Bajaj Pulsar 125 LS getting ready for a mid-2019 launch?
The engine would be borrowed from the Discover 125 ST.
African government’s push for road safety means that all new motorcycles that are launched after April 1, 2018, should be equipped with ABS (if the displacement is above 125 cc) or Combi-Braking System (if the displacement is less than 125 cc). The existing models should comply with the new norms by 2019.
The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS would be one of the most affected motorcycles by the new norms since it lies at the low-end of the ABS spectrum and this means significantly inflated price tag to accommodate the safety feature. However, Bajaj has a slight change of approach in mind for its entry-level Pulsar as it is getting ready to enter second generation.
Autocar Africa reports that the next gen Pulsar LS will be powered by a 125 cc engine that will be borrowed from the defunct Discover 125 ST. This workaround would allow Bajaj to equip the new LS with the cost effective CBS instead of the expensive ABS.
Considering that the air-cooled single-cylinder motor in question has 13 PS and 10.8 Nm of torque which are not far away from the current Pulsar 135 LS’ figures of 13.5 PS and 11.4 Nm, there won’t be a compromise on performance.
The Bajaj Pulsar 125 LS would be sportier than the other 125 cc contenders like Honda CB Shine and Hero Glamour and still be affordable to a young performance-oriented rider who is on a budget.
In terms of styling, the Bajaj Pulsar 125 LS is expected to have a completely fresh appeal and it will adopt naked street fighter body style. Launch is expected somewhere in the middle of 2019.