Why to buy it?
- Tractable and refined engine
- Agile handling
- Dual-channel ABS
Why to avoid it?
- Lack of modern features
- Nothing extraordinary on offer
The middle-weight motorcycle segment, 300-600cc to be specific, has been gaining ever-increasing popularity in India, thanks to the good balance of thrill and practicality it offers. But that doesn’t mean things have fizzled out lower down the displacement spectrum, and the 150-200cc class still attracts a healthy number of buyers. Bajaj is one of the leading contenders in this genre with its Pulsar brand being the biggest contributor to that. However, the brand seems to be wanting an even bigger piece of that pie — in comes the Pulsar N160.
Due to their never-fading popularity, all the older Pulsars continue to exist, including the Pulsar NS160. So, the N160 doesn’t replace any of the bikes in Bajaj’s stable. Instead, it represents the next-generation Pulsar platform, which debuted with the 250s, in a smaller displacement package. We had a brief stint with the N160 a few days back when we established it as a good motorcycle. But now, we have tested it more thoroughly and comprehensively, and here’s what we think about it.