When Bajaj Auto hiked prices for most motorcycles in its portfolio, last week, one motorcycle was missing from the revised price list – the Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS. Ever since its launch, the 135 LS has been the most affordable motorcycle in the Pulsar family; it had also received an update in 2017.
When we contacted Bajaj Auto regarding the reasoning for the removal of the motorcycle from its portfolio, Bajaj officials said that the low sales figure was the death knell for the Pulsar 135 LS. Another reason for the removal of the Pulsar 135 LS is the fact that the Pulsar 150 has now become a premium-commuter offering and customers looking at a slightly less powerful alternative can opt for the new Bajaj Discover 125, which was launched earlier, this year.
However, Bajaj officials have confirmed that they haven’t ceased production of the Pulsar 135 LS, as the motorcycle is still exported to overseas markets. In fact, Bajaj is also open to the proposition of re-launching the Pulsar 135 LS in the future – if domestic demand rises, once more. While the Pulsar 135 LS started life as a sporty motorcycle, it was given a more commuter-like treatment by replacing the split-seats with a conventional single-seat unit, subtle colour options, employing conventional grab rail and adding a heel-and-toe shifter. The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS is powered by a 134.6cc, air-cooled motor that develops 13.4hp and 11.4Nm of peak torque.
Another Bajaj motorcycle that was discontinued recently was the Avenger 150, which was replaced by the new Avenger 180. You can read our first ride review of the Avenger 180 here and our comparison review with the Suzuki Intruder here.