The bajaj pulsar 200ns, was how the motorcycle was known when my brother first bought it in august 2012. It was a welcome addition to the pulsar family which changed the mindset of many Indians about bajaj auto pvt ltd. The engine of the 200ns is derived from the ktm duke 200, tuned so as to satisfy the needs of a daily commuter.
This review is going to be divided into two parts.
My brother's experience (august 2012 - august 2014 / 0-16000 kms):
He was in the search of a motorcycle when he was studying in college and he finalised on the pulsar 200ns(cherry black), which was the latest motorcycle on the market at that time. Buying the motorcycle went smooth and was hassle free. The on road price in Chennai at that time was approximately inr 1,00,000.
He followed the soft-break in method to set-in the engine and did the servicing as per the manual and didn't experiment new things with the motorcycle. Thus for the first 16000 kms the motorcycle was bone stock and didn't give and problems at all. One problem he faced was the coolant leaking, which was fixed when he took it to the service centre.
My experience (august 2014 - present(July 2017) / 16000-40040 kms)
I got my hands on the motorcycle when i joined college and my brother left abroad for pursuing higher studies. Me being hyped getting a motorcycle was "squiding" for my first few kilometres on the motorcycle. That was until i met with an accident just one month after getting my hands on the pulsar 200ns. The fault was on my side and was not on the motorcycle. After this event, i started riding with proper gear(at least a helmet at all times) and started to respect and bond with my motorcycle. This was the time i learned to actually ride a motorcycle properly. I replaced the motorcycle's chain sprocket at 20,000 kms and started to experiment new things. So far i've used the motul 5100, 7100 and 300v engine oils in my motorcycle and i would recommend motul 7100 20w50 over the other two. I used motul 7100(fully synthetic) as an upgrade from the stock bajaj mineral oil. The motorcycle felt real good after this change and i felt like the exhaust note of my 200ns also changed a bit. After that i tested out motul 5100(semi-synthetic) and it was disappointing. So i moved to the higher end motul 300v(fully synthetic) which i'm using currently. I feel like motul 300v for daily commutes is a overkill. So that's the reason i recommend the pocket friendly motul 7100. The drain interval for motul 7100 would be anywhere around 7500- 8000 kms. Apart from changing the engine oil, i also changed the brake and clutch levers to moxi shorty adjustable levers. The stock levers were fine, but they broke when my 200ns had a fall when it was parked in a school zone. The tyres i'm using currently on my 200ns are mrf zapper fx1(front) and ceat zoom xl(rear), soon planning to change to continental contigo in the rear. I'm also planning to revert back to motul 7100 and change to rs200 sprocket set, since it's time to change the sprockets on my motorcycle.
I've tested my 200ns and found the following:
1. Mileage :
(a) riding calmly(below 6k rpm) - 38 kmpl
(b) riding with little aggression(6k-8k range) - 34 kmpl
(c) pushing the limits(shifting at 9k or 10k rpm) - 29 kmpl
(note: once you get into motorcycling, you won't care about mileage)
2. I did not face and over heating issues with the motorcycle. The cooling system does it's job.
3. My pr on the motorcycle is 159 kmph. First gear tops at 54 kmph.
1. Has enough power in the city.
2. Looks fresh even now.
3. Value for money.
4. Braking and cornering abilities are good.
5. Torque delivery is linear, which is good for beginners.
6. Good mileage.
Cons/areas of improvement:
1. The seating posture is upright, but the seat gets uncomfortable after riding for 40 kms and also knees feel cramped(i'm 6' tall).
2. Touring in the 200ns is something i'm not a fan of. You can cruise at speeds of 90 kmph, but the engine starts to stress a bit over speeds of 105 kmph.
3. The crash protectors/leg guards protect the motorcycle during accidents, but they break and the screw gets stuck inside the thread which makes it difficult to fit a new crash protector.
4. Stock eurogrip tyres were pretty bad. The mrf zappers are far better.
5. Vibrations post 6k rpm, though they don't bother me that much.
If you are on the search of a motorcycle in the price range of 1 lakh rupees, you can't go wrong with the bajaj pulsar 200ns. Choose the one with mrf zapper tyres because there are motorcycles which are being delivered with eurogrips also.
P.S: the problem with these 200cc motorcycles is that after sometime, they start to feel under-powered(at least for the highways). So if you have the money, i would suggest you to go with a higher capacity motorcycle(say 300+cc motorcycles).
Ride safe! and remember... "ride only as fast as you have it under control". You only got one life. Take good care of it.