Bajaj Pulsar RS200 took the business sector by tempest as clear from the starting bookings of 3,500 units in a month from only 30 urban areas crosswise over India. It was all started with few photographs posted on Facebook timeline, which focuses towards a conceivable desert in the brand’s speediest and the most extravagant cruiser. It’s accounted for that one of the first purchasers of RS200 met with an unnerving mischance which he claims was because of breaking away of the front alloy wheels when subjected to braking. Both rider and pillion are accounted for to be hospitalized because of the accident.
The photos of the cruiser post the mischance demonstrates that the spokes severed the edge, along these lines rendering the rider defenseless. The harmed front bit of the bike is likewise predictable with the loss of front wheel while the vehicle was in movement. Investigating the photos, it is clear that a fizzled front wheel is the reason for the mischance and not the other way around.
It’s to be noticed that a comparable sort of disappointments of front alloy wheels were at first reported by some KTM Duke clients and it creates the impression that same issue has raised its revolting head in the new Pulsar.
And that’s not all. Pretty much at the same time, Pulsar 200NS has been reported to have met the same fate in an incident elsewhere in the country. The two have the same alloys and were probably from the same batch. This raises a lot of questions regarding rider safety and what the companies are undertaking as quality checks.
Statement of Bajaj Auto on the Pulsar RS 200 Alloy Wheel Breakage
Bajaj Auto was informed on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 of an incident where a Pulsar RS200 was reported having a major alloy wheel breakage. We had immediately sent a team to the workshop in Mumbai to conduct a full analysis of the accident vehicle.
Our team has now completed the investigation and the detailed results are as follows:
- The breakage of the alloy wheel was caused by a side impact of a rigid object on the front tyre and rim at a speed of approximately 80 kmph from the right hand side.
- The high speed side impact broke the alloy spokes and caused the front fork to bend to the left. The direction of forces on the wheel are clearly borne out by visible marks on the front wheel rim and distortion of the front fork.
- These physical external marks are consistent with fracture analysis displaying directional stress fracture and crack propagation perpendicular to the plane of the wheel from the right to the left. The initial fracture took place in three (3) spokes closest to the impact point. The rest of the spokes failed on account of dynamic overload.
- The rider had claimed that the wheel rim broke under hard braking. Had this been true, one should have seen the fracture initiation from the front of the spoke & end at the back of the spoke. The fracture is from right side to left. Hence it can be concluded that this is a clear case of side impact. The wheel is not the cause of the accident, the opposite is true – the accident has damaged the wheel. This wheel cannot break under hard braking. The speed of impact can be estimated from the nature of wheel breakage and the extent of bending of the front fork
- No defective component has been found on the said Pulsar RS200 motorcycle.
- Due to the side impact and corresponding damage, the rider lost control of the bike and fell.
We reiterate that Bajaj bikes are manufactured to the highest quality standards and are designed for safe operations. Over the past 14 years Bajaj Pulsar has earned the trust of more than 50 lakh customers in over 25 countries.
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GALLERY: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Alloy Wheel Breakage