I am not sure if you recollect, but when the Bajaj Pulsar first launched 20 years ago, the bike manufacturer would run adverts on the television of the bike performing stunts to show its capabilities and assert dominance at the fact that the bike was ‘Defiantly Male’. Now nearly two decades later, and after numerous model changes and newer versions, Bajaj has decided to completely revamp the Pulsar with this, the all-new Bajaj Pulsar F250 and the Pulsar N250, which the brand claims is the biggest Pulsar ever. But let me be the judge of that.
Engine of the Pulsar 250
This is the most significant change for the Pulsar for 2021, which is its motor. Both versions of the Pulsar is powered by a 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke, oil-cooled engine, which produces a maximum power of 24.1bhp and 21.5Nm. This motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox which also offers an assisted slipper clutch. In terms of the responsiveness of the motor, the response of the engine is extremely linear, which makes it perfect within the city. A slight flick on the throttle can help aid those quick overtakes in the town without having to fiddle around the gears. Also, out on the open highways, this same engine offers a decent torque band through all the gears and thus allowing for a rider to cruise at highway speeds with ease. The only downside is that you will be left longing for a 6th gear on highways. In addition, the engine vibrations felt through the footpegs and handlebars will tend to tire out the rider after a long day of riding.
Ergonomics of the Pulsar 250
This is where the Pulsar 250 really caught me by surprise. Being pitched as a street racer, I expected the overall ergonomics of the bike to be leaning towards the sportier side, but I was pretty impressed. The height of the handlebars and placement of the footpegs are highly comfortable. You do not sit too crouched or too upright on the bike that a rider would appreciate, whether they are riding in the city or out on the highway. The seat cushion is also really soft, allowing the rider to do long riding stints on the Pulsar 250.
Additionally, the F250 being a semi-faired bike, also provides a small wind deflector which does help reduce the amount of wind blast a rider faces while riding. Furthermore, the front telescopic and rear mono-shock suspension is set to be more towards the softer side, allowing for a better ride quality over bad patches of road. That being said, while pushing the bike through corners due to the softer suspension, you can’t corner hard enough, but that is something not every rider would frequently do.
Features on the Pulsar 250
Quite frankly, this is one aspect of the Pulsar 250 that feels like a slight letdown. While the bike does offer features like bi-functional LED headlamps with DRLs, USB mobile charging, and a semi-digital instrument cluster that provides a gear position indicator, distance to empty readout, fuel efficiency readout and more. Other motorcycles in its class offer connected tech and mobility applications. That being said, Bajaj has stated that there will be more changes and additions to the Pulsar 250 range over the coming months, so we could see more tech on offer soon.
So like I mentioned before, the Pulsar has always been a motorcycle that was aimed towards enthusiastic riders, and both the F250 and N250 follow that lineage pretty well. While the 250cc market in India has seen a significant expansion with the likes of the Yamaha FZ 25, Suzuki Gixxer 250 and even the Bajaj Dominar 250, both versions of the Pulsar 250 certainly are pretty capable at what they do. Moreover, these bikes are pretty much bang for your buck with a price tag of Rs 1.38 lakh for the N250 and Rs 1.40 lakh for the F250. So if you ask me, both should be on your list of considerations if you are looking to buy a new 250cc motorcycle.
Engine – 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke, oil-cooled engine
Power – 24.1bhp @8750rpm
Torque – 21.5Nm @6500rpm
Gearbox – Constant-mesh 5-speed with slipper clutch
Weight – 162 kilograms (N250), 164 kilograms (F250)