Bajaj Auto has expanded its coveted lineup of Pulsars by introducing two all-new versions – the Pulsar N250 and Pulsar F250. The two new motorcycles have been launched as the new flagships in between the already existing Pulsar 220 and Pulsar NS/RS 200. Both the motorcycles are open for bookings, with the deliveries of the first batch scheduled to commence on November 10.
Bajaj has always priced its motorcycles quite aggressively in comparison to its competitors, and the new Pulsars are no different. While the naked Pulsar N250 has been priced at Rs 1.38 lakh, the semi-faired Pulsar F250 is priced at Rs 1.40 lakh, thereby commanding a premium of only Rs 2,000 over the former (all prices ex-showroom, India).
Design and Features
Both the new Pulsars have been given fresh new design languages, however, there are a few bits that have been retained from the existing lineup of Pulsars. The Bajaj Pulsar N250 gets a small but sharp face with a single LED projector flanked by daytime running LED strips on its upper edges.
On the other hand, the Bajaj Pulsar F250 gets a bigger semi-fairing with the same LED projector headlamp, but a bigger and more striking looking daytime running LED over it. Also while the Pulsar N250 gets sharp and long fuel tank extensions and a single handlebar, the Pulsar F250 has been adorned with a half fairing and clip-on handlebars.
Apart from the front fascia, both the Pulsar N250 and Pulsar F250 get the same new 14-litre fuel tank, A-shaped side body panels, LED turn indicators, backlit switchgear, black alloy wheels, dual-port exhaust pipe, part-digital instrument console and Dominar inspired tail section with split seats and clip-on handlebars. Even the dual parallel design of the LED tail lamps looks more like an evolution of the currently available Pulsar 220F.
Engine and Transmission
The engine powering the new Bajaj Pulsar N250 and Pulsar F250 is the same four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, 249cc engine which powers the Dominar 250. However, here, the engine is in a different state of tune and produces 24.5 bhp of maximum power and 21.5 Nm of maximum torque. Also different here is a 5-speed gearbox, as compared to a 6-speed gearbox in the Dominar 250.
The new Pulsars sit on a completely newly designed frame and get conventional hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a gas-charged monoshock at the rear. The braking combination in both the motorcycles is the same – 300mm disc at the front and a 230mm disc at the rear. The new 250cc duo gets a single-channel ABS and slip and assist clutch as standard.
Given their pricing, the new Bajaj Pulsar N250 now ranks as the most affordable 250cc motorcycle in the country today. It takes on the likes of Yamaha FZ 25, Honda Hornet 2.0 and Suzuki Gixxer 250. The Bajaj Pulsar F250, on the other hand, competes with motorcycles like Hero Xtreme 200 R, Honda CB 200 X and Suzuki Gixxer SF 250.