Bajaj surprised us all by launching the smallest 125 cc Pulsar, the Pulsar 125. Previously it was expected that the design language of the bike will resemble the Pulsar 135LS. However, surprise surprise, Bajaj launched the Pulsar 125 which resembles the Pulsar 150 and 180. The chassis and body parts are almost identical to the Pulsar 150. However, there were some Pulsar 135LS enthusiasts who were disappointed. But why actually the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 didn’t come into existence? Let’s find it out.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 are the two popular motorcycles who actually started the Pulsar series. The Bajaj Pulsar 150 and 180 were among the first sports bikes that were built in India. So the design language of these bikes has set a fan following in itself. Even in today’s date, nearly after two decades, the sales figures of the Bajaj Pulsar 150 are still improving. So the bike has set itself apart from other sports bikes and we can say that the design has now become a classic.
Due to the price hikes of the bikes in all these years, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 was a lot less accessible than it was before. Bajaj Pulsar 125 was made to have a more accessible Pulsar in the market. Also, Bajaj had less risk with the design as well, as said earlier the design has become a classic in itself.
The 125 cc segment is actually a commuter bike segment. Customers in this segment appreciate the practical bikes. The Bajaj Pulsar 135LS was way sportier for its audience. The suspension setup on the bike was on the stiffer side, as well as the bike had a split seat setup which is not so practical. Also, the bike had a quite tall seat height, specifically at the 800 mm. While the Bajaj Pulsar 150 has a seat height at 785 mm. So you can clearly see that Bajaj Pulsar 150 is more practical than the Pulsar 135LS. We can say that the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 would have not suited for its audience.
Bajaj Pulsar 135LS in its last update had undergone changes to make it more commuter such as split seat was replaced by a longer single-piece saddle, the sporty grab handles were replaced by more practical grab handles and also the windscreen was made bigger. These changes on the bike were actually good for practicality but it completely distorted the design of the bike. The new design was not quite appreciated by the audience which led it to the poor sales.
The Bajaj Pulsar 135LS was the smallest bike in the country with a 4-valve engine back then. It produced about 13.5 BHP max power which in today’s times is the output of some of the 150-160 cc bikes. Nevertheless, we have to say that Bajaj Pulsar 135LS was a good bike and the design might work in the future.