Bajaj recently launched the updated Pulsar NS200 with a new suspension setup, updated braking hardware, and dual-channel ABS. With an asking price of Rs. 1,47,347 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new model costs Rs. 6,000 more than before. If you want to explore more options in the said price bracket, here’s the list.
One of the first options on this list is the Xpulse 200T 4V. It costs Rs. 1,35,726 (ex-showroom Chennai) and packs a 199.6cc single-cylinder oil-cooled motor. The engine makes 18.83bhp and 17.3Nm and is linked to a five-speed gearbox. The Xpulse 200T features LED illumination and a digital console with a speedometer, odometer, trip meter, and smartphone connectivity. Its rider triangle is convenient, and the motor is frugal.
The NS200’s arch-rival, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V can also be a potential choice. It’s priced at Rs. 1,41,287 (ex-showroom Chennai) and is one of the most feature-loaded motorcycles in the 200cc segment. The Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by a 197.75cc single-cylinder mill dishing out 20.54bhp and 17.25Nm. It’s linked to a five-speed gearbox. On the feature front, the Apache gets an adjustable clutch and brake lever, preload adjustable Showa front forks and monoshock, and a smartphone-compatible instrument console. The latter gives you access to call and SMS alerts as well as other riding statistics.
One of the few maxi-scooters on sale in India, the Yamaha Aerox 155 is also an alternative to this pricing. It costs Rs. 1,43,539 (ex-showroom Chennai) and uses the same engine as the YZF R15 – a 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor with VVA. The Aerox makes 14.79bhp and a torque of 13.9Nm. Yamaha has equipped the Aerox with LED illumination, smartphone connectivity, multifunction key, auto start-stop, and the engine cut-off sensor as well. The Aerox 155’s motor is quite potent, and the scooter has a good road presence too.
The TVS Ronin costs Rs. 1,49,000 (ex-showroom Chennai), and it gets a 225.9cc motor dishing out 20.1bhp and 19.93Nm. It’s mated to a five-speed gearbox. TVS has equipped the Ronin with an LED headlight and a digital console that features smartphone connectivity too. It rides on USD front forks and a monoshock. The Ronin’s motor is quite tractable and makes it easy to ride the bike in traffic. The styling is also distinct and grows on you over the course of time.
The most affordable Royal Enfield could also be a viable alternative to the 2023 Bajaj Pulsar NS200. It costs Rs. 1,49,900 (ex-showroom Chennai) and uses the same engine as the Classic 350 – a J-series 349cc single-cylinder air-cooled unit dishing out 20.2bhp and 27Nm. The Hunter gets a five-speed gearbox, and the overall response is quite likeable. Moreover, the long-stroke motor makes it convenient to crawl the bike using the clutch in stop-and-go riding conditions. The overall build quality on the Hunter feels solid for the most part.