Bajaj Pulsar N250 long term review, 2000km report


With the Suzuki V-Strom SX having left our fleet, I was without a long-termer for my daily commute to the office. As luck would have it though, Dinshaw, who was the custodian of our long-term Bajaj Pulsar N250, was set to go on a lengthy leave. So I was more than glad to grab the keys and draft it in as my V-Strom replacement. At least for the time being, is what I told my colleague.

Powerful LED headlight is one of the best I’ve experienced.

But over the last few months, I’ve really grown to like the N250, so much so that Dinshaw has had to resort to using one of our other long-termers. Jumping off the Suzuki, the Bajaj feels compact and much more manageable in traffic, which is a boon. A special shoutout has to go to the superb headlight of the Pulsar; it’s a better and more effective unit than I’ve experienced on many bigger and more expensive bikes. The Pulsar also dealt with one of the longest monsoon seasons in recent memory with ease. There’s barely any rusting to speak of, apart from some small bolts, and even the plastic and rubber parts have held up well.

Superbly efficient; returned over 500km on a single tank.

While our Pulsar N250 has been largely reserved for commuting, I did take it on a brief spin out on the highway and that shed light on a few things. Firstly, this 250cc mill is superbly refined with barely any vibrations at 90-95kph cruising speeds, which takes some fatigue out of riding for a long time. On the flipside though, I found the seat cushioning to be too hard. Granted, I don’t have the most padded posterior around, but even so, I’ve been finding it too uncomfortable leading me to move around on the seat every couple of minutes to ease some of the pain.

Seat padding is hard and gets painful after a while.

But a major reason for why it’s been hard to handover the keys of the Pulsar has been the superb fuel economy. With my regular commute and this brief highway stint taken into account, the Pulsar N250 managed an eye-opening 500km+ on a single tank. And it goes without saying that it has not all been sedate riding. I’ve genuinely been impressed with the N250’s balance of performance and efficiency.

Reflector on the fork held on by adhesive strip, and has fallen off.

However, as time has gone on, some issues have begun to creep in. The smaller issue is that one of the reflectors on the front fork came loose and fell off. It is held on by just an adhesive strip and I’m sure there are better ways to keep it secure. The bigger issue, however, has been with the front brake. When riding at low speeds, it feels like the brake pads are rubbing against the disc in an unusual manner even without the lever being pressed, almost as if the disc is warped. When I took over the bike this was barely noticeable, but it has grown as our time with the bike has progressed. The Pulsar is now off for its service and a check-up. More on the service costs and the front brake issue in the next report.

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