2015 Bajaj Pulsar AS200
In the past fifteen years, the ‘Pulsar’ nameplate has become one of the most versatile brands in the field of motorcycles. The name has spawned a variety of bikes, ranging from 135cc to 200cc naked streetfighters, a 220cc semi-faired sports tourer and recently, a 200cc fully faired supersport motorcycle. The latest entrant to join the ‘Pulsar’ bandwagon is the new ‘Adventure Sport’ range of motorcycles, Pulsar AS 150 and Pulsar AS 200.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘Adventure’ badging - the ‘AS’ range of bikes is primarily aimed at those buyers who prefer to make their weekends engaging by discovering new terrains, but in a rather sedate manner of touring. Yes, there are no hardcore tyres and suspension and no spoke wheels, which makes both the Pulsar AS 150 as well as Pulsar AS 200 just another sport tourers on the lines of the famed Pulsar 220F, out of the two motorcycles launched under ‘AS’ nameplate, the AS 200is a more alluring machine, as it has a bigger engine and more kit on offer. So, will the Pulsar AS 200 fill in the legendary shoes of Pulsar 220F and carry on the legacy further? Here’s a complete answer to all your queries regarding the Pulsar AS 200
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For the starters, the Bajaj Pulsar AS 200 is essentially a semi-faired version of the company’s flagship naked streetfighter, Pulsar NS 200. This may mean that except the front semi-fairing, the AS 200 is completely the NS 200, but that’s not completely true. There are a couple of changes which sets it apart from its naked counterpart.
Let’s start with the most distinguished aspect of the AS 200’s design then - its front fairing. The sharp semi-fairing incorporates a V-shaped headlamp assembly, which engulfs twin pilot lamps and a projector headlamp within it. The bikini fairing around the headlamp has a kink on its lower end on both sides, which makes the front face of the AS 200 look similar to that of the Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler, which was on sale in India few years ago. Above the headlamp sits a transparent long visor, which aids the motorcycle by avoiding the wind blasts to a considerable margin.
The front face extends back to the fuel tank for completing the semi-fairing, which incorporates sharp knee recesses distinguished with black panels and aggressive lines. The semi-fairing of the Pulsar AS 200 may not be as busy as the full faring of the RS 200, which works in its favor for being a neater design without compromising on contemporary design language of the new generation Pulsars.
Beyond the front fairing, the fuel tank, side body cowls and rear side panels have been shared with the Pulsar NS 200. The fuel tank on the AS 200, in addition, gets a protection pad at its lower end to protect the fuel tank from scratches.
Bajaj has ditched the small rear aluminium number plate holder of the NS 200 for a full and functional rear mudguard on the AS 200, which increases the practicality factor of the motorcycle by avoiding the mud slashes on the back of the pillion rider. The list of other components which have been borrowed from the Pulsar NS 200 includes the split seats, front fender, split pillion grab rails, LED tail lamps, rear view mirrors, clip-on handlebars and backlit switchgear.
Also in the list of shared components is the part-digital instrument console, which has an analog tachometer at the center and a small LCD panel to its right, displaying a digital speedometer, odometer, trip meters, clock and fuel gauge. The basic tell tale lamps, which also include service reminder and side stand indicator, are placed on the left side of the tachometer.
Build quality and fit and finish is top notch and the best in any Pulsar made till date. All in all, the design of the Pulsar AS 200 is proportional and attractive from every angle, with an air of Italian flair to it.
|Kerb weight||153 mm|
|Ground Clearance||167 mm|
The Pulsar AS 200 is powered by the same single cylinder, liquid cooled, four valve, triple spark, 199.5cc engine which ignites the Pulsar NS 200 to life. Bajaj has played safe on this department and hasn’t made any significant change on it for the Pulsar AS 200, which is why the engine on the AS 200 makes identical figures to that of the NS 200 - 23.5PS of maximum power and 18.3Nm of maximum torque.
Paired to a six-speed gearbox, the engine has the typical Pulsar trait of having a strong mid-range and top-end grunt. The mill loves to be revved, making it a perfect tool for enthusiastic riding. Due to the aerodynamic front fairing and windscreen, the overall performance and high-speed stability is marginally better on the AS 200, in comparison to that of the NS 200.
|Engine Type||Triple Spark 4 Valve DTSi engine|
|Cooling Mechanism||Liquid Cooled|
|Max Power||23.5 @ 9500|
|Max Torque||18.3 @ 7000|
|System||12 V Full DC MF|
|Headlamp||55 W Low Beam Projector|
|55 W High Beam|
RIDE AND HANDLING
Apart from the engine, the perimeter frame, front telescopic forks and rear gas-charged monoshock too have been lifted from the NS 200 for the AS 200. The suspension is set slightly on a softer side, which enables the AS 200 to deliver a plush ride quality.
The ride quality is further assisted by the new MRF rubbers on both ends, which though are similar to the Eurogrip tyres of the NS 200, but are made of a softer compound to aid in both high-speed dynamics and low-speed ride. Bajaj has employed petal disc brakes on both the ends, which are again sourced from the NS 200.
|Front||Telescopic with anti friction bush|
|Rear||Nitrox Monos shock absorber with canister|
|Front||280 mm Disc|
|Rear||230 mm Disc|
Bajaj have always won the hearts of Indian consumers by pricing its products competitively, making them stupendous value propositions for the money they ask. And the Pulsar AS 200 is no different in this aspect too. The motorcycle has been launched in only one variant at a price point of Rs. 91,550 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Though the price is introductory, and will be raised in the upcoming months. The Pulsar AS 200 comes in three color options - Blue, Black and Red. But unlike the other versions of Pulsar on sale, the Pulsar AS 200 is devoid of any graphics on its body panels.
As said before, the Pulsar AS 200 is aimed at those motorcyclists who love to explore new territories and record long miles in their motorcycling diaries. Considering the specifications and product positioning of the Pulsar AS 200, the sole motorcycle which has the potential to challenge the credentials of the AS 200 is Hero Karizma.
The Karizma Rwas given a major upgrade last year, both in terms of design and underpinnings. Like the Pulsar AS 200, it also gets a semi-fairing at the front and vertically stacked dual headlamps, but misses on the projector unit in the headlamp assembly. To make up for it, the Karizma R gets daytime running LEDs at the front.
The Karizma R may be dimensionally bigger than the Pulsar AS 200, but the latter is definitely a more striking and proportional design to look at. The instrument console of the Karizma R too seems too dated and bland in comparison to the modern unit of the Pulsar AS 200.
The Karizma is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled, 223cc engine which puts out 20PS of power and 19Nm of torque. Unlike the rev-happy nature of the Pulsar AS 200, the engine on the Karizma is more calm and composed in nature, which aids on the long distance touring but misses on the thrill factor.
Technologically, the Pulsar AS 200 easily pips out the Karizma R,as the AS 200 gets a rear monoshock, liquid cooling, rear disc brake, fatter tyres, stiffer perimeter frame and three spark plugs. All these plus points in its favor make the Bajaj Pulsar AS 200 a better value for money product when pitted against the Hero Karizma R, or any other bike at this price point.
With the Pulsar AS 200, Bajaj has managed to kill two sparrows with one arrow. While the AS 200 appears to be a spiritual successor of the aging Pulsar 220F with an equal amount of power, thrill and fun on board, it also tries to lure the touring fans with its sorted out dynamics and plush ride quality.
The Pulsar AS 200, undoubtedly, is the most attractive Pulsar designed by Bajaj too, and is destined to appeal a wider audience this time. And finally, it comes at a price point, which even makes some other 150cc motorcycles priced nearly to the AS 200 rethink their existence. So, with everything working in its favor, the Pulsar AS 200 surely has the ability to take the Pulsar’s hegemony even further.
- * Projector headlamps
- * Comfortable seats
- * Visor towards the front
- * same wine in a new bottle
- * Same suspension setup