Bajaj has made a name for itself among bike lovers due to its revolutionary models that set the benchmark. One such product has been the Bajaj Pulsar. With the new Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 making a comeback in the market, here’s everything you must know to stay updated with the changes. First of all, the new Bajaj model is upgraded with a fuel-injection and an extra catalytic converter. The fuel-injected engine helps the fuel and air not get mixed until they reach the cylinder. And the catalytic converter cleaner makes sure that there is no carbon build-up in your engine and exhaust system. Due to this, there is an increase in the price of Bajaj’s BS6 range. For instance, the price of the Pulsar NS200 BS6 has increased by Rs 3,501 and is Rs 1.28, 531 at present. However, other than the BS-6 compliant fuel-injected motor, the model remains unchanged cosmetically and mechanically.
Even the power and torque of the BS6 range has been increased. The power has been increased from 1 PS to 24.5 PS and the torque is now 18.5 Nm with an increase of 0.2 Nm. The motorcycles also have become heavier with an increase in weight by 2kg.
An interesting thing about the new and upgraded Pulsar NS200 BS6 range is the motor that powers these bikes. The 199.5cc SOHC 4-valve single-cylinder motor is liquid-cooled. Thanks to the new BS6 compliant fuel-injected motor, you can expect a slight increase in power compared to the 23.5 PS and 19.3 Nm output of the previous BS4 variants. However, the new models continue using a 6-speed gearbox and the same underpinnings as its predecessor. The chassis type of these motorcycles, a perimeter frame is used. Along with that, telescopic fork front suspension, consisting of fork tubes and sliders, and monoshock geometry ensures higher stability and longer wheel travel. The front braking disc is about 300 mm in diameter and the rear disc used is about 230 mm in diameter. The tyres used are 100/80-17 and 130/70-17 MRF REVZ tyres in the front and back respectively.
The design of the upgraded new Pulsar NS200 is very sporty however the styling is not altered much since it was launched in 2012. This is also the reason that the style has started to look dated and maybe it’s time to change it. Compared to this, the TVS Apache RTR 200 BS6, its direct competitor, has been given a major makeover. Looking at that, one would have expected a similar fresh change in the NS200 as well but the BS6 transition fails to provide that. However, it does come in four different colour options, like Wild Red, Graphite Black, Mirage White and Fiery Yellow.
In addition to the specifications and upgraded colour variations, the BS6 variants of the NS200 are given a two-tone paint job with new graphics. The semi-digital instrument cluster is clearly readable and easily usable. It includes a speedometer, tachometer, fuel level indicator, trip-meter, odometer, engine oil level indicator, and RPM limit blinker. Additionally, there’s a shift light beacon added. All in all the NS range undoubtedly showcases commendable build quality, but there is still scope for improvement. The three additional paint options and the funky and colour-coded wheel rim graphics definitely are a fresh change to its age-old appearance, not to mention the belly-pan fairing as well.
With its good pickup at lower gears, the Pulsar NS200 can easily compete against contenders like the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V BS6, Hero Xtreme 200R, Yamaha MT-15, Yamaha FZ 25 and Suzuki Gixxer 250. The bikes are easy to handle and are suitable for daily use as well as long rides.