Often, Indian riders with 100 or 110 CC bikes choose a 125 CC bike when they want to upgrade. The reason is simple. The riders want a comfortable, budget-friendly, adequately powered and fuel-efficient bike and 125 CC motorcycles offer all the above. Hence, it is no surprise that there are a lot of 125 CC bikes on offer from leading bike brands.
Bajaj Auto, one of the leading bike brands, also offers quite a few 125 CC bikes to its customers. But the one that truly takes the proverbial cake is the Bajaj Pulsar 125 especially when one considers its sales figures and overall popularity.
There are several reasons why the bike sells more than other 125 CC motorcycles. Some of those reasons are as follows –
The aggressive pricing helps
According to the official Bajaj bike price list, the Pulsar 125 retails with an MSRP (ex-showroom) of Rs. 99,002* for the base variant. The OEM offers the bike in 4 variants. The top-spec variant retails in India at an MSRP (ex-showroom) of Rs. 1, 08,466*. If one compares the price of the bike with its rivals, it would be clear that the bike is budget-friendly. In a nutshell, the aggressive pricing boosts the bike’s sales, period!
The Pulsar brand intrigues one and all
The ‘Pulsar’ brand is iconic. Hence, people can’t buy a 150 CC or 180 CC Pulsar, can choose the 125 CC variant. Owning a Pulsar is like owning a piece of motorcycle history as the Pulsar range has been around for decades. Furthermore, despite the 125 CC engine, the bike feels, looks and rides like its 150 CC and 180 CC siblings. Hence, the appeal for the bike remains intact.
The colours and design of the bike are amazing
The latest iteration of the bike entails three brand-new colour schemes. They are known as –
- Solar Red
- Neon Green and
- Neon Silver
Furthermore, the overall looks and dimensions of the motorcycle are similar to the Pulsar 180 as well as the Pulsar 150. Hence, the bike retains the boisterous and muscular appearance of its more powerful siblings.
The mileage of the bike helps to boost its sales
125 CC engines often are unable to return satisfactory fuel efficiency, especially when compared to 100 or 110 CC engines. That is not the case with the Pulsar 125. To put things into perspective, the bike has a real-world fuel efficiency of 50 KMPL! Bajaj Auto was able to achieve this fuel efficiency level thanks to the addition of a fuel-injection system.
The performance of the bike is best-in-class
The overall performance of the bike is quite amazing as well.
The 125 CC engine has been engineered with a short power stroke. The engineers at Bajaj, however, kept the bore of the engine similar to the motor powering the Pulsar 150.
The result is that the 125 CC engine of the Pulsar 125 is quite rev-happy. Furthermore, to boost the performance of the small displacement engine, Bajaj paired it with its DTS-i and ExhausTEC technologies.
The engine is a single-cylinder, air-cooled unit. It is BS6-compliant and has a peak power mapping set for 12 bhp. The peak torque output of the motor has been set for 11 Nm. The rider has access to the power and torque figures across all RPM ranges. This aspect makes the 125 CC Pulsar the best bike for short as well as long rides.
The bike gets a five-speed transmission with a light-pulling clutch. The gear ratios are tuned carefully so that the rider can make the most out of the engine’s output.
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Ergonomics and handling of the bike
The riding triangle of the bike is ergonomic thanks to the raised handlebar and slightly rear-set footpegs. The seat of the bike is set at 800 mm from the ground thus making the bike ideal for short as well as tall riders.
The handling of the bike is similar to the Pulsar 180 as well as the Pulsar 150. Hence, it is no surprise that quickly overtakes as well as aggressive cornering will be easy on this bike.
The 125 CC Pulsar is a value-for-money bike and it is reliable. Furthermore, it entails low ownership costs. Hence, anyone looking for a 125 CC bike should give this motorcycle a chance.