It is just a matter of time before we see Bajaj roll out the CS 400 in the Indian market. In many ways, the CS 400 will be a first for Bajaj, in terms of power, capacity and so on. The performance motorcycling segment is opening up beautifully in the country. With better purchasing power, more informed motorcyclists and so many options to choose from starting from 200cc and going up to 1000cc and more, performance motorcycling has finally picked up in the country. And a manufacturer like Bajaj, who started their fun and fast motorcycles approach with the Pulsar series, way back in 2001, would have been mad to make the most of this motorcycle boom. Enter the Bajaj Pulsar CS 400, a model that has been quite a while in the making. It is the first ever attempt by Bajaj to go above the 200cc-250cc segment and make a mid-capacity sport cruiser motorcycle of sorts. Point being that the ‘CS’ stands for Cruiser Sport, and Bajaj is clear with the identity that it wants to give to the CS400. The overall design language on the Pulsar CS400 resembles that of a Ducati Diavel, which of course is a much bigger, better and a faster bike that sees itself as a sport cruiser. For instance, the instrumentation console is split unit, with one half being mounted on the headlamp console and a second digital display on the fuel tank is similar to the IP on the Diavel. But what is really cool about the 400CS is the fact that the Bajaj draftsmen have done a good job with the design. The aggressive front end means business with a stylish cowl housing a sharp-looking lamp design. Bajaj has tried to give it elements of a naked streetfighter styling as well. The front end stays on telescopic forks rather than USDs that we had seen when the bike was first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and a monoshock at the rear (Cutting costs was the reason we believe). Also, sharing cycle parts and other components with the RS 200 is another method that Bajaj has devised to keep the costs down. Viewed in profile, the Pulsar CS 400 looks mean and sharp. It gets disc brakes at both ends and is touted to have at least a single channel ABS as standard. Also, the engine is the same as the one that does duty on the KTM Duke 390 and the RC390, a single-cylinder, 373cc unit but in a lowered state of tune. The engine will be producing 40bhp as opposed to 44bhp that it makes on the KTM 390 twins. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a 6-speed unit. The engine is also said to have more grunt in the mid-range for easier overtaking. Bajaj will be trying to keep the price below 1.8 lakh or thereabouts, so as to attract maximum enthusiasts. The CS 400 will see the light of the day in the third quarter of this year and we cannot but wait for it with bated breath.
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