I’ve never been fascinated greatly by Pulsars as I‘m now. The first generation Pulsar launched way back in 2001 which stood perfectly for its tagline ‘Definitely Male’ was the only when I admired, but that was in my school days when bike was still a dream at that point of time. But, taking a look at the spy shots of the next generation Pulsar which is the 2012 model, I’m left speechless. An Indian company with a bike like this is something I’ve never ever dreamt of.

I do understand the hard feeling of die-hard Indian Pulsar fans after seeing the Pulsar with Speed Curves thinking it was the next gen Pulsar. Rejoice that Bajaj hasn’t let you down this time too. The Pulsar 135Ls has so far been the most stylish one among the entire lot of the brand which is why the 2012 model has derived most of its styling cues from it. There’s nothing to regret about it as it looks perfectly cool this time. I still remember Mr. Rajiv Bajaj announcing to the media that the next generation Pulsar (the one you see in the pics here) will not be a merely facelifted version of the existing Pulsar but will be a completely new bike based on an all new platform with the best of technologies incorporated onto it.  All his words have taken shape now.

The following are the insights we get to know about the 2012 Pulsar from the spy pics clicked somewhere near the Bajaj’s Chakan plant in Pune.

  • The rear tail light is similar to the traditional twin lamp design which still looks perfect on the bike.
  • The rear quarter of the bike will more or less compete with the Yamaha R15 V2.0 which has a sharp ending. The rear lamps are now more sharper and note the number plate holder. It is perfectly inspired from the Japanese bikes.
  • These bikes have no rear wheel hugger which we’ll find in the production models.
  • For all Monoshock suspension lever, it’s time for you to rejoice. Note the yellow colour mono-shocks on the rear. It looks damn sporty on this model.
  • The design of the alloy wheels is sure to rock. There is a ten spoke alloy which is fitted to the 2012 Pulsar which looks terribly hot and is even one of the best looking wheels on the Indian bikes.
  • The seating position is all set to see a change with this model. It is very clear that is resembles the KTM Dukes in this aspect. The KTM 125 Duke which I reviewed in Singapore in the month of August is what I got reminded right at the first sight. Kudos for that!
  • Note the biggest change in the 2012 Pulsar. The exhaust is not visible onto the right rear half nor it’s got an underseat exhaust. Then where is it? There are more chances that it houses a centralized exhaust which is very new for an Indian bike
  • The front disc appears to be pretty bigger than the one found in the present model. Implies improvised braking which gets to feel it’s need in a bike with improvised performance. So what is the change in engine now? Awesome question with absolutely no answer (unfortunately)!
  • The engine might now be liquid cooled to take the R15 V2.0 head on. There are more chances of this to happen.
  • There is a complete makeover with the headlamp fairing in the front as well. Let’s wait for some more time to know what is exactly is as it’s not clear with these images.
  •  The platform on which the Pulsar was built on has also seen a complete change. Looks like Bajaj has made use of KTM’s platform to build this bike. Very evident from the pics.
  • For an all new visual upgrade, air scoops along the side of the fuel tank have now grown bigger and resembles the KTM Dukes once again. Bajaj’s 39 per cent stake in the Austrian maker KTM has not gone waste.
  • But, a major concern is that there are no discs at the rear. Will this see a change in the production model? Let’s see how it goes

As the proverb ‘Everything comes to him who waits’ means, Bajaj hasn’t ditched it’s prospective young customers who have spent so months waiting to see the next generation Pulsar before getting their next bike booked. This model is sure to continue its reign in the sport bike category. I’m now excited to see this model in the Delhi Auto Expo 2012 which is scheduled in the month of January. Start pouring in your thoughts about this bike, Dear PulsarManiacs.

Disclaimer: Either I, as an Author or BikeAdvice is not responsible for any changes which’ll get incorporated in the production bike compared with what you see in the pics. We’re not responsible for the authenticity of the images as well.

Author – BikeAdvice.in

Picture Source: Newbajajpulsar2012.blogspot.com

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  • Lumen Shawn Lobo

    Are u sure it is a pulsar? In the previous spy photo post many speculated it to be an Honda. That red words on the clutch side of the engine is confusing everyone.

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      its KTM RACING….in orange color….

  • Sachin

    The headlight assembly seems very likely to be copy of Yamaha FZ 16.

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      headlamp is smaller than present model and its not matching with the tank size…..but its not a copy of FZ…..

  • dineshsnake

    y do they follow yamaha styleeeeeee come on we need pulsar that stand ahead from the crowd

  • Akhil Jamal

    ExcUSe ME …. DO I see “HONDA” on the engine????!!!!!!!!!!!! INcreDible :):):)

  • tbsarvan1

    where is the exhausts????

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      Exhaust is under the engine….like KTM Duke….

  • Akhil Jamal

    Excuse mE ! But I believe I see ” HONDA ” clearly written on the engine . . . .

  • PulsarManiac

    Very well wrirtten speculation. Eagerly awaiting for the NexGen of Pulsars

  • suhail


  • Mahesh

    Hey naren,i went to the website on the pic and saw the orange logo “RACING KTM”.does it means bajaj now has their engines produced by ktm or its a new model ktm bike.

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      that s true dude…..

  • Rajagopal

    Naren, there was news about Honda launching a deluxe version of Dazzler… looking at the sketches of that… these bikes in pic look alsmost similar… so i doubt if this is Pulsar…
    lets wait and see ….

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      this is the next gen pulsar…..coz, Dazzler deluxe is available in showrooms and there is no modification except the new paint scheme…..and u hav to pay 1000 bucks extra than the present Dazzler…..

  • siddharth

    i am waiting for something exciting from TVS stable in auto expo.pulsar needs to let go of the bulging tank look & try something creative.quality needs to be enhanced bcoz indians are not going to be fooled by gizmos & plastics.plz plz plz keep your focus on engine this time bcoz as such pulsar is ahead in looks than many contemporaries.we wont shy away from paying more for quality body & engine.when 9/10 people are going for finance they wont mind paying few 1000 bucks more for durable engine & quality parts.so plz plz plz keep your focus on engine & engine alone.just like real estate is all about location location location.

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      dude…..this machine has technologies from KTM…..Monoshock and the exhaust system is from KTM Duke…..exhaust is under the engine…..and the seating position is also same as Duke….see the position of brake n gear pedals….

  • design is not yet complete it seems…

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      rear wheel hugger will be available in production model…..

  • Rafik

    ye sach me Pulsar hai kya ?
    i want this bike

  • fas

    Its a mix bag actually, there is no sure shot thing of what it is and which model of the Pulsar can it be.

    • joe_clubfirewheeelz

      It can be 150 or 180……

  • omkar

    hav’nt you noticed the tail light of this bike? its definately pulsar

  • its definately next gen pulsar because of its tail light

  • Maheshwar

    it is definitely next gen pulsar coz o its number plate holder like p15ls and its trademark tail light

  • joe_clubfirewheeelz

    looks like a grown up P 135 …….. i m very disappointed on this…….. the headlamp is also very small……..and still no rear discs……..

  • karikor

    looks awesome…only wished it had split seats like the R15 V2. And these machines must be under 150cc coz there are no Rear Disk Brakes.

  • joe_clubfirewheeelz


    new CBZ xtreme and Hunk ( both are 150 cc) are coming with rear discs…..and split seat is not a great thing, coz even P135 has split seat…..and the rectangular swing arm also not attractive….I am a hardcore pulsar fan and proud owner of 2007 model P150 , but I m not satisfied with this model.

  • joe_clubfirewheeelz

    @ tbsarvan1

    Exhaust is under the engine….like KTM Duke….

  • joe_clubfirewheeelz

    @ Akhil Jamal

    The name written on the engine is ” KTM RACING ” …..Not honda….This bike is adopted many technologies from KTM….

  • kamson

    This is unexpected crap!!!! previous spy photo in red colour was superb but this one I can’t even tell what is it?

  • Mubasheer Ahmed

    End of day, Performance wise and Engine term wise Bajaj can never compete with YAMAHA. This pulsar also looks similar to me with that Bulk engine of first model. I feel bajaj must hink of renaming this bike…Pulsar is old…There should be something new.

    If this continues the our next generation will see pulsar 1000 with same boby only change will be the name 😉

  • Chetan

    Its Honda…………………100%………its just face lifted dazzler……

  • indecators, tank, n body same as dazzler, only engine is different