The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is priced at Rs. 93,960 (ex-showroom)
Bajaj Auto launched its smallest model in its naked sport line, or “NS” line, after the Bajaj Pulsar NS200, followed by the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. The new Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is the first 125cc in the NS series and is positioned as the entry-level performance model, aimed at young enthusiasts. It might just be a 125cc motorcycle, but Bajaj says the Pulsar NS125 brings the thrill of sporting dynamics to enthusiastic young riders. With top performance, Bajaj claims that the NS125 is the most powerful in its segment and offers a lower price point in the 125cc sports bike lineup, compared to the KTM 125 Duke. Here’s all you need to know.
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The Pulsar NS125 might be a whole new bike, but there’s nothing new about the design. The muscular, chiseled styling may still have some presence, but the same styling that was first introduced in the NS200 almost a decade ago has nothing new to offer. As a brand new model, there could have been a slight update in the design and functionality of the NS125, but Bajaj seems to have decided to stick with the proven ‘NS’ styling.
Even the wolf-eyed headlight beam with two indicator lights is the same as the NS160 and NS200. Only the rear light is LED, and the partly analog and partly digital speedometer will also be taken from its big brothers. To give the NS125 a somewhat “ fresh ” appeal, Bajaj introduced it in new colors including Beach Blue, Fiery Orange, Burnt Red and Pewter Gray.
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The Pulsar NS125 is powered by an all-new 124.45cc single-cylinder DTSi engine that develops 11.82hp at 8,500rpm and peak torque of 11Nm at 7,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine may be a scaled-down version of the 160cc powertrain of the NS160. With a curb weight of 144 kg, the NS125 is slightly heavy for a 125cc motorcycle.
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Chassis and suspension
The Pulsar NS125 shares the peripheral frame with its other NS siblings, and that’s a good thing. The perimeter frame is known for its high stiffness and low flex, which allows for crisp handling on the NS160 and NS200, and the same can be expected of the NS125. The suspension is managed by telescopic front forks and a Nitrox monoshock, which should provide good ride quality and stability. Handling is something the NS125 will boast about, which no other 125cc motorcycle in its segment offers except the much more expensive KTM 125 Duke.
To keep the price in check, and not to be too high for the young sports fan, the Pulsar NS125 comes with a single disc brake option, with a 240mm front disc and 130mm rear drum. What is certainly missing is the absence of ABS on the front wheel, although the Combined Braking System (UKTN) is offered, as it is a regulatory necessity.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is positioned as a 125cc sports bike, but it still largely undermines the KTM 125 Duke. Priced at ₹ 93,960 (old showroom), the Pulsar NS125 is around ₹ 60,000 cheaper than the KTM 125 Duke, which should make it look like an attractive package for the young enthusiast paired with performance. peak. However, it’s still more expensive when it comes to 125cc motorcycles, and priced higher than other 125cc commuter bikes, like the Honda SP 125, or even its own sibling, the Bajaj Pulsar 125.
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