Bajaj Motorcycles silently stopped the production of the most affordable Pulsar – 135 LS – and also took done other four bikes off its websites. The smallest baby Pulsar 135 LS will now be available only for export markets.
The smallest and the most affordable member of the Pulsar family – Pulsar 135 LS – will no longer be available for Indian markets. The last update that Pulsar received was in December 2016, which included some minor mechanical changes. The Pulsar family was last upgraded in January 2018, which did not include Pulsar 135 LS.
Bajaj has not made any official statement regarding the matter. However, Pulsar 135 LS along with other three bikes is removed from the official website. The other bikes that are missing from the website include Pulsar AS 150, Pulsar NS 150 and Pulsar AS 200. Barring 135 LS, rest of the three bikes are not that old.
According to some of the reports, a new rule has come stating that every bike above 125 CC should have ABS starting from April. While Pulsar 135 LS was cheapest of them, it is said that the production cost was increasing after the passing of this rule. While the NS150 was discontinued as the brand introduced a more powerful NS160 in the country market. Also, same problem was noted with AS 150 and AS 200.
Also, sales of 135 LS has been declining since the last two years. The decline is seen mainly because of the stiff competition it receives in that price range. Pulsar 135 LS was also competing with 150 CC bikes because of the nearing price range. The decline may have prompted Bajaj to start focussing more on the Discover 125 and V 125.
Pulsar 135 LS was powered by a 134.66 cc, 4-valve, DTS-i mill with air cooling. Pairing with a 5-speed gearbox, the engine produces 13.56 PS worth power and 11.4 Nm of peak torque. The bike tips the scales at 121 kg and has a ground clearance of 165 mm. The Pulsar 135 LS was last updated in December 2016 with features like a reworked headlight cluster, body decals, a black-finished engine and a black matte finish on the handlebar.
Currently, Bajaj is working on increasing the sales of the Dominar and production of the new version of Pulsar 150.
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