The Bajaj Pulsar is a brand of motorcycle from the company Bajaj Auto, which is located in India. This bike was initially developed by the product engineering division of Bajaj Auto as well as Tokyo R&D and Glynn Kerr, who started on the project later on. There are currently five different versions of this bike available, with engines capacities of 135 cc 150 cc, 180 cc, 200 cc, and 220 cc. The Pulsar used to be available with a 200 cc DTS-i-oil cooled engine which has since been discontinued. A new version of this bike, called the Pulsar 200NS, was officially launched in 2012. This bike has an average monthly sales figure of 86,000 units for 2011 with a total market share of 47% in its respective segment.
Before the Pulsar was introduced, the motorcycle trend in the Indian market was leaning towards fuel efficiency and smaller capacity motorcycles which ranged from 80-125 cc. Larger motorcycles with higher capacities are virtually non-existent in India. But the impressive response from the public and success of the Hero Honda CBZ in 1999 proved that there was room for these types of bikes in the Indian market. Shortly after the release of the CBZ, Pulsar twins were launched in November of 2001. Since this bike has been introduced, many youth in India have come to expect higher powered more affordable bikes.
While at first there were some internal reservations from Bajaj Auto, the Pulsar was a smash hit. This project took a total of 36 months to complete with an extremely high cost. The first Pulsar came equipped with a 150 cc air-cooled single-cylinder petrol spark-ignited 4-stroke engine which was capable of 13 horsepower. These bikes also featured a single spark plug which is used to ignite the air-fuel mixture that comes from the carburetor. There were a number of other features with the Pulsar, including its simple spring shock absorbers, disc brakes, round headlamp dome, an aircraft-style fuel tank lid, and parking lights.
In the middle of 2001, the Indian Army ordered a total of 1500 Pulsars. This bike was responsible for bringing Bajaj Auto into the public eye with regards to motorcycles, as they were previously known for their manufacturing of scooters. The very first Pulsar to be sold is currently valued at $17,000 and is owned by Sir Ramansh Bhardwaj. There was a 180 cc version of this bike produced and it has a capability of 15 horsepower and is equipped with a twin-tone horn as well as Electric Start.
In 2003, the second generation of this vehicle was introduced to the public, feature Bajaj Auto’s new DTSi technology, effectively increasing its overall power rating as well as fuel economy. This model came with a new headlamp assembly as well as a 1,320 mm wheelbase and a trip meter. In 2005, there were quite a few changes made to this bike, and a newly upgrades Pulsar came onto the market.
The 2005 version of the Pulsar came with a 17” alloy wheels as a standard option, though the stance on it was lowered by 12 mm. A new design was created for the 2012 Pulsar with a 220 cc liquid cooled engine which is capable of producing up to 23.17 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 13.5 pound-feet of torque. Bajaj Auto has claimed that this new version of the Pulsar has a top speed of 136 km/h or 85 mph and does not have a fuel-injected design like previous versions. This company announced two brand new 375 cc Pulsar versions, including the CS400 as well as the SS400, each of which will come with a variety of new features.