If we had to pick the single most exciting vehicle from among all the car and bike models showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, it would undoubtedly have to be the Pulsar CS 400. The new motorcycle with its aggressive styling, attention to detail, yummy specs and the following for the Pulsar brand backing it, was the most talked about machine at the auto show. The entire motorcycling community is looking at this distant cousin of the KTM 390 Duke with eyes full hope and passion. And it’s not that the Pulsar CS400 looks good only in the images, the actual bike looks very well finished and reeks quality and attention to detail all over. Kudos, Bajaj Auto!
While many initial reports have been written about the new bike, including a few on Motoroids, in the maddening buzz of the Auto Expo, no one seems to have found the time to analyze the stunning looking machine in detail yet. Having come back from the Auto Expo, and big cache of images at our avail, we sat down and spent some time admiring the details and features of the new bike.
So here we have our observations about the new Pulsar CS400, represented with the help of some hi-res images. This will be followed by a huge image gallery, so don’t forget to feast your eyes on the images of the bike once you are finished reading this piece.
1. Those stunning new headlights are an eight piece unit. While that bit of information is pretty evident, what’s not, is that Bajaj have employed two different technologies in different sections of that headlamp assembly. While the two central units are HIDs, the surrounding six pieces are lit by LED technology.
2. New alloys wheels look snazzy. They are shod with MRF Revz C1 soft compound tyres at both ends. Rear Tyre is 150/60 R17 while the front tyre is 110/70/R17
3. The body is finished in a two-tone paint job, while the aluminium perimeter frame and the swing-arm provide a third, silver shade. A special mention must be made here of the new, angled and styled swing-arm which look absolutely smashing. Our only gripe is the welding marks on the fag end of the swing-arm unit.
4. Most people seemed to have missed it, but the Pulsar CS400 has a digital speedometer unit, as well as a gear shift indicator in top of its tank. A really neat touch – helps elevate the ‘premium’ perception about the bike
5. The fully digital Ducati-style instrument console is a welcome inclusion. This is stuff that superbikes get, and manages to raise the desirability quotient of the motorcycle substantially. There’s a tachometer, a fuel gauge, a clock, an odometer and average fuel consumption readout on the instrument console. Under the digital readout, you have the usual telltale lights and blinker on lights.
6. The Pulsar CS 400 will come equipped with ABS, at least as an option. The bike also features WP upside down forks up front. We are surprised to see ‘Endurance’ logo below the Wp logo though. Also, the CS400 will feature radially mounted calipers for the front brakes, thanks to those upside down forks
7. Tail-lamps are in conjunction with the ‘twin – vertical’ tail-lamp design on the current gen Pulsar motorcycles. They features LED tech on the CS400 though, and have been styled tastefully to look fab
8. The keyhole to remove the seat is under the left grab rail
9. We see only a single horn speaker mounted over the radiator grille. There is also an underbelly cowl
10. We love the design of the stubby and chunky two-tone exhaust.
11. The CS400, unlike the SS, features a single seat unit, albeit in step shape. The pillion seat looks manageable, unlike the Yamaha R15’s discomfort causing unit.
12. Handlebars are not too low-set. Seems like the CS400 will have a reasonably comfortable riding posture. The front footpegs too are not positioned too much towards the rear. The CS400 would be an average rider friendly bike as regards riding position. No clip-ons here.
13. The blinkers are mounted ‘above’ the headlight. They look like the ‘ears’ on the face of this monster.
14. Perforated aluminium brake pedal is a brand new design. Looks great!
15. The big tank is more curvaceous at the point where it merges with the seat. It looks good, and is more ‘family jewels’ friendly too.
16. To highlight the muscular front end of the Pulsar CS400, Bajaj Auto have kept the tail of the bike very small. The rear wheel extends almost halfway out after the end of the tail-lamp unit. An extended license plate and reflector mount finishes the slender tail of the CS400.
So that was our set of observations, what do you feel? Do let us know!