2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Review, Price, Specifications, Pros & Cons

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2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i Overview. Find out the details of Pulsar 150 like Price, Specs, Mileage, Features etc.

Bajaj Pulsar 150 review

The brand ‘Pulsar’ needs no introduction. With a glorious history of almost eighteen years till date, Bajaj Pulsar has went on evolving to become one of the most successful motorcycles of India till date, and certainly the most successful nameplate in the segment of 150-200cc motorcycles. It is the Pulsar 150 which gave the Indians the first taste of entry level sport riding. Over the last eighteen years, the Pulsar 150 has been given numerous cosmetic changes to keep it fresh amidst the evolving competition. And this is the reason why despite being the oldest motorcycle in the segment, the Pulsar 150 continues to rule the segment with a clear lead.

The year 2018 gave the Pulsar 150 another makeover, and as per Bajaj’s claims, it is the sportiest and manliest Pulsar 150 ever. Let’s find out what the new Bajaj Pulsar 150 packs in:

Looks and Design

2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Price

The original design of the Pulsar 150 has been remained unchanged in all these years, and this new model continues to have the same design which the last comprehensive upgrade came up with almost eleven years ago. However, the overall design has been tweaked here and there, which brings it much closer to the Pulsar 180 in terms of visual appeal.

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At front, the Pulsar 150 continues to get the same now-familiar bikini fairing which sports tow wolf-eyed pilot lamps at the upper corners of the headlamp encased within the fairing. As compared to the last update, the graphics on the front fairing have gone away this time, making the front fascia clearer. However, the front fender now comes with stickers on wither sides of it.

Like the front fascia, the fuel tank with tank extensions, side body cowls and the rear side body panels too have been shared with the last Pulsar 150 as well. All of these body panels now come with fresher graphics, which in our opinion, look the best when compared to all the last updates. This time around, there are some subtle details which make the Pulsar 150 look like Pulsar 180, like fatter front forks, aluminium rear footrest holder, split seats, split pillion grab rails, fatter rear tyre, absence of kick starter and tank pads. All these subtle changes make the Pulsar 150 look sportier than before, if not vastly new. Like before, the twin vertical LED tail lamps continue to glorify the rear stance of the motorcycle.

The part digital instrument console too has received a mild makeover. While the overall layout is same, it now comes with white background for analog tachometer and other bits and blue backlit for the LCD panel, which displays digital readouts for speedometer, odometer, trip meters and fuel gauge. However, despite this nice change, the unit now looks too dated. The other details like backlit switchgear and clip-on handlebars are retained in this new version as well.

Engine and performance

Like the basic styling, the Pulsar’s other highlight, its engine too has been retained without a drastic change. The motorcycle continues to source its power from the tried and tested four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 149cc DTS-i engine, which however now pumps out a slightly lesser power output of 14PS (1PS lesser than before) and a maximum torque output of 13.4Nm (1Nm more than before). The engine continues with a five speed gearbox.

This time around, the engine feels more refined than before, with the familiar grunt from the lower revs still intact.

Engine Displacement  149cc
Engine Type  Single cylinder DTS-i engine
Power  14 PS at 8000 rpm
Torque  13.4 Nm at 6000 rpm
Gearbox  5 Speed
Start Mechanism  Self/kick
Fuel Tank Capacity  15 litres
Reserve Fuel Capacity  3.2 litres
Top Speed  110 kmph
0-60 kmph  5.6 seconds

Mileage

Bajaj Pulsar 150 comes with an ARAI claimed fuel economy of 44 kmpl.

Ride and handling

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Performance

The suspension setup of hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and 5-way adjustable gas charged coil springs have been kept intact in the new Pulsar 150 as well. However, this time around, the forks are fatter than before – 37mm as compared to 33mm. This overall setup delivers a good balance of plush ride quality and handling which the Pulsar 150 has always been known for.

The braking setup of a 260mm disc brake at the front and a 230mm disc brake at the rear give the Pulsar 150 a much more enhanced braking feel. The 90/90 x 17 tyre at the front and a 120/90 x 17 tyre at the rear too are wider than before, thus giving the Pulsar 150 a planted feel on all kinds of surfaces.

Price and Colors

The Pulsar 150 has always been known for being a synonym of value-for-money quotient, and with the revamped set list of features, the value quotient of the Pulsar 150 rises even more. However, the price has seen a major hike than before, which now stands at Rs. 78,551 for the Pulsar 150 STD variant and Rs. 83,719 for the Pulsar 150 Twin Disc variant (on-road approximate prices). Still, it makes a strong case for itself as all the other competitors are priced higher than it.

Model Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Pulsar 150 DTS-i STD Rs. 73,626
Pulsar 150 DTS-i Twin Disc Rs. 78,216

The dual tone color options on the offer for the Pulsar 150 are Black with Blue, Black with Red and Black with Chrome.

Competition – Bajaj Pulsar 150 vs TVS Apache RTR 160

The Pulsar 150 has always been a direct rival to the TVS Apache RTR 160, which too has been given a slight makeover in recent times. Both the motorcycles look sharp and stylish, however, both of them have begun to show their age in recent times.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 sources its power from a single cylinder, air cooled, 159.7cc engine, which gushes out 15.12PS of maximum power and 13.03Nm of maximum torque, numbers which make it a much stronger performer in comparison. However, the overall refinement and low end power of the Pulsar’s engine is better, whereas the Apache advantages in the top end grunt and acceleration figures. There is nothing much difference in the ride quality and dynamics, with both the motorcycles being able city handlers with added zest.

DETAILED COMPARISON: Bajaj Pulsar 150 vs TVS Apache RTR 160

Conclusion

The Pulsar 150 has made a strong reputation to bank upon, as it is a perfect city commuter for those who want a powerful bike to make their life easier with added power over regular 100-125cc motorcycles. The latest update only makes the Pulsar 150 sportier than before, with the changes being comprehensive both in terms of cosmetic as well as mechanical. The Pulsar 150 has always been decent when it comes to features and performance, and this recent update only helps it in this direction. However, needless to say, the bike has begun to show its age, since the last comprehensive update was almost eleven years ago. Still, if you can live up with this fact, the Pulsar 150 screams value, especially with this new minute updates.


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