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Bajaj Pulsar 135LS DTS-i Review: xBhp's Ride Report

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  • #46
    @NV-nice review.

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    • #47
      gr8 wrk

      excellent work there by MG / NV and lovely pics...!!!
      Last edited by ankitmohan; 12-14-2009, 03:11 PM.
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      • #48
        i sincerely hope that we can retrofit a 4-valve head to our existing rides.. when they do launch the 4-valve versions of the larger siblings (which inevitably will happen within the next 10-12 months.).
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        Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

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        • #49
          Lovely reviews NV/MG....!

          Hoping a lot from this baby Pulsar..!
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          2005 - Pulsar 150 Dtsi (Still owned)
          2006 - Eterno (sold)
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          • #50
            @MG- Amazing write up....Covered every bolts-n-nuts of the ride.
            120kmph Thats something which really shocked me....
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            • #51
              Originally posted by outworldly maniac View Post
              But only downside i felt again is STIFF SUSPENSION
              Ok I checked some of the photographs and found out that the rear suspension was at second softest setting and then re-confirmed it with the Bajaj officials and they confirmed that all the bikes present were having their rear suspension at it's second softest setting for better cornering abilities around the track.

              For those who might want a softer rear end can set the rear suspension to the softest setting.
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              • #52
                By looking at the design cues for the machine... I'm really having a feeling that.... this bike not only serves the purpose of a power commuter tool, but also presents us the platform on which the future bigger Pulsars would be designed and implemented, like 4-valve revvy engine, sculpted tank, the rear fender et al!!

                With Ninja 250 exciting enough moolahs arround, Bigger Pulsars are now just a matter of time.... the Pulsar 135LS is just a confirmation to that.
                Twist your wrist and feel the shift!!

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                • #53
                  Excellent review NV and MG...!
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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by MG_Biker1806 View Post
                    Ok I checked some of the photographs and found out that the rear suspension was at second softest setting and then re-confirmed it with the Bajaj officials and they confirmed that all the bikes present were having their rear suspension at it's second softest setting for better cornering abilities around the track.

                    For those who might want a softer rear end can set the rear suspension to the softest setting.
                    Thanks for the efforts MG .

                    2nd softest . One setting doesnt make much of a difference .
                    I was thinking it to be on the second hardest or in the middle pos.
                    And if NV already gave it 9/10 on this setting , how would it handle like on hard settings !!

                    Which tyres does it have ? , i mean what make and model if have any idea ?. How do they perform ? .
                    How was the pull with the pillion at low rpms ? .
                    Typical lazy behaviour like puny stock revy engines ? .

                    Sorry for lot of questions , just curious to know.
                    And can we have a cool black pic ? .
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                    may be the best of things and
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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by outworldly maniac View Post
                      And if NV already gave it 9/10 on this setting , how would it handle like on hard settings !!
                      That you can clearly see in the pictures the way NV was cornering on the banked turn.

                      Originally posted by outworldly maniac View Post
                      Which tyres does it have ? , i mean what make and model if have any idea ?. How do they perform ? .
                      How was the pull with the pillion at low rpms ? .
                      Typical lazy behaviour like puny stock revy engines ? .
                      Both are MRF. The front one is Zapper FS (2.75*17) and the rear one is Zapper C (100/90*17). They provide similar feedback as the other MRF tyres. The second one will be answered by Niranjan because he rode the bike much more extensively than me.

                      Originally posted by outworldly maniac View Post
                      And can we have a cool black pic ? .
                      Do you mean a full picture of black bike?If yes then I'm sorry because I don't have a single picture of black one as black is very non friendly for this kind of shoot but I should have clicked atleast one picture of black one.
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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by MG_Biker1806 View Post
                        That you can clearly see in the pictures the way NV was cornering on the banked turn.


                        Both are MRF. The front one is Zapper FS (2.75*17) and the rear one is Zapper C (100/90*17). They provide similar feedback as the other MRF tyres. The second one will be answered by Niranjan because he rode the bike much more extensively than me.


                        Do you mean a full picture of black bike?If yes then I'm sorry because I don't have a single picture of black one as black is very non friendly for this kind of shoot but I should have clicked atleast one picture of black one.
                        thanks for the info

                        Yeah i meant a full pic of the black bike , yea atleast one shud have been there... just for display purposes .

                        And waiting for NV to reply to the other question .
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                        may be the best of things and
                        no good thing ever dies .

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by outworldly maniac View Post
                          Thanks for the efforts MG .

                          2nd softest . One setting doesnt make much of a difference .
                          I was thinking it to be on the second hardest or in the middle pos.
                          And if NV already gave it 9/10 on this setting , how would it handle like on hard settings !!

                          Which tyres does it have ? , i mean what make and model if have any idea ?. How do they perform ? .
                          How was the pull with the pillion at low rpms ? .
                          Typical lazy behaviour like puny stock revy engines ? .


                          Sorry for lot of questions , just curious to know.
                          And can we have a cool black pic ? .
                          1. They perform brilliantly. offer a lot of feedback.
                          2. The pull at low RPMs was good. It starts making brisk progress from 4K RPM. Below that, the engine pulls but not as strongly. However, if you find yourself in 5th gear below 4K RPM, you need not shift down...a firm, slight twist of the grip and she comes alive.
                          3. Not really, as MG said in his review, the engine being a long stroke one, it has a good bottom end and the power and torque curves are such that you get a good torque low below and the engine howls as it makes linear progress in the higher RPM.


                          A few pages back, someone had asked a question on how does it compare with the R15. The R15 carries FI and responds relatively quickly. That does not mean that the P135 is a slouch. Just that the difference between the revs to pick up is the same as you have in the 220 DTS-i and the 220 DTS-Fi.
                          Secondly, the engine willingly revs to 10.5K with a slightly slow progress post 10K. Also worth noticing is the fact that we were riding bikes off the production line with no running in. That does make a difference.
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                          • #58
                            Few Queries

                            @NV and MG :
                            The bike is having a revy engine and Bajaj quoted in it's features "no rpm limitation" and in the review you said it revs upto 10500 rpm (electronically limited). I don't get on this 'electronically limited' part. Could you explain it ? Sorry, if it is a noob question.
                            One thing, is it required for this bike to follow soft run-in as in the other Pulsars (maintaining 4k-6k rpm for initial 2000 km) ? Or, it's run-in method will be somewhat different seeing it's revy nature ?
                            One more thing, I was just having a thought that whether it's both tyres could be changed to the one's in the P220 - 90/90 front and 120/80 rear soft compound tubeless tyres ? Will the rear tyre hugger pose a problem for bigger rear tyre ?
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                            • #59
                              Great stuff Niranjan and MG..!!


                              Originally posted by YoungBoy_220 View Post
                              @NV and MG :
                              The bike is having a revy engine and Bajaj quoted in it's features "no rpm limitation" and in the review you said it revs upto 10500 rpm (electronically limited). I don't get on this 'electronically limited' part. Could you explain it ?
                              The website probably means that a 4 Valve engine can rev more effortlessly at higher revs than a 2 valve engine.. The new P135LS engine is limited at 10,500 rpm, which means that once the engine is revved to 10,500 rpm and electronic limiter will sense it and drop the revs automatically. This is done to protect the engine from damage.

                              Originally posted by YoungBoy_220 View Post
                              One thing, is it required for this bike to follow soft run-in as in the other Pulsars (maintaining 4k-6k rpm for initial 2000 km) ? Or, it's run-in method will be somewhat different seeing it's revy nature ?
                              The running in of the new engine would be same as any other new engine.


                              Originally posted by YoungBoy_220 View Post
                              One more thing, I was just having a thought that whether it's both tyres could be changed to the one's in the P220 - 90/90 front and 120/80 rear soft compound tubeless tyres ? Will the rear tyre hugger pose a problem for bigger rear tyre ?
                              It is not advisable to change an original 100 section rear tyre and fit a 120 section rear tyre in its place.. such a modification in all probability would upset the steering geometry of the bike and affect the handling of the bike.

                              If you are inretested in changing the tyres, then it would be better to replace the stock ones with those of the R15.. which are quite well known to offer good grip. They come in the same size and as an additional plus point, they are tubeless too.


                              Best of luck for your new bike.. do share you experience with us in the "Ownership experience" section once you get your bike.


                              Last edited by payeng; 12-14-2009, 09:02 PM.

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                              • #60
                                @payeng : Thanks for the answers. OK, I will look for R15 tyres as soon as I get my bike and post in Motorcycle Ownership Experience section.
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