The 150cc segment is turning out to be pivotal for almost all the manufacturers in the Indian market. While the segment was largely dominated by relatively functional, bikini faired products like the Unicorn and the evergreen Pulsar 150 till some time back, snazzier looking, more powerful and relatively higher priced motorcycles are increasingly taking the center stage of late. So, for people who are willing to get a new ride but willing to move beyond the CB Unicorns and the CBZ Xtremes of the world, here are a few options that would definitely grab attention and jewel up the parking space in your residence without setting you back by a huge sum of money.
Bajaj’s so-called “surprise” launch is out the way and it is the Pulsar Adventure Sport series of motorcycles that have made their debut into the Indian two-wheeler market. While the product by itself wasn’t much of a surprise as numerous images of the model were taken doing testing rounds and later at a local dealership, what indeed stunned many of us was the aggressive pricing for the range.
We recently came out with a technical specification comparison of the 150cc motorcycles but back then, the details about the Pulsar AS150 were not known. But now that the cat is out of the box, here is a specification and price analysis of how the latest 150cc addition to the Pulsar family measures up against the competitors.
But here is a disclaimer before we start. The motorcycles in this comparison have different characteristics. So while the Fazer FI V2.0 and the Pulsar 150AS cater to the touring enthusiasts, the YZF-R15 V2.0 is a thoroughly track-bred machine. However, we have included all these products in the comparison due to near similar engine displacement.
|Model||Bajaj Pulsar AS150||Suzuki Gixxer SF||Honda CBR 150R||Yamaha R15 V2.0||Yamaha Fazer FI V2.0|
|Type||Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 4valve, Air cooled, DTS-i||Air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4 -Stroke, SOHC||Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke||Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve||Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve|
|Power Output||17PS @ 9,500rpm||14.8PS @ 8,000rpm||18.5PS @ 10,500rpm||17PS @ 8,500rpm||13.1PS @ 8,000rpm|
|Torque||13Nm @ 7,500rpm||14Nm @ 6,000rpm||12.66Nm @ 8,500rpm||15Nm @ 7,500rpm||12.8 Nm @ 6,000rpm|
|Transmission||5 Speed MT||5 Speed MT||6 Speed MT||6 Speed MT||5 Speed MT|
|Kerb Mass||143 kg||139 kg||138 kg||136 kg||137 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12 litre||12 litre||13 litre||12 liters||12 litres|
Brakes and Tyres
|Front Brake||Single Disc||Single Disc||Single disc||Single disc||Single disc|
|Rear Brake||Drum||Drum||Single disc||Single disc||Drum|
|Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)||Rs 79,000||Rs 83,889||Rs 1.23 Lakh||Rs 1.17 Lakh||Rs 84,300|
The Bajaj Pulsar AS150 comes across as the most value for money motorcycle among its competitors listed in the comparison. It is the cheapest motorcycle in this 150cc comparison, the most powerful product in its segment (150cc Air Cooled Motorcycles) and the only motorcycle among the peers to come with a factory installed projector headlight. Those facts should add up really well to help the new bike earn brownie points over it rivals.
The Honda CBR150R is the most powerful motorcycle in this comparison with power output figure standing at 18.5PS. The second spot is shared by the new Bajaj Pulsar AS150 and the Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 with 17PS of power. The newly introduced Suzuki Gixxer SF is the third most powerful motorcycle with output figures standing at 14.8PS while the Yamaha Fazer FI V2.0 finishes last with 13.1 PS of power.
But the Bajaj Pulsar AS150 walks off with the trophy when the competition boils down to the pricing. The new Bajaj Pulsar AS150, at Rs 79,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) is the most affordable motorcycle among its rivals in this comparison. The new fully faired Suzuki Gixxer SF costs Rs 83,889 (ex-showroom Delhi) which is slightly less than Yamaha Fazer FI V2.0’s price tag of Rs 84,300 (ex-showroom Delhi). The one lakh mark is crossed by Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 and the Honda CBR150R with prices standing at Rs 1.17 lakh and 1.23 lakh respectively (ex-showroom Delhi).
The new Bajaj Pulsar AS150 looks promising. The highly competitive price tag of the AS150 should help Bajaj clock better sales in the coming days. Do you agree with us? Share your opinions with us through the comments section below and let us know your views. Don’t forget to share the comparison with your friends through the “Share” toolbar below.