Manufacturers are no longer allowed to produce two-wheelers without CBS/ABS, following the April 1, 2019 deadline, which made it mandatory. The ruling brought into question the future of a few motorcycles; and while most have been updated with the appropriate safety feature, there are still a handful whose updates have not yet been officially announced. The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is one of these motorcycles.
Over the past few months, a number of Bajaj offerings including bikes from the Avenger and Pulsar line-up were spotted and updated with ABS. The NS160 wasn’t one of these motorcycles. But now, we have received information that the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 ABS is in the works and it’s only a matter of time until the bike reaches dealerships. The NS160 is powered by a 160.3cc single-cylinder motor that makes 15.5hp at 8,500rpm and 14.6Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. It’s likely that the bike won’t receive any mechanical updates apart from the addition of a single-channel ABS unit.
Currently, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 retails at Rs 85,939 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Pulsar NS200 saw a hike of Rs 12,000 with the inclusion of a single-channel ABS unit and we expect a similar or slightly lower increase when the system is brought onto the NS160. The non-ABS Pulsar NS160, just like other non-ABS bikes, will be available a a select dealerships until stocks last.
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Sources in Japan claim that the big four Japanese motorcycle brands – Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki – plan to form a consultative body to discuss details about a unified standard for batteries, charging stations and more. This gathering is substantial because this move could dramatically increase usability of electric products to come from the brands.
A unified standard of batteries doesn’t mean that the four big brands will use identical batteries on their products; it only means that the batteries on these products will have the ability to be charged by the same power source. Speaking of which, the likes of a unified standard for charging stations would prove to be monumental in increasing the reach and convenience of an electric two-wheeler. Moves like these could promote and speed-up the spread of electric motorcycles on an international scale.
Given the size and popularity of these four Japanese giants, we could also see other electric two-wheeler brands from around the world adapt this unified standard. We witnessed a move similar to this in the mobile phone industry, where manufacturers went from having their own numerous individual charging pins, and settle on three as standard – micro-USB, Apple’s lighting port and the USB Type-C. We are now at a point where it appears that the USB Type-C charger will take over the other two and be the standard for charging every mobile phone in the future.
On a related note, Taiwanese-giant Kymco launched a platform that provides tailor-made arrangement of electric vehicles, charging facilities and removable batteries, last year. Called Ionex Commercial, the platform or ecosystem claims to provide various charging solutions including standard charging, fast charging, battery swaps, or any combination of these. To read more about it, head here.
While we haven’t seen any high-powered electric two-wheelers from the big four in production-ready form, Kawasaki was recently in the news as patents of its upcoming air- and oil-cooled e-motorcycle recently made an appearance.
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Interestingly, only the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES get a single-channel ABS, while the other models gets dual-channel ABS. We believe the company has done this in order to keep the price hike of its entry-level models to a minimum. Compare the new prices to the old ones and it shows that single-channel ABS only adds a little more than Rs 3,500 and Rs 1,400 to the price of the Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES, respectively – a surprisingly minimal hike compared to the premium of around Rs 11,000 on the models with the dual-channel system.
Here is the price list:
Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)ModelPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)Bullet 350 ABSRs 1.21 lakhBullet 350 ES ABSRs 1.35 lakhBullet 500 ABSRs 1.88 lakhClassic 350 ABSRs 1.53 lakhClassic 500 ABSRs 2.04 lakhClassic 500 Chrome ABSRs 2.12 lakhThunderbird 350 ABSRs 1.56 lakhThunderbird 350 X ABSRs 1.63 lakhThunderbird 500 ABSRs 2.06 lakhThunderbird 500 X ABSRs 2.14 lakhHimalayan ABSRs 1.80 lakhHimalayan Sleet ABSRs 1.82 lakh
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