The Pulsar RS 200 was expected to run on MRF tyres only but is now being sold with Eurogrip tyres as well, the latter using hard compound rubber thereby lacking in terms of quality and grip.

2015 Pulsar RS 200 Road Test
The Pulsar RS 200 was initially seen on grippy MRF tyres only

Bajaj Auto’s latest flagship, the Pulsar RS 200 has received a ton of positive words from both the media and customers alike. The bike is the best handling Pulsar till date and even though the RS 200 shares its underpinnings with the 200 NS, the feedback is certainly better. All this is thanks to the new MRF tyres on the bike which offer a lot of grip. However, the company has started to offer Eurogrip tyres on the Pulsar RS 200 now. These tyres lack grip and don’t inspire enough confidence to ride fast.

Bajaj Auto has been offering the Pulsar AS 200 with Eurogrip tyres since day one while the smaller AS 150 uses MRF rubber. The reason for this is the supply constraints being faced from the Chennai based manufacturer. We had reported earlier that the Pulsar AS 200 will start getting MRF tyres around the festive season. The same could be the reason as to why some RS 200 bikes are coming equipped with Eurogrip tyres. Also referred to as Euroslip by riders, the not so favourable tyre brand is made by TVS.

There is another chance of the dealer swapping tyres between bikes to give informed customers MRF rubber. Like in the case of the AS 200, it comes with Eurogrip tyres and on urging the sales guy, he was not reluctant to gave us the bike with MRF tyres. This means the MRFs on the RS 200 could be swapped with Eurogrip rubber on the AS 200. Due to volumes, inventory management and possible supply constraints, almost all manufacturers source tyres from multiple vendors. Companies like Benelli sell their bikes with different sized tyres, charging extra money for the imported Pirellis on the TNT 300.

Yamaha R15 vs Pulsar RS 200 vs Honda CBR150R Shootout
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