Spied – Next-gen 2012 Bajaj Pulsar in Pune

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Finally we got our hands of firstever exclusive spy pictures of Bajaj Pulsar 2012, we have all been talking endlessly about the same. Bajaj Pulsar series is known for windiest acceleration and reliable performance. From the spy pictures, it seems to be quite close to production prototypes under testing. These pictures have been clicked at Nigdi-Nashik Phata highway near Bajaj factory in Pune.

From the images some apparent changes are revealed immediately, visually compact in size had KTM branding on their crankcases. Quite possible then that the new top of the line Pulsar may share its powerplant with the KTM. The branding, most likely will be changed on the production models. If that happens, the new 2012 Pulsar will boast of a power output of around 24bhp. This will be made possible with its KTM derived 4 valves per cylinder liquid cooled 200cc engine.

The spyshots of the motorcycle also indicate that the on-test motorcycles do not feature disc brakes at the rear, another indicator that the motorcycle caught on camera could be an all new Pulsar 125. However, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Bajaj decides to launch a Bajaj Pulsar 125, replacing the Bajaj Pulsar 135, as the motorcycle maker also makes the KTM Duke 125.

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Some features revealed from the images –

  • Tank camouflaged with a cover, but the shape seems similar to that of the current Pulsar
  • Rectangular box swing-arm
  • Yellow coloured mono shock unit at the rear
  • No upside down front forks
  • Single front disk
  • New 10 spoke alloy design for the wheels
  • No rear discs brake. Regular drums doing duty
  • Fat rear tyres
  • Pulsar 135 LS style mounts for the rear number plate
  • A high positioned rear seat
  • New angular design for the front fender around the front fork
  • Tail lamps seem to be unchanged
  • New slimmer and sharper blinkers
  • Riding position reasonably sporty, not overly front forward through
  • Looks compact and sporty

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The front suspensions thick tubes of hydraulic suspensions, which seems like an upgrade to better quality of front suspensions. The Disk brake at front has large diameter and a two pot caliper which seems to be same as existing ones. The front mudguard seems to have changes and now has a dual tone design. There is a silver coloured panel as the sides of the mudguard running parallel to the front suspensions. The shape of the front headlamp looks similar to the Pulsar 135 with very small visor. The instrument cluster is not visible in these pictures so we can comment much on that. The front turn indicators ate sharp and sleep and are mounted at the sides of the headlamps.

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The rear wheel still has a drum brake so the bike will in line of 125cc to 150cc. The tail lamp looks similar old line of Pulsars, the fuel tank shape too seems similar, somewhat signature Pulsar design, but looks like there is some extended faring or some air vents at the front edges hidden behind the camouflage. These look like air openings for the air-cooled engine (estimated) or just to give more visual appeal like we see on the fuel tank of Hero Honda Hunk. The footrests for the rider seems to have moved backwards and seat has gone lower in height for a sporty riding posture. The seat is now more like split seat where the rear seat is slightly elevated. There are rear grab handles behind the rear seat and the tail lamp rests below these handles. There is an extended overhang part below the tail lamps which is the number plate mount made up of webbed aluminum structure. The rear turn indicators are sharp and have clear glass design and are mounted at the beginning of the number plate mount at the rear.

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One striking difference you will notice at the rear is the missing side springs of the suspensions, this is because the new Pulsar 2012 has centrally mounted monoshock suspension for better ride quality and stability. The swing arms have large cross-section box structure for better handling and rigid structure. The rear brakes are drum brakes and there seems to be no tyre hugger (which may or may not be present in final production versions).

The interesting parts are the Rims similar to the baby Duke 125 with 10 spoke black coloured alloy wheels which look sporty. The rear tyre seems to be quite wide profile and fat for better road grip.


 Also see  – Official – Next-gen Bajaj Pulsar debuts in December