The new 250-cc series of Pulsars are built grounds up, featuring an all-new engine, chassis and revised looks. Appearing in naked and semi-faired avatars, the new offerings definitely showcase the ethos of the Pulsar brand – affordable, nippy on the street and easy to handle.
Pulsar series now ranges between 125-cc and 250-cc, with the latest ones being priced at Rs 1.38 lakh (N250) and Rs 1.40 lakh (F250) ex-showroom. The 249.07-cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled, DTS-i engine producing 24.5PS and 21.5Nm is particular development for Pulsar 250. The motor isn’t the peppiest, yet retains the Pulsar-like charm of well-spread out torque band and tractability.
You may argue on the usability of a 5-speed transmission with a quarter-litre engine. Well, this pairing like most other bits and pieces in the motorcycle is kept in mind to check the price. That said, the clutch is light, the gear shifts are slick and essentially will not fatigue the rider during long distances.
Considering, the 250 series of Pulsars will be preferred for long-distance riding as well, it’s heartening to see the engine freely revs at 100 kmph and can be stretched all the way to 140 clicks. The claimed ARAI fuel efficiency is 39 kmpl.
Again, the single-channel ABS on double disc brakes is what Bajaj Auto thinks is adequate at that price point. The bite for the brakes are predictable and the feedback from the levers are assuring. It’s just that the rear wheels tend to lock in case of heavy or panic braking.
The gradually tapering fuel tank and a seat height of 795 mm along with slightly rear-set footpegs ensure a fairly relaxed riding posture. The creases on the plastic around the tail, clip-on handlebars and visor on the F250 aerodynamically beg the motorcycle to be wrung harder but I believe the minimal and sporty looking N250 will seek greater traction in the market.
Flex your body and dip the Pulsar 250 around the corners, the motorcycles instil confidence, if not more than NS200 and 220F. That’s largely because of the new tubular frame guarding the heart of the matter along with the engine as a stress member. The F250 frame is 3 kilos and 1 kilo lighter than the perimeter frame employed on NS200 and diamond frame of 220F respectively.
What the Pulsar-maniacs will not form an instant connection with is the look of the bikes, especially due to the revision brought in to accommodate bi-projector LED headlamp with boomerang-shaped DRLs. Mind you, a treatment on these lines was necessary, or at least represents evolution. The throw and spread of the lights will be greater and more effective. The wrap-around tail lamps showing a resemblance with the Dominar look decent.
Bajaj Auto went ahead with a similar infotainment cluster, barring a few changes here and there. A combination of digital and analog dials display speed, gear position, range, distance to empty, engine heating and other key parameters. Argue much, the Pulsar 250 could have got connected tech for navigation or a TFT screen, but it’s safe to remind you the most-affordable tag on any 250-cc motorcycle hangs on the new Pulsar.
So, in simpler words, the new bikes are a job pulled of ‘3 years late than expected’ but are set to drive the Pulsar brand for the next years to come.
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