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30 Mar, 2017 ,
The Bajaj Pulsar has been one of the most successful motorbikes in the Indian market. Bajaj Pulsar, which is owned by Bajaj Auto in India have released different variants with engine capacities of 135cc, 150cc, 180cc, 200cc, 220cc and 400cc (which is also known widely as Bajaj Dominar). The Indian biking market is always inclined more towards performance and fuel efficiency and Bajaj has always released bikes keeping that in mind. There weren't many high performance bikes in the market apart from the Bullet (350cc and 500cc), just to give them a run for their money, the Pulsar family have entered the league of heavyweights. Actually, the Pulsar 200NS was launched in 2012 but due to less sales, it was discontinued. After seeing the progress of the Apache, they decided to relaunch the 200NS with BS IV Emission compliance and various other graphical upgrades. NS, which means Naked Sport is a bike which is a hard-core racing bike, definitely made for the urban crowd. Bajaj has shut down production of Pulsar 200AS to start the 200NS again. Priced at around Rs.99,171 (Ex-showroom New Delhi), the NS 200 is out there to make a statement. It takes on KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR 250R and Apache RTR 200.
The Bajaj Pulsar is displaced at 199.50cc, with a single-cylinder engine anda triple-spark tech. It spits out 24bhp at 9500rpm and 18.3Nm torque at 8000rpm with a 6-speed gearbox. It also has an engine guard which enhances the looks and engine protection from uneven roads and bumps. The four strokes, triple spark-ignition liquid-cooled engine has very minimum vibrations which are very rare these days. NS 200 is fitted with BS IV engine which releases less than minimum air pollutants into the atmosphere and aiding for a better and much healthier surroundings and environment. The Pulsar NS 200 is easily the most powerful Pulsar out there. This bike has given way with a 4 valve liquid cool engine. This high revving machine is the epitome of beauty and the beast. Weighing around a mere 145 kgs and alongside the torque, it gives an impressive 17% of power to weight ratio. But when we revv in between 4000-6000rpm, slight vibrations are there and they make their presence felt at around 9000rpm. It goes upto a top-speed of around 135kmph. It goes from 0 to 100kmph in 9.83 seconds. In an overall aspect, the Pulsar 200NS has good performance and has more power compared to its siblings
The race-handlebars on the Pulsar 200ns gives it the sport look and is extremely superior in terms of ride and handling. A firm grip is found between the body weight and the central force of the machine. The MRZ Zapper tyres produce zero friction with the surface no matter where you ride the bike. Pulsar 200NS runs perfectly around tight corners in rainy roads and even in uneven dusty roads. The underbelly fuel tank allows the rider to position itself perfectly and unlike the other Pulsar's where we could be tossed here and there on riding on uneven surfaces, this bike keeps us glued to the seat. Pulsar 200NS looks wicked and mean and truly so, it is a brute. 200NS is extremely confident on roads and cornering cannot get much smoother. The bike is heavy to start off with but once you get a hang of it, there is no looking back. The only downside is that the curve on the fuel tank is slightly higher; our knees get no support when we go around corners. The bike has no false neutral hassles also. The front suspension is a telescopic front fork with anti-friction bush and the rear suspension is a mono suspension with nitrox. In terms of tyres, the front is a 100/80 - 17 - tubeless tyre while the back is the 130/70 - 17 - tubeless tyre.
If you want your bike to be a fuel efficient and which can give you a good mileage then it would be good if you want to see elsewhere. The Pulsar 200NS gives a mileage of 30kmpl on roads and around 40kmpl on highways. There are better bikes in its class which can give you a better deal in mileage and fuel consumption. It has a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres.
The lighting on the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is stylish and gives a very mean look towards it. Headlights are fitted with a H4 Blue Tinge with a 12v 55/60w. Other than that, it also has Automatic Headlamp On (AHO). The design has a nostalgic Pulsar feel to it. The tail lights are LED which replicates the Pulsar 220. It makes the road pretty bright and increases our visibility by a long range.
The braking mechanism in the Pulsar NS 200 is good with the front brakes consisting of 280mm disc brakes and the rear is of a 230mm disc brake. It stops in about 16 meters from 70 to 0 kmph making it extremely efficient for the rider. It is ABS enabled giving it a nice edge over its other competitors. The real use of the brakes will come into action only when you squeeze it instead of gently applying pressure.
The exterior body of the Pulsar NS 200 has been designed to break the ground and drop some jaws. It seems to have taken a lot of clues from the 135cc model of Pulsar. NS stands for naked sport is a fascinating design with new age technology. It defines speed and racing and for that you need a particular design and build which the Pulsar NS 200 has successfully achieved. Beneath the engine it has a killer exhaust which is inspired through the Duke 200. It also has an elevated fuel tank which provides supreme grip for the rider to ride the bike and also looks strong and muscular. They could have done a bit better with the windshield of the bike though. Through the naked eye the Pulsar NS 200 is fierce and extremely aggressive at nature making it a total eye-catcher.
To be blunt and honest, for mileage purposes, the Pulsar NS 200 is not your buy but for everything else, it is your buy. Speed, looks, power, handling, style…you say it and it has it. It is absolutely worth the price it is at. In fact, it is a great bargain.
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