In a high volume market like India, there is little choice for motorcycle enthusiasts especially when his/her budget is below the 1.5 lakh mark. It is especially difficult to find a fully-faired sports bike that falls under this budget. Earlier, the only two choices were the Yamaha YZF-R15 and the Honda CBR-250R. Later KTM created a buzz by bringing in the RC200 in 2014, but then again the price of the bike was proportional to the performance. Bajaj auto, having understood this demand for a practical sports bike, recently launched the Pulsar RS200 with a choice of two colours.
Stunning in black
The Pulsar RS200 was only available in 2 colours till now- yellow and red. The bike is now available in a 3rd colour. The company calls it "Demon Black" and we have to say that the bike looks better than ever in this shade. The majority of the bike is painted in black while the decals are coloured in red. A blue colour might also be in store for the RS200 in the future, although Bajaj says the colour is reserved for international markets at the moment.
The Pulsar RS200 gets the iconic “Fear the black” tagline used in adverts feature Pulsars of yesteryears. We always felt that the yellow colour was too “in-your-face” and the red colour didn’t really suit the bike. The black colour manages to make the bike look more sporty and streamlined.
Powertrain and Suspension
It is unreasonable for us to expect mechanical changes on a bike that is less than a year old. It continues to be powered by a 199.5 cc, liquid cooled, fuel-injected engine that develops a peak power of 24.1 bhp at 9750 rpm and 18.6 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox that follows a 1-down, 5-up pattern.
At the front, the RS200 is equipped with telescopic front forks. At the rear, a mono-shock setup is used to isolate unwanted vibrations. The suspension system works well for everyday riding conditions. Disc brakes at the front and rear provide for effective braking. A Bosch sourced single-channel Anti-lock brake system is also available as an option for the Pulsar RS200.
Bajaj Auto has been generous with standard equipment. The Pulsar RS200 comes with a plethora of features like projector headlamps, fully digital instrument cluster, LED tail lamps and ABS. It also gets a fuel injector and liquid cooling, absent on most bikes in this price range.
The Pulsar RS200 is priced at Rs. 1,18,000 for the non-ABS variant and Rs. 1,30,000 for the ABS variant (Ex-showroom Delhi). So far, there is no indication that the Black paintjob would cost extra.
The Pulsar RS200 is a complete package. The bike rides well, handles well, is well equipped and has adequate performance. Most importantly, it offers good performance at a reasonable price. Check out the review of the Pulsar RS200 below.