Hats off to Mr. Aniket Vardhan
Doesn't make much sense from a bike's perspective, but definitely is fun to watch!!
Not only the entire presentation of the website has been updated, but the background score is also quite jazzy if you have your "heavy duty" speakers full blown ;)
So, going by the current boiling pot of Pulsar upgrades, I quickly checked the website out in search of some information.....
Though there was no new information for the Pulsar 200 DTS-i and Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, the Pulsar 150 DTS-i and Pulsar 180 DTS-i site were showing "Under Construction", which really fuels the fire of some expected changes.
For the Pulsar 220 and Pulsar 200 there is not documented changes updated in the Web Site (including the Pulsar 220 front faired Pulsar 200).
Very soon, I would be going for some modifications on my Pulsar 200!! Let's see who fares better, Bajaj Auto, or me ;) (pun intended!!)
The basic engine specs remains the same at 1670cc V-Twin producing a max of 90hp @ 4,750 rpm and a max torque of 150Nm at 3,750 revs.
But what has been altered is that the Limited Edition gets a 43mm USD Öhlins forks and adjustable Öhlins rear shocks. The bike which was already riding on 17" wheels now sports 120/70 front and 190/50 rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso rubber.
The color combination of White, Red, Black and Gold would have definitely look great on a R1, but in a MT-01, I'm not liking it that much!! But again, this is my personal view and liking changes from person to person.
The styling fit and finish of the bike is quite nice. In fact the styling of the bike, specially the Digital Speedo assembly, the electronics assembly on the handle bar is better than the Pulsar siblings.
Apart from the styling, the bike has also implemented the Auto Choke and Ride Control Switches
The Head Lamp assembly, with it's twin pilot lamps also looks refreshing along with it's "horny" visor ;)
One thing which I very specifically noticed was the placement of the front number plate. It was bolted on the front mud guard. Guess Bajaj over did itself with the design and patents, as it failed to implement it's already patented low front number plate clamp implementation, which the company implemented on the Bajaj XCD 125.
So, going around the bike for a while, now it was time for the test ride.
The kick as expected was quite smooth and required almost no effort to crank the machine to life. The engine note, for me was something new!! To me it sounded like the cute purr of a small kitten. The engine note was so low, that in traffic you would have a hard time listening to the engine note. The 5 speed gearing is all front and the gear box was smooth as a butter. Guess finally Bajaj has cracked the puzzle to implement a butter smooth Gear Box.
One thing that awesome about the bike, it the amount of pull it generates in a given gear, and the amount of torque the bike has. The Power:Weigth ratio and the Torque:Weight ratio works like magic for this bike. To test the torque of the bike, I halted the bike at 5th gear to a stop and tried to pull the bike from a stop. I was expecting a howling engine note and jittery engine seize... but to my utter surprise..... the bike pulled itself from there, with me (around 80 kg) riding it. Though it did put some effort but it did pull itself. That's how well managed the torques are in this bike.
Being light, the bike is very readily flick able, and maneuvering is quite effortless.... be it at speeds of 20kmph or 80 kmph. Even though the spec chart says the max speed of the bike is 90kmph, but I felt the bike has all the capability built in that small power house beneath the saddle to touch 110kmph.
So, after a quick ride, here's what I felt are the positives and negatives of the bike.
1) First and foremost, the Pull and Torque generated by the small 134.60 cc DTS-SI engine. It's simply magical.
2) The aggressive styling of the bike.
3) The ride comfort.... it's a perfect commuter seating with loads of spice thrown in.
4) The very positive gear box assembly.
5) The engine note..... I simply loved it.
1) The Tank fairing is completely false and have no other purpose apart from being adding to the over all styling of the bike.
2) I personally didn't liked the design of the turn indicators. To me they look stupid and illogical. The design and implementation of the turn indicators on the revamped Bajaj Discover 135 make more sense as they make use of the Tank Fairings.
3) The LED Tail lamp design should have been kept the same as on the XCD shown at the Auto Expo.
Overall I found the new Bajaj XCD 135, very appealing and a great value for money for the Indian Commuter.