The next Pulsar 250cc motorcycle will mainly challenge competing products from Yamaha and Suzuki
The Pulsar range has remained a bestseller for Bajaj Auto for several years. He currently has bikes from 125cc to 220cc. Motorcycles in the Pulsar range are appreciated for their dynamic performance and affordability. As market trends indicate growing interest in the 250cc segment, Bajaj will soon be expanding the Pulsar range to meet this space.
Bajaj already owns Dominar 250 bikes of the same capacity from KTM and Husqvarna. However, given the great popularity of the Pulsar nameplate, it has a better chance of garnering the desired sales figures. For maximum reach, Bajaj is preparing to launch two versions of the Pulsar 250. Their CEO has already announced that the launch will take place next month, in November 2021, when the Pulsar brand also celebrates its 20th anniversary.
It includes bare and semi-faired models of the Pulsar 250. Under the company’s current naming convention, these could be referred to as NS250 and 250F, respectively. However, we will have to wait for official confirmation on this. The latest spy footage is attributed to car enthusiast Narinder Tandon, who spotted these 250cc Pulsar motorcycles on Dehu Road just outside Pune.
Pulsar NS250 and 250F
The NS250 has a sporty profile with an aggressive front fairing. The bike features a single LED spotlight flanked by stylish eye-shaped LED DRLs. The overall styling seems comparable to the 250cc offerings from Yamaha and Suzuki. On the side, the fuel tank is perfectly integrated with the tank fairings. Air intakes on the fairing are also evident which could be a way to improve the aerodynamics of the bike.
Other than the tank fairings, no other form of paneling is visible on the Pulsar NS250. Other key features include the engine protector, split seat design, raised rear section, alloy rims, rear fender, and truncated exhaust. The bike has a fairly comfortable riding position, which makes it suitable for daily commuting.
When it comes to Pulsar 250F, the only major difference is in the fairing. The front fairing is an integrated assembly comprising the headlight cowl, windshield and tank fairings.
This results in a beefier look and feel for the bike. The windshield must be able to offer better protection against the wind. Some panels can be seen on the sides that cover part of the engine assembly. Most of the other features, including the riding position, are largely the same as the NS250.
Although it has yet to be tested, Bajaj is also expected to launch a fully streamlined version of the Pulsar 250cc. Bajaj has done a tremendous job with RS200, the only fully streamlined Pulsar currently on offer. Expect things to get even better with the RS250. The overall styling and fairing should be completely new. Pulsar RS250 will compete with Yamaha Fazer 25 and Suzuki Gixxer SF 250.
The three 250cc Pulsar motorcycles will share the same engine and most other hardware. They are expected to get a brand new 250cc engine. It will be different from the existing unit used with the twin KTM 250 Duke, Dominar 250 and Husqvarna.
The new engine could generate a maximum power of 24 hp and a maximum torque of 20 Nm. It could get new features such as slip clutch and variable valve actuation (VVT). The existing 248.77 cc liquid-cooled engine produces 27 hp and 23.5 Nm.