The last major update to the Pulsar 150, the bike which started it all, came way back in 2010 in the form of the UG 4.5 version. It gained an extra PS of power, raising the peak output to 15.06PS, and clip on handle bars.
Four years down the line, the Pulsar 150 is among the largest selling 150cc motorcycle and can give its competition a run for its money but one thing even the most ardent fans of Pulsars will agree is that the complete lineup sans the 200NS has started to look outdated.
And its not a secret that Bajaj is lending the ‘Naked Sports’ design philosophy to Pulsar 150 which we have spotted testing a few days back. The bike has been modeled on the lines of the 200NS, which has been designed by Edgar Heinrich, who is now the head of designing at BMW Motorrad.
Amidst all this, there were speculations and a definite hope that Bajaj will launch the new Pulsar 150NS before the festive season to cash in on the festive rush. But as it turns out, this may just not happen!
At a recent media event in Pune, upon being asked by BikeAdvice, one of the officials from Bajaj shared with us that Pulsar 150NS may NOT be launched before the festive season, more specifically before Diwali. He also told us, if there was a time for real ‘Dhamaka’ this (period) was it and anything hereafter may not yield the same dividends as we expect from festive launches.
This means Bajaj is aiming for its launch sometime after Diwali and hence, we expect it to make way anytime around or after December or more specifically early next year.
It must be remembered that, as we have reported, Bajaj doesn’t have any plans of launching the Pulsar 400SS anytime soon either. However, what the same official confirmed is the launch of Pulsar 200SS, which will take place sometime this year.
Apart from the mean naked looks from the 200NS, Pulsar 150NS will get mono-shock rear suspension, petal front disc and an underbelly exhaust. The new Pulsar 150NS will share very little with the present generation P150. It will get Bajaj’s Triple Spark Ignition technology and we can expect a minor power bump as well.
Does this give the Gixxer and Honda’s upcoming 160cc a much needed room to breathe!