Exclusive: Observations from a Bajaj Pulsar CS400 spotting


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The highly anticipated Bajaj Pulsar CS 400 has been spotted by an anonymous reader. Ever since it made an appearance at the 2014 Auto Expo, the Pulsar CS 400 has been sending pulses of the average Indian motorcycle enthusiast racing. CS, which stands for Cruiser Sport will be a mellowed down avatar of the sharp, barky KTM Duke 390.

Bajaj Pulsar CS400 (55)

The Pulsar CS400’s styling will stay exactly similar to the concept motorcycle displayed at the 2014 Auto Expo, with the only visual differences being a slightly watered down headlamp cluster and the front suspension setup. While the concept featured upside down front forks, the production version will come out with beefy, yet conventional telescopic front forks. The rear end will be suspended by a Nitrox charged mono-shock setup. Also, the front petal disc brake is positioned on the RHS of the production version of the motorcycle.

Bajaj Pulsar CS400 Auto Expo 2014 (21)

As shown on the concept, the Bajaj CS400 will indeed feature a fully digital, yet spilt instrument cluster, with one part being mounted on the handlebars, while the other is positioned on top of the fuel tank, a la Ducati Diavel. The former will display engine speed and a trip computer amongst other information, while the latter will display the speed, along with a gear position indicator.

Bajaj Pulsar CS400 (20)

The motorcycle’s engine will be closely related to the KTM’s 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine but the Pulsar CS 400 would employ Bajaj’s patented triple-spark technology. Power and torque will be detuned significantly from the Duke 390, with more focus on tractable performance and good drivability, rather than outright poke. Power output is expected to be below the 40 bhp mark, down from the KTM’s 43 bhp output.  The engine will be mated to a 6-speed transmission, with different gear ratios from the KTM.

Bajaj Pulsar CS400 (14)

 The test mule we spotted had ABS, although it still isn’t confirmed whether the system is dual channeled or not. Also, the note from the mid ship exhaust unit “sounded rather feeble for a 400 cc engine”, as mentioned by the spotter. Other feature from the concept like the split spoke alloy wheels, petal disc brakes, twin LED tail lamps and illuminated switchgear have been carried over to the production model.

Bajaj Pulsar CS400 (24)

Although few reports indicate a June 2016 launch, our sources say that the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will only be launched by the end of this year, or even early next year. However, we’ll have to watch – the sooner the better. Upon launch, the Bajaj CS400 is expected to be priced below INR 2 lakh, and will compete with Royal Enfield’s newest entrant – the Himalayan.



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