Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is a street bike available at a starting price of Rs. 1,14,954 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 3 colours. It is powered by a 160.3 cc BS-VI engine and has a user reported mileage of 42 kmpl. It comes with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.
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5 Speed Manual
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About Pulsar NS160
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is a street bike available at a starting price of Rs. 1,14,954 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 3 colours. The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is powered by 160.3cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 17.03 bhp and a torque of 14.6 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Pulsar NS160 bike weighs 151 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters.
The Bajaj NS160 is a more premium offering that is positioned a notch above the Pulsar 150, both in terms of pricing and features. The NS160 notably retains all the design elements from its bigger sibling, the NS200. One can only differentiate between the two by the NS160’s smaller tyre profiles and smaller 240mm front disc. However, it sports the same perimeter frame as the NS200, making it a better handling motorcycle compared to the Pulsar 150.
The NS160 uses a 160cc single-cylinder oil-cooled engine that is BS6-compliant. This engine is tuned to deliver 15.3bhp of power and 14.6Nm of torque and is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The motorcycle is suspended by telescopic forks up front and a gas charged monoshock at the rear. The motorcycle sports split-five-spoke alloy wheels shod with 80/100 front and 110/80 rear tyres. For braking, the motorcycle employs disc brakes at both ends and is equipped with single-channel ABS.
Bajaj offers the Pulsar NS160 in Metallic Pearl White, Burnt Red and Pewter Grey colours. Meanwhile, in terms of competition, the motorcycle goes up against the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Honda XBlade, Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZS 3.0 FI in India.
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Expert Opinion
Gets a tractable engine
Good ride and handling
Affordable spare parts
Could be Better
Old-looking instrument cluster
It gets skinnier rear tyre as compared to its rivals
The parts tend to wear out soon
If you are in the market for a premium commuter with aggressive looks, decently powerful engine, impressive features and easy handling, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 should be your pick. Moreover, the affordable spares and Bajaj's vast service reach makes it easy to live with it.
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Review
Is this bike still likeable enough that it can sustain in this cut-throat competition? And should you consider bringing it home? We try to answer these questions in this road test review of the Pulsar NS 160.
The Pulsar brand has been extremely fruitful for Bajaj ever since its inception and it continues to be so. And the best-selling member of this family has mostly been the Pulsar 150. But it was around 2017 that Bajaj realised it needed something more exciting and competitive in this segment. And that was when the Pulsar NS160 came into the picture.
We had ridden this bike in its BS4 avatar and we had liked it for more reasons than one. Now, even after the BS6 update, it has remained majorly the same. But, the competition has gotten tougher and there are many strong contenders out there that the Pulsar NS160 has to face.
So, is this bike still likeable enough that it can sustain in this cut-throat competition? And should you consider bringing it home? We try to answer these questions in this road test review of the Pulsar NS 160.
The Pulsar NS160 is just about average on the quality front and definitely not the best in its class. The quality of plastic bodywork is decent and there aren’t any inconsistent panel gaps either. But Bajaj could’ve done slightly better with the paint job. We could see the white paint on the frame of our test bike being smudged out untidily. And some of the panels were already making soft rattling sounds.
Although it’s not well-finished, the white colour on the wheels and frame makes the bike look much more attention-grabbing than before. But it’s a fairly old design that hasn’t seen major changes since its inception with the bigger Pulsar NS 200. Some styling revisions would have brought a breath of fresh air.
The ergonomics of the NS160 are comfortable but there’s a sense of commitment in its riding stance that makes it engaging. Firstly, the seat height of the bike is around 805mm and that’s the tallest in this segment. But getting on the bike should not be a problem at all, even for the shorter riders.
The riding triangle is a bit on the sportier side with footpegs being rear set and a clip-on handlebar that is placed a bit away from the rider but is placed high for easy accessibility. So, the overall setup feels sporty but comfortable at the same time. And the seat feels a bit firm but has optimum cushioning that didn’t tire me out even after two hours of non-stop riding.
The Pulsar NS160 runs on a 160.3cc, single-cylinder oil-cooled engine with a four-valve head. It churns out 17.03bhp of power and 14.6Nm of peak torque. Although this engine feels refined, there's a hint of gruffness at higher revs, which's typical of a Pulsar. And it also likes to be revved. These aspects make riding the NS160 pretty engaging.
It picks up from a standstill with fair urgency and keeps pulling linearly until redline. Although there aren't any surprises across the rev band, you can feel it speeding ahead with a bit more eagerness post 5,000rpm. The first and second gear ratios are short and the engine is relaxed at slow speeds which means riding in the city is a breeze.
Out on the highway, it can stay at around 100kmph all day long without much stress on the engine. But overtaking requires a bit of planning, downshifting, and wringing the throttle hard. And it's not free of vibrations either. As you approach 6,000rpm, a minor buzz starts emanating on the handlebar but not to the extent of being annoying.
The five-speed gearbox is effortless to operate as it shifts with a short throw and assurance. But it often gets stuck at neutral easily while transitioning from first to second. Fortunately, shifting gears never gets tiring because of the lightness of the clutch.
The NS 160 is also feisty in the way it handles. Despite being the heaviest in its class at 151kg, it feels very quick, well-mannered, and composed while changing directions. The steering response is also sharp and quick. So, the NS160 inspires a lot of confidence while switching lanes or going fast around twisties, all thanks to the well-engineered perimeter frame and suspension setup.
That brings us to its ride quality. Damping duties are handled by telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. This setup makes sure that minor road undulations are ironed out cleanly and don’t send a nasty jerk to the rider. There’s a bit of stiffness to the ride while going over taller bumps, stones or sharp-edged elements, but it never bounces harshly or loses composure.
The NS160 also stops quickly and confidently. It gets a 260mm disc up front and a 230mm disc at the rear, and both of them do a good job of shedding speed. The front brake has a strong bite and a decent amount of feel at the lever. Although the rear feels too soft, ample progression means the wheel doesn’t lock up easily.
One area where the Pulsar NS160 is lagging behind is modern features. Firstly, a fully-digital instrument cluster has become a norm in this segment and almost all the bikes get it, except for the NS160. It incorporates a semi-digital console that shows only the basic date and it has remained unchanged since 2012 when it had started its life with the NS200. Similarly, all of its rivals come equipped with LED headlamp but the NS160 is still making do with a halogen setup. Nevertheless, the headlamp illuminates the road really well with a good range and spread.
In mixed riding conditions, the Pulsar NS 160 returned a mileage of 39.26kmpl. That translates into a range of around 470km with its 12-litre fuel tank. While that doesn’t really make the motorcycle frugal, it won’t dig a hole in your pocket either.
Fitness of Purpose
The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is for those who want an everyday commuter but with a good dose of sporty styling and performance. It feels relaxed but adequately quick for the city while it can also be a fun and engaging option for your weekend jaunts around some twisties. Once in a while, you can also mount your luggage on it and hit the highway for long trips.
With a price tag of Rs 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom), the Pulsar NS160 is priced slightly higher than the Hero Xtreme 160R and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. Whereas, other rivals like the Suzuki Gixxer and the Honda X-Blade are slightly more expensive. Now, these bikes deliver a bit more in terms of modern features, an area in which the NS 160 needs to up its ante. But if you aren’t bothered about an LCD display and an LED headlamp, and want something exciting and raw in terms of performance, nimble to handle and comfortable, mainly for your daily rides, the Pulsar NS160 is worth considering. And although it is not really fuel-efficient, it should be affordable to maintain just like most other Bajaj offerings.
Gear Shifting Pattern
Gear Shifting Pattern1 Down 4 Up
Fuel Delivery System
Fuel Tank Capacity
Reserve Fuel Capacity
Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge504 Km
Mileage - ARAI
Mileage - Owner Reported
BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get.42 kmpl
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Brakes, Wheels & Suspension
CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operatedSingle Channel ABS
Front Brake Type
Front Brake Size
Rear Tyre Size
120/80 -17 61 P Tubeless
Rear Brake Type
Rear Brake Size
Front Wheel Size
Rear Wheel Size
Front Tyre Size
90/90 -17 49 P Tubeless
Front Tyre Pressure (Rider)
Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider)
Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
Telescopic with Anti-friction Bush
Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister
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Dimensions & Chassis
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Standard Warranty (Year)
Standard Warranty (Kilometers)
Standard Warranty (Kilometers)75000 Kilometers
5Youngsters first love 1 month ago by Guddu, Agartala
I never owned this bike but i desperately want this bike. One of my close friend is the owner of this bike. Bajaj is well known for its ns series bikes. The overall riding experience of this bike is really satisfying including daily commute; short rides; long rides as w
1Ok bike with horrible maintenance 2 months ago by Vamsi
1.My bike got engine oil sensor problem after 1st service. Its been 5 years now but no one is able to solve it. 2. Clutch plate gone after one year.
3. Engine gives heavy smell if i ride for long distance like 60 km. Even engine oil seal get spoiled and it was leaking e
5Nice experience with this bike 3 months ago by Prathamesh Uttamkumar Sal, Solapur
It is a good and economically low price bike....I'm gratitude to owner of this bike. Smoothly ride and very classical experience and comfortable riding on this bike. This bike is looking so sporty and dashing. Better servicing than other bike. Low maintenance bike.
4Ns160 review - buy this over the competition you will not be disa 4 months ago by Param Sehgal, Patiala
Bajaj has a very good idea of what youngsters need in their motorbikes. Behold the new 2021 Bajaj pulsar ns160. The pulsar ns range has been capable option since it's inception with the ns200 in 2012. After 5 years, Bajaj launched ns160 in 2017. This made Bajaj pulsar a
Q: What is the actual mileage of Bajaj Pulsar NS160?
A: According to the user reported data, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 gives an average mileage of 42 kmpl.
Q: Which is better Bajaj Pulsar NS160 or TVS Apache RTR 160 4V?
A: Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is priced at Rs. 1,14,954, has a 160.3 cc 5 Speed Manual engine, gives a mileage of 42 kmpl and weighs 151 kg, whereas, the price of TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is Rs. 1,12,255 with a 159.7 cc engine, giving a mileage of 45 kmpl and weighing 145 kg. You can compare Bajaj Pulsar NS160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
Q: What are the colour options of Bajaj Pulsar NS160?
A: Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is available in 3 colours which are Burnt Red, Metallic Pearl White and Pewter Grey. You can check all the colour images of Bajaj Pulsar NS160.
Q: What are the key specifications of Bajaj Pulsar NS160?
A: Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is a Street bike that weighs 151 kg, has a 160.3 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 12 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.
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