Bajaj is back in controversy for usage of poor quality alloy wheels. At first it was related to the a few incidents where Duke’s alloys wheels reported breakage (solved by using better quality alloys) and now their latest flagship – Pulsar RS200 is under scrutiny!
The first fully faired Pulsar got rave reviews from media houses and has been a big hit with high waiting periods. However, it appears that, in order to be cost conscious, Bajaj may have opted for sub-par quality of alloy wheels. A Mumbai resident Mohsin Patel, on Facebook, has reported a serious accident which is allegedly due to front alloy wheel damage.
As per the rider, on July 18, 2015, he was riding his motorcycle on the highway with his wife as pillion and was doing around 80 kmph. He had to use brakes all of a sudden and as per him this caused the alloy wheel to shatter off and separate from the bike! Both Mohsin and his wife are/were hospitalized and recovering from the accident.
However, there has to be something more to this issue. An alloy wheel just can NOT break off under harsh braking, specially the way it has. There has to be a frontal impact somewhere, possibly before or at the time of this accident.
Nonetheless, let us NOT be judgmental and we urge Bajaj to look into this accident and get it rectified as soon as possible. This is something gory and should not be sidelined just to save the image of the motorcycle.
The bike in question is just a 2 month old vehicle and has been run for around 700 odd kms only so far. Mohsin has lodged a police complaint and has sent an email to Bajaj. Interestingly, the service center guys blame him for the breakage and claim that there is no manufacturing defect anywhere!
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So, what will your instinct be? Will you still go ahead with your purchase of the RS200 or wait for a word/action from Bajaj?