Bajaj launches Pulsar 135LS as Honda launches CB Twister

Two-wheeler major Bajaj Auto Ltd has launched the all-new Pulsar 135LS motorcycle priced at Rs51,000 ex-showroom Delhi, while rival two-wheeler maker Honda has launched its first offering in the fiercely competitive 100 cc segment with the launch of the CB Twister priced at Rs42,000 ex-showroom Delhi.

Bajaj expects to sell 30,000 units of the new Pulsar model every month. The aggressively styled, motorcycle is designed along the lines of earlier models in the Pulsar range, sports a trendy fuel tank with sharp lines and sleek tank flanks.

The Pulsar's headlamp unit is set in a bikini fairing with bold, rakish lines that give it a rugged futuristic look. The footrests are set slightly to the rear and in combination with the two-piece handle-bars to offer a 'sporty' riding experience.

The Pulsar 135LS is powered by Bajaj's DTS-I technology that delivers 13.5 PS@9000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 11.4Nm@7500 rpm. It features a 5-speed gearbox and tips the scales at 122kg. According to experts in the field, the Pulsar 135 should be able to match the performance of most 150cc bikes currently available in the market, while its compact size should afford ease of handling in peak hour traffic.

Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto has announced plans to exit the scooter market. The company which sells 300 automatic scooters a month under the brand name Kristal will stop the production of the vehicle in the next three months.

According to analysts, the move forms part of Bajaj's new strategy to drive past Honda and emerge as the second largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India.