Bajaj has unveiled the next generation of the popular Pulsar motorcycle, introducing the new Pulsar N250 and F250 in India. Priced at Rs 1.38 lakh ($1,845) and Rs 1.40 lakh ($1,872), respectively, the two entry-level motorcycles cost just Rs 4,000 (around $53) more than the smaller Pulsar 220F from the previous generation.
The Pulsar line is one of the most popular motorcycles in the world’s largest two-wheeler market, and these two models mark two decades since the first of them debuted in India. The F250 and N250 share the same engine and chassis, with the only difference between the two models being their appearance — the F250 features a sportbike-like fairing, while the N250 is a street-naked.
Powering the bikes is a 249cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engine that produces peak output figures of 24.5hp and 21.5Nm — these numbers put in between the Bajaj Pulsar 220F and the Dominar 250. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox that works alongside a slip-and-assist clutch.
Both motorcycles feature LED headlights (unlike the older Pulsars), a sporty split-seat design, and a digital-analog instrument cluster. The F250 also features raised clip-on handlebars. Both bikes feature aggressive styling, which is more prominent on the Pulsar N250 — the rear end has sharp lines accentuated by the twin LED tail-lights.
Autocar India also reports that this is the first time that a non-NS/RS Pulsar gets a rear monoshock. The frame and swingarm, however, are different to incorporate this feature. At the front, the Pulsars continue to employ a conventional telescopic fork.
Braking is handled by a 300mm disc up front and a 230mm disc at the rear. The N250 weighs 162kg (357lbs), while the added bodywork on the F250 adds a couple of pounds taking its total weight to 164kg (361lbs).
Bajaj has reported that it will start shipping the bike to dealerships on November 10.