The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150, which is the highest selling motorcycle in the segment has been updated to meet the new Bharat Stage IV emission norms. While cosmetically unchanged, the bike has received quite a few mechanical changes.
The 150 cc, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder engine now produces less power but more torque due to a smaller bore and a longer stroke than before. The updated engine creates 14 PS of power at 8000 RPM, earlier it made 15.6 PS at 9000 RPM. Torque is increased from 12.6 Nm to 13.4 Nm. This engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission. The CDI gets five maps instead of two on the earlier model. The clutch play has also been made lighter.
The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 gets new colour scheme and graphics. The new laser edge paint scheme includes colours like Nuclear Blue, Laser Black and Dyno Red. The bike also gets AHO (Auto Headlamp On) feature, which will be mandatory in India from April 1, 2017. The new Pulsar 150 also gets a bigger exhaust canister.
The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 retains the 17-inch alloy wheels, which are colour coded. At front there are 135 mm telescopic forks with anti-friction bushes and a 5 step adjustable Nitrox shock absorbers handles the suspension duty at the rear. A 240 mm front disc with 130 mm drum brake at the rear ensure the bike gets stopped when required. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is not available, even as an option yet.
While Bajaj has updated the Pulsar 150 and added a new lease to its life, the bike has started showing its age. Compared against it rivals such as the Suzuki Gixxer, Honda Unicorn, Yamaha SZ it feels the company should bring out a more muscular and agressive looking model to stay in the game.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Price:
The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 BSIV has a starting price of INR 74,603/- (ex-showroom, Delhi)