It’s the smallest member of the Bajaj Pulsar family, it looks smart, is quick, is light, it’s the new Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS and Bajaj calls it Light Sport.
“Only big bikes are fun material”, the statement was proven wrong when Bajaj brought the light edition of one of the sportiest motorcycles available on Indian streets, Pulsar. Pulsar 135 LS doesn’t only restricts its capabilities for Indian commercials, in reality the ride can do every thing that has been shown.
Let’s look at what’s big in the small package.
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- Build Quality
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS in India is the reality of the concept that was shown by Bajaj at previous Auto Expo. The bike cues much of its design from the Sonic concept taking large tank shoulder is angular and gives athletic look to the ride. The instrument panel is digital with analogue type tachometer. On the right the digital screen displays speed, fuel level, trip and odometer where as on the left tachometer with a needle dominates the control panel. The front fender looks two piece where the front is with bit of geometry to support overall athletic look of the bike. The bike is in no angle similar to the Pulsar design.
Handle bar is another place that gives the 135 a sporty look. The bar is screwed on the fork in two pieces which gives the look of a two piece handle that is found on sport bikes. Grip and switch cluster is similar to other Bajaj bikes, in short is functional and does has engine kill switch.
All the unwanted metal was removed and result was the fuel tank. Fuel tank without its cows looks similar to TVS Apache’s fuel tank. Also the tank shoulders mates well with the tank giving a muscular look. The saddle is in two pieces similar to those found on the Pulsar 200 and 220. Side panel runs smooth till the end to make tail light. The tail light is not other unit its settles within the definition if the side rear panel. The ride misses the plastic rear mudguard making the whole tire curve visible from the rear. The exhausts unit has a cut on its opening.
Engine and Performance
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS in India has a DTS-i engine which is common for Bajaj bikes. New engine feature this ride receives is four valve head. Four valve head is not new, but the combo of DTS-i + 4 valve head is new for Pulsar 135 LS. With 135.6 cc on the displacement this 135 makes 13.5 bhp @ 90000 rpm. The power generation is comparable to bikes in the 150cc segment and this little ride has an advantage of being light weight over the larger 150cc bikes. to taste real power the engine needs to run on high rpm where other bikes generates max power and torque at 7500-8000 rpm, Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS need an rpm of 9000. Ride reaches 60kmph from a still in just 5 seconds and does a top speed of 112kmph. The engine runs smooth but on the higher end you may feel vibe clues though the handle bar. The bike is more performance oriented but can take you well through the city as its gear ratios are rightly configured. On the 5th gear Pulsar 135 can be ridden as slow as 25kmph.this power pact performance smallest bike is a threat to many bikes resting in the 150cc segment. The secret of so quick bike is in its light body weight. 13.5 bhp is more than enough to make fly a 122 kg ride.
Being a powersport bike Pulsar 135LS manages to run 50kmpl in city and goes up to 65kmpl on highways. In mixed condition 55kmpl shouldn’t be a problem.
The new Bajaj Pulsar 135 undoubtedly lives to its badge LS which stands for, “Light Sport”. The engine unit acts as a stressed member with a box section single downtube where as the rest of the frame is made tabular. Box section also includes the swing arm that holds MRF Zapper tyres. On the front, Pulsar receives pair of forks and rear receives gas filled pair of damping springs. The ride quality is smooth over the road wrinkles. The front saddle lacks some cushion and the rear seat is uncomfortable especially in longer rides.
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS in India doesn’t only looks athletic but also rides like one. This little Pulsar can show some serious skills if in hands of an experienced rider. While cornering the saddle has enough room for rider’s movement. Rider needs only a little action to flip the ride on the corners. Braking is reasonable where front receives 240mm discs and rear has 130mm drum brakes. Pulsar can be put to a halt from high speed at ease without ending up into scary situation. For city commutation the ride adds fun to the same old story.
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS Photo Gallery
The Bottom Line
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS price in India is settled at Rs 51,000, ex showroom, Delhi. The pricing is a bit premium for a 135cc bike. Models like the Yamaha SZ-X, Suzuki Slingshot falls in similar pricing pattern. There is really no substitute for the Pulsar 134LS as there is nothing like this little Pulsar that just doesn’t looks sporty but it rides like one and truly lives to its badge “Light Sport”.
Value: 4 out of 5
Reliability: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Styling: 4 out of 5
Comfort: 3 out of 5
Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS Technical Specification
Model: Pulsar 135 LS Light Sports
Engine: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, DTS-i
Maximum Power: 13 Bhp @ 9000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 11.4 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Gears: 5 Speed
Clutch: Wet Multiplate Clutch
No. of Cylinders: 1
Valve Per Cylinder: 4
Engine Block Material: Aluminum Alloy
Chassis Type: Box Type Diamong Type
Cooling Type: Air Cooling
Weight: 122.00 kg
Ground Clearance: 170.00 mm
Fuel Tank: 8.00 ltrs
Wheelbase: 1325.00 mm
Electrical System: 12V – Full DC
Wheel Type: 6 Spoke Alloys
Wheel Size: 2.75 x 17″, 100/90 x 17″ mm
Suspension(Front): 130 mm Fork travel, Telescopic
Suspension(Rear): Trailing Arm
Brakes(Front): 240 mm Disc
Brakes(Rear): 130 mm Drum