Now that the past few months have seen the internet being flooded with scoop pictures of the faired Pulsar with a camo suit on, Bajaj Auto has managed pull off an exciting surprise at the Auto Expo 2014, and has enthusiasts salivating on their keyboards.
While the big news expected at the Bajaj stall this year was the 200 SS (which was also shown), mild tremors were felt across the 2 wheeler market when Bajaj also pulled the wraps off their new flagship (when launched) motorcycles- The 400 CS and the 400 SS.
Bajaj has managed to make two exciting yet diverse motorcycles based on the fuel-injected 373.2cc engine of the KTM Duke 390.
-The Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS-
1) The CS here is an acronym for ‘Cruiser Sports’
2) Low slung sport cruiser styling will remind you of the Ducati Diavel. Radical styling is all new, but will still remind you of the Pulsar. Its amazing to see how the Pulsar has evolved not only design-wise, but also in every other aspect.
3) USD (Up Side Down) forks up front like the KTM Duke 390.
4) Digital speedo with gear indicator on fuel tank. All new digital speedo console also present in its traditional location.
5) All new alloy wheel design (Im not sure if the ‘black-with-machined-finish’ will go well with colours like yellow, silver etc.) shod with Metzelers.
6) Exhaust on the side, not an under belly.
7) All new cast swing arm.
8) ABS standard.
-The Bajaj Pulsar 400 SS-
1) Styling similar to the full faired prototypes we’ve all seen so far. Personally, I dont like it too much, they could have made it slightly less tacky.
2) Regular forks up front.
3) Alloy wheel design similar to current 200 NS. Shod with MRF tyres.
4)A twin projector setup with DRL eye-brows make the front look good.
5) Tail lights on the number plate holder below the rear cowl looks slightly OTT (over-the-top).
4) Riding position looks more inclined towards touring.
5) ABS Standard
Bajaj was tight lipped about the engine specs of the bikes. We do expect that Bajaj will introduce its triple-spark tech, with 4 valves to this engine as well. We also speculate that the state of tune of these engines will be slightly different, having a more linear power delivery and better fuel economy than the KTM Duke 390.
It is not certain when these bikes could see light of the day, or even if they will at all. But knowing the good blokes at Bajaj, we can sleep well, knowing that there is hope! Bajaj, bring it on!
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