ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The 135 LS features a four-valve head and DTS-i, the first time that these two technologies have been combined. And the resulting 13.3 bhp@9000 rpm and 1.16 kgm@7500 rpm make the little Pulsar good fun to ride. Thanks to the four-valve setup, the bike revs eagerly to 10,500 rpm where the limiter cuts in. But it also pulls from as low as 20 kph in top gear without a pillion, so low-end torque is good too. Bajaj claims a 0-60 kph time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 115 kph which is extremely good for a 135cc engine and treads into 150cc territory. The engine is smooth and refined for the most part, except at the very top end where you do feel some vibes through the handlebars. Out of corners, there is just about enough shove to keep you involved, though in traffic, the power delivery should make it a hoot to ride. Part of the Pulsar 135's surprising performance comes from the fact that it weighs just 122 kg. Which brings us to the ride and handling part.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The Pulsar 135 LS lives up to it 'LS' moniker, which by the way stands for 'Light Sport.' The chassis features a box-section single downtube with the engine acting as a stressed member, while the rest of the frame is tubular. The swingarm is a box-section unit too, and hugs a full-size 100/90 MRF Zapper. The front forks are strong and handle the braking forces that the 240 mm front disc can dish out, while the rear shocks are gas-charged, triple-rated units that damp out road undulations very well. Overall, the bike has a very taut feel to it, and while we cannot comment on the ride quality on normal roads, given that fact that Bajaj's bikes always ride well, this one should be no exception.