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Bajaj Pulsar NS160

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Key specs
  • Displacement160.3 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)17.03 bhp
  • Mileage - Owner Reported42 kmpl
  • Kerb Weight151 kg

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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Summary

Pulsar NS160 key highlights

Displacement 160.3 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 42 kmpl
Kerb Weight 151 kg
Colours
  • Burnt Red
  • Metallic Pearl White
  • Pewter Grey

About Pulsar NS160

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is a bike available at a starting price of Rs. 1,10,896 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 3 colours. The 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.
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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 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

BikeWale's Take

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

The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is yet another example of brand segmentation. It is Bajaj’s entry-level premium commuter motorcycle that looks like its elder sibling, the Pulsar NS200, but isn’t priced like one.

What is it?

Why would I buy the Bajaj Pulsar NS160?

A practical sporty commuter, the engine feels surprisingly refined, cheap spares

Why would I avoid the Bajaj Pulsar NS160?

No rear disc brake, longevity issues

The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is yet another example of brand segmentation. It is Bajaj’s entry-level premium commuter motorcycle that looks like its elder sibling, the Pulsar NS200, but isn’t priced like one. It has been launched to draw some sales away from the segment leader, the Yamaha FZ 2.0 and also from the Suzuki Gixxer and the Honda CB Hornet 160R. 

How is it to ride?

For starters, the Pulsar NS160 is built on the same platform as its 200cc brother, the Pulsar NS200. So, it is constructed around the famous perimeter frame with an identical sub frame which is also the case with most of the body parts. The wheelbase of the NS160 stands at 1363mm, just like the Pulsar NS200. The length, width and the height have minute deviations due to  skinnier tyres. All of this just means that the Pulsar NS160 has inherited the most important character –the handling. The NS160 is an expert in quick turns, feels very composed and despite being the heaviest in the segment, it manages to generate a lot of excitement around the corners. At first, the skinnier MRF tyres give out a bad impression, but the rubbers perform well even in the wet conditions. 

Even with the sporty seating triangle, the NS160 proves to be a good commuter. The rear-seat rider foot-pegs mean that there’s more than enough place for the knees to rest, even for a 6.2ft tall rider like me. The seat is firm and offers the right support for short sprints. However, if you involve in touring with this bike, you will be marginally disappointed due to the ache that comes in after continuous riding. The position of the rider foot-pegs hangar isn’t configured rightly due to which the ankles are pushed out. The ride on the NS160 is taken care of by telescopic front forks, which gets thinner tubes as compared to the NS200 and a monoshock at the rear. This setup is tuned fantastically to balance out the commuting and sporty experiences. 

Let’s talk about the most impressive aspect of this bike, the engine. The 160cc single-cylinder motor is air-cooled with an oil-cooler. It churns out 15.5bhp at 8500rpm and a peak torque of 14.6Nm comes in at 6500rpm. With brisk acceleration, and a surprisingly refined one, this motor is quite impressive. In fact, it is also very tractable, thanks to the oodles of torque in the low and mid-range. This Pulsar manages to do a 30kmph in fifth gear and that too with a 100kg rider on it. In third gear, the bike can be easily ridden at 20kmph, something that is usually seen on entry-level commuters. The five-speed gearbox has been engineered to match this performance. The first two gears are short to take care of the city riding, and the rest are configured tall for the right fuel economy. This is evident from its city fuel efficiency of 43kmpl. The NS160 feels at home between 80kmph and 90kmph. However, the engine runs out of breath as you get close to the red line. The vibrations are well contained. In fact, it comes only after the revs climb from 7500rpm and can be felt on the handlebar and the seat. 

The NS160 gets its braking power from a 240mm disc in the front and 130mm drum at the rear. Just like the other Bajajs, the power, feel and bite are just right. However, the inclusion of a rear disc brake variant would have been an excellent step. 

Anything else I should know?

Like mentioned above, most of the cycle parts on the Pulsar NS160 are carried down from the Pulsar NS200. The most noticeable ones are the instrument cluster, backlight switchgear, seats, rear-view mirrors and also the number plate holders. The headlamp unit and the turn indicators have also been borrowed from the 200cc sibling as well. The only way to differentiate the NS160 from the NS200 is through the presence of the NS160 sticker on the tank shrouds, different paint schemes, skinnier tyres and thinner front fork tubes. 

Should I buy one?

The Pulsar NS160 is the perfect bike if you’re in the market for an easy-to-live-with premium commuter motorcycle. It also offers a good doze of performance, styling and features and not to forget the service cost and the very accessible spares. All these aspects make the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 a value-for-money bike to own. 

Where does it fit in?

At Rs 78,368, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is the third most affordable bike in the segment. The first one, the TVS Apache RTR 160 is priced at Rs 76,575 while the Suzuki Gixxer stands second at Rs 77,015. The Yamaha FZ-Fi and the Honda CB Hornet 160R are the most expensive at Rs 81,040 and Rs 81,863 respectively. All are ex-showroom Delhi. 

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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 mileage

As reported by Pulsar NS160 owners, the real mileage of Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is 42 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 17.03 bhp @ 9,000 rpm

    Max Torque 14.6 Nm @ 7,250 rpm

    Cooling System Oil Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 160.3 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 58 mm

    Stroke 60.7 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 9.8+/-0.5:1

    Ignition DTS-i

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 504 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

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System 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 operated Single Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 260 mm

    Front Tyre Size 90/90 -17 49 P Tubeless

    Rear Tyre Size 120/80 -17 61 P Tubeless

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 230 mm

    Calliper Type --

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres No

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Telescopic with Anti-friction Bush

    Rear Suspension Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 151 kg

    Overall Length 2,017 mm

    Overall Width 803.5 mm

    Wheelbase 1,372 mm

    Ground Clearance 177 mm

    Seat Height --

    Overall Height 1,060 mm

    Chassis Type Perimeter Frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12 V DC

Battery12V Full DC MF

Headlight TypeHalogen

Headlight Bulb TypeH4 (12V 55/60W)

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 User Reviews

4.6 (1163 ratings) 363 reviews
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  • 4

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  • 5

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  • 4

    Comfort

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 4

    Value for Money

  • 3

    Maintenance cost

  • 4

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  •  4Ns 160 exhaust sound lover. 1 week ago by Premchand, Hajo

    Good bike. I bought it for the exhaust sound which is very good. I love the exhaust sound and mileage which I am getting is also good. I love the color of blue The on road price was Rs.1 50.Lakh. I paid down payment of Rs. 80000/- and took the bike and started riding. I

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

  •  5Best bike 2 weeks ago by Param Sehgl, Patiala

    This is one of the best bikes in it's segment. The feel of this bike is just like a super sports bike but for a fraction of the money. It handles like a dream even for high speed maneuvers. Even looks is better than it's compotator as per my opinion. Will recommend this

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

  •  1Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Review 1 month ago by Rahul, Varanasi

    My name is Rahul, I have bought this bike pulsar 160 is a very good bike, the speed is very good, it is also comfortable, it has been 2 years. Will drive this bike for 5 years with a long distance pulsar 160's sound great anyone who sees my bike wants to run it but I di

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

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