Bajaj Auto with their Pulsar series has transformed the motorcycling culture in the country. The Pulsar brand in India is more than just a motorcycle, it changed the performance motorcycling scenario in India.
As we know, Bajaj is readying itself for the new generation of Pulsar series but there is a twist in the story of the next-gen Pulsars. Yes, the Pulsar Adventure Sports 200 and 150 have been silently discontinued from the Indian market.
Bajaj did the same unexpected move with the Pulsar NS200 which took the Indian motorcycle market by storm. For no apparent reason, the NS200 was pulled out of the market.
Although the Pulsar AS200 and the AS150 were not doing exceptionally well, their sales were described as satisfactory and was not a thing to worry about for Bajaj.
But now the dealers in Pune and Mumbai have confirmed that they are not accepting the bookings for the AS200 and AS150. There is no reason given for this shocking move from Bajaj.
Launched in 2015, the Pulsar AS200 was a notch better than the NS200 in terms of engine refinement and ride quality. The engine was more responsive and delivered better mileage. In Fact, the whole package offered was a bang for the buck with its touring abilities.
On the other hand, the existing old Pulsars are getting updated and they are ready for launch as we saw a few days back with the Pulsar 220F and Pulsar 180 spotted with new decals, the new engine to meet latest emission standards and with some minor design changes. It is still gloomy about what exactly Bajaj is trying to do with the new-gen Pulsars.
There were rumours about the Pulsar 200NS getting a relaunch in India with fuel injected engine and also with ABS. But it's been almost a year and still there is no word from Bajaj about this development.
With this move from Bajaj, it appears to be, that the company is focusing on the Pulsar 220 and the Pulsar RS200. As these two models account for the majority of sales in India. But it's a very sad end to the attractive AS Pulsar series which was an exciting package for customers on a budget.
Well. for more answers we have to wait for the official statement from Bajaj to know the future of next-gen Pulsars.