The fastest Pulsar yet’, claimed the Bajaj official as they introduced the country to their all-new fully-faired sports bike, the RS 200. In essence, the Pulsar RS 200 is a spruced up and angrier version of its naked-sibling, the NS200.
And therefore, there are some bits that are carried over from the naked Pulsar, like the instrument cluster unit for instance. But where the NS200 excels, the RS 200 seems like a missed opportunity.
The design, for instance, is too busy and could have been neat and straightforward. Sure, the dual-projector setup looks rich, but the extensive use of livery just doesn’t work well with the design. What’s more surprising is the upright riding position in a bike with sporty intentions. How a sporty bike works with touring intentions, well, is quite beyond me. Now, not being much picky, here’s an overview of what the Pulsar RS 200 brings to the table. Read on.
Powering the Pulsar RS 200 is the same 199.5cc BS-IV compliant that propels in the NS200. To match its sporty intentions, power and torque have been bumped up to 24.5bhp and 18.6Nm, respectively. The liquid-cooled engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The slight increase in on-paper figures translates to a nice and punchy bottom-end. The motorcycle is pretty quick even after you cross 6,000rpm. The engine is refined for the most part, but there are some vibrations that can be felt on the seat at higher revolutions.
While the NS200 is a streetfighter naked, the RS 200 is a fully-faired sports bike. As far as numbers are concerned, the RS 200 is 1,999mm in length, 765mm in width, and 1,114mm in height. Other than that, it has a wheelbase of 1,355mm and a ground clearance of 157mm. The dry kerb weight is 165kg.
Fuel tank capacity
The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 boasts a fuel tank capacity of 13 litres. Combine that with an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 35km/l, the Bajaj can surely cover long distances without much fuel stops.
For a sports bike with an upright riding position, the handling and dynamics of the Pulsar RS 200 are certainly quite good. As for the mechanical parts, the bike sits on a pressed steel perimeter beam section frame chassis and the suspension duties are taken care of by telescopic forks setup at the front and a Nitrox mono shock at the rear. At the front, the 300mm disc is set on a 100/80-17 tyre. As for the rear, the 130/70-17 tyre gets a 230mm disc as part of the braking hardware.
The Pulsar RS 200, as far as safety is concerned, comes equipped with a single-channel ABS as standard. The instrument cluster – a part-digital unit – is the same as its naked-sibling, the NS200. On the electrical front, the dual-projector setup at the front is powered by halogens, while the rear taillamp is an LED unit.
You can grab the Pulsar RS 200 in three different colours: Graphite Black, Racing Blue, and Racing Red. Of the lot, the Graphite Black is sure to tickle the fancy of buyers who crave for a stealthy motorcycle. Our pick, however, is the Racing Red, for it justifies the sporty intentions of this motorcycle.
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