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Bajaj recently launched the Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition in India and here's how it compares against its main rivals such as the TVS Raider 125 and Bajaj Pulsar NS125.
Starting with the newest motorcycle, the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition sports the same iconic design that was introduced more than a decade ago. Though Bajaj has introduced minor updates to the design over these many years, the overall design looks the most dated. However, the model looks the cleanest with simple lines and graphics.
In comparison, both the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 and TVS Raider 125 motorcycles look very modern. However, though the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 looks premium, the design has started to show its age.
In comparison, the TVS Raider 125 motorcycle looks fresh and contemporary. On top of that, the bright colour options further help the motorcycle stand out in the crowd. However, the design of the TVS Raider 125 motorcycle looks busiest and many may not appreciate its styling.
The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition motorcycle comes with features such as a part analogue instrument cluster, telescopic front suspension, front disc brakes, LED tail lamp, twin gas-charged rear suspension, a large 240mm front disc brake at the front, and a few more.
On the other hand, the Bajaj Pulsar Pulsar NS125 motorcycle clearly stands out as the sportiest motorcycle in this comparison with features such as a sophisticated perimeter frame, mono rear suspension, 240mm front disc brake and a few more. However, it falls short on the feature list compared to what TVS is offering on the Raider 125 motorcycle.
Speaking about the TVS Raider 125, the motorcycle is one of the best-equipped motorcycles in the country with features such as mono shocks at the rear, telescopic front suspension, digital instrument cluster, LED DRLs, LED headlights, LED tail lamps, optional USB charging socket, and a few more goodies. On top of that, the top-spec model even gets a 5-inch TFT display, connected tech, and a few more.
Engine & Other Specifications
Starting with the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition, the motorcycle continues to be powered by the same 124.4cc, single-cylinder, BS6-compliant engine that powers the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon. This engine produces 11.64bhp of peak power and 10.80Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Moreover, the single-seat variant of the motorcycle weighs 140 kilograms, whereas the split-seat variant weighs 2 kilograms more. Also, the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition packs the largest fuel tank among the trio at 15 litres.
In comparison, the Bajaj NS125 motorcycle is the most powerful in this comparison as its 124.45cc, single-cylinder engine produces 11.82bhp of peak power and 11Nm of peak torque. Moreover, this engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. However, the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is the heaviest motorcycle by some margin as it weighs 144 kilograms. On the other hand, the fuel tank size stands at a respectable 12 litres.
The TVS Raider 125 sports a 124.8cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC engine with 11.2bhp of peak power and 11.2 NM of peak torque. This engine also comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. However, the TVS Raider 125 is the lightest motorcycle in this comparison weighing just 122 kilograms. In terms of fuel tank size, the TVS Raider 125 sports the smallest fuel tank at just 10 litres capacity.
The single-seat variant of the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition costs Rs 89,254 (ex-showroom, Delhi), whereas the split-seat variant of the Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition is priced at Rs 91,649 (ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the sportier Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is priced at Rs 1.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
However, the most affordable motorcycle in this comparison is the TVS Raider 125 with a starting price of just Rs 85,973 (ex-showroom, Delhi), whereas the top-spec model with TFT display and 'SmartXonnect' costs Rs 99,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Thoughts About The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition, Bajaj Pulsar NS125, & TVS Raider 125 Motorcycles
The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Carbon Fibre Edition motorcycle sports an iconic design and a not-so-shabby feature list. On the other hand, the design of the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 has not aged gracefully but it comes with the sportiest hardware. However, it is the TVS Raider 125 that offers the best overall package and the aggressive price tag comes as an added bonus.