Pulsar has been the bringer of change in the Indian motorcycle scenario, it introduced many first’s and standardized a lot of things.
Bajaj has created over 5 million motorcycling enthusiasts in the country over the past decade with their pulsar range, and with every new generation of the pulsar’s, they have only added to their fans who seek performance oriented bikes.
Introduced in 2012, the Pulsar 200 NS was miles ahead of the previous generation pulsars, with its raging bull looks, performance oriented 200 cc engine and other features like underbelly exhaust, split spoke allow wheels and a fairly neat instrument console, the 200 NS had set standards for street bikes in India along with the KTM Duke 200.
Lets get into details then,
Displacement: 199.5cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 4 V, Triple spark.
Max. Power: 23.17 bhp @ 9500 rpm
Max. Torque: 18.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Transmission: 6 Speed
Kerb Weight: 145 kg
Fuel System: Carburettor, UCD 33
Type: Pressed steel perimeter beam section frame
Brakes: 280 mm Disc (F), 230 mm Disc (R)
Suspension : 37mm Telescopic Front Fork (F), Nitrox Mono Shock Absorber (R)
Tyre’s: 100/80 – 17, 52 P (F), 130/70 – 17, 61 P (R).
L/W/H (mm): 2017/804/1075
Wheelbase: 1363 mm
Ground Clarence: 169 mm
Fuel Tank: 12 litres
0-60: 3.61 Seconds
0-100: 9.83 Seconds
Top Speed: 135 kmph
Fuel Economy: 32 kmpl
INR 1,01,290 (Ex-showroom New Delhi).
ANALOG DIGITAL CONSOLE
TRIPLE SPARK PLUG
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The riding position is sporty but not overly aggressive, the seats are well padded and designed for comfort and the suspension is on the softer side which offers comfort in city riding conditions and in long rides.
NS is carbureted with 3 spark plugs for efficient combustion, Power delivery on NS is more linear and its tall gearing means you can accelerate hard.
The upright position of the handlebars makes it easy for riders to trip in corners and feels planted all the way through. Also linear power delivery and tall gearing on NS makes it easy for new riders to ride around corners.
And then there is the stunting department where Pulsars have always been known, the 200 NS is none the less.
Pulsar 200 NS having stock front forks, they are lighter then the upside down, so it is easier to pull wheelies, balance is better on the NS as the brake pedals help in free-styling as it holds more room for the foot to rest on and the shape avoids leg getting slipped while doing so.
And NS’s power delivery is smooth, it is better suited for slow and controlled wheelies and the free styling.
Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is comfortable, good on looks, smooth on power delivery and also comes cheaper than its rivals, well mostly the KTM Duke 200.
There sure are few adjustment issues with the bike like you ll have to get used to the lil high seating and that the NS feels heavy on the front which makes it a little difficult to manoeuvre in the traffic.
But all in all, the Pulsar 200 NS justifies the Pulsar badge.