The Bajaj Pulsar 125 BS-VI has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 69,997. The smallest product in the Bajaj Pulsar range of motorcycles is now BS-VI emissions compliant and in the process has become expensive by upto Rs 7,500. The motorcycle remains the same as the outgoing model in terms of design, but has received a few mechanical changes.
When the Bajaj Pulsar 125 was first launched, it received harsh criticism from Pulsar enthusiasts for being underpowered and for having a lower capacity engine. However, the motorcycle has been bringing in significant sales volumes for Bajaj Auto. It is now officially the best-selling motorcycle in the Pulsar range.
Well, Bajaj Pulsar 125 is now BS-VI compliant and in the process has lost a bit of power. The motorcycle is still powered by the same air-cooled, 124.4cc, single-cylinder engine. Now though, it comes with fuel-injection instead of the old carburettor.
In order to decrease emissions, Bajaj has had to reduce the power output by 0.2bhp. It now produces a maximum power of 11.6bhp instead of the 11.8bhp on the outgoing model. The peak torque output though, remains the same at 11Nm. A 5-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel.
In terms of styling, the BS-VI Pulsar 125 has no changes compared to the outgoing model. It still comes with that popular ‘Pulsar face’ that we have been seeing for several years now. It manages to carry out that same look despite having a lower engine capacity and slimmer profile tyres.
Instrumentation duties are handled by an analogue-digital instrument cluster. Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork up front and twin gas-charged forks at the rear. It comes with a drum brake at the rear as standard.
Up front though, the base variant comes with a drum brake and now costs Rs 69,997 which is an increase of Rs 6,381 over the price of the outgoing model. The top-spec variant comes with a disc brake up front and now costs Rs 74,118, which is an increase of Rs 7,500 over the price of the outgoing model.
The Bajaj Pulsar 125 BS-VI is available in the Neon Blue, Solar Red and Platinum Silver colour options. It competes with the likes of the Hero Glamour i3S and Honda SP 125.