The Pulsar RS200 gets the same 200cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine from the Pulsar NS200. It gets the same bore and stroke, however, this one is fuel-injected. This engine develops 24.2bhp at 9,750rpm – 1bhp more than the Pulsar NS200. The torque has marginally gone up to 18.6Nm at 8,000rpm. Because of the fuel-injection, the engine is much smoother and the throttle response is crisper. Unlike the other Pulsars, this engine isn’t very harsh and feels very grown up with a good level of refinement. The overall power delivery is very predictable and linear. However, there is no bottom-end power. I stalled the bike a couple of times in the first gear. It gives you a feeling as if you are trying to move the RS200 in the second gear. After 4,000rpm, the Pulsar RS200 is so much fun to ride. This single-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that provides precise shifts. Gearing is different from the Pulsar NS200 with the final drive being a short one to compensate on the additional weight gain. The clutch is light and well-weighted.
Bajaj claims a top speed of 151kmph for the Pulsar RS200 and I managed to touch the 144kmph mark on the straight stretch at Bajaj’s test track. Because of the additional fairing and the ABS unit, the total weight of the bike has gone up by 20kg, which is a huge number. Even after weighing so much, the RS200 performed really well on the track. I was given only 30 minutes to test the bike, due to which the fuel efficiency numbers are not available. But with a fuel tank capacity of 13 litres, the Pulsar RS200 should manage to do 300 kilometres in one full tank. The overall performance of the Pulsar RS200 is well balanced. The company is not marketing it as a track bike but more of a road bike and it will manage to satisfy the riders in this department.