India Auto Expo: KTM-Powered Pulsars By Bajaj Auto

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Bajaj Pulsar

Fancy something different but with a proven KTM engine? Bajaj Auto, which owns a major share in KTM, has unveiled two concept motorcycles, which may go into production. Both use KTM engines.

The Pulsar CS400 and Pulsar SS400 were shown together for the first time this week at the India Auto Expo being held in Delhi. There were no real surprises; as for the past year there have been several spy shots published of these two bikes being tested.

Bajaj Pulsar SS400
Bajaj Pulsar SS400

It was however an unexpected move by Bajaj Auto to reveal the bikes at the Auto Expo. Aside from pulling the cover off the bikes, there were no launch details or technical specifications given for either bike. For the moment, Bajaj Auto is sticking to their story and saying that these bikes are concepts.

Both the SS400 and the CS400 use the same KTM 375cc single and six-speed gearbox that’s offered in the Duke 390 and the RC390. However, Bajaj has designed its own frame and has adapted the KTM engine enhancing it with what it describes as ‘triple spark’ technology.

Ostensibly both bikes are identical, same frame and engine with the Super Sport (SS) getting a fairing and the CS slanted as the naked version. The CS bears a striking resemblance to the existing production Pulsar 200, which also uses a KTM 200 Duke engine.

Bajaj Pulsar CS400
Bajaj Pulsar CS400

One difference between the Pulsar SS400 and CS400 is that the faired bike runs Metzeler tires like the KTM 390 Duke but the CS runs a new version of the MRF Revz seen on the smaller 200 Duke. But this may be just for the two concept show bikes.

Bajaj Auto was not giving much else away in Delhi, such as final production specification or a launch dates, but it’s thought ABS will be standard and a digital instrument console with gear indicator will be available on both bikes.

  • the antagonist

    Another difference is the SS get’s a unique vagina tail light:

  • hunkyleepickle

    Has anyone actually had any time with this engine? its now in half a dozen bikes, including that incredibly anticipated rc390, and i have yet to see even an impression on the engine..i’m very very curious.

    • Sjef

      KTM Duke 390′s have been on sale for at least a year in Europe now, and I’ve seen plenty of them around. No idea how they behave though.

      • Jono

        They’ve been here in Aus for a while now. being where we are geographically, we get asian bike early =)

        ridden a mates 390 duke and I’d describe it as WR250X on steroids in terms of engine power and characteristics (comes little lean from the factory, but probably an emissions thing). They’ve done a good job with the frame as well. Its a sweet handling bike!

    • Anoop Pamu

      The Engine is brilliant, very tuner friendly as well

  • Justin McClintock

    Between these and the Hero Hastur, it seems like India is all of a sudden getting very serious about making bikes that not only fit their market, but might actually have some export appeal to major markets around the world. If they can get a foothold in soon, there’s gonna be some highly annoyed Chinese manufacturers knowing India beat them to the punch.

    • WheelieGood13

      I’m not so sure about the Chinese manufacturers. I suspect (talking out my ass now) that they have their hands full meeting the demands of their market and the rest of the developing world. I’m guessing that when they have an urge to spend a bunch of money developing bikes that would be suitable for the US, they’ll make that move.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    I really like the looks of that CS400.

  • Derek Wong

    Looks like another difference is that one has standard forks while the other has inverted forks.

    • Nathan Haley

      Yeah, I find it unusual that the (usually sportier?) faired version has the standard forks while the naked one has the inverted forks. Maybe it’s because they’re concepts and Bajaj is trying to see if anyone notices/cares. I really like the way the naked one looks. Sort of FZ-04-ish, if that makes any sense…

  • Paolo

    Pulsar bikes are very popular here in central america, if they’re really coming with a KTM engine I might be tempted to pick one of those up.

    • WheelieGood13

      Yeah, I see them everywhere. Are they decent bikes?

      • Paolo

        Well, I guess for what they’re worth they’re alright. Amateur stunt riders use them a lot, specially the 180cc variation. The downside is that thieves love to get their dirty hands on them as well.

  • Paolo

    I’m gladly surprised you know the place. Hope you had a good time. If you ever come again, shoot me a message. First round’s on me!

    • WheelieGood13

      I’ll be riding up in there late March / early April. If you see a big heavily tattooed gringo on a bike at La Cantina, you know who it is. Second round is on me!