There are more speculations than confirmed motorcycles in this list of upcoming Bajaj bikes in 2019-2020
We are here with a list of upcoming Bajaj bikes in the year 2019-2020. But let’s talk about Bajaj a little. It’s the one who kick-started the performance bike segment in India. Bajaj launched the Pulsar range of bikes in 2001 with Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180. In the starting days, Pulsar motorcycles were marketed as macho bikes which helped Bajaj to make some cash.
After getting good results from its strategy, the company jumped into the performance bike segment. Pulsar 200 arrived in 2005 and then finally, 220 made an entry in 2007 with fuel injection. The fuel-injected bike lacked top-end, so Bajaj relaunched the Pulsar 220 with a carburettor. Pulsar 220 then became ‘The Fastest Indian’ and clocked 150+ kmph speedo indicated speed. Next-generation Pulsar 200 NS and RS200 became the flagship Pulsar models. With Dominar 400 is right now the flagship product of Bajaj, there are a lot of bikes coming from the company in the near future.
Bajaj Pulsar BS6 range
In the year 2020, a major challenge is waiting for all automobile manufacturers in India. Bharat Stage 6 emission norms will be enforced from 1st April 2020. All motorcycles and scooters are destined to become expensive as they will require the employment of costly fuel injection system. Right now Bajaj has only two motorcycles with electronic fuel injection system – Pulsar RS 200 and Dominar 400.
The main changes required to achieve BS-6 emission norms are Precise Fuel Injection and Larger Catalytic Converter. Fuel Injection alone will increase the price of all the bikes by Rs 7000 for small capacity bikes and around Rs 12,000 for higher capacity bikes.
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Bajaj will finally bring us a new generation Pulsar series including 150, 180 and 220 models. We can see better components, new-age engines, revised instrument clusters, and also changes in design language in the next generation Pulsar models. The commuter bikes from the Bajaj’s stable will also get upgraded hardware to deal with the upcoming pollution norms.
Bajaj Dominar 250
Recently Bajaj Dominar 250 was spotted testing by folks at Rushlane. The bike looked exactly similar to the elder brother DOminar 400. However, there were subtle changes like thinner tyres, simpler box-shaped swingarm and smaller front disc brake. Even with these downgrades, Dominar 250 will pose a greater threat to the competitors as it will be priced around Rs 1.5 lakh mark with BS6 compliant engine.
The pros of a smaller capacity Dominar will be that it can be used easily in the city riding conditions as well as frequent highway rides. Not to mention the higher fuel efficiency it will provide due to a smaller engine. To increase the price gap, Bajaj already hikes the price of Dominar 400 to Rs 1.90 lakh mark and it will further rise due to BS6 emission norms. That said, the 250cc Dominar will be about Rs 50,000 cheaper than its elder sibling.
The sales of Dominar 400 is falling due to it being a more premium product and a slowdown in the motorcycle market. Where Dominar sits, the segment has more motorcycles to choose from, There is Royal Enfield Himalayan, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, KTM RC 200. Okay, there is also CBR250R but that’s going to be discontinued in the near future.
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Bajaj Pulsar 250
Okay, so it had to happen. KTM who launched a Duke with 250 cc engine and Bajaj will just sit and watch, that’s not going to happen. Bajaj is definitely working on a 250 cc motorcycle. The bike can be a Pulsar or a completely new brand. It won’t a surprise to see Pulsar NS and RS bikes with a 250 cc engine, and they will sell in good numbers.
The KTM 250 Duke is powered by a 248.76 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. This quarter-litre motor develops 29.6 bhp @9000 rpm and 24 Nm of twisting force @7500 rpm. A 6-speed gearbox is attached to this powerplant.
If Bajaj uses this engine, the power figures will be lesser than that of Duke 250. The Pulsar 250 will use Bajaj’s patented triple-spark head for better fuel burning with fuel-injection. A 27-28 bhp and 22 Nm will do just fine for any Pulsar model. If launched, the Pulsar 250 with ABS and BS6 engine will carry a price tag of Rs 1.4 Lakh ex-showroom.
Bajaj Adventure Tourer 200/250
Pulsar maker’s Adventure Sports series of bikes failed miserably in India. AS200 and AS150 were discontinued in India in the year 2017. During discontinuation, Bajaj said that they will relaunch the Adventure Sports Brand again after reworking on the motorcycles.
Bajaj AS200 and AS150 – so-called adventure bikes – lacked everything an adventure bike would have. They were just half-faired version of Pulsar NS200. Long Travel Suspensions, Spoked Wheels, Larger front tyre, Saddlebag mounts, Top-Box mount are some features required for a bike to qualify for becoming an Adventure Tourer motorcycle.
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Bajaj could use 200 cc or 250cc engine for their upcoming Adventure Tourer motorcycle. Later on, 400 cc Adventure bike can also come to the market if 250 cc adventure bikes sell well. KTM will soon launch 390 Adventure motorcycle in the country with all bells and whistles. We can expect Rs 1.5 Lakh ex-showroom price for a 250 cc Adventure Bike from Bajaj.
Bajaj Avenger 250/400
The Avenger models from Bajaj’s lineup saw a growth in sales when they were refreshed in the year 2016. Two models were launched in 2016 – Street and Cruise. The Avenger Street 150 and 220 were inspired by Harley Davidson Street 750. The Cruise 220 was a great motorcycle for long highway cruising. 220 cc engine with 19 bhp and 17.5 Nm torque is what you get from Avenger Cruisers.
After a while, the 220 cc engine feels underpowered on the better quality highways and expressways were are getting in our country now. An Avenger Cruiser powered by Duke’s 250 cc engine will do a better job than what a 220 cc could ever do. About 25 bhp and 22 Nm torque will be ideal numbers for cruising.
A high capacity Avenger cruiser motorcycle with 373 cc engine wouldn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments as those who will avoid the Dominar will definitely buy Avenger 400. In the Avenger 400, the single-cylinder 373 cc engine could be tuned to produce 35 bhp and 35 Nm torque as we saw in old Dominar 400. The high revving nature of the engine could be made more relaxed in order to achieve cruising bike-like feel.
The last three motorcycles in the list were our speculations which can be made possible by Bajaj. These bikes are kind-off missing from the Bajaj’s lineup. We could see even more motorcycles from the company in the near future. All we have to do is just wait and watch.
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