The P150 draws power from a 149cc single-cylinder motor. It dishes out 14.5bhp at 8,500rpm and 13.5Nm at 6,000rpm. It’s mated to a five-speed gearbox and nestled in a new chassis. Bajaj says that this is a fully revamped motor with some aspects borrowed from its predecessor. From our time behind the P150’s bars, we found that the engine packs a decent punch, and the torque shows an upward surge from 3,500rpm to 8,500rpm. Even when the motor is in the higher rev range, it feels solid and makes for a good case of the P150’s linear power delivery. The speed increases gradually and you hit triple digits with a laid-back approach.
It offers enough tractability as well. We rode the bike in the fifth gear and let the revs drop as low as 3,500rpm. This was followed by gradual acceleration and the engine regained momentum with minor shuddering. In just a few seconds, the P150 was back at 7,500rpm and effortlessly cruised at around 85kmph with adequate power left for overtaking. The engine refinement levels are likeable and the P150 gets a bassy exhaust note as well. Not to mention, the gearbox too is smooth and can take aggressive upshifts and downshifts. Plus, the gear lever is placed in the right position and can be accessed with ease.
City riding on the Bajaj Pulsar P150 can be done in the third gear. Meanwhile, the fifth gear is suitable for highway riding. The P150 can sit at around 7,000rpm but post that, there are minor vibrations around the fuel tank. All in all, the P150’s motor packs the performance that would entice a younger buyer but without being intimidating.
Bajaj suggested that the real-world fuel efficiency for the P150 is about 49kmpl, but we can only confirm that when we get the bike for a road test review.
Lest we forget, dimension-wise, the P150 feels proportionate and well-balanced and the almost equal weight distribution at both ends is evident. It’s quite nimble and easy to move around. This Bajaj motorcycle feels pretty stable at high speeds and changes directions with vigour. It is fairly compact and you can switch lanes, or even filter through bumper-to-bumper traffic without a second guess. Then, the bike weighs just 141kg, so tipping in and out of corners is fun and doesn’t feel tiring.
The suspension setup also complements the bike’s character. The front forks are plush but the monoshock feels a little stiff when riding at slow speeds over bumps, bridge joints, or potholes. However, it becomes a tad sophisticated when you zoom past bad surfaces at slightly higher speeds. The springs didn't bottom out even once during our ride. The 165mm ground clearance seems adequate too, as the bottom didn't scrape once on any speed breaker. We rode over some gnarly potholes, invisible speed bumps, and undulations, but the P150 held its composure.
Now, the brakes on this bike are reliable. The front lever has good progression, feedback, and bite. It stops the bike quite predictably and you can squeeze the lever to its limit before the ABS intervenes. And since P150 gets single-channel ABS, the rear tends to lock if you have a heavy right foot. But before that happens, you get enough bite and can predict the locking without breaking a sweat. As for the tyres, we found them to have enough grip since the bike was ridden in dry conditions on both good roads as well as bad surfaces.