The street-fighter character of this naked Pulsar still has to offer that aggressive riding position. This is thanks to the rear-set foot-pegs and clip-on handlebars. Though the seat height at 805mm is taller than the Apache and the FZ, it is fairly comfortable for individuals with a height of 5ft 7". The clip-on handle-bar is nicely raised not requiring the rider to lean forward and the knee recesses on the muscular tank better the rider’s stance.
The 199.5cc engine's bore (72mm) and stroke (49mm) remain the same as on the previous model. Also the displacement and output of the single-cylinder engine continues to be rated at 23.2bhp at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of peak torque at 8,000rpm. There's no fuel injection, but it gets a new CDI injection unit to enhance the spark duration to be more precise and provide better combustion. There's also an evap system (fuel vapour circulation unit) and a new catalytic converter. All of these components are for BS-IV compliance, which means cleaner emissions and should lead to better fuel economy. Meanwhile, the mill continues to come mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The engine does feel more refined and vibe free compared to the earlier model. This is a rev happy motor and has enough grunt to pull away cleanly from low revs. The engine didn't feel bogged down even while doing 30kmph in the fifth gear. This clearly speaks for the engine being tuned for the mid-range to provide a relaxed ride in city conditions. Drop a gear and open the throttle, you will realise the NS200 can manage getting away from traffic in a jiffy. The gearbox doesn't feel as notchy as the earlier one and the number of false neutrals has certainly gone down. The power delivery is smooth and the throttle response is sharp. Thanks to this and the sixth gear, highway hauling too is a relaxed affair. You can easily do 80kmph at 5,500rpm and 100kmph at 7,000rpm in top gear. While the console shows the rev counter till 12,000rpm, the shift light starts blinking at 9,500rpm, which is the redline. Achieving the claimed top whack of 135kmph isn't difficult.
The NS200 sports telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear, whose preload on our test vehicle was set at one below the stiffest setting. Apart from a few vibrations on the handlebars and footpegs, even broken roads didn't make for an uncomfortable ride. The NS200 takes the broken tarmac and rough sections of the road into its stride with poise. This is further assisted by the tubeless MRF Zapper tyres combination (front 100/80 R17 and rear 130/70 R17), which grip nicely and work well on nicely paved roads and beaten tracks as well. We also tested the bike in muck, slush, and gravel and it held up well. For that matter, even at high speeds stability didn't feel compromised. This well-mannered and forgiving motorcycle will let you carve corners with ease. It is a nimble handler and turns in nicely making going in and out of corners a surprisingly easy task. My only dissatisfaction is with the rear brake – it doesn’t offer the feel and power of a disc brake, but the front provides excellent stopping power and feel