The brand new Pulsar 250 presents a superb price-to-performance ratio whereas enhancing each side of the Pulsar 220.
The earlier Pulsar was all the time thought to be the bike that carried the game ahead by providing one thing distinctive to the section. The 220 DTS-Fi featured the Pulsar Trendsetter, from gasoline injection to the liquid-cooled NS200. The brand new Pulsar 250 does not go the identical method and as an alternative focuses on providing a greater ‘Pulsar’ expertise. In any case, they aren’t meant to hold batons from the Pulsar 220 and change the NS200.
Beginning with the type, it’s clear that Bajaj desires to run it safely and never radically do something to close down its massive Pulsar fan base. The Pulsar N250 and F250 are related in relation to gasoline tank, aspect panels and tail part. The variations are within the F250’s semi-fairing, sharper trying LED operating lights and better clip-on handlebars.
The general design itself appears to be taking hints from the previous Pulsar. It’s evident within the impact of the BFI tank, the form of the semi-ferring, the LED projector lights and signature, the twin-strip LED tail-light in addition to the lightning bolt-shaped tail-light and the frosted lens on it.
Trying on the bike from the rear angle, the 130-section tire seems to be slim. Bajaj might have fitted greater tires, however that meant a change in suspension set-up to compromise on gasoline effectivity in addition to keep the present dealing with character.
One other inspiration from the previous Pulsar is discovered within the new analog-digital instrument cluster. In a day and age dominated by bikes with full digital clusters, seeing the best tachometer needle comes as an inspiring change. For individuals who are questioning why Bajaj didn’t supply Bluetooth connectivity on the route of TVS, value appears to be the one logical cause.
Designed with this contemporary, juicy pulsar 250 is available in a pink or darkish grey coloration choice. Bajaj can also be one step forward of the earlier Pulsar when it comes to high quality, be it in shiny paint, copper coloration within the engine casing, bodywork match and end in addition to the tactility of the brand new switchgear.
Nevertheless, the rubber grip on the handlebars was shiny and appeared downmarket, whereas the exhaust cladding can do with a superb end. Bajaj says that these high quality grips are restricted to pre-production bikes and we must wait and see what the worth of manufacturing bikes is on this regard.
Bajaj has ergonomics flourished at 250 with the rider’s seat set on the accessible 795mm. It’s also very spacious, well-converted and supportive, which makes it snug throughout lengthy journeys. The handlebars on the F250 and N250 are positioned on the identical top and have the identical angle. This, with barely rear-set leg pegs, leads to a sporty but snug using posture.
One of many largest options in regards to the Pulsar is the model new 249.07cc, SOHC, air- and oil-cooled engine. When it comes to cubic capability, it’s by far the most important engine within the Pulsar vary. For the 250cc class bike, it makes a wholesome 24.5hp, which is identical because the NS200, however it’s 1,000rpm decrease at 8,750rpm. Peak torque is 21.5Nm at 6,500rpm, which is increased than each the 220F and NS200.
Set it on hearth and the sound coming from the exhausts is a deeper and extra sit-in tune as an alternative of the graph of the earlier pulsars, the Thracian be aware. What is straight away noticeable is that the engine is rather more refined in comparison with the 220, though the noise within the pegs and the seat is at a better rev. Nevertheless, you do not steadily go to the redline as a result of in regular pulsar style, the ability flesh resides within the midrange. Hold the revs between 4,000rpm and seven,000rpm and the engine would be the happiest and most responsive.
Though some on-line keyboard pundits have criticized Bajaj for providing a 5-speed transmission, after using a motorbike, we do not see the necessity for a sixth cog. The gear ratio is completely spaced and corresponds to the traits of the engine. You’ll be able to go across the metropolis at a pace of 35kph in 1 / 4 with none signal of engine resistance. The slip and help clutch additionally do the lighter job of shifting by means of the gears.
On the freeway, the fifth gear is so excessive that the bike can sit between 100 and 120 km per hour and put stress on the engine. We managed to hit the highest pace of 140kph lengthy straight down on Bajaj’s check observe.
So far as gasoline consumption is anxious, Bajaj says the Pulsar 250 returned 39kpl through the ARAI check cycle. In the actual world, that ought to translate into about 35kpl. We’ll check it within the close to future after correct street check.
Expertise using the Pulsar 220 prior to now has proven that it’s heavier within the entrance and isn’t a lot better, particularly in relation to dealing with corners. The Pulsar 250, nevertheless, is considerably higher than its predecessor in each method.
Under the glossy bodywork is a model new tubular metal body. It’s not solely 3 kg lighter than the perimeter body of the NS200 but in addition inflexible in two of the three axes of measurement. Then, wheels which might be 0.5kg lighter than NS ‘at every finish. This and Grippy MRF come collectively to supply steady and exact dealing with.
The communicative entrance finish, near the 50:50 weight distribution and the slim tire on the rear make it straightforward to flick the bike by means of the hen. We have observed that the N250 feels extra agile and agile than the F250, making it the most effective weapon to deal with metropolis visitors. Alternatively, the additional weight of the F250 on the entrance contributes to a barely higher sense of stability.
The entrance fork could be very gentle on chaotic roads, and it does a wonderful job of separating potholes and potholes. It has a little bit of a strong edge in comparison with a monoshock however it is usually a superb absorber. With this sort of trip high quality, steady dealing with and stress-free efficiency from the engine, we imagine the Pulsar 250 will make a succesful touring machine.
After being acquired by the Italian firm Endurance final yr, the Grimeca brakes on the bike have been made in India. That is very applicable and when it’s not sharp, a robust pull on the lever solely takes to carry the bike down.
Maybe the one downside is the absence of dual-channel ABS, particularly contemplating how straightforward it’s to lock the rear wheel below exhausting braking.
In abstract, Bajaj has executed an exquisite job with the brand new Pulsar 250. They provide a superb price-to-performance ratio by enhancing each side of the Pulsar 220, which is able to see the top of the street in some unspecified time in the future.
At ₹ 1.38 lakh, the Pulsar N250 is priced at Yamaha FZ25 / FZ25 S and the feature-loaded TVS Apache RTR 200 4v. Nevertheless, it creates extra energy than each. The Pulsar F250 prices ₹ 2,000 greater than the N250, however considerably lower than the Suzuki Gixxer SF250 and Bajaj Pulsar RS200.
The brand new Bajaj Pulsar has lots for them. Whereas they could not carry any groundbreaking options to the desk, they additional compensate for the attractive using expertise – which the typical Pulsar buyer is more likely to recognize after attempting this bike.