During my stint with the motorcycle, the Pulsar N160 grabbed quite some eyeballs on the road, mainly due to its distinctive front end, muscular fuel tank section, and sharp and upswept tail portion. Hence, it surely scores high on the visual desirability front.
Now, some might argue that the motorcycle lacks originality in terms of design, and yes its front fascia resembles the Yamaha MT 15. Nevertheless, it does look sporty and combative.
Refinement and tractability
The 160cc, air-cooled engine of the Pulsar is commendably refined. Even at speeds of 100kmph, you can barely sense any vibration creeping in, which is impressive for a motorcycle of this displacement. Also, thanks to the majorly flat torque curve, the engine is pretty tractable and it doesn't throw tantrums even if you ride lazily at low speeds in higher gears. The acceleration, meanwhile, isn't segment-leading but you do feel enough punch to enjoy it in the city.
Another quality which leaves you in awe is the agility with which the Pulsar N160 changes directions. Thanks to the well-engineered chassis and adequately firm suspension setup, the bike feels extremely responsive to your inputs which makes it a hoot to flick through city traffic and around tight corners.
The N160 delivers a profoundly engaging and fun ride experience, especially in the city where I was having a ball all the time. The main factors responsible for this are the low kerb weight, slightly committed riding position, light clutch, slick gearbox, and a bassy exhaust sound.