Bajaj Pulsar N250: The Pulsar for Gen Z

Bajaj, a big player in the motorcycle world, has always been about keeping it real with their bikes—functional, affordable, and no-frills. But lately, with all the cool features popping up in the sub-250cc scene, the old N250 was feeling a bit left behind. Cue the new Bajaj Pulsar N250, bringing the classic Pulsar vibe into the modern age. It’s like they took all the stuff you’d want in a new bike and packed it into this sleek machine. Say goodbye to compromise because this baby’s got it all—style, performance, and all the bells and whistles you could ask for in a sub-250cc ride. But how is it to ride? And what all is new?

The new Pulsar N250, crafted with beginner riders in mind, offers a delightful experience, particularly with its new 37mm upside-down forks. These forks significantly enhance front stability, instilling greater confidence during intense braking maneuvers. While the suspension leans slightly towards the stiffer side,(which I personally enjoyed) it may lead to quicker fatigue. Nonetheless, the ride remains comfortable, effectively smoothing out bumps and ensuring stability during spirited rides. Overall, the N250 proves to be a forgiving companion for novice riders across various conditions.

The engine maintains parity with its predecessor in terms of power, torque, and fuel efficiency. Notably, torque delivery peaks around 4,000 to 6,000 rpm, offering a satisfying surge in the mid-range. The gear ratios lean towards longer spans, facilitating prolonged single-gear city driving. However, the torque delivery exhibits a convex curve, resulting in a buzzy top end and slightly gasping bottom end. Impressively, the slip and assist clutch function seamlessly, boasting a light and progressive feel. The gearbox operation remains characteristic of Bajaj’s smoothness. Additionally, the bassy rumble of the air-cooled 249cc single adds to the overall appeal.

The introduction of ABS modes marks a significant step forward for Bajaj, particularly with the careful calibration evident in both the road and rain modes. While the inclusion of an off-road mode might seem unconventional for a street bike, Bajaj justifies its presence as a tool to bolster the confidence of less experienced riders in adverse conditions. Essentially, the distinction between these modes lies in the degree of wheel slip permitted by the ABS. In rain mode, the system intervenes swiftly, minimizing the potential for lock-up. Road mode offers a less intrusive ABS response, allowing for slightly longer intervals before intervention. Meanwhile, off-road mode extends this tolerance further, enabling riders to maintain control even when locking up the rear wheel. Notably, the option to disable ABS entirely isn’t available, but traction control can be deactivated in off-road mode, granting riders greater freedom and precision in loose terrain.

At 1.51 lakhs ex-showroom, the N250 presents an enticing proposition for beginners, offering the best value in its segment with a host of features, connectivity, and smooth riding experience. It’s a remarkable offering in the 250 cc category, poised to garner significant attention. Smooth, easygoing, and visually striking, the Pulsar N250 stands out. I’d recommend heading to your nearest Bajaj dealership for a test ride to truly gauge its appeal, but I can assure you, it’s bound to leave a lasting impression.

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Bhavneet Vaswani
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