2017 Bajaj Pulsar 160NS will be based on the modified Pulsar 150 platform, but considerably lighter than its sibling.
December 31, 2016 – Bajaj Auto has recently unveiled the Pulsar 160NS and Pulsar 200NS at an event in Turkey. The all-new Bajaj Pulsar 160NS sits on the modified Pulsar 150 platform, but it is considerably lighter than its sibling. The new Pulsar carries a kerb weight of 135kgs, which is 5kgs lighter than the 150NS. If reports are to be believed, the homegrown two-wheeler maker will launch the new model in India in the first half of 2017.
Power for the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 160NS comes from a 160.3cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled triple spark engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. This motor churns out a maximum power output of 15.2bhp and a peak torque of 14.6Nm. As a reminder, the Pulsar 150NS is powered by a 149.5cc engine that is good for 17bhp and 13Nm of torque. It comes with electric and kick start engine.
The company is yet to announce the exact launch date of the bike. However, media reports suggest that the Pulsar 160NS could be launched in the first quarter of 2017. It will be slotted above the regular Bajaj Pulsar 150, which is recently being launched as 2017 year model.
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 model is powered by an all-new 160.3cc, single-cylinder, oil cooled 4-stroke engine with triple spark technology. This powerplant is capable of producing 15.2bhp of power at 8,500rpm along with a peak torque of 14.6Nm at 6,500rpm. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed gearbox. This new bike comes with a top speed of around 120kmph.
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.
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