I bought my Midnight Black Pulsar135LS on 13th November 2010. Initially I was little bit confused between Pulsar135LS and Yamaha SS125 as I got mixed response from my friends. My friend Uday who bought Pulsar135LS six months back strongly backed me to buy this bike. After a detailed market study on all the bikes available in India in 125/135 segment, I finally made up my mind to buy Pulsar135LS and now I am very confident that I have made the right choice.
The major factors which determine the Value for money of any bike were Power, Mileage, Comfort, Handling, Quality, Reliability, Style and Price. Apart from these normal factors, there is one big factor which I always wish to look upon i.e. "Uniqueness". Here I am just going to brief the performance of MyPulsar in terms of these factors. Lets start with Power. The bikes power is determined basically by two factors, pickup (Torque) and speed (Max speed). The initial pickup of my bike is just awesome. I was able to reach 60 kph from zero in less than 5 seconds. I haven't tested the max speed of my bike and I am neither concerned about it. I am a normal commuter who likes to ride with little style and passion. Also inside Chennai city, you hardly get a chance to drive above 60 kph.
Next comes the most important concern for every Indian. Mileage ???. I am happy that my bike is able to promise a mileage of 58 kmpl in heavy city traffic conditions. This is the factor most bikes in this segment lacks. But till now, I never drove my bike above 75 kph and this might be one of the reason for the reasonable mileage figures.
Next comes the Comfort and handling section. Pulsar135LS comes by default with rock hard streets and this raised a big question about comfort. But I managed to fix this problem by stitching custom cushion seats for my bike by spending some 200 bucks. Handling my bike is bit easier because of its light weight. I was able to take sharp corners and cruise through the heavy traffic with easy. This is one of the major reason why I decided to buy Pulsar135LS rather than Pulsar 150 which is 21 kg heavier than Pulsar135LS.
Another important factor to be considered for any bike was the bike's Quality and Reliability. Thought most Bajaj bikes lacks quality, I strongly believe that Pulsars are an exception. The brand Pulsar came as a result of an extensive R&D by Bajaj. Here I wish to quote the inspiring words of Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto.
"We were telling our people that there are 15 guys who have never made a bike but are going to come together to do that. They are going to do that on their own, and not with Kawasaki. They are going to do a 200cc bike when we couldn't make a 100cc one. They are going to make the fastest motorcycle when we couldn't make a mass motorcycle. And they are going to make a huge amount of profit when we were making a loss. This seemed like nonsense. But they proved it wrong."
Today, We can say they really did it. It is their R&D team which made it possible. Today in India every second bike sold in performance segment is Pulsar which is enough to show its dominance in Indian market. Many people doubt that was the Pulsar produced by Bajaj Auto.
I should surely comment about the the Looks and Design of my Pulsar135LS. Though most pulsars look similar, my Pulsar135LS looks different from the rest of the Pulsar models. Also it has all latest gadgets like LCD Display and LED tail lamp which makes it an eye turner for everyone for sure. Another feature of the Pulsar135LS was its 4valve Technology which is not available in any other bikes in its segment in India. Not only it looks different, but also it sounds different from the rest of the bike. This is mainly because of its unique 4valve technology. This demonstrates the "Uniqueness" of Pulsar135LS when compared to rest of the Indian bikes.
Summing up everything, I would say that Pulsar135LS was the best in its segment available in the market with real Value for money. I would recommend this this bike to anyone who wish to be a stylish commuter like me without emptying their pockets. If you are about to buy a new bike in 125/135cc segment, don't forget to checkout the latest Pulsar135LS.
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