" acceleration, top speed, reliability, touring capability, looks, and of course - affordable " - these are the parameters on which a young Indian biker consider before buying a bike. And what fills it better than the bajaj pulsar ns 200.
Hi there, going to give you a full whack review of the ns 200.
It all started 3 years ago when i had a bike fever and started searching for a good budget bike. And guess what, i find no bike better than the ns 200. Best of the segment 23.5 horses, excellent cornering, stylish & muscular looks. Bajaj launched the ns 200 back in 2012 to compete against duke 200. Despite it being a good bike, it just doesn't sell much, bajaj decided to replace it by as 200 in 2015 & then re-launched it in 2017 with a new paint scheme and a bs-4 complaint engine.
Styling - at first stance the bike looks muscular & macho. The new dual tone paint scheme is absolutely fantastic to look at. It has a big " 200" vinyl on the tank to differ. It from its younger sibling the ns 160. The plastic material used is not exotic but it is decent. And as being less in numbers, you will be grabbing the eyeballs of the people on the road.
Engine - ns 200 produces 23.5 bhp at 8000 rpm and 18.3 nm of torque despite being carburetted. The throttle response is sharp & the engine is rev happy in nature. It can pull up in low speeds in high gears without engine knocking. It gives a great top end performance & is able to push the bike to a whooping 155 kmph. The 0-60 time is 3.8 sec and 0-100 in 10.2 sec. With being liquid cooled, you can cruise on highways with minimal drama on 100 - 110 kmph in 6th gear. And of-course the engine is very reliable.
Cornering/handling - i crown the ns 200 the best handler in the pulsars stable. 'cause it is light & easy to flick into corners. With mrf- zappers you can carry a lot more speed and lean into corners & the perimeter frame acts as an icing on the cake.
Braking- is done by 300mm front (abs model) & 230mm rear rotars with top class bybre floating calipers. And they provide excellent braking performance.
Others - instrument cluster - it host of a tacho metre in the middle & led screen which displays fuel level, speed , etc. With blue backlit. Exhaust note- it is raspier, throttier, & racier.
Competition - here's why i prefer ns 200 over other similar bikes -
Rtr 200 4v - its is a good handler than the ns but has low power output, 5 gears , oil-cooling & an unrefined engine.
Rs 200 - it is heavy !
Duke 200 - it is overpriced and has a top speed of only 130 kmph.
Cons - no fuel injection, cheap plastic material used.
And at 96000 (standard) & 109000 ( abs) it is the best of the best.
Thank you very much for reading. :-)