The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 was introduced in the Indian market back in 2012.
Over the years, much like other Bajaj bikes, the NS 200 has been updated many times. The bike was also recently upgraded in a bid to make it BS6-compliant. Several aesthetic attributes have also been tweaked to keep buyers interested in the bike.
The latest version of the bike entails an MSRP of Rs. 1, 70,798*. The bike is offered in a single trim and four colours. Despite being a 200 CC motorcycle, the mileage of the bike is 35 KMPL. The bike has a 12-litre capacity fuel tank and tips the scales at 159.5 KGs.
Other aspects of the bike are enunciated in the sections below –
Oh, the looks!
To put it bluntly, the latest iteration of the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 looks the same as its predecessor. But at the same time, the bike’s road presence and image are menacing – to state the least!
The bike still carries its distinctive headlamp unit which is flanked on both sides by twin pilot lamps. The fuel tank still has its muscular form and the tail lamp still carries the ‘split’ style.
The packaging is well balanced
All modern motorcycles these days come equipped with a boatload of features that a rider doesn’t need, to be honest! Bajaj kept this aspect in mind. This is why the OEM chose to keep the NS 200 a true enthusiast’s bike. Instead of burdening the bike with unnecessary electronics, Bajaj focussed on the basics.
Here are the available ‘features’ on the NS 200 –
- The bike comes with single-channel ABS from the factory.
- It entails a semi-digital instrument cluster.
- It has a halogen headlight, tail lamp and turns indicator units.
- It has backlit switchgear.
The bike offers a memorable ride
The ergonomics of the bike have been kept unchanged. It means that it has rides and feels like a proper streetfighter bike.
To put things into perspective –
- The handlebar is low set.
- The footrests are rear set.
- The rider sits with a mean stance.
The pillion seat has been revised a bit. The rear seat now is more comfortable and spacious. But on long rides, both riders would need to take breaks periodically. The reason is that the rear monoshock suspension has been set on the stiffer side.
The front suspension, however, has a long suspension travel. But the unit is also set on the stiffer side. There is an upside to a stiff suspension setup though! A stiff suspension setup means that the bike will handle like a dream on the highways and bendy roads!
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The bike entails good braking and engine performance
Bajaj Auto went all in to make the latest iteration of the NS 200 compliant with safety norms. This is why the bike comes with ABS that works in tandem with the front and rear disc brakes. The front wheel of the bike is equipped with a 300 mm disc. It offers adequate stopping power. The rear wheel of the bike is paired with a 230 mm disc. To be honest, the stopping power of the rear disc unit could have been a bit more.
The crown jewel of the NS 200 is its engine!
The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, BS6-compliant, 199 CC motor. The engine is equipped with a single overhead camshaft that controls 4 valves. Bajaj engineers kept the original design of the engine unaltered. This is why the engine still comes with three spark plugs. The fuel injection system of the engine has been tweaked for better fuel efficiency and performance. The peak power mapping for the motor is set at 24.13bhp. The peak torque mapping of the motor is set at 18.5Nm.
The low-end torque is amazing. The power delivery graph of the motor is linear. The bike’s highway and city performance are amazing.
Is it worth buying the bike?
Yes. The bike might miss out on modern features but it is a decent bike one can have in their garage.