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Bajaj Pulsar NS200 – All you need to know

by rushilkumar27

Bajaj nailed it with their Pulsar NS200 when it was introduced way back in 2012. It was the nicest looking and most affordable naked street-fighter motorcycle in the business. It was quite powerful, handled better than the old Pulsar and even came with more power. However, in 2015, Bajaj pulled the plug on it because it did not sell in the numbers the brand desired. Customers who wanted one, missed it, and because of demand, the brand re-introduced it in 2017.

Street-fighter appeal

The 2020 model of the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 now gets some important changes, like a BS6-compliant engine, thanks to the tweaks to the exhaust system and fuelling. The engine sounds better; it’s raspier and punchy. Apart from the new belly pan, everything else is the same. But you do get some new colours, like Mirage White, Wild Red and Graphite Black. Also, the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 gets sporty new graphics. The bike continues to look aggressive and masculine; it’s got proper naked street bike appeal. Up-front, it has a shapely headlamp with a strong beam. The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 gets a digital-analogue instrument cluster with everything tidily spread out along with a digital trip counter, speedometer and odometer. It also features clip-on handlebars, switchgear which is of an acceptable quality and controls that are comfortable to use. The palm grips feel quite plasticky though. Thigh support is good, thanks to the nicely shaped grooves. The broad frame spars can never go unnoticed. Bajaj Bikes have put the silencer below the engine, just to keep the centre of gravity low. Viewed from the rear too, the bike looks sleek.

Road rash

Apart from the BS6 engine update, the output figures remain the same at 23bhp and 18.3Nm of torque. This liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine is paired with a 6-speed transmission. Performance-wise, the engine has a good amount of punch, making it quite pleasant to ride. The wide powerband works in its favour, particularly in the city. The bike can be taken to 11000rpm and the short-stroke character of the engine ensures it revs freely. The exhaust note has a hint of the KTM 200 Duke, but to a large extent. Performance remains the same as well. The gearshifts are precise and working the clutch is easy work. You don’t have to shift frequently because of the gearing not being short. In sixth gear, you can push for 120kph and perhaps a bit more than that. The motorcycle maintains great composure on straight stretches and around corners, thanks to the twin-spar pressed-steel frame. The bike feels confident if you lean into a corner, and the MRF Zapper tyres play a key part here. Up-ahead, Bajaj Bikes have equipped the NS200 with telescopic forks while a gas-charged monoshock is found at the rear. Ride quality is quite good on this motorcycle. Braking is taken care of by 280 petal discs at the front, while the rear gets a 230mm disc.

Punchy motor

The four-valve head is powered by a single overhead camshaft while the combustion chamber has three spark plugs. However, it doesn’t get fuel-injection and the NS is the brand’s first liquid-cooled model. Throttle response is quite sharp and takes off seamlessly. The mid-range is strong and the top-end feels great all the way to the rev limiter. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.

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