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Bajaj Pulsar (VS400) CS400 Vs. Royal Enfield Classic 350

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

Although the brand wouldn’t comment directly on this, the development of the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (CS400) was with a clear objective – to capture the fast growing bike segment in the Rs. 1 – 2 lakh price bracket. Now which is the brand which does best in this segment? It is Royal Enfield. Posting year-on-year growth, Royal Enfield has shown of good product positioning can do wonders even if the product itself isn’t too good compared to others in the market. This is where Bajaj wants to leverage its VFM quotient with the best of features available on offer, along with class leading features and yet maintaining an price tag which should entice customers.

Now is the Pulsar VS400 (CS400) a direct rival to the Royal Enfield Classic 350? No! While one is expected to be pitched as a performance cruiser, the other is a old school, cult motorcycle which would last for decades and be your companion for long touring needs. So how do they fare on paper? Have a look…

Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (CS400)

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Price (ex-Delhi)

Rs. 1.5 lakh (estimated)

Rs. 1.3 lakh

Engine displacement

373cc

346cc

Cooling

Liquid-cooled

Air-cooled

Fuel injection

Yes

No

No. of cylinder

1

1

Power (PS)

35

20

Torque (Nm)

?

28

Top speed (KMPH)

~160

~120

Fuel efficiency (kmpl)

~35

~35

Transmission

6-speed

5-speed

Fuel tank (L)

?

13.5

Weight (Kg)

~150

187

Frame type

Perimeter

Single downtube

Front suspension

Telescopic

Telescopic

Rear suspension

Monoshock

Dual shock absorber

Multi beam headlamp

Yes

No

Digital instrumentation

Yes

No

LED tail lamp

Yes

No

ABS

Yes

No

Approximate figures mentioned, not officially shared by manufacturer

About the author

Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.