1: New chain In the new 2018 model, the Pulsar 150 has an open chain instead of an enclosed one. The only way manufacturers could have done it is by making the new chain stronger and better suitable for dirt and dust. The new open chain not only looks good but is more durable than the old one.
2: Fat front forks A regular complaint of a lot of people is about the ride quality of Pulsar 150. The rear suspension works fine but the front forks are too thin for a 150 cc motorcycle. Thankfully, Bajaj has addressed this issue by increasing the size of the front forks by a few millimetres. Official figures on the increment are not revealed but we can definitely confirm that they are bigger than the previous model.
3: Fat rear tyre The skinny tyres on Pulsar 150 always looked ridiculous but no more the case because the new version has a 120/80-17 inch tyre. Unfortunately, the tyre is from Eurogrip and not from MRF. The problem with this manufacturer's tyre is the lack of grip, on the flip side, they do tend to last long.
4: New clipons The old raised clipons are now replaced with the new clipons borrowed from Pulsar 180. It also means that the key will look like the key of Pulsar 180. The new clipons will change the riding position as well. It will become similar to P180 as the rider will sit more aggressively than before.
5: Disc brakes We all know that a new rear disc is the most notable feature on the bike. It is the same disc which is offered on Pulsar 180 and hopefully, it will have the same bite to it. It is a floating calliper system coupled with a 230 mm steel disc. The front disc is also bigger than the old model.
Apart from these changes, a split seat and a new gear shifter are also present on the new iteration of the bike. Taking into account all the changes in the new P150, We can conclude that Bajaj is planning to scratch off the Pulsar 180. All of the changes on this bike basically makes it a Pulsar 180 cc, design-wise. It is the right move for Bajaj as due to increased competition, the Pulsar 180 struggles to sell while the Pulsar 150 still remains the most selling Pulsar. It is a treat for all those people who wanted the mileage of Pulsar 150 but preferred the design of Pulsar 180. The question remains “what will Bajaj bring in place of Pulsar 180?”, it seems that only time will tell.
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By: Yetnesh Dubey