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Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i

Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i in India review

My first review officially in bikes.indiandrives.com starts with the bike that I own and it’s the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i in India. No, I don’t own the latest version of the Bajaj 150 but then as people know it, the UG3 generation one. From the time the Pulsar twins were introduced in India, they have undergone various styling and technological upgrades. But the UG3 generation and the remaining of the family was where the separation branch began.

I am sure that most automobile enthusiasts would agree that the even a layman can differentiate the different Pulsar 150s roaming around in the country. However for the latest generation Pulsar it is a bit difficult to say that. The 2009 and 2010 version are almost similar.

But then as is the trend, I have got the latest one with me and believe me, after a few months or so, another new one would be coming. Only this time, it would be very un-Pulsar like in its looks. So a review of the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i in India or maybe even a test ride for the new generation would succeed this article.

All too familiar is what I would say. But familiarity breed contempt. In this case, its very much right. But familiarity also brings in the reliability factor to the book. I remember been vaguely upset that the day I got my Pulsar 150, the very next day, a slightly altered variant with the engine kill switch was available.

Not that I miss the kill switch very much but then it still does call for a part of the bragging rights. The wolf eye for the 150cc variant is shared with the 180cc as well. In profile both look almost similar and were it not for the alloy triple clamp handle bars that the 180 boasts of, it would have been neigh impossible to distinguish both, badges apart. Coming back to the wolf eyed head lamp, it houses the city lights or parking lamps.

Over the years, even the fairing has undergone some changes and it has become more sleeker and thinner than the earlier bulbous one. The 17 inch rims at both the ends make the bike look far too closer to the ground. The exhaust pattern for the Pulsars have also undergone many changes over the years.

From the UG2 generation, it has been always the ExhausTec tag that gets displayed however some times, the exhaust is all black whereas sometimes it is all steel. The current iteration has the all black theme with a steel heat shield.

The fuel tank though has got its capacity reduced over the years from 18 liters to 15 now, still looks the same. It has got anti-zip scratch pad from the Pulsar 220. The tank also gets add-ons near the front forks.Clear lens indicators were an industry first though the others were quick to follow through.

So was the LED tail lamps and semi digital instrument cluster. The Pulsars however boast of backlit switches which none of the other manufacturers haven’t emulated. Take your Pulsar out for a night ride and you would come to know why these small attention to detail things work out for the better. The LED tail lamps with the sharply protruding glass are common to almost all the Pulsars save for the 135 LS.

The rear wheel dirt protector cover has been removed from the 150,180 and 220 units now.

Build quality is excellent however some of the wires hanging below the fairing do look a bit ungainly. But that is only if you look at it closely. Other than that, I can vouch with my personal experience that the parts are almost rust free, provided you care for them enough.

Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i
Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i

The paint quality is excellent and even after 5 years my P150 stands out amongst the crowd due to its superlative paint job.

Ride and handling

The Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i in India employs the tubular double cradle with triple rated spring, 5 way adjustable with 105 mm travel Nitrox shock absorber at the rear and Telescopic, 135 mm stroke at the front. The front tyres are 2.75 x 17 whereas the rear ones employ 100/90 x 17 section tyres. For the 150, there is no option of tubeless tyres whereas the others in its clan come in tubeless tyre configuration.

The ride quality of the Pulsar 150 DTS-i  in India is very good and its only when some one tries taking mid corner curves and if any bumps come in between, then the composure of the bike is affected. One more tendency of this bike is that if you hit the disc brake even lightly in regions sprinkled with sand, the front wheel tends to lose grip. Alarming, yes very much. But if you get used to it, it wouldn’t be an issue.

Handling is a personal thing and the 220 or even the Pulsar 180 wouldn’t suit taller riders with their split handle bar system. The Pulsar 150 in the meanwhile is a flickable unit and one which requires the least effort.

People would go on saying that the Pulsar 150 DTS-i doesn’t handle well however as discussed earlier it is only on the curves, wherein if one encounters even a stone, then the Pulsar’s composure gets disrupted. The steering palm grips and all feel very comfortable so is the riding position. It takes the middle route between being commuter type and at the same time having sporty overtures.For taller riders like me, long journeys can be a bit tiring with not much of cushioning from the seats.

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Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i
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Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i

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