Friday, 21 March 2014

Bajaj Pulsar SS400 and CS400, first look, review

The SS400 looks the part with its sculpted full fairing. 
Bajaj’s popular home-grown motorcycles, India’s most loved Pulsars are to get bigger, better and racier in days to come. It’s known the faired SS200 ‘junior supersports’ bike will be the very next Pulsar to hit our roads in weeks to come, but other Pulsar variants displayed at the Auto Expo tell us we can expect more excitement as the SS400 and slick looking naked CS400 evolve on Bajaj R&D (known as **Ahead) drawing boards, to roll-in at different points in future.
The SS400 and only just unveiled CS400 are new Pulsar bikes that will run 375cc powerplants derived from the 390 Duke engine, after suitable tweaks are incorporated to match their new personalities. The faired-in SS200 and SS400 Pulsars are to be bold new segment drivers on Indian roads, offering biking enthusiasts here a level of style and performance never previously available from Pulsars, while the CS400 will be a power cruiser, with smoother lines and minimal bodywork.
The SS Pulsar bikes sport a set of aggressive, dual-headlights that peer ahead meanly, where the Pulsar CS400 shows off a single, purposeful looking headlight. Clip-on handlebars are standard on SS models, where the CS400 will rely on a flat set handlebar. All these new Pulsars will show-off plenty of lightweight alloy parts.
Sporty, compact cockpit layouts are the norm on these next generation bikes, with comprehensive, well laid out instruments and Bajaj-typical top drawer switchgear.

The new Pulsars sport tastefully sculpted tanks and body cowls. The SS400 is a sharp looker that comes with sporty split seats, where the less aggressive Pulsar CS400 will seat its riders on a stepped saddle.
The Pulsar SS400 and CS400 will derive their four-stroke and single-cylinder engine platforms from the 390 Duke, so expect a full complement of close to 45 aggressive horses from both, with ample modern technology including liquid-cooling, four-valve heads and six-speed, close-ratio gearboxes packed in. Final drive will be via exposed drive chains, and compact, sporty exhaust systems will grace the new bikes. Both, the Pulsar SS400 and Pulsar CS400 shall use engines suitably tailored to fit the new roles, and having experienced the blistering pace of the 390 Duke, you can expect potent, refined and rev happy powerplants, with scalding acceleration and top speeds in the region of 150kph, perhaps even a shade faster.
Smart alloy wheels are standard, the Pulsar SS400 relying on telescopic fork front suspension, where the CS400 concept at the Auto Expo deployed beefy looking upside down telescopic forks. At rear, the new gen Pulsars will use monoshock suspension setups. The SS400 and CS400 Pulsars are to deploy multi-spar frames, supported by box section swingarms. Single, drilled disc brakes will be standard front and rear, while Bajaj is expected to offer the added security of ABS.
The Pulsar SS400 can be expected to debut later in 2014, after the SS200 has paved the way and settled into the market, while the naked CS400 is still in its early development stages, to arrive later, sometime in 2015. Expect these next generations of Pulsar bikes to live up to their name, offering all and more in terms of stylish, affordable and sporty bikes, with rich specification lists and zippy performance.

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