft and even at higher revs where speeds are northwards of 80 kmph refinement does not take a hit.
Given a long enough straight the Pulsar 125 Neon will do triple digit speeds, but is most comfortable till the 80 mark. The gear box while having reassuring shifts could have had a better feel and we felt it was best used along with the heel shifter for best rider feel and comfort.
The handling on the Pulsar 125 Neon is also one of the strong points of this bike when compared to its competition. While it is slightly heavier when compared to its 125 cc counterparts, the Pulsar DNA definitely helps.
It has the macho presence of a 150 cc and above bike while still being easy to ride. The riding position is also relaxed but we felt the seats probably could have been a bit softer. The good thing is that the suspension at both ends are soft and soak up bumps very well making it a very comfortable ride.
Being a 124.4 cc machine it misses out on ABS, but what it gets is a combi braking system that does its job well. You can clearly feel the unit functioning and the front brake being tugged upon a bit while the rear is applied. Build quality is typical Bajaj, things are put together well and the digital meter and the clip on handle bars add a premium touch and feel to the bike considering that it’s in the 125 cc segment. The tried and tested headlights and mirrors too are decently functional.
All in all, the Pulsar 125 is for those first time buyers who have always wanted more than just a 125 cc machine. This 125 cc machine ensures that you have the look, feel and aura of the Pulsar brand while still being decently fuel efficient with a mileage close to 50 kmpl.
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