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Bajaj Pulsar F250 Long Term Review: Introduction

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Ajinkya Lad

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Introduction

Bajaj Pulsar F250 Right Front Three Quarter

The Bajaj Pulsar F250 is the spiritual successor to the Pulsar 220, a legendary nameplate for Bajaj Auto. The F250 impressed us with its performance and tractability during its first ride. It is responsive and surefooted around corners, while also being comfortable over broken roads.

However, those were our initial impressions about the motorcycle from the media ride. Is it equally fun and comfortable to live with on an everyday basis? And, can it be a practical and usable motorcycle in the real world? To find out, we have welcomed the Pulsar F250 in the BikeWale long-term fleet.

The Plan

Bajaj Pulsar F250 Left Side View

With the Pulsar F250, the plan is to test it for around 4,000-5,000km over six months. The motorcycle will be subjected to daily commutes in Mumbai’s hot and humid summers as well as the upcoming monsoons. We will also put it through its paces on intercity highway runs, and perhaps even a 1,000km road trip. Whether or not it will come out unscathed, we will find it out in the next few reports.

The Promise

Bajaj Pulsar F250 Right Rear Three Quarter

In terms of outright numbers, the Bajaj Pulsar F250 makes close to 24bhp and about 21.5Nm of peak torque from its 249cc oil-cooled motor. It is paired to a five-speed gearbox and weighs in at 164kg kerb.

Bajaj Pulsar F250 Engine From Right

To give you a quick recap, the engine offers decent levels of refinement and good tractability. And although the low-end responses are marginally timid, the mid-range and top-end performance more than compensates for it. The gearbox offers a smooth gearshift while the clutch action is light, courtesy of the slipper clutch.

Bajaj Pulsar F250 Projector Headlight

Furthermore, the Pulsar F250 offers comfortable riding ergonomics and a spacious seat. Plus, the lighter controls and the near 50:50 weight distribution make it easy to ride in city traffic at slower speeds.

What’s Next?

Bajaj Pulsar F250 Instrument Cluster

In the coming weeks, the idea is to spend some time riding the motorcycle in the city. This should give us an idea of how comfortable the Bajaj Pulsar F250 is to ride in Mumbai’s infamous traffic. Whether or not the engine is tractable for city use, and what kind of fuel efficiency we can expect from the motorcycle.

Product Details

Make: Bajaj Auto

Model: Pulsar F250

Kilometres this month: 261km

Fuel Efficiency: NA

Price as tested: Rs. 1.74 lakh, OTR, Mumbai

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

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Bajaj Pulsar F250 Projector Headlight
Bajaj Pulsar F250 Right Rear Three Quarter
Bajaj Pulsar F250 Left Side View
Bajaj Pulsar F250 Projector Headlight
Bajaj Pulsar F250 Instrument Cluster
Bajaj Pulsar F250 Engine From Right
Bajaj Pulsar F250 Right Front Three Quarter

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