The Pulsar brand has been instrumental in redefining the Indian performance biking scene over the last decade. Today, in an attempt to futurize the brand while retaining its core ethos, Bajaj has reinvented the bike itself, resulting in the Pulsar 200 series. This is an all-new platform featuring a sharper, more aggressive design, complemented by a potent 200cc engine and a more robust chassis. This platform has given rise to three performance bikes, each of a distinct flavour, tailored for different tastes and riding environs. The best part: all three bikes are priced accessibly for a majority of enthusiasts!
In this article, we’ll tell you which Pulsar 200 you should buy for your riding environment of choice.
Urban - Bajaj Pulsar 200NS
At times, travelling in the city on a commuter would be as interesting as watching paint dry. On the Pulsar 200 NS though, it’d be as though you’re in the middle of an action flick. Built to conquer the streets, its 23 bhp 199cc liquid-cooled motor is very flexible in nature. You can either putter quietly at slow speeds, or blast your way past the slow-moving traffic.
Thanks to a chassis that’s lighter and more rigid, and an improved suspension set-up, the 200NS is quite adept at cornering, making it a whole lot of fun to ride in the city traffic, or even on twisty ghat roads. Not only is it a riot to ride, the 200NS is also stunning to look at. The bike has a mean and athletic look to it, so be it when zooming past the crowds, or when standing still, it is guaranteed to turn heads.
If the urban jungle is your preferred playground, and you want a steed that’s fast and street-savvy, the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS will fit you like a glove.
Highways - Bajaj Pulsar AS200
So, you’ve been bitten by the touring bug. You can tour on any motorcycle, but, if you want to do it comfortably, you need something that’s designed for the long-haul from the outset. Enter the Pulsar AS200, India’s first sub-250cc adventurer tourer. Its torquey 199cc engine helps the bike’s cruising ability, while the aerodynamic half-fairing helps reduce wind blast at speed. It also has a projector-type headlight for better night-time visibility.
The AS200 is also dynamically very capable. It features a perimeter frame and a well-tuned suspension set-up, which helps the bike change direction readily. It is also comfortable enough to be used on a daily basis too. Design-wise, the AS200 features mean-and-muscular styling, with a sporty streak to it, making it stand out from the crowd.
At Rs 91,550, the AS200 poses exceptional value-for-money. If you are one of those who love travelling cross-country on two-wheels, and want a bike that can handle touring and city commutes with equal ease, the Pulsar AS200 should fit you just right
Twisty Roads - Bajaj Pulsar RS200
If you’re a riding enthusiast with a penchant for stringing corners as fast as possible, then this is just the right bike for you. The RS200 is the sportiest Pulsar yet. It gets a fuel-injected 199cc engine, a shortened wheelbase, and a steeper steering rake, making it fast and responsive. With 24bhp on tap, the RS200 can reach 100kmph in under 11 seconds, and a top speed of over 140 kmph. The RS200 is also a delight to ride on twisty roads, feeling confident and assured while cornering quickly. It is quite agile too, making it easy to ride in the city.
It may not be the most beautiful bike around, but the RS200’s aggressive design is sure bound to turn heads. The full-fairing - first for a Pulsar - isn’t there just to suggest sporty intent; it aids in aerodynamics, and reduces wind blast at speed. Features include twin-projector headlights, a stylish side-mounted exhaust, and optional single-channel ABS.
At Rs 1.18 lakhs, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is an excellent deal. If it is an affordable, fun-to-ride sports bike that you are looking for, this is one bike you must take a closer look at.