Bajaj Auto has finally taken the wraps off of the all-new Pulsar 250s. There are two variants on offer, namely the Pulsar F250 which has a half fairing and the Pulsar N250 which is the naked offering. The bikes feature an all-new design, a new 249.07cc single-cylinder engine and a new chassis setup. The bikes also come with an attractive price tag of Rs 1.38 lakh for the Pulsar N250 and Rs 1.4 lakh for the F250. Let’s take a closer look at the bikes, shall we?
The Bajaj Pulsar N250 and the F250 offer a fresh take on traditional Pulsar design while retaining the quintessential Pulsar look and feel. The Pulsar N250 sports a naked streetfighter design. The front end of the N250 is made up of a bi-function LED projector headlamp that is flanked by two DRLs on either side. The bike has a muscular stance with cuts and creases all over the body panels. The fuel tank on the N250 has shrouds that extend to the front forks adding to the muscular stance. The bike also gets a colour matched belly pan. The Pulsar F250 on the other hand sports a semi-faired design with a short fairing that goes around the headlamp unit and extends to the fuel tank. The design for the DRL on the F250 is another differentiating factor with its boomerang shape. Additionally, the F250 also gets a windscreen along with fairing mounted rear view mirrors. Both bikes get a split seat setup and a new design for the rear LED taillamp. The Pulsar F250 is available in ‘Racing Red’ and the N250 is available in ‘Techno Grey’ colour schemes.
Both bikes are mechanically identical. Meaning, they are powered by a new 249.07cc single-cylinder, SOHC, two-valve, oil-cooled engine. This new engine puts out 24.1bhp at 8750rpm and 21Nm of torque at 6500rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox and gets a slip and assist clutch as standard fitment.
The bikes use a new steel-tubular frame that is suspended on a 37mm telescopic front fork setup and an all-new monoshock at the rear. Braking is taken care of by a 300mm disc with single-channel ABS upfront and a 230mm petal disc at the rear. In terms of wheels, the Pulsars run a 17-inch rim setup with a 100/80-17 section front tyre and a 130/70-17 section rear tyre The seat height is a friendly 795mm. The Pulsar N250 weighs 162kg with all fluids topped and the added fairing on the F250 means, it tips the scales at 164kg, fully fuelled.
The Pulsar N250 and the F250 get LED lighting at both ends with a bi-function LED unit at the front and two LED light strips forming the tail light. The bikes also get a new semi-digital instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer which now houses information like a gear position indicator, fuel range, fuel efficiency readout and a clock. The Pulsar N250 and F250 now also get a USB charging port to ensure your mobile device doesn’t lose charge.
The new Pulsar N250 and the F250 come 20 years after the launch of the original Pulsar 150 and 180. The bike also marks the entry of the Pulsar brand in the quarter-litre segment. In terms of rivals, the only real rivals for the bikes are Yamaha’s FZ25 and the Suzuki Gixxer 250 considering the other 250cc offerings are from Bajaj with the Dominar 250, KTM with the 250 Duke and Husqvarna with the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 250. We will be riding both bikes real soon, so stay tuned for our first ride review which drops on November 11.