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Spied: Bajaj Pulsar SS400/SS200 testing in India

Team OD  | Updated: June 05, 2014, 11:30 AM IST

Six months ago we brought you the first images of the Bajaj Pulsar SS200 on test. Now, reader Rohan Takalkar spotted a mule on test outside Pune. This time around, the motorcycle spotted looks like the SS400. The SS400 showcased at the expo had LED daytime running lamps and so does this mule.

Bajaj Pulsar SS400 (6)

To recap, the Pulsar SS200 and SS400 will look the same save for some changes like the aforementioned LED lamps and the addition of ABS in the latter. The SS200 and SS400 are expected to toe the same lines as the 200 and 390 Dukes in India.

Bajaj Pulsar SS400 (4)The SS200 and SS400 will look the same save for some changes like the daytime running LED lamps

The SS borrows its tank and some cycle parts from the NS200. The fairing will be a busy unit housing twin projector lamps in a slightly different shape for the 200 and 400 variants. The meter dials will be similar to the ones on the NS200. Unlike the NS200, the SS will get a compact side slung exhaust. The bike comes with a split seat design that offers a long and roomy looking rear perch. The rear also doesn't seem to be too steeply raked like an R15 which should again make for comfortable two-up riding. It gets a similar single sided plastic splatter guard to the one on the NS200.

Bajaj Pulsar SS400 (5)The bike comes with a split seat design that offers a long and roomy looking rear perch

We expect the engine for the SS200 to remain the same as the one from the NS200. The SS400 meanwhile will get an engine based on the 390 Duke's engine but with new internals and a new Bajaj specific head which should feature its signature triple spark technology. While the SS200 is expected to make 23.5PS of power like its naked sibling, we expect the SS400 to produce about 40PS. The bigger Bajaj Pulsar SS400 will also get ABS as standard while it may be optional on the SS200. The SS400 concept showcased at the expo was shod with the same Metzelers from the 390 Duke. However we are unsure if this will make it to the production bike because they are imported and expensive which may not work given the aggressive price point Bajaj is aiming for the motorcycle. We expect that it could come with newly developed domestic tyres that will meet the higher performance requirements of the Pulsar SS400. Bajaj has traditionally favoured MRF tyres for its performance machines which is why we expect that the SS400 could come with a higher-performance version of the existing Revz from the 200 Duke. Whether these tyres will further be adopted for the 390 Duke is an interesting question that remains to be answered.

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