Bike tested: 2012 Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 99,200/-
It was almost 11 years ago, when Bajaj Auto launched the first Pulsar, which changed the face of the Indian motorcycle industry. In the past decade, there have been many versions and facelifts of the Pulsar which kept the bike going strongly to a sales of 50 lakh units. The Bajaj Pulsar has become one of the most recognisable brands in India, with enthusiasts swearing by their bikes. There have been upgrades time and again but the recent one is the most significant. Yes, the Pulsar 200 NS, which is the second generation of the Pulsar, is on the Indian roads. We ride it to find out, if it is indeed a giant leap or not!
Styling – The Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is an extremely well styled motorcycle with the right use of muscle and edginess making it a head turner wherever you go. The sharply designed headlight, (which is Benelli inspired), the tank shrouds shooting forward, the sleekly crafted rear fenders, the front muscular mudguard (with a unique color pattern), the aluminum number plate holder, the split grab rails (borrowed from family’s younger sibling, the Pulsar 135) are the stand out points of the Pulsar 200 NS’ styling. The traditional Pulsar twin ‘dagger type’ LED tail light is mounted a bit differently than other Pulsars and makes the rear a bit quirky to our taste.
The split mudguard, the not so fat looking rubber, an ugly looking saree guard is something we didn’t like. Standard red colored monoshock used with every color is a disappointment. The rear mudguard has been restyled and has a ‘Pulsar’ monogram on it. The hidden exhaust is something that the current Pulsar owners won’t take pleasantly and skipping on the engine belly fairing is also a bad idea. A very Pulsar-ish fact to the styling is that, it does not have any sort of stickers or graphics on it, just 4-valve and 200 NS badges on both sides. The red color which is used on the 200 NS, is not that good as the old Pulsar, which has a fantastic cocktail red. Paint job is good, deep and loads of glitter, a Bajaj forte over the time, which never fails to impress.
Head over to the next page to read about the console and ergonomics of the Pulsar 200 NS.