Bajaj Auto has finally launched in India the much-awaited Pulsar RS 200, its fastest bike yet. The RS200 is Bajaj’s first proper sports bike, and is based upon the company’s erstwhile flagship, the Pulsar 200NS.
This is Bajaj’s first motorcycle with a full-fairing; not only does it give the bike an intimidating look, but it should also help when cruising at high speeds. The projector headlamps, the LED Daytime Running Lights, and the funky crystal LED tail lights, all contribute to its striking appearance. The RS 200 is available in two colour schemes, Yellow, and Red.
The bike is powered by a fuel-injected version of the 200cc engine that does duty in the Pulsar 200NS. The power is up to 24.1 bhp, an increase of about 1 bhp over the 200NS. We’ll have to wait and see if the performance is affected by the increase in weight though. Chassis mechanicals remain similar to the 200NS. The RS 200 comes with a larger 300mm petal disc at the front, and a 230mm unit at the rear. Single-channel Anti-lock Braking System, which works only on the front wheel, is offered as an optional extra.
The closest competitor of the Pulsar RS 200 is its distant cousin, the KTM RC 200. They may share a similar engine, and are equally powerful, but where the RC is an extremely focussed sportsbike, the RS is more of a relaxed sport tourer. Only a detailed test will set them apart, and we can’t wait to pit them against each other!
Bajaj is always known to price their products brilliantly, and the Pulsar RS 200 is no different. The bike is priced at just Rs 1,18,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the non-ABS version, and at Rs 1,30,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the ABS version. It is only slightly more expensive than the Yamaha R15, but cheaper than the Honda CBR 150R, and the KTM RC 200. We think that the RS 200 definitely has the potential to become one of the best sellers in the sub-250cc performance bike segment in India.