2017 Bajaj Pulsar 160NS will be based on the modified Pulsar 150 platform, but considerably lighter than its sibling.
Bajaj Auto is gearing up for the launch of the long-awaited Bajaj Pulsar 160NS in the Indian market. In fact, the bike is reportedly reaches dealerships and TwinkleTorque has managed to click the motorcycle at one of the Bajaj’s dealership stockyard. The motorcycle has already been spotted several times during its test rounds on Indian roads. Bajaj Auto had unveiled the motorcycle at a dealer meet in Turkey in December 2016. The motorcycle is also retailed in Nepal.
It was speculated that the motorcycle will be launched in India by early 2017; that didn’t happen. Instead, the homegrown automaker introduced the updated Pulsar 150. It will be launched in the Indian market to rival the Yamaha FZ FI V2.0, Suzuki Gixxer and Honda CB Hornet 160R. The spotted model at a dealership has been styled on the 2017 Pulsar 200NS and features Graphite Black colour. Based on the modified perimeter frame, the new Pulsar 160NS will be lighter than the 150 model. The new model carries a kerb weight of 135kgs, which makes it 5kgs lighter than the smaller sibling. Read More About – Bajaj Dominar 400 | Bajaj V12 | Bajaj V15
The global model is available with a single-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) in the front; however, the India-spec naked streetfighter could miss out on ABS. Some of the features offered with this bike include clip-on handlebars, LED taillights, under belly exhaust system, AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) function and others.
Powering the bike is a 160.3cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled triple spark engine coupled to a 5-speed gearbox. This powertrain churns out a maximum power output of 15.2bhp and a peak torque of 14.6Nm. As a reminder, the 150NS is propelled by a 149.5cc engine that is good for 17bhp and 13Nm of torque. It comes with an electric and kick start engine.
Bajaj is yet to make an official announcement on the launch of this bike. However, media reports suggest that the 160NS might actually make its way to our market. The bike has already been reached dealerships, indicating towards a near launch. To be sold alongside the regular Pulsar 150, the new model is expected to be launched in the market by mid-2017. We will update you on the same as soon as Bajaj announces its launch date.
To be positioned above the regular Pulsar 150, the new 160NS will rival the Suzuki Gixxer 155, Honda CB Hornet 160R, TVS Apache 160 and the Yamaha FZ-S. We expect the new model to be priced somewhere between Rs 78,000 to Rs 82,000.
|Engine||160.3cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled|
|Power||15.2bhp @ 8,500rpm|
|Torque||14.6Nm @ 6,500rpm|
The new Pulsar 160NS is propelled by an all-new 160.3cc, single-cylinder, oil cooled 4-stroke engine that is fitted with Bajaj’s triple spark technology. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 15.2bhp at 8,500rpm along with a peak torque of 14.6Nm at 6,500rpm. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels of the naked streetfighter via a 5-speed gearbox. It will be a BSIV compliant engine and will have AHO (Automatic Headlamps On) feature. This new bike comes with a top speed of around 120kmph. Suspension mechanism of the bike comprises of telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear.
Equipped with an all-new 160cc engine, the new Pulsar 160NS is likely to be more fuel efficient than the regular 150cc model. We expect the new motorcycle to return around 50-55kmpl of fuel efficiency.
Braking system of the bike consists of disc brakes and an optional ABS (anti-lock braking system) in the front wheel. The non-ABS variant gets rear drum setup. Based on the perimeter frame, the Bajaj Pulsar 160NS gets conventional telescopic fork upfront and monoshock with coil-over spring suspension at the rear. Similar to the existing Pulsar, the new 160NS comes fitted with 17-inch wheels with 100/80 front and 110/70 rear MRF Zapper tyres. Also Read – Upcoming Bajaj Bikes in India
Visually, the Bajaj Pulsar 160NS looks largely identical to the Pulsar 150NS and 200NS. Though, there are some design changes that mark a distinction. What enhance its naked appeal are the skinny side panels, muscular fuel tank and bold stance.
The bike also gets minimal head fairing, halogen headlamp, new fuel filler cap, digital instrument panel with analog tachometer, silver finish centre stay and rear foot rest, air deflecting cowl, clear lense indicators, splint seats and grab handle. At the rear, there is underbelly exhaust and split LED tail lamp.
Developed on the slightly modified perimeter frame, the new Pulsar 160NS is 2,105mm in length, 800mm in width and 1,220mm in height. The bike has a wheelbase of 1,363mm. The bike carries a kerb weight of 135kgs, while the fuel tank has 12-litres capacity. It rides on 17-inch wheels shod with 80/100-17 and 100/90-17 tyres at the front and rear, respectively.
BSIV compliant engine
Clear-lens Indicator lenses
AHO (Automatic Headlamps On)
Wheel & Tyre Size
Front – 80/100-17 Tubeless
Rear – 100/90-17 Tubeless
Front – Telescopic with anti-friction bush
Rear – Mono-Nitrox
Front – 240mm Disc
Rear – 130mm Drum
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Based on the perimeter frame, the Bajaj Pulsar 160NS could be a viable alternative to Yamaha FZ V2.0, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160R.