Bajaj Auto on Tuesday introduced its sporty offering in the 125 cc segment - NS 125. This segment is generally occupied by mid-spec commuters such as the Honda Shine SP 125 or the Hero Glamour i3S. The Pulsar NS 125, on the other hand, isn't a rival to these bikes despite sharing similar displacement figures but locks horns with other sporty offerings such as the KTM 125 Duke.
The Pulsar NS 125 is a new addition to the Pulsar ‘NS’ range of motorcycles. It has been priced at ₹93,690 (ex-showroom-Delhi) and has been made available in a total of four colour options - Beach Blue, Fiery Orange, Burnt Red and Pewter Grey.
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In terms of exteriors, it features the same design and styling as the existing Pulsar NS 200 and the NS 160 bikes. It sources power from a 125 cc BS 6 DTS-i engine that is capable of returning a maximum power of 12 PS and 11 Nm of peak torque. The transmission is a five-speed gearbox.
The bike has been wrapped around a perimeter frame that is claimed to offer high stiffness and low flex for high performance. In terms of the suspension kit, it gets a telescopic front fork that is complemented by a mono-shock absorber at the rear.
Its rival, the KTM 125 Duke gets a more premium equipment kit and features. There is a high-performance upside-down WP front fork and a single mono-shock at the rear. There are 17-inch race alloys which are shod with 110 mm section at the front and 150 mm section rubber at the back. Unlike the Pulsar NS 120, the Duke gets a trellis frame and a single-channel Bosch ABS for added safety.
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Its powertrain includes a 124.71 cc 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that delivers 14.72 bhp of maximum power and 12 Nm of peak torque. This unit comes married to a six-speed transmission. It has a dry weight of 141 kg, while its ground clearance stands at 155 mm.
The pricing for the 125 Duke is significantly higher than the Pulsar NS 125. It retails at ₹160,448 (ex-showroom).